Reflections on a year of blogging: 2014
As one year comes to an end and a new one approaches, many people take time to reflect on the year that was before making plans for the upcoming year. As I look back over my year of blogging, I discover many happy memories and am amazed the year has gone by so quickly.
Over the course of 2014, readership of Destinations Detours and Dreams has more than doubled. I’ve become active in two online blogger groups: LinkedIn’s Bloggers Helping Bloggers and Facebook’s Boomer Travel Bloggers. I’ve connected with wonderful bloggers through these groups, read a variety of interesting articles, and even met two of my colleagues in person. And near the end of the year, I launched my new author site.
Bloggers are interested in readership statistics, but statistics can be tricky – easy to manipulate and difficult to interpret. I keep this in mind when I look at my statistics. Depending on how the statistics are collected, they may or may not accurately represent the number of humans who have landed on my site. Sometimes access by search engine web-crawlers and other automated programs are included. An old post shows a ridiculously large amount of page views on Blogger’s statistics. It’s not that the post went viral. For some reason that post became the target of spam programs.
Even when the statistics accurately represent human readership, there are a variety of things beyond the content which affect how much attention a particular post gets, including when, where, and how I promote or publicize it.
All that being said, here are my most popular posts of the year, based on reader engagement.
The following posts generated the largest amount of reader feedback in the form of comments:
The following posts received the most shares on social media sites:
I had planned to add a list of my personal favourites of the year, but found I was unable to pick. Throughout the year, I’ve enjoyed exploring around me, both the familiar and the obscure, wherever I was: at home in Manitoba, wintering in Arizona, or somewhere else in the world.
Do you have a favourite Destinations Detours and Dreams 2014 post? What was the highlight of your year?