Musings is 4 years old today!
My daughters are great kids, but I have especially fond memories of them at 4 years old. Suddenly they transformed from a baby into a person. And now this blog has reached a similar milestone, growing from a baby during its first years on LiveJournal, into something more fully formed here. So on my 4th “blogiversary,” I thought I’d look back at the past year, and share some thoughts about the year ahead.
Last weekend, the “stats helper monkeys” at WordPress.com provided me with a whole mess of data about my blog in 2010. This was my first year on WordPress, and here’s what I have to show for it:
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 195 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 197 posts.
The busiest day of the year was November 24th with 94 views. The most popular post that day was Midweek @ Musings: If you give a blogger a cookie ….
These posts and pages had the most views in 2010:
- Midweek @ Musings: If you give a blogger a cookie … November 2010
- Classics Circuit Review: The Ways of White Folks, by Langston Hughes February 2010
- About November 2009
- Classics Circuit Review: Thérèse Raquin, by Émile Zola April 2010
- Review: A Woman, by Sibilla Aleramo February 2010
I also expanded my relationships in the blogging community. I enjoyed the interaction on this blog, discovered lots of great blogs, and kept up with some old favorites (check out my complete blogroll in the sidebar).
Those sweet little things pictured above are now 18 and 15 years old, and have matured into intelligent, confident young women. Now, I don’t know if this blog will ever reach the ripe old age of 15 (!!), but I do know it will mature over time and I want it to be something I’m proud of. My blogiversary is a good time to find ways to build on what I’ve created here so far. Last year I created a Blog Improvement To-Do List. This year I have just a couple of broad resolutions:
Strengthen connections with classics bloggers. Something interesting happened in 2010 — most of my new connections were people who enjoyed reading classics. Bloggers like Paperback Reader, cardigangirlverity, Book Snob, Buried in Print, Iris on Books, and Stuck in a Book enriched my reading through their love of classic literature. Most of them read other genres as well, but generally speaking, we read more “older” fiction than newly published works. This insight helped me define my own blogging niche. In 2011 I want to strengthen these relationships and build new ones.
Experiment with new types of content: Last year I established a “blogging rhythm,” creating my Midweek @ Musings feature, and taking part in The Sunday Salon. In 2011 I’d like to bring more variety and creativity to those posts. I like the way Florinda at The 3 R’s Blog curates content for her readers, pulling together links she finds around the interwebs. And I think it would be fun to have more “book chat,” like comparing two books, or a book and a movie. I’m open to ideas, so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.
Thanks for reading and commenting over the past year. Here’s to a great 2011!