2013 Review of a Private English Tutor
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
So what does it all mean for this private English tutor?
My aims when setting up this blog in May 2012 were twofold:
i. To achieve a regular writing discipline that would enable me to write a novel.
ii. To use the blog as a form of social media, that would help direct potential students to our web site: www.experiencedtutors.co.uk
To cut a long story short, it has worked for both the above points.
The novel now has a 78,000 word first draft, that will have achieved its first edit by the end of this month and could well see publication before the end of the year – and those searching for tuition in our subjects in our area, find our web site ranking well with the search engines. So, job done!
All that seems very cold and calculating – it is!
What has surprised me is that the blog has become more than my two original objectives. That is where you guys come in. Out there, you are reading this and I have become a part of your blogging life. I read of your trials and tribulations and and sometimes we exchange comments. That gives my blog a human aspect, not simply one to achieve the two objectives. A blog is like a baby that you give birth to and then tend and nourish and as you watch it grow and mature, you become more and more attached to it. Like most things in life – you get out what you put in. Enough waxing lyrical, what do the numbers that WordPress have produced mean?
Purely from a numbers point of view, my most popular posts were those dealing with B.D.S.M. and those passing on awards. As to what that says about you guys out there – I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. I have just been awarded the Liebster Award by an interesting blog: bradfonseca. I will be passing that on soon – I wonder if my viewing figures will rise?
I posted 49 posts in 52 weeks. What happened in those 3 weeks I didn’t post? They have been the last few weeks. I have wanted to push on with the editing and used my time for that instead. Also, time was taken up entering the Richard and Judy new novelist competition. This is Britain’s answer to Oprah’s book club. With a £50,000 publishing contract for the winner, what have I got to lose?
The annual review gives the top referring sites to my blog; next to WordPress it was Twitter. Last April I joined Twitter because. . . well, it seemed the thing to do, to help me when my novel eventually gets published. I posted about this at the time – Twitter Post. I have been slowly building my followers to more than 2,200. Followers on Twitter are certainly easier to accrue than they are bloggers on WordPress. I have found it good fun but not as engaging as blogging. To be perfectly honest with you – I still don’t really ‘get’ it. . .
Many of you have communicated with me in the past year and to you all I would like to say a huge THANK YOU. Without you I wouldn’t have a blog. However, there are those that have taken up more of my time – in a good way. Those that I have had more comments with/from are:
i. writeonthebeach (48 comments) – Fascinating stories of the English coastline from her area, although she is about to run away to France. I love her turn of phrase and sometimes acerbic wit.
ii. Saucy gander (42 comments) – If you like food, you’ll like Saucy. Although, I thoroughly enjoy how she leads you into the ‘how to do it’ bit with great stories. Wonderful.
iii. Billie (32 comments) – A lady from Belgium who is more Irish than the Irish! Do look at her great blog.
iv. crankycaregiver (24 comments) – How brilliant this lady is. . . Do check her out.
v. pishnguyen (20 comments) – Pish’s Blog of Loveliness. The right words in the correct order. A blog from the heart. Lovely.
Thank you flying experiencedtutors!!!