Long Awaited Update

Ok, so perhaps you all haven’t been long awaiting an update from me… But I have been waiting awhile to give you all a status update. No real reason for waiting except that I have been unmotivated for writing much lately. Every now and again I get a pang of wanting to sit down and write, but if I can’t do so immediately, the urge quickly fades. I want the motivation to come back in force – I have ideas to write out both here and on my fiction site… and especially my Zarah manuscript…

I unfortunately did not get as much written during my two week hiatus as I had hoped. I did at least get a fair bit of other stuff done around the house – a lot of productivity there – as well as focused a lot more on my relationship with the hubs and the kids… so the hiatus from blogging was not in vain. It really did free up more time than I realised I was spending on creating (hopefully interesting) posts for you guys!

Now I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging, so bear with me please if it seems I am not on here as often for a little while. I need to strike a new balance with my time and work it back into my routine. Who knew two or three weeks would change my routine so much??

On that note, I might as well mention I had to delete the WordPress app from my phone. It had increased to taking up nearly 2.5 GB of my phone storage!! It ever increases as more posts and pictures are added to my site. It literally saves all the data to my freaking phone! No other app even reaches a total of 1 GB by itself! Double-U Tee Eff, WordPress?? My phone reached critical storage limits and could not take photos anymore or update. It was still in the red after clearing out photos, videos, and even deleting some other apps like WhatsApp…. So WordPress had to go unfortunately. The reason I’m telling you all this is that this now means I will have to try to remember to check WordPress notifications periodically on my laptop instead of them coming to my phone… so it may take me longer than usual to respond. But rest assured I will continue to respond ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, I feel like there was something else I was going to update you all on… but I can’t remember what it might have been now. Hmmm….

In other news, I of course told you about my new tattoo I got yesterday… It is still sore, especially when I move my arm around on that side… it’s difficult to reach myself for washing and applying the salve – so lucky hubs is around to help! LOL

Also, when I woke up this AM there was proof that my tattoo artist is no liar haha… He told me that the colours would bleed for a few days and would leave perfect imprints on clothes… check it out:

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My Jammies are badass!

Also, I wanted to say (but don’t think I did yesterday??) that though I had this tattoo booked for two months, it seemed fitting that this week would be the week I would get it (after the Stockholm attack) and that his eye would look somewhat sad… That’s how it struck me when I first saw it anyway. Don’t you agree?

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I’ll need to get a better pic now that the stencil lines are gone. I’ll wait till it’s all the way healed though, I think ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Blogaversary to meeeee :)

Well there you go, I knew it would come up soon but didn’t know the exact date – until WordPress let me know today that my blog is now a toddler! A whole 2 years old!

I honestly didn’t expect I would stick with it this long. It seems to me that blogging is essentially electronic journaling, at least that’s the way I treat it for the most part, and I am notoriously bad at keeping up journals for more than a few months… Those that do last longer usually have large gaps every now and then between entries. Who knew I would love blogging/Wordpress so much? (I did try blogspot years ago and hated it…)

Anyway, I don’t want to harp on too long on this particular subject – there were other things I wanted to discuss which may just have to come in the form of another post later anyway… But first I’d like to point out some interesting (to me) stats from the past two years. These are stats that surprised me, honestly. Not that I thought these particular posts were any less than anything else I might have posted… in fact they certainly aren’t ones that I felt “meh” about after posting; it’s just that there’s so much else that I was really proud of in my 373 posts to date that haven’t done nearly as well. I don’t know why that is, there are so many factors at play I know… But… Huh. Maybe some of what I consider my best really isn’t that interesting to the rest of the population.

To date the post with the most “Likes” is my What Constitutes Cheating post, rounding out at 30. It is also the only one that is consistently viewed at least once a day since I posted it (Dec 30, 2016.) The next closest in numbers of Likes is Scent Memory – but that only made it to approximately half way (16). I wonder what it was specifically about either of those to have them be my top two in likes… I honestly did not expect the Cheating post to go over all that well… I guess more people are like minded to me than I realised (or at the very least respect my opinion on it??)

One thing that I would prefer to see on a post, honestly is shares. I figure maybe many people that liked Cheating may not have necessarily shared it because they too thought their friends and family wouldn’t appreciate such a view… But… Shares are harder to chase up because there is the share button – easy enough to check individual posts that way, but those stats don’t translate to the admin share stats page so I can’t compare as easily what may be the most shared nor do I get notifications as to when old posts get shared to keep on top of such things… However:

My best day for views was February 13, 2016 at 183 total views – because there were 126 views on Greetings Proud Sons of Rome that day (the post itself has had 198 views overall). That post was written in August the year before, but was brought to the limelight when a fan of The Golden One brought it to his attention and he shared it on his Facebook page. There were only three Likes, but 21 Facebook shares via the button. That is just about the highest I’ve noticed on a post to date. The only other one that I’ve noticed is a close second is Heed the Warning: The Handmaid’s Tale coming in at 20 FB shares.

Then I might as well mention to you that the post with the most comments has been Cooking Sherry Shots with 83.

It just boggles my mind that I started this blog with no followers, no readers lined up and it’s just been steadily growing. I do have aims of one day breaking over the 1000 follower mark, as it stands I am close to half way there after two years… Maybe if I keep trudging along it will continue to grow till I meet that goal ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway… I feel like maybe this occasion deserves cake… or at least a romantic evening drinking some wine in front of the faint glow of my computer screen… While I whisper softlyย  “Happy Blogaversary to you too, WordPress…”

Don’t judge our love.