It’s been on year today since I began this blog with intentions to give myself a hobby, and to keep my writing juices flowing while I took a break from writing my book. And all things considering, the first year of this blog has brought many ups and downs. With school, work, and life, there are times when I feel like I have neglected Over a Cup of Coffee, unintentionally of course, but neglected it all the same. I have gotten a lot better, now that I’m not worried about school, but I still feel like this is something I need to get used to. Until I’m one hundred percent comfortable with it, and a lot more confident with it, Over a Cup of Coffee may always been something cooking on the back-burner of my mind. I guess there are pros and cons to that – I do have other things more important, and that’s ok to me. But I still am extremely proud of my blog, and I think considering that for almost half of my first year, Ryan was the only one really keeping up with it (thanks! haha). Since then, I’ve really branched out. I’d like to thank Tom Baker especially because he randomly found my blog one day (not even sure how, maybe he’s a wizard…that’d be awesome!), and with his help, my site hits have gone up more than triple than what it started as. Well, it’s probably more than triple, but I’m no good at math. So thank you Tom, and thank you to Blaga, Judy, Saber, Melinda, and everyone else who’s been stopping by lately. And thank you of course to Ryan for always reading my blog even when I didn’t make you haha.
January had 139 hits, while December had 1,778 (incase you can’t see it on the picture). So as you can see, my blog was kind of just “sticking to home”; most of the people reading were only people I knew from Facebook, or the random accidental visitor. Once the summer hit, there’s been a massive increase. Though it’s definitely not nearly as many hits as some of my fellow bloggers, I’m proud of the increase, and it has definitely baffled me. I started this blog for myself really, and it’s just amazing to me that people actually care what I have to say, what I think and how I feel. It’s a really great feeling, so thank you to anyone reading this!
My top post of all time was the Top 10 Fictional Characters I Would Go on a Date With, which is definitely one of my favourites that I wrote this year. I probably had the most fun writing it too – it was one of those random days where I was in a great mood, felt really silly and just let my mind-filter shut down for a while.
The day with the most hits was December 12th, which was the day with the Community Networking Meme. This doesn’t surprise me at all, this was a great networking project, and it really helped bring a few new readers to my blog. And the great thing about this (beside how fun and interesting it was), was that I got to find so many blogs that I want to keep reading. Now that life is slightly less busy, I can start going down my post it of “must-reads” and catch up.
I have a few favourite posts from fellow bloggers that I’d like to share on this post as well. Though I’ve just recently found some amazing blogs, there have been three that I’ve been reading for a while now, so I’m sorry if I don’t mention any of your posts yet – most likely I haven’t read as many of yours (for the time being), so I hope no one feels left out! Anyways, first off is Blaga from Scent of My Heart. I couldn’t pick a favourite, because I love all of her poems, they’re beautiful, and a really different style than what I write, and it just feels so amazing to read them. She puts so much emotion and imagery in them, and they just know how to invoke a specific emotion when you read them. I hope one day I can write with such powerful raw emotion! As I said, I couldn’t pick a favourite, so here are four that really stood out in my mind – I think everyone should check them out if they haven’t: When Light Meets Darkness, Butterflies, Regret, and Broken Glass.
Now as I already mentioned, Tom Baker from Morning Erection has helped me out in so many ways, that I probably will never be able to make it up to him completely. He’s kind of like the mentor to my student, the master to my padawan if you will (ohhh I like that one better, points for Star Wars reference). He encouraged me, he let me do a guest post, and he even featured me in one of his Poetic License posts. I definitely loved his The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Post, which was just so moving and so relatable, it was beautifully written. I also really loved his Blogger Meet-Up Nude Dinner Party post. It was just a really creative and fun idea, that was a blast to read.
My good friend Saber from What’s Up with That?!? has also started a blog, and I just love it to death. Her blog reminds me of when we used to live together in college, and it makes her being so far away more bearable. Her unique sense of humour definitely shines through in her posts, and I don’t think I’ve laughed harder reading something before. My favourite posts of hers are definitely the Top 10 Fictional Characters Crushes, Strange New Discovery, And The Cheese Stands Alone… , and FLAG BOY – The Unsung Sidekick. I look forward to more of your posts!
Now I’ve talked a lot about other people’s posts considering its MY blogiversary, which you know, is like the most important thing at the moment (Ryan says I am the embodiment of modesty, I know, right?). I thought that I’d give some of my own stats and favourites from my blog that WordPress can’t tally.
Post I’m Most Proud Of
A Day With Gerard – this is one of the few pieces of my work that I’m really proud of and I hope in the future more people will read it. It was hard for me to put it out there, and I’m proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone.
The Best Rant
Sponges to Society Need a Kick in the Face – I think this is my best rant. It was written in the heat of the moment, and I think it’s probably the most entertaining.
The Best “Top” List
Top 10 Fictional Characters I Would Go on a Date With tied with Top 15 Favourite Songs from Musicals – these were just super fun to write, and they were real hits on my blog.
The Most Heartfelt Post
Singlehood and Craving Intimacy tied with February Reminds Me of You and I Hate It – these two were probably the most honest posts I’ve ever written, and they come from dark, deep places in my heart.
Newest “Series” I’m Looking Forward To Write
Coffee Wars - I’ve started with the holiday special, and even if no one else likes these, I have a lot of fun writing them (plus it gives me an excuse to indulge in my coffee addiction)
Post I Wish More People Read/Commented On
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - I just spent a lot of time on it and it didn’t get that many hits *shrugs*, c’est la vie.
In total I have had 39 Poetry Thursday posts as of today, and have had about 71 poems in total included in those posts. I can’t pick a favourite, because to me they are always pieces of work that are never fully complete, and that I can always improve them. But I did pick out a few that I liked better than others, either because I think they’re better quality or because they mean more to me. They are:
- Over a Cup of Coffee, from Poetry Thursday #11
- Banishment, from Poetry Thursday #34
- Dear John, from Poetry Thursday #27
- Retribution, Then Redemption, from Poetry Thursday #26
- Deploring Dreams, from Poetry Thursday #24
- Simply Delicious, from Poetry Thursday #19
- Flickering Flame, from Poetry Thursday #36
- I Cannot Follow, from Poetry Thursday #17
- His Mother’s Legacy, from Poetry Thursday #14
- Autumn’s Lament, from Poetry Thursday #13
- Cannot Fly, from Poetry Thursday #8
- Tomb, and I Am, both from Poetry Thursday #4
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for making my first year as a blogger an interesting one. I am really looking forward to 2011 (in many aspects other than just blogging too), and I hope that this year will give me some great inspirations! Thanks again!