Saturday, 20 July 2013

Rambulation Year. Fred Olsen. Rolling Blogs. Kim Sears & Cornwall's Chris Billington's Art. Tips for New Bloggers.Warmenhoven Gold Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Year 1 in the Life of a Blogger.  21 July 2012 to July 20, 2013

194 Page Views the day after recent post 
on Cornwall artist Chris Billington

Cosmic Lights, Mousehole 
by Chris Billington


The year has gone quickly and has ended on a real high, culminating in a record-breaking 1,147 page views in one day on Kim Sears' art on 7 July, the happy day when Andy Murray won Wimbledon. There have been 2012 page views on my two posts on Kim so far.

Another highlight of the year was in Month 3 when The Tablet gave me a by-line and used my post on the first free school in Cornwall, St Michael's in Camborne. 

A post on Emmaus after going to an Emmaus shop in Brittany led to my being asked  to do the publicity for Emmaus Cornwall.

This month I was also pleased to see that local newspaper The West Briton is following me on Twitter!

In the blog Overview page there is a list of Search Keywords, which are all standard apart from one looking for 'Angie Merkel cleavage' which is indeed shown on my post.

Now the year is up every now and then I shall post statistics and news under the About me profile, which is at the top of every post.

Thankyou  to all my readers.

2012
Page views
July
403
August
1279
September
1272
October
1094
November
1981
December
1964
2013

January
3093
February
2978
March
2656
April
2409
May
3688
June
3309
July
5,383
Full Year
30,512

The large increase in monthly figures shown above in January 2013 was entirely due to adding links and tabs.  It is regrettable it took so long to learn how to do this but I had no idea of their importance.


The increase in May was due to three posts on the Chelsea Flower Show. Readers really like gardening, and this year there was an incredible exhibit which won gold for Warmenhoven from the Netherlands for a hanging garden of upside down amaryllis.

Months
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Countries   

UK
811
1618
1999
2528
3367
4076
 4975
5726
6331
7431
8564
11232
USA
270
610
762
1073
1649
2247
 2850
3354
3903
4737
5583
6445
China
  7
30
44
273
360
576
 805
1137
1641
2049
2371
2720
Ukraine
152
292
443
637
 950
1061
1065
1080
1098
1,162
Germany
  7
40
50
106
180
310
 494
609
696
767
912
1,115
France
 12
35
53
131
173
202
 238
283
367
437
635
844
Russia
105
110
128
173
216
292
 326
438
595
634
700
777
Australia
 12
40
44
84
98
125
 161
186
187
224
281
341
Israel
43
43
60
63
98
259 
283
283
283
283
283
Poland
 1
19 
85
102
108
115
122
125

I have written 189 posts in all, an average of 15.75 posts a month.


This is a lot considering I was away for a month on a wonderful boat trip to the Black Sea last autumn, where I could not blog, owing to the excessive computer charges on board Fred Olsen's the Black Watch.  I asked the UK head office in advance if I could pay less to use the wi-fi on board to blog about the trip for a reduced rate but was turned down. Perhaps I spoke to the wrong person. Fred Olsen has a load of faithful followers and clearly doesn't need more publicity. On my return I wrote about Nessebar, Odessa, Swallow's Nest Castle and Gallipoli, which were well-received.

 Rob Brough and  David Sansom
on the evening I met them 
at Blue Hills campsite near St Agnes,

Rolling Blogs

Despite not being able to blog for a month on board ship, a rolling or ongoing blog on teenagers David Sansom and Rob Brough during their walk for Emmaus Oxford from Land's End to John o' Groats added to the amount of posts.

I was writing about the boys on their journey through Cornwall to support Emmaus as a new member and because Emmaus Cornwall is opening its first charity shop in Aylmer Square, St Austell. However the boys of course kept moving steadily north and it would have been churlish to have stopped writing about them once they moved out of Cornwall. In any case I enjoyed learning more about the counties they went through plus Wales and Scotland. My general blog on the walk 7. Do Land's End to John o' Groats Barefoot or by Wheelchair, Lawn Mower, JCB Excavator, Skateboard, Unicycle, Motorbike, Public Transport, Hitch-hiking  Golfing, Running, Walking, Driving: Facts and Figures was the most popular.

Top Page Views

Readers' top three posts are all on art: the celebrity art of Kim Sears clearly prevails. 
Paralympic Sailing Results are still getting read, owing to the lamentable omission by our national media last year on these unsung, untelevised unwritten about heroes and heroines. 

About me   458
London Collections. 2012. Men in frills,skirts and topless  139
Vogue for Russian Art. Auctions and Exhibitions   138
Death and Burials at Sea. A watery grave 137
Istanbul Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace 131
Handelsbanken   127
Highlights for Hairdressers Russell Robin,  Truro   127
Buchinger Clinic. Therapeutic Fasting 123
Bodmin Moor. Brown Willy. Political Correctness 122
A Bursar's Checklist. Truro School. Employment Law 117
Crufts 1.  Crossbreeds/mongrels are allowed for the first time 117
Afghanistan World Heritage Site. Minaret of Jam 118
Erectile Disfunction 2: NHS update on the effects of Korean ginseng berry extract  104
Grandma Moses   104
Newquay 103

Page Views from 111 countries, with welcome newcomers in bold. 

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, S. Sudan, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Republic, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Tips for Beginner Bloggers
  • Rolling Blogs are good and assure you of a steady readership.
  • Add Labels and Tags right at the beginning
  • If you are going away on holiday and have to pay for use of wi-fi, prepare blogs by doing internet research on your article beforehand. 
  • Do a good profile of yourself. I didn't bother for months, but have made up for it since in About me, which is shown at the top of every post. Readers are interested in the writer.
  • Put gadgets on straightaway, like FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn 
  • Use hashtags on Twitter, which direct searches to your posts.
  • Google Chrome works best for a blog as it has more strings to its bow.