Just over 5 years ago, I first started writing a blog. I was going on the trip of a lifetime, to India, and I wanted to record it. For my family, who’d made it possible. For my friends, who wanted the story. And most of all, for me, as a record of a special month. It wasn’t this blog, but one hosted by The Travel Blog.
I found I enjoyed writing, recording, sharing my new experiences, so I continued when I got back to France. All the same, France was my new home, so a travel blog didn’t seem quite right. After a few false starts ( I’m really no kind of geek), I made the move to WordPress, and here I still am.
My interest always was, and still is, in keeping in touch with friends, and as a sort of diary for me. I never expected anyone else to read it. But gradually, other regular readers came along: people I’ve never met, and in most cases probably never shall. From Germany, from America, from France and of course from the UK. They comment, they encourage. In many cases they write blogs too, and I enjoy glimpses into very different lives from mine.
Compared with many of the other blogs I read, mine has a small readership. But it still astonishes me that something I started so I could keep in touch with maybe 30 people has resulted in several cyber-friendships, and regular or occasional readers in every continent.
I find it interesting that no one blogger’s ‘reading list’ in any way resembles anybody else’s. There are thousands, I suppose millions of blogs on offer these days, covering every possible area of life. I read those that touch my life in some way, and comment too, just as many readers comment on my posts. I enjoy this interaction and so I guess that for the time being, I’ll keep writing. The day I run out of things to write about, or it becomes a chore, I’ll stop.
Meanwhile, I’m showing you my Annual Report not because I expect you to show the remotest interest in the detail, but because you might be astonished, as I am, at all the information that WordPress has been able to collect. They know who you are……
‘The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. (You might like to know that the people on their Help Desk are called ‘Happiness Engineers’)
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals