This is a bit of a Friday evening ramble.
A Few Less Clicks
I was a little disappointed at the end of 2019 that the stats for this blog were a few hundred clicks less than in 2018, with a handful less visitors. Really? No increase in traffic at all? How disappointing.
Then I realized that I had written and shared only 128 posts, as compared to 171 in 2018. So there actually was an improvement – at least in terms of people and clicks per post.
It was a Busy Year
2019 was a very busy year with my corporate job and in our personal lives: two foot surgeries! a new job for the Grill-Meister! a new little bay house called Gumbo Cove! And I didn’t have a regular cadence established for writing.
A Loose Goal of 20 per Month
I am trying to be more structured about creating and sharing in the Glover Gardens blog this year, while giving myself permission not to stress about it. It’s a labor of love and a very fulfilling hobby, but certainly not a commercial endeavor or a mandatory activity. I managed a post per day for the first 7 days of this year, and hope to hit about 20 per month. That seems like a reasonable goal and a regular cadence, don’t you think?
But What’s Really Important?
The more I thought about the metrics, though, the more I came back to the reason I started the blog in the first place: to create, document and share. Stories, recipes, poems, memories, images, observations about the little things in life. And the only metric that means anything to me is to have touched another person or two in some way.
Your Feedback Fuels Me
You inspire me to keep blogging.
I love your reactions to a poem or a story. For instance, the comments on my days by the water are precious to me; the first one is from my Dad, who died just two months later. Several other of you Wonderfuls have become my muse since then.
I love hearing that you visited a restaurant I recommended, like Bistro des Augustin in Paris.
Or that you make one of my recipes at your family events. The Texas-Tuscany Goat Cheese spread has crossed into The Best Eater’s new family (his in-laws) and makes an appearance at their holiday celebrations – I’m delighted!
Thank you for the feedback, you Wonderfuls. It fuels me. Keep it coming! I especially like it when you send pictures, or relate the theme of one of my posts to your own life.