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Been looking at my dashboard this morning. I hope WordPress would bring back that assessment they usually do at the end of the year telling you how you fared with your blog.

It is nice to know that the most read blog with all time views was my post on Mama Mary  I posted it back in September 2011 and it garnered total views of 23,824. Next in line is my blog about our road trip at Regina RICA which we did at the start of the year 2012.  It has  total views of 10,122. Coming in third is my post about one of our local author’s books The Early Bird Catches The Worm But The Second Mouse Gets The Cheese. It has 8,156 views.The author Francis J. Kong is a very gifted and popular motivational speaker here in our country.  I was surprised at the response I got from that post and most of those who commented were just passersby so to speak. Back in  May 2009, I just started blogging here. These were followed by my earlier posts when  I was hospitalized and underwent chemotherapy ten years ago. My total stats at the moment reached 597,267. Maybe by the end of  December, it’ll reach 600,000 views….wishing.

You know why page views are important too? It’s because they tell you whether your blog content is good or not. They may not always make comments or click like but you know they have visited and read your posts. I check my stats occasionally and I am glad I had reached this number.

 

 

 

 

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Sometimes, I wanted to change the look of my blog by changing themes but I always end up going back to this reliable one for me, the Misty Look.

There are more free themes going up the site but somehow when you feel just a little comfortable with your chosen one, you are reluctant to try something else.

I was looking at the options for text colors for my Heartland series earlier but I could not find it. I have to make a little research  to do it. It used to be there all the while and all you have to do is to highlight the words you want to change into another text color and presto, you’re done.  It’s gone.

According to the article I read “You can easily solve this issue by clicking on the “Toolbar Toggle” button, which is the second icon from the right under the “Add Media” and “Add Contact Form” buttons.” 

“Once you’ve clicked on that button, you’ll see an icon with an underlined “A” and a down arrow fourth from the left. If you hover your mouse over it, “text color” will pop up.”

Got it. I was just wondering why it suddenly disappeared from the options above unless you click that toggle button.  Oh, they keep changing the rules and if you are not aware of it, you’ll be lost.

Some bloggers don’t mind if they have a high stats or not, I do. It is a measure and a barometer wherein you would know whether people are reading your blog posts or not. Some don’t have WordPress  account but they read and visit. Occasionally, you get comments from people you hardly see here. Presently, I have a total of  592,509 stats and I hope, it’ll reach 600,000 by year end.  It doesn’t matter much if I have thousands of followers or not, most of them don’t engage anyway. 4,000 followers are good enough for me.

How’s your blogging journey?

 

 

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Where are they now?

Those long-ago bloggers who used to be so active in commenting then all of a sudden, they are gone. I miss their blog posts. From time to time, I see their comments in my old blog entries and when I click their site links, either the blog has become a private one or they have stopped posting altogether.

When does one stop blogging? I’ve been in the blogging world for ten years now and it did not even come to mind to stop sharing here. As I’ve always said before,  blogging has somehow become a way of life. You get to know people from all walks of life, you meet friends and it seems the geography becomes just a few minutes of visits and updates.  The places they visit become your world for a while too. You get to laugh and smile about their adventures and empathize with them in their misfortunes.

Of course, it is always  nice to meet new bloggers and old ones whose blogs you have just discovered. It is nice to get updates in places you have never been to but you see them vividly in pictures. It is always nice to share your thoughts and somewhere, somehow, someone is glad to hear from you.

Content still counts though. There is nothing like a good content that attracts fellow bloggers and writers to read your blog. Blogging is like going to school focusing on specific subjects one day at a time. I write, you read. You interact, I reply. And when we are happy with the interaction, we form a friendship. We look forward to the next post  sometimes with bated breath. What is in store for me today?

A blog entry isn’t just a long text, it is an opportunity to meet people, a chance to meet friends.

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I am sure some of us regularly check our dashboards for those unwanted spam comments that appear every now and then, checking if we have missed acknowledging comments on our posts, sometimes looking at where our viewers are coming from or maybe checking our stats for the day.

I am particularly concerned about the storage space since I am using a free format for my blog. For bloggers like us who don’t want to convert our blogs to premium accounts, we are only allowed 3,072 megabytes in one single blog. I’ve used up 75% of it as of the moment. Back when I started blogging ten years ago, I didn’t know much about how photos would eat up a lot of space allowed specially when you are posting hi-resolution shots like I did before.  My free space rapidly filled up. Three or two years ago, I finally learned that I can reduce my photos to sizable ones in my library before adding them to my posts. I should have learned that long ago when I was still participating in the daily WordPress Photography Challenge in which you will interpret a word through your photographs.  That was when I joined a more difficult challenge of writing and posting everyday back in 2011.

