Yesterday was the two-year anniversary of Now Is Good. I missed it (as, in all honesty, I miss most anniversaries, birthdays, and milestones). Truth be told, I didn’t even think about it until I received my annual statistics report for the blog. Interesting stuff.
According to WordPress,
- Now Is Good was viewed approximately 50,000 times in 2011. That’s a few thousand more than in Now Is Good’s first year, but pretty consistent between 2010 and 2011.
- There were 66 new posts in 2011. That’s not nearly as many as I’d like. I need to write more.
- Now Is Good’s busiest traffic day was August 31st. When people came on that day, they read “Venting.” It continues to fascinate me that the most painful or frustrated posts are usually the most popular.
- The most commented-on post in 2011? “Grass Rhymes with Ass Rhymes with Class.” And not all of the comments were nice.
- The other three most frequently read posts this year were “I A Little Crying,” “Find A Little Courage,” and “Marriage Farce.” When I go back and re-read these, I can tap right back into the pain and turmoil of those times. That’s a good thing, because although I don’t want to feel those ways again, I don’t want to forget those pains. The hard times are the ones that shape me and the ones I want to remember clearly.
- Of my five most frequent commenters? Four are people I’ve only “met” virtually out here in the blogosphere. And three are folks whose own blogs I read (and comment on) regularly.
- When people found me by doing a search, they usually appeared to be searching specifically for me, with “now is good,” “now is good blog” and “nowisgood blog” being the most commonly input terms. Wonderfully, though, the other search terms that most frequently led people here were the words “Yes” and “Courage.” I really like that, because those are two words I’ve found within myself as a direct result of writing here.
- Most of my readers hail from the U.S., but there are a good number in Canada and India, too. Readers have also landed here from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Guam. This boggles my mind and drives home the fact that although the world is vast, we are all interconnected.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for supporting me. Although I may go AWOL occasionally, this blog has given me a voice and a creative outlet that was very much lacking in my prior life. You’ve given me a community, and I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.
Happy New Year, everyone. Here’s to a magnificent 2012!