Month In Review

My last Month in Review was just 10 days ago as I was late in getting to it in February. Now we’re into the third month of the year. I’m not exactly sure if March has come in like a lion or lamb. Perhaps a gentle lion? Or maybe an aggressive lamb? We’ve had clouds and rain for the first two days of March, but it’s been 9 C. Nova Scotia’s groundhog, Shubenacadie Sam, saw his shadow and therefore predicts an early spring. Regardless of shadows, spring will officially be here on the 20th. Incidentally, that’s the day before my parent’s 900th 42nd wedding anniversary.

Anyway, last month was a rough month in the beginning and it pretty much threw the rest of the month for a loop and barrel roll. If my blog were a soapbox car in a soapbox derby, my stats would be the perfect downhill.

February saw 19 posts. This is down from 24 the month prior.
Since there were fewer posts and I was reading fewer blogs, I received 1,263 views for the month. This is down 62 from January. I hope to turn this around in March and get those numbers climbing again. Last April saw 2,000+ views per month. It would be nice to be there again.

There were 565 visitors which is down 30. I’m as grateful for those 565 that I am for the 595 because they are the ones who came for a read and stayed for a Coke and a chat.

391 people were inspired enough to click that star – the like button. I like that, even though it is exactly 100 fewer likes than January.

My favorite stat to look at though (besides views, of course) are the comments. This is what brings me back to blogging. I could have a million views a day, but they would be meaningless if there were zero comments. Thanks to the 330 of you who were so kind, so moved, and so inspired to leave a comment in February. This is only 12 fewer than January. Not bad considering I had 5 fewer posts. I wonder who left the most comments?

February’s most popular post was Get to Know Me Tag with 77 views. In this post I made up some fun questions and directions then tagged some blogging friends. I’m not sure if it’s still going or not, but it was fun to see it pop up. In a close second was Sunday Share 6.This is one of my favorite recurring posts to do. Here I give a shout out to some bloggers and a post I enjoyed reading. It’s a fun to network as what goes around comes around.

33 countries came to visit. This is down 8 countries. The top three were the US, the UK, and Canada. The Netherlands and Australia were knocked down to fourth and fifth!

When I wrote my last Month in Review 10 days ago I had 777 followers. Since then I’ve gained 10 followers bringing it up a total 787. That’s a follower a day! My latest three followers are Happily TannedGlesgadelic, and Miss Mummy Life. I’m well on my way to 1,000. Will you be next?

Remember, you don’t need a WordPress account. You can sign up for delivery right to your email.

There were some interesting search terms that lead people to my blog. I’m not sure they found what they were looking for, but they came anyway.

  • data entry work from home
  • pounding the pea
  • can i crash and bang your mom
  • toe tapping tuesday
  • traveling with kids

Lastly, my favorite the bloggers who have commented the most. There are some new faces this month. Welcome to this elite group! Thanks to all those who commented. Your discussion and stories and comments are an inspiration that, like the crayon on the wall, does not go unnoticed.

GubbsnCritters (96)
A Momma’s View (55)
That’s What Anxious Mom Said (47)
Larva225 (24)
Elen Grey (23)
Kountry Momma2012 (22)

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Month in Review

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February was good to me. It was even better to me than January so I broke up with January. January is now my ex-month. We have shared custody of my blog posts. It was for the better.

Anyway, on to the stats. The meat of the matter. The juice in the box…

February ended with:

2,099 views. That’s the first time I topped 2k! And it was a short month. That’s 597 more views than January. Over 1/3 more, for free!
624 visitors. That’s a gain of 197.
37 posts. That’s 8 more than January saw. Maybe that’s why January broke up with me. I didn’t put out post as often.
745 likes. A gain of 172.
637 comments (two of which were from Grumpy Frog. That’s what Bang calls my dad) This is up 116. Thank you readers for the awesome discussions.

Besides my homepage with 334 views, the most popular post in February was To Crochet or Not to Crochet with 84 views. To crochet was definitely the answer. DW learned to crochet hats and loves it. She’s working on a pair of socks now. Next was 10 Questions I Asked My Kids with 75 views. This is a Thursday series I started where I do exactly as the title says. Their answers provide a little comic relief to the week. “Loaf”ing Around took the bronze. Making bread is pretty fun!

The Value of A Teacher is still in the lead by far with 503 views.

The most visitors were from the U.S., U.K., and Thailand. Canada, you were a close fourth! Canada and Thailand switched spots from January.

February saw a gain of 26 followers. My latest three followers are Niki of Niki’s Thoughts, Sue of Crazy Tuesdays, and Victoria of Time Out Or Else Will you be next? (Hint: you don’t need a WordPress account AND you’re email is kept confidential. Not even I am shown your email address).

Lastly, my top 6 commentors are:
Ann of Grubbs n Critters
Elen of Elen Grey
Daley Downing
Tiffany of kismaslife
E of That’s What Anxious Mom Said
Farady’s Candle

Most importantly is what the statistics don’t show. It doesn’t show the group of virtual friends, other bloggers like me and not like me. Without all of you coming back to read this dribble everyday the stats would paint a picture that looks more like a 5 year old’s finger painting than the Monet you see here.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to read. You really do make this blogging thing a whole lotta fun!

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This was a few weeks ago. The yard is all grass now. RIP igloo.