When my daughter Colleen suggested a year ago that I should write a blog I said, “What, me??? write a blog???” I hardly knew what a blog was let alone that I could write. I always thought of myself as a numbers person and NOT a words person. She said she would help, so it was my turn to wake up and write.
As you all know by now I have been writing and that in itself has surprised me and many of you as well. Before I started writing the blog, I started putting a word document together with a story of my, and my family’s life, but the road trip that I took with my friend Ruth became the starting point for my blogging. The blog has encompassed a few different chapters so far, and my initial idea of it being a project that maybe my grandchildren and their children might read has turned into weekly and/or sometimes daily writing.
The statistics are overwhelming: 135 posts, 116,529 words, 360 comments, 12,353 words in comments. the number of countries represented in 2015 was 52 and so far in 2016, people from 53 different countries have stopped in to take a look at my blog. As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, I’d logged 18,575 visitors. I had no idea so many people would be interested in the stories I have to tell.
MPP – Most Popular Posts
The most read post has been “Make Your Own Golf Car Seat Cover” with a read of 1,300 and next is “Positional Vertigo and Golf” with a read of 850. Coming in third place was the post “1956 and the Rider Train to Edmonton“. The highest reads for one day was July 14, 2015 with 573 reads.
If you would ask Colleen about my blogging, she would say that writing has made me a little sharper, which is always music to the ears of a gal who will turn 82 a bit later this year. I’m much better at Google searches than I was a year ago — not that I wasn’t good before, I’m just even better now. And it’s had other positive side effects, too, like getting me in touch with family I didn’t know I had, and keeping me closer to friends who I don’t get to see too often. Many of them subscribe to the blog and get an email notice as soon as I’ve put a new post up, and they click on the link and read it as soon as they see it in their in-box. (You can subscribe to the blog by entering your email address into the form on the right-hand side of the homepage (see the image) — or just it into a comment and I’ll get you signed up.)
And some of my friends call me as soon as they’ve read it my latest post. Others send me emails or make comments on Facebook. Writing and phone calls keep me busy (but I still find time to play bridge, golf and do other things too).
I’m also grateful to my youngest daughter, Bridget, who shares nearly every post I write with her very wide audience of friends. Even some of Bridget’s friends are dedicated readers of my posts, and that makes me feel really proud.
Thanks, everyone, for reading, sharing — and encouraging me to keep writing. It’s been fun, so far, and I’m looking forward to the second year, which begins tomorrow.