Happy New Year! Time to get back on the blogging bandwagon!!

happy_timesThey say that the best place to start is at the bottom…

2013 was a dismal year for blogging for me. Not that I want to go back over the years to see in what year I posted the least amount of content, but I’m pretty sure that since I started blogging in 2007, last year had to be the worst year on record for me. 13 posts. Wow!

A couple of years ago, I signed up for the daily blogging challenge, and pulled off more than 365 posts that year, without missing a day! That included getting married, and somehow pulling off a post on my wedding day!

Life is busier now for me, without a doubt. Now, I’ve got 4 young boys, and that on it’s own sucks most of my ‘creative’ energy. By the time they are in bed, I am not far behind them! That doesn’t make for much time with my lovely wife. To be honest, it has been a hard year of trying to connect again with the love of my life.

So what better way to start off a new year than to head back to blogging to feel like I can succeed at something! Maybe if I can jump start my brain with some written prose, it will also invigorate my brain enough to have something new and exciting to talk about with my wife. Parenting a bunch of young kids is hard, and the last thing I want is to slowly drift apart from the woman I’ve chosen to share my life with.

2014 will be better. Today’s the start…

 

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2013 in review – Well, that sucked! haha

What an ironic way to finish off the year; post my horrible stats for the year I almost stopped blogging completely! haha.

I have had a busy, and sometimes, stressful life this year. My free time has withered to almost nothing, as has my regular mountain biking schedule.

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but 2014 needs to be an improvement for me, that’s certain. So, what better place to start, than at the bottom.

Without further ado, here are my crappy blog stats. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

Postaday2011 Challenge accepted and now complete!

Happy new year
Image by bupowski via Flickr

Well, today is the final day of the 2011 Postaday Challenge! I made it… 🙂

Here are the stats for this last year.

My site traffic increased by 200%! I got almost 50,000 unique visitors and the trend for the last 3 months shows almost 5500 visitors/month currently! Though I never expect my site to be big, I sure like seeing constant visitors and regular comment. Thank you for coming back over and over again and being brave enough to leave comments!

One of the points of the Postaday challenge was to obviously post every day. One thing that I didn’t think of was simply making it to 365 posts. I looked back and I completed 374 posts in 2011. Since starting to blog I have completed 793 blog posts. Doing the math, that means that this year alone I’ve done 47% of all my blogging, and I started in 2007!

If I look at my visitors, I’ve had 71% of my all time traffic to the site in 2011 too. Meaning, the more I post, the more visitors the site will get! Who knew? lol.

Have a Happy New Year! See you back in 2012.