Apparently, WordPress wanted to remind me that I have a blog and people actually do read it. They sent me this nice little report, which reminded me that I have sort of forgot about the poor blog in the craziness of the last few months. I think this might be the longest break between posts that I’ve ever had, at least in an unannounced-fall-off-the-planet sort of way.
Last year, despite what WordPress says, I was a bit lame in my blogging skills and have struggled quite a bit trying to figure out just what to do and what to write. Blogging has changed a lot in the five years I’ve been at this. This has gone from a purely project based knitting blog to a blog about my life. I never intended it to be that way, but it’s made me remember how much I like to write and how much I enjoy sharing my writing with others. And I’m always amazed that so many of you keep coming back to read, whether it’s because you like what I’m making or you like what ridiculous thing my boys have done lately. Perhaps both?
Then there is the whole time factor thing. I seem to have fewer and fewer hours in the day, and more and more that I want to do. And I will guiltily admit that Facebook keeps stealing my blog posts; funny stories with pictures meant to be blogged turn into quick, one sentence musings while the onions fry on the stove and a little boy screams “Mooommmmm!!!” Not enough hours in a day, and so much that I want to do.
Which brings me to the point of this post. Last year I often thought that I should just hang it up, call it a good five years and be done with it this blog. But, I still like writing it and I still have readers. And just like all the other things I love to do, I’d rather dip my toes into a bit of everything right now than give something up. So this will be the year of random accomplishments for me. I’ll sew when I feel like sewing, knit when I want to knit, spin when I want to spin and blog when I want to blog. That means I’m not going to worry so much that I don’t post every week anymore. If I show up here once a month, that’s fine. If it’s more, that’s fine too. I’ll keep sharing what I’m making as well as what the boys are breaking. (The coffee table this week, in case you’re wondering!)
Thanks for reading and happy 2011!! I do have lots of FO to show off from the last two months, but I’ll save that for the next post. In the meantime, enjoy the wacky WordPress stats, and if anyone can tell me what astrakhan.nigella is I’d be much obliged, as it doesn’t ring a bell.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2010. That’s about 22 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 38 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 395 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about a picture per month.
The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 368 views. The most popular post that day was Twelve Years.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were Google Reader, ravelry.com, bloglines.com, candcphoto.blogspot.com, and facebook.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for knittymama, loop fiber, astrakhan.nigella, toddler pants pattern, and soaker pattern.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Twelve Years November 2009
Because this is still a knitting blog…. September 2010
A simple contest August 2010
The Egg March 2010
And…. it’s done. November 2010
6 responses to “2010 in review (thank you WordPress)”
Well, I hope you keep writing. I enjoy reading about your knitting and your family–especially since we’ll hopefully be in your neighborhood before too long! It’s comforting for me to think, “Hey! I know someone there already!” (unless you think that’s creepy. In that case, I don’t think of it at all.)
I remember the Handmade Christmas and seeing everything you know from handmade yarn. It was so inspiring to me. I hope to see what you’ve been making in 2011.
Just feels like keeping in touch with old friends to me!
I love to hear about your boys and see your finished projects.
I’m fine with the toe-dipping. In fact, Toe Dippers Unite!
Happy New Year!
I’m really happy to read your blog whenever you do blog. 🙂 Hope that 2011 is a really amazing year for you.
Happy New Year! I hope you keep blogging – very, very few knitting blogs are pure knitting blogs anymore (mine might be an extreme example). And I think they’re the more interesting for being more diverse. 🙂
Call me wind because I am abslotuely blown away.