When I checked my notifications this morning, there was one from WordPress. “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com five years ago.”
Wow! Five years!
When I checked further, that’s 689 published posts, not including this one. This year, there were 106 posts, 48 of which were Five Minute Friday exercises.
According to the stat tracker, based on a combination of likes and comments, the most favored post was The Church Mouse posted Jan. 26. The most popular in likes was Just Dreaming, published Nov. 3. The post receiving the most comments was a Five Minute Friday offering, Future, published June 2. Others reaching double digit acceptance were I Guess I’m in Deep Doo Doo; Prayers, Prayers and More Prayers; Welcome to Rockport, ME; I Lost a Sock; The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!; I Did It!; Dreams … Dreams … Dreams; Finding Maine; O Canada; Love Songs; Happy Birthday to Me; Pete’s Dragon; The Visit (my favorite post of the year); Treasures on the Road; The Shack; and My Life with Angelina; and the Five Minute Friday contributions Guide, Journey, Breathe, Abandon, Expect, Control, Friend, Enough, Visit, Worth, Play, Speak, Path, Crave, Middle, Connect and More.
The stat page says there were 9,885 views over the past year representing 660 blog followers, 239 on Facebook and 74 on Twitter. And I’m always amazed at where the hits come from — literally around the world!
I said it on day one, “I have no idea what I will write about. I have thousands of ideas collected over the years, but sharing those ideas with strangers (who I hope will soon become friends!) is the challenge. That’s where you come in. I need feedback. I need suggestions. I need constructive criticism.”
As I celebrate five years of writing on this platform — part of a 50-plus year writing career — I hope you have enjoyed the journey from Don’t Flinch to the current post. Who would have thought my little words, ramblings and free range thoughts would go this far.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If you’re going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill