You know this of course but I love blogging and hazard a guess that I always will. I rarely stick at anything but this is a hobby that I find enjoyable, inspiring, therapeutic and as if that weren’t enough, it scratches my creative itch too.
Despite being an avid blogger for six years now, consistency is not my forte. I continue to blog when and if I feel like it, the subject matter being whatever takes my fancy at the time.
In 2018 I loved having a nosy around people’s homes and managed to publish a whole 10 posts in my ‘At Home With’ series. I started well but tailed off towards the end of the year, mainly due to my lack of organisation but also other people’s busyness.
I’m currently contemplating whether this is something that people want to read about but the fact that Caro’s gorgeous home is one of my most viewed posts in 2018, makes me think it could be. I would love to get your feedback. .
Another thing I’m not great at doing, is analysing my blog statistics. I know that Google Analytics should be my friend but my heart will always be in the writing and not in the page views. Occasionally I consider them and dabble a bit in improving my SEO (the bit that helps you appear in a Google search) but again, I’m not committed enough to see it through.
The thing is, I’ve decided that’s okay. Writing is my first love and building a community is my second. It might be slightly interesting to find out what is my most viewed post of 2018 and even my second most viewed post but what floats my boat, is discovering the ones that created the most conversation.
Fancy a look at my top 5?
1. First up is a post that I wrote on a bleak day in March when I was struggling to find my place in the online world, wondering if the blogging market is too saturated and if my musings even have a place.
Of course I’ve revisited this topic on a regular basis but mostly I have realised that the blogging market needs people in every age bracket. The 52 comments on this post totally inspired me and helped me get my mojo back, so thank you to anyone who took the time to comment.
2. At number two, is a post that has been viewed the most times – over 2000 in fact.
I wrote it on my eldest daughter’s 18th birthday and it’s about parenting a child with mental illness. Writing this post wasn’t easy, mainly because I started this new blog in a bid to ‘find myself’ – the me beyond motherhood – but I felt compelled to share a small part of our story. I wanted to write from a parent’s point of view, in the hope that it might help other parents going through a similar situation.
Having read the 49 comments that this post received, I would say that my instinct was correct. Although this situation isn’t resolved for my daughter and in fact she is currently going through a very difficult time, I am glad that I wrote the post when I did.
3. Many of you will know that I’m a fan of home improvements. 2017 was heavily influenced by ‘Project Garden Room’ and I finally got around to sharing it with you in February 2018. The 27 comments you all left, told me that it was a positive addition to our garden!
I can honestly say that our family life has been enhanced tenfold by the addition of a garden room and in answer to your question…we still use the jacuzzi at least twice a week.
4. Early on in 2018, I had a little word with myself about self care and how important it is to sometimes be a bit selfish. It would seem that many of you resonated with this post as it caused quite a stir. I think we all agreed that putting yourself first sometimes, actually has a positive effect on everyone around you. Here’s to more self care in 2019!
5. Last but by no means least, was a post I wrote in September all about keeping the plates spinning. Anyone else find that the ‘back to school’ malarkey can cause all kinds of overwhelm? Of course the main message in this post, was that we are not superheroes and that dropping plates comes with family life. I was pleased to see that I’m not the only one smashing plates and hopefully encouraged some of you to drop the guilt.
I’ve heard it said lately, that the community spirit has gone out of blogging. As it’s one of the things I love most about this online world, I’m determined to try to keep it alive.
Based on my findings from 2018, I think the key is to write a thought-provoking post, then add a question at the end. I try my hardest to respond to all the comments which can sometimes be hit and miss but I think it’s important if someone has taken the time to read and then add their view. Often the comments can be incredibly heart-felt and I appreciate every one.
If you’re a blogger, have you taken the time to look at your most popular posts? Do you consider the page views or number of comments to be an indicator?