At the end of June, twelve months will have passed since I started this blog. It seems to have gone very quickly, but I find that all time passes much faster as I get older. As I have not been feeling up to much lately, I noticed that the blog(s) were the first things to suffer. I just couldn’t be bothered with them. The spark had gone, and inspiration was sadly lacking. With my first year coming up fast, I thought that I would review the blogs, and report on their progress, or lack of it.
I have written 282 posts on beetleypete, this will be number 283.
There have been 8,375 visits to the site. Allowing for the average viewing of 1.96 posts, that is approximately 4,030 visitors who have read something on the blog. However, as I happen to know that some have read more than 50 posts, and others have actually read almost all of them, I think a more realistic figure is 1,500. I am happy enough with that, as many are people who would never have heard of me before, and would have had no reason to ever know of my existence.
I supposedly still have 161 ‘followers’, whether on Twitter, by e-mail, or via WordPress reader. I take this very lightly, as most comments are from the same 20 people, and many of the so-called followers appear to have never read a post. I would be happy to say that I have at least 30 regular followers, and perhaps 20 who comment regularly, and leave it there. I myself follow 14 other blogs, and I do so with a strong sense of responsibility as a follower, trying to comment whenever appropriate, and always read their output. I remain impressed by all the blogs I follow, and a couple in particular have amazing writing, to a breathtakingly good standard.
My best ever day for visitors was May 25th this year, when 90 viewed the blog. This was prompted by a post being circulated on Facebook, which is ironic, as I hate this site normally. The best ever day for views shows 126 views on Feb 16th, with 110 visitors. As this involved over 100 views of one post (Some Japanese films) I see this as a ‘glitch’, and discount it accordingly.
I still have 12 posts that have never been viewed, including at least three of my personal favourites. I expect I should see this as good, though it would have been nice if someone had read them.
There have been over 1,000 comments on the posts. As over half of this number includes my replies, I will say 450 as a guide. On a personal level, this has been my biggest disappointment, as I had been hoping to generate a lot more comments, some ‘banter’, and perhaps more arguments. But this was not to be.
My other blog, redflagflying.wordpress.com has been running for almost three months. As intended, posting has been light, with a total of 12, including some re-posted from beetleypete. It has 9 followers, and has attracted some comments, though less than a dozen. The best day, the day it launched, there were 19 visitors. Since then, it normally gets 1 visitor and 1 view a day, sometimes 3 on a good day. It is a diversion, and a small hobby, compared to a ‘normal’ blog.
What started as an online diary of life in Norfolk, supposedly for my own reference, and of little interest to others, has become a lot more. I have opened up my life to the world, and given frank and open accounts of marriages, both failed and successful. I have re-examined relationships in detail, and looked at bereavement, retirement, and expectations of life in general. My opinions on films have been well-received for the most part, and my tales of life in the London Ambulance Service have proved popular too.
There is still a lot more left. Everyday life here continues, and the whole subject of my youth, and growing up in post-war London, has yet to be addressed. I have memories of my Mum, as a young woman, and as an elderly infirm woman too, that I will one day share. As time distances me from jobs that I did in the Ambulance Service, there will be more freedom to discuss particular calls, without causing offence or distress to the living victims. I have a great deal more to write about music, and plenty of opinions left on various films, actors, and directors.
So, thanks to everyone who has shown support over the past year. It is much appreciated, and valued too. The coming year should see less posts (so probably less viewers) as I will be a little choosier about what I write. I have quite enjoyed the ‘rest’ lately, but I am still looking forward to continuing the blog in the years ahead.
Once again, I urge all of you who are not yet blogging to give it a try. It is amazing what you can get from it.