Welcome to 2018

Another year has come and gone here on the blog, and it was a big one for me personally as I was pregnant for most of the year and then had my first kid just in time for Thanksgiving.  Being a new mom has definitely been a big change, and I’m still not sure what it means for my blog except that I’m not able to write as often.  I hope to continue this year with my Weekly Photo Challenges and participating in the bimonthly GeekyNerdy Book Club and the monthly Star Wars coloring book Fan Art Friday.  Apart from that I hope to do a “real” post every week or two.

The topics I want to cover this year include more book reviews of all kinds, video games, and a few brief science literacy topics.  Also I’m watching a lot of TV and Netflix right now (thanks, kid), so you might see some of that here, too.  Of course, I will always have various Star Wars topics.  What would you guys like to read about this year?

In 2017, I had 14,255 views from 9,735 visitors, which is down a bit from the previous year, but I also didn’t post as much.  I did have 604 comments which is a few more than the previous year, so I’m glad I was able to still have a high level of engagement with visitors.  Here are some of the posts that drew people to the site.

Top Posts from 2017

  1. Hello, I’m an #ActualLivingScientist (AMA)
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow
  3. My Top 5 Versions of Beauty and the Beast
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Most visited posts during 2017

  1. There is no hot air balloon in Around the World in Eighty Days
  2. We all got a chicken-duck-woman-thing waiting for us: Star Wars Bad Lip Reading
  3. Famous Introvert-Extrovert Pairs
  4. The chemistry of Payday 2
  5. More Star Wars Bad Lip Reading

My year end posts were:

  1. 2017 Reading Review
  2. My Favorite K-pop videos of 2017

In 2017 I got hits from 126 countries, including such gems as Gibraltar, Myanmar, Greenland, Kyrgyzstan, and Syria.

No surprise that my top 5 countries were:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. India

Best wishes to everyone in the new year!  What are you looking forward to in 2018?

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Looking forward to 2015

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Happy New Year!  Best wishes to all for the coming year.

Last year my blog grew tremendously; according to the “stats helper monkeys” I posted 116 times, and received around 7,000 views from 104 countries.  Considering that as I write this I’m at 10,737 views, 2014 hits make up the vast majority of that.  Here are 2 graphs that show how significant 2014 was for my blog:

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That crazy bump in March was when my Introvert Haircut post randomly got linked by an introvert Facebook group—564 views alone on one day.

Thank you to everyone in the community that has taken the time to stop by to read and/or comment on my blog.  I hope I can keep my blog growing in 2015.  I will continue with my Weekly Photo Challenge: Galápagos posts on Mondays for now, and hopefully get out one other post per week.  I may also start messing with the layout and formatting because I’m growing unsatisfied with my current theme.

As a habitual planner, I have many goals for 2015.  I want to write more of my novel that’s been slowly growing through 2 NaNoWriMos, and maybe start some of the others in my head.  I want to do more gaming, and write about it here.  I want to read more “grown-up” books; as I mentioned yesterday, I read a lot of YA last year, and while I love it and will continue to read it, I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of great literature.  I want to explore new geekery!  Most of all, I want to figure out what makes me happy, and do it.  Seems like the simplest thing in the world, but it’s really the quest of a lifetime.

Anything you would like to hear more about from me in the new year?