Monday, 13 January 2014
My Blogging Year
I celebrated my blogging birthday on New Year's Eve. Started a year ago with the vague intention of blogging about fashion like some of the blogs I'd been reading. That didn't last long. I had other things to say and wasn't keen on too many pictures of myself anyway. I've kept on blogging though, even if less regularly than I originally intended.
This is post number 80, so quite an achievement. My other statistics aren't that impressive. Ok, I've had 4416 pages views, but I suspect quite a number of those are me checking my own pages. And the most viewed post is one about handbags, mentioning designer Michael Kors - 444 views last time I looked. No comments on that post though - reckon those who did look at it were fairly unimpressed. I have 10 followers, not a huge number compared to the hundreds many of you other bloggers have, but I really value those of you who do read and comment here. And reading the blogs I follow is a real treat: blogs about fashion, minimalism, motherhood, craft, cooking, gardening. I also love the blogs which show beautiful photographs. I love reading about other women's lives and I've really enjoyed connecting with other people - people like me from Northern Ireland, but also those who have lives which are very different from mine.
Looking back over the posts for 2013, I am struck by how many are about loss. In addition to Dad whose phone call I still wait for every Sunday evening, I've blogged about the loss of others who have influence our lives: Seamus Heaney, Iain Banks and even Margaret Thatcher (who may not have been such a positive influence). It does feel like the end of an era.
Yet there was much happiness too in 2013 and I begin 2014 in a fairly hopeful and positive frame of mind. My blog is a sort of online journal, I suppose, a companion to the journals I've been keeping for years. I got a new 2014 one from Paperchase for Christmas and a pen to go with it from my lovely girl. Blogging is, like journal writing, a habit now and one I'm going to continue, even if posting much more than once a week is unrealistic. So please keep reading and commenting when you can.