I started the new year with a goal of posting every day. Now, 360 days later, I am happy to report I haven’t missed a beat. My goal is in sight. Some of the posts were reruns, some were borrowed from others and shared, but the majority were original thoughts following the themes I established about this time last year.
From a purely statistical standpoint, the daily regimen was a success. thus far this year — Jan. 1 to today — I received 13,526 views (a 192% increase over last year) and 7,487 visitors (145% increase). They came primarily from the United States, but triple digit followers from India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and The Philippines as well. In all, the words were read in 76 countries worldwide. I’ve added 243 active followers during that span.
But those are just numbers. My inclination is to keep doing what is apparently working but my inner self says keep asking. What do you like? What don’t you like? How can I make this blog spot more relevant? For you!
The premise this year was to segment the posts .. each day with a theme. The week starts with Sunday Sermonette — a weekly devotional/sermon borrowed for a variety of Christian sources, including an occasional one from yours truly when I visit the slanty side of the pulpit; Words for the Week — a Monday staple sharing inspiration thoughts, also from a variety of sources; Readin’, Writin’ and ‘Rithmetic — a typical Tuesday spot featuring reviews (Readin’), anything related to writing, like my books Heaven Shining Through, Wisdom From a Father and/or My Name Is Sam, for example, as well as writing by others and tutorials on writing (Ritin’), and statistical analysis (like today); Midweek Mirth — a little bit of Christian fun through humor; Life & Love — personal, usual first person posts reflecting life and the things and people I love; Five Minute Friday — where I join a community of writers who gather together to encourage and equip one another, five minutes at a time through a one word prompt; and Prayer-Care-Share — a clearinghouse for prayer requests from readers which are added to my prayer list with the hope others also consider putting them on theirs as they place their petitions before the Lord Sunday.
Without skewing the feedback, suffice it to say each segment has found its own audience — some more, some less, some regularly, some periodically. But, again, the question is what you think about them. Which ones do you like? Which ones are you not as fond of? How could they be tweaked and/or improved?
I await your feedback.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. — Oprah Winfrey
A year of hard consistent work,
and your rep is glowing;
for us, your writing is a perq,
your tribe deserv’dly growing.
You’ve brought us your deep wisdom,
and many belly-laughs;
and shared with us your winsome
There are people ’round the world
who’ve taken inspiration
from how you have Christ’s flag unfurled,
and your determination
to make the words you craft and share
help us see that God is there.
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