I get great satisfaction looking at my statistics as a measure of how I’m doing with this blogging pursuit.
I have written 300 posts so far this year, starting at the end of February, when I got technical help to revive the blog.
Makes me feel pleased, as I seem to have abandoned writing during the years 2017-2021, with only 12 posts over those 5 whole years.
I was continuing to battle cancer till 2019 as side effects persisted from treatment.
Then the covid years of 2020 that we all know too well. But I couldn’t bear to ever give up this space as it is so much a part of me.
Strangely though, I still had high traffic with the momentum of my old posts. They still held interest for many people for some reason.
2010 and 2011 were prolific, crossing 1000 for each year. The 1.1 million visitors of all time were mainly due to these early enthusiastic years, when I was listed tops on Google.
I continued with regular posting till 2015.
In 2016 it was mostly cancer posts as I was diagnosed shortly after New Year having endured pains through Christmas. I wrote 42 posts in all.
Traffic in 2022 however is only 0.5% of the heights I reached. That’s pretty dismal (and mostly due to not being listed at the top on Google anymore). I was probably penalised for not having a high security domain like I do now.
I’m trying not to be discouraged and produce art for art’s sake. Whether it is good or appreciated is besides the point. The important thing is to enjoy the creative process. Well, at least I try to tell myself that.
The honest truth is that I desire to be discovered and published. Since I have this platform, I might as well make use of it.
I actually let a lot of opportunities go in the past, due to shyness and fear. Also lack of technical know how holds me back the most. I can’t let any of that hold me back any longer.
What I love most are the comments and interactions with fellow blogger writers of all ages, in a community spanning the globe.
I like writing about different topics simply because I have varied interests just like any human. I couldn’t possibly just write about cancer for instance as I’m no longer undergoing active chemo. Also a particular post may just resonate with someone for any random reason.
Travel posts make me feel the most relaxed as I’m able to re-live the highlights of the trip.
Food posts make me hungry as you can imagine.
The trauma posts are draining, but feel necessary as writing is my therapy – a way to process and offload. Also more critically, to educate and for prevention. I don’t want my traumas to happen to anyone else, ever.
The diary posts are what I love to look back on to see how my perspective has changed.
It’s been 15 years since I opened an account on WordPress, moving here from Google as suggested by my dear cousin D. She was right, as always, as WordPress proved to be a much superior Content Management System (CMS) even though it looked intimidating at first.
My most popular posts this years include topics covering, travel, happiness and aging.
I wasn’t aware you had returned! Three hundred posts? That is a huge accomplishment and you should be very pleased. I’m happy you’re back and writing for the sake of writing strengthens that writing muscle. Keep showing up to fill the blank page.
I realise that when I focus on just writing it gets easier and you get into a zone where it just flows. Doing it mostly for fun and in case my memory weakens with the years.