State of the Blog- July 2012

In last month’s State of the Blog Post, I talked about how great a month I’d had in May (first month with over 5,000 views) and how due to an extreme drop off in new content, my June number had fallen off greatly (back under 4,000 views). This month, thanks to the performance of my ongoing series of recaps of my New Zealand trip, the blog jumped back up over 5,000 views (5,081 to be exact) again this month.

Me at Buckingham Fountain last weekend

This month I published 8 articles, 5 photo essays, and 2 mini-posts (both this past weekend on a short trip to Chicago). The New Zealand posts, done as recaps of each day chronologically, are long and on most blogs would be broken into two or three parts. I’ve decided not to do that, but since they are so long (and a labor of love) they take longer to write and organize that most of the posts I do on here. I’m averaging barely one of these posts a week, and on that pace, I won’t finish before March of next year, so I’m hoping and can get more productive on that front soon.

Here’s a list of last month’s popular posts:
Capture the Color – My New Zealand Version
New Zealand- Chapter Four: The Secret of Dunedin
New Zealand- Chapter Five- The Otago Peninsula
New Zealand- Chapter Six- The Edge of the World in the Catlins
Photo Essay- Speight’s Brewery Tour
Photo Essay- Moeraki Boulders Sunrise
Photo Essay- Otago Wildlife

Posts & photo galleries upcoming from the Shedd Aquarium (where I found this cute little guy)

Another area I have seen a real rise in is the number of comments, at 45 this month, where the previous three only averaged 21. I’ve mentioned a couple times on here, and on my Facebook pages how far behind I am at work since I got back, and that has meant I’ve only responded to a handful of these comments. I will eventually respond to them all, that’s a promise. I’ve also seen the number of likes on this blog’s Facebook page go up in the past month, from 61 to 90. I’m flattered by this, and if you haven’t had a chance to like my Facebook page, here’s the link.

SHOCKER! I visited the Goose Island Brewery while in Chicago 

I turn 40 this month, and unlike last year when I set out a specific list of goals (of which I only accomplished half) I’m going to be more general about my goals. As previously mentioned, I do really need to start plowing ahead on the New Zealand articles. I’m really excited to write the next few, as they deal with my time in Doubtful & Milford Sounds, which were some of the highlights of the trip. I spent last weekend in Chicago, and I will also hopefully be sprinkling in some content from that trip as well. The big thing coming this month, or possibly early next month, will hopefully be the debut of On My Feet or In My Mind 2.0, the completely redesign version of this blog on my new wordpress sight. The web pro I hired to help me with the transition is pushing forward, and the biggest part of his job is going to be explaining to me how to use the wordpress program.

Once again, thanks to everyone who stops by and especially top those people who have taken the time to leave comments- It is very much appreciated. If you are enjoying the New Zealand series, please stay tuned, you’ll especially love what’s coming up.

Erik Smith
July 31st, 2012

6 Responses to “State of the Blog- July 2012”

  1. eriksmithdotcom says:

    Thanks, Kris! You're continuing support means a lot!

  2. eriksmithdotcom says:

    Thanks, lady! I learned all of my honesty from you!

  3. eriksmithdotcom says:

    Thanks and welcome, Tiffany. I'll be following your blog with anticipation!

  4. Kris Koeller says:

    Congrats on a great month! Really enjoyed the New Zealand series!

  5. Tiffany @ theUnimaginedLife says:

    Isn't it encouraging