State of the Blog- November 2012

I recently announced in a post yesterday (Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress (or The Fear of Change) ) that I am making the switch from Google’s Blogger to a self-hosted wordpress site (if you didn’t get that from the title…). While I don’t want to rehash that post, I will say the continued success of the blog in October did cause me to think about the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” logic, but I still know the change is best for the long term.

Sunrise over Lake Te Anau, New Zealand

That said, I had an amazing month. After jumping almost 20% in September, October saw a jump of almost 15%. I had over 7,600 views, the first month over 7,000. I slowed down near the end of the month, because on the 12th, I was on pace for over 9,000 views. That kind of jump would have been unprecedented here, and would have also been a little suspicious, since specific page views and comments did not rise that much during the first 12 days of October.

As far as specific posts go, I made it a point this month to get an extra couple of New Zealand posts done, for a total of 6. I did a couple of photo essays as well, and a video post. My last post on New Zealand was the last one on for the South Island, an I’m working on a summary post for my time of the South Island next, then moving on to the North Island. I’d hoped to have these done by Christmas (as I still have posts on my trips to Florida and Chicago to write) but now it looks like February before I’ll finish with the new Zealand posts. Hopefully, by then, I’ll have some 2013 travel plans lined up, because, as of right now, I have nothing planned and it is driving me insane. I’m excited to get to the North Island posts- although I will freely admit I liked the South Island a little better, the best ‘day’ of the trip was one on the North Island and is one I’ve been dying to write since I got back.   

Janeen & I with Calypso the Dolphin from our visit to Discovery Cove last month (post upcoming…sometime)

It’s amazing to me that a year ago, I had a 100 view day as what defined a good day, and this year I’m a little disappointed when I get less than 200 views in a day. No doubt that last 12 months have been great for the blog.

Thanks so much for stopping back keeping up with this blog. The first 22 months here on blogger have been quite an adventure. I hope you’ll join me at the new site for a brand new adventure.

(p.s. Sorry for the lack of an new pictures from this month. I was surprised when I checked the camera to find out how few I took. It was a tough month in out personal lives with a sick dog…)

Erik Smith

October 31st, 2012

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