Month in Review: April’s #atozchallenge

This will be the last time I mention the A to Z Challenge this year.

I promise. And since April is officially over, too, that means there are only 237 days left until Christmas!

For the first time this year the blog reached over 1,500 views. I was aiming for 2K, but fell just a bit short with a total of 1,516. I need to work on reaching out to new blogs and commenting on others. Got kinda wrapped up in my own little blog world over the last month. I hope to keep this trending upward.

Some didn’t just come, but stayed. There were 651 visitors. I try to create the same standard as a Lay’s potato chip. Betcha can’t read just one. This is down 10. I’ll take that. It’s still up from February.

Y’all really liked me. 194 more likes in April than in March for a total of 641. While it’s not the stat I base my success on, it’s comforting to know that you not only took time out of your day to read my chicken scratch, but you clicked that little like button.

The number of comments were down, but I at tribute that to me not commenting on other’s A to Z posts. I did have a bunch on my personal Facebook page which aren’t included in this number. These discussion and shared stories are what keep bringing me back doing this pro bono writing.  I seriously appreciate all your comments. Seriously.

I wrote 9 more post last month than I did in March. I wrote one more post than there are days in April (that’s 31 for those of you forgot how many days are in April). That’s because I wrote every single day for the A to Z Challenge plus an extra on for last month’s Month in Review. This brings me a total of 803 published posts. The most viewed post was D is for… (Dad) with 59 views. Sunday Share: Week 14 was a close second with 55. They were followed by Sunday Share: Week 15 with 53 views.

I went World Wide by being viewed by 34 countries. The US, Canada, and India were the top three countries to visit last month. UK, Netherlands, and Australia were bumped out!

Then only search term recorded for April was “boy tentacle wedgie”. I would love to know which post that search lead them to.

March ended with 843 followers. Just one month later and I have 884. A gain of 41 in just one month. My newest three followers (this is my favorite part of the review) Travels with IgorBad Mom, and Writing with A Side of Life. Thank you to ALL who have subscribed! I’m now only 116 followers short of 1,000. Who will be my 1,000th? It could be you! You’ll be amused, entertained, and occasionally you’ll thank your lucky stars none of this is happening to you.

The top 6 commentors:

Grubbs-n-Critters (69)
Kountry Mama 2012 (58)
A Momma’s View (42)
Dorky Mom Doodles (39)
That’s What Anxious Mom Said (25)
Coach Daddy (17)

Think you can make it into the top six? Leave me a comment and find out!

In an ironic twist of fate, two of the three most viewed posts during the A-Z Challenge weren’t even A-Z posts and two of the 6 commentors are the same person with two different blogs!

That was a fun month of posts. If you like challenges there is another coming up in September called the “Taboo Word Challenge” where you have to write your post without the word of the day. Sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds. More details coming in August.

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Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May Flowers bring?

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20 thoughts on “Month in Review: April’s #atozchallenge

  1. Those are some great stats and I need to tell you I could read your post. Such a crazy month it was. You have a fabulous follower base.
    Some tips – are you a part of any blogging community? It helps to promote your work in a community. It’s a safe space and other bloggers support. Try getting on Facebook if you haven’t. I also enjoy finding new folks via the Daily Post 🙂
    I loved the quote that you shared – for sure will get it to my May month in review :))

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    • Thanks, Parul! I’m not really part of any one community in the blogging world. I do share my posts to my personal FB page but am considering setting up one for the blog. I have a few regulars that I read who share other’s post (similar to my Sunday Share) and I find new bloggers that way. I used to do flash fiction (photo prompt 100 word stories) and was part of a community then. I will eventually get back to that. Thanks for your tips!

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      • Good luck! Know that if you create your blog’s FB page, you will have my like. I think it’s a great step to create that brand. I recently created a separate Instagram too for the blog. 🙂

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  2. May flowers bring June bliss 😉 Just made it up but hope it will be the case! Great numbers, Eric! Keep it up! My April has been very quiet but I think it’s because I couldn’t reach out as much as I usually do and read and comment and connect. So here is to a new month 😉

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  3. I love SATs but get a bit obsessed! I’m about the same as you but less new visitors so that’s my aim in May…..I need to connect with more bloggers. Have you tried linking up to any Linky parties? My favourites are #tweensteensbeyond and #adventurecalling which would definitely suit your blog. Good luck for May! X

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  4. Yayyy! Still up there in #1! 😀 Funny that NL is not the top country…hmm..must be a VPN re-route. I’ve been rubbish too at keeping up with blogs and commenting. I’ll need to get round to that more often with other blogs, but yours is always a must-read reading pleasure. 😀

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