Amazing to think that three years have gone by since I started this blog and hope that several more are in me to least keep it going. We all know how much energy and time it takes to maintain a blog, besides our life, relationships, responsibilities and side passions:
- 1,057 followers: thank you – wouldn’t be worth doing if no one took the time to stop by. Some new and some old, but many with a frequency that’s amazing to me. A community of sorts has developed with many of you that would be difficult to replace. If you want to increase your following, take time to visit and comment with a disciplined approach – it will come back to you with many benefits.
- 15,651 comments: Not only do you guys visit, but you leave generous comments of support and encouragement, that has pushed my art forward. Can’t thank you enough.
- 136,949 views: amazing to me, thank you for taking a moment to view my art. You guys are the only ones on the planet, besides my husband, who has seen my work – perhaps one day I’ll show and even sell.
- 445 posts: I’ve given up on doing a post a day, I try for three, but I’m lucky if I do more than two a week. I’ve learned over time that not everything is worth a post – no one has the time or patience to plow through 5 posts of mine a week. So I’ve settled on no more than three/week maximum.
The problems are few:
- Time: blogging takes up a lot, most of it is what’s sitting in my Reader every day. I hate un-following, so for me once a follower, always a follower unless ~
- Taking my images: really! The problem still continues today, can you believe with all the mentions and warnings. My husband and I saw many yesterday all over the internet when we were doing an unrelated search – my radar is always going off. Two days ago I had 484 views from one country and earlier in the year a huge spike from another. Not saying anything, except that I analyze my stats every day and note unusual spikes. This has become a reality if your work (art, writing, other) is on the internet – the situation makes me mad and sad.
The benefits are many ~
- Community: its an awesome experience to meet and get to know people from all corners of the world, a rich and rewarding experience.
- Art: love seeing everyone’s creativity no matter the medium or venue, it’s invigorating and inspiring.
- Poetry and Stories: a whole new world has opened up for me that I didn’t participate in before. Your writing has enriched my life ~
- Photography: amazing shots that bring a whole new meaning to stunning, glorious and drama.
- Food, Wine, Family and Other: It is what makes the world go round ~ the seeds of life that keep on giving through your eyes and souls.
Thank you, onto number 4!