Yesterday, I finally reached my 2,700th post for this blog alone and I think that’s a lot of writing. That’s averaging 300 to 500 words per post.  Add that to my four other somewhat inactive blogs and you’ll get the figure.  There was a time I when I felt the day was not complete when I can’t blog. There was also a few months when WordPress introduced commenting on each post writing such feedbacks like wonderful, amazing, beautiful etc. I miss those yearly reviews they did before on how your blog fared throughout the year. They even introduced words everyday that you can use to write about something related to it. Though I still visit my dashboard regularly, I no longer read WordPress events and news.

I am glad of my ever looming stats. It has greatly increased through the years. Right now, I have about 586,697 total. My followers haven’t reached 4,000 yet but I am nearing there. Most of them don’t engage anyway except for a few friends who regularly visit and make comments. Some follow through e-mails only and around 90 from Twitter. I seldom link my posts at Facebook except when the topic is about politics.

I am still enamored with blogging. It’s one activity that I enjoy doing though at times I seem to lose my muse.  It is a journey that I want to continue. Would love to explore and discover more blogs in the future.

What about you? How’s you blogging journey?

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Continued gardening early this morning and around three this afternoon. Except for trimming the carabao grass, I’m done with the garden inside our fence. So happy to have transferred seven pots of Adenium seedlings.  Four inch of growth with established roots, just perfect for replanting. This is my first time to plant Adenium (through seeds). I noticed their robust stems, fat ones that made me smile.  Gardening is always a thrill when everything fall into place, a neat space to spend those idle mornings while watching the sun go up the horizon. I need to pick more calamansi, there are plenty of them.

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll tackle the overgrown grass  and weeds mixed with our dwarf Santan and the Snake plants. Since it is rainy season now, the unwanted weeds grow by leaps and bounds.

A friend sent me this meme. I love it. Some good and inspiring thoughts about life.

Have a nice week ahead.

 

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For the past six years or so, I’ve been monitoring my stats, at least every three years. Back in 2013, I only had a total of 205,005. Then in 2016, it almost doubled to 410,003. It has somehow reduced though for the past three years, it just registered a total of 579,451.

I understand the somehow downward trend, I haven’t been that active and some of the contents are not that good. Or maybe, people got tired of visiting and reading my posts. Blogging for ten years, I have almost covered all subjects worth-blogging at least for me – my family, the books I read, book reviews, daily happenings in my life, friends, fellow bloggers, being a gardener, being a grandma to Nate, my health, occasional road trips, my thoughts on various subjects that I can think of.

I do write short, short poems sometime when I am in the mood. What I have neglected is to update my photography blog. I haven’t bought a camera yet, so lazy to find a new one. One of my cellphones though which Nissa gave me  packs a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12-micron. Good enough for those spur of the moment shots that I love to do. It’s easier to take photos when you are just holding a small gadget. You won’t need to adjust anything, just point and shoot.

I don’t mind much about followers, most of them just follow but do not engage. Many are asking to follow them back even if they just click one post in your blog. I love my regular commenters and likers though. When I see them here, it feels like I am sharing something worthwhile.

How’s your blogging journey?

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Hello everyone!

Just curious. Are you that type of blogger who only reads your reader’s newsfeed and  do not visit the sites of the bloggers you are reading and commenting on? I’ve done that for a number of years till I discovered that it is nicer to visit the sites than just commenting and reading on your feed. You will be able to discover how their blogs look like, how the blogs were customized to fit their themes, how photos were arranged for a better look and views. I used to see those votes in every blog post I write then it stopped but lately it is back again. Maybe some new bloggers  clicked the “vote” button at the lower portion of the title of each post which you can’t find if you are just reading your feed.

I have different photos on my header when you click different posts but I haven’t changed my theme. I just love the Sadish look. I love the clear lines and simple look of the customized site. I am using a free team and that won’t change because I don’t want to pay every year for a blog that is quite personal. It is not a business blog and I don’t earn anything from it.

I am quite sad that a friend who blogs in another platform has given up on blogging. He is retreating from being active on social media because he could not take the tragedy happening to our country day by day. He actually wished he could do anything actively like some of  our friends are doing but he is staying in another country so it is a bit hard for him to do so.

This is a blatant insult to us Filipinos. I saw some photos of people selling chinese flags at a public place like Luneta. I can’t help but react. We will be celebrating our Independence Day on Wednesday June 12 but why this? Who allowed them to sell those chinese flags? Ibinabandera nila ang hindi naman atin. Gosh, it gives me the shivers. There was a time when I felt so happy seeing everyone celebrates our Independence but it seems in all the three years that a certain individual took over, it has become so frustrating to see them ignore the importance of what our ancestors sacrificed for.

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