Some Light Reading

Work and family continue to keep me busy this month. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite posts from the blog. These aren’t necessarily the “reader favorites,” but I think they’re good glimpses at the various aspects of me. For newer readers who may not have seem them, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check them out. And maybe long-time followers will enjoy a rerun or two. Continue reading

Saturday Sundries 4

I’m at a wedding today. Somehow, my niece is old enough to embark on this journey, and yet I swear it was just last year that I became an aunt and was holding her newborn self. But today she’s a wonderful young woman on the first day of what I hope will be a lifetime of happiness and adventure with the man she loves.

So for today’s light fare we have the following offerings. Continue reading

Ringing In The New

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Let me start by thanking Char of Joy in the Moments for nominating me as a Blog of the Year for 2012.

Since it’s now 2013, I’ll retire this one. I’d bet we’ll see the 2013 version by autumn. 😉

As they have for so many others, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Of course, if you’ve read this post, you know these numbers are less than accurate. 😉 But we can still have some fun with them.

There’s a link at the bottom for the full report, but you don’t need to bother with it. Here are my highlights.

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals.

If the Reader didn’t eat so many views, this number might be more like 20,000…. 😛 Either way, thank you again to all who have visited!

One of the top five referrers to my blog was Carrie Rubin’s The Write Transition. Carrie was also the top commenter on my blog. Kourtney Heintz, 4amWriter, Robin Coyle, and philosphermouseofthehedge round out the Top 5 of my awesome commenters. I’m sure most of you already follow these great bloggers, but if you don’t, do check them out!

Even though I’m a writer and post mainly about my WIPs, my most viewed posts had nothing to do with them. Instead, posts about blogging, social media, scheduling this thing called life, and the Tall Ships in Baltimore scored the most readers. Neither poetically inclined archaeologist Meghan Bode nor the characters from the WIPs came anywhere near them.

There you have the highlights. We’ll get back to regular programming on Saturday. The WIPs are the subject of Saturday’s post—even if it won’t generate mega views. The characters are far more important to me than blog stats. 🙂

Did you check out your Annual Stats Report? Or did you skim the email and move on? If you haven’t blogged a full year, you may not get one.

Click here to see the complete report.

So The Dog Didn’t Eat My Blog Views — WordPress Did

Maybe you’ve noticed this. You upload a post and a few minutes later, the “likes” start coming in. But wait—your stats page doesn’t show any views for the post. Where did these “likes” come from?

Blog-savvy readers know the likes originate in the WordPress Reader. Readers can read posts and leave likes without leaving the Reader. (Wanna try saying that ten times fast?) Only if they comment will a view appear in your stats.

Excuse me, but this makes no sense. Continue reading

Generally Speaking

Jack of all trades but Master of none. . .

. . . is an old expression meaning someone is competent at a number of tasks but doesn’t excel at any single thing. The phrase is meant to be disparaging. But why should that be? Why is it “better” to do one thing very well (specialize) rather than be competent at several (generalize)?

You see both behaviors in the animal kingdom. Some species are “generalists.” They eat a variety of plants (and other animals). Think bears. Continue reading