NaBloPoMo Wrap-Up

nablopomowrapupThe only NaBloPoMo post I missed was on the very final day! Sort of silly, I know, but we were flying from Mexico to Atlanta to Milwaukee, so it was a long and busy day. When I started NaBloPoMo on November first, I did not have very high hopes for completing the challenge, so I did much better than anticipated.

By the numbers:

  • 306 views
  • 89 likes
  • 27 comments
  • 206 visitors from 29 different countries
  • 10 new followers
    • This is not a big number for some bloggers, but considering I have less than 160 followers, 10 is a lot! 10 more people found something in common with what I was posting and liked my site enough to want to read more. Thanks!

The month really seemed to fly by (especially since we vacationed in Mexico for six days at the end of the month), so I didn’t even feel like I had time to accomplish all the goals I had envisioned for myself on the first day of the month. That’s okay though. I revived an old work-in-progress, posted thirty times, commented on other people’s blogs, and jumped back into blogging. It was also rather comforting to read that a lot of other people all over the country were just as shocked and dismayed as I was about the election results. It will be interesting to see how this all looks next November.

NaBloPoMo was just the creative boost I needed to wrap up 2016. Now, it’s time for Christmas shopping, decorating for the holidays, and spending time with family and friends. Thanks again for taking the time to check out my blog this month.  

How was your NaBloPoMo 2016 experience?

Reviving My Blog Goals

imageIt was 70 degrees today. On November 17th. In Wisconsin! My daughter and I played outside at a park. Without coats on. Did I mention we live in Wisconsin? It was too beautiful today to spend time on my computer, so it’ll be a short post.

During last year’s NaBloPoMo, I came up with a list of goals for my blog. Looking back at that list…I failed miserably. I think the only one I succeeded at was creating a new web banner.

So today, I updated my About page. Now I completed two things on my list! Please check it out and tell me what you think.

The rest of the goals still feel relevant to me, so I will continue working on this list. Hopefully I’ll have a few more of them completed by the next time NaBloPoMo rolls around!

One Year Blogiversary

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started blogging. Based on the failed journals and diaries of my past, I thought it was something I’d try, but wouldn’t succeed at. I’m proud of myself for really giving the blog a chance—even during the summer slump.

Looking at the stats, I’ve been visited by 675 viewers in 18 different countries and have almost 80 followers. While these numbers may seem small to some bloggers, I’m absolutely amazed! I’m glad I was able to post about topics that other people cared about as well. My top blog posts of the year were:

  1. No Love for Allegiant
  2. Banned Books Week 2014
  3. Literary (Temporary) Tattoos
  4. Entry #14 – Dream Cast
  5. Entry #1 – Where Your Books Live

Thanks to all of you in the blogosphere who have taken the time to stop by my blog. I appreciate the support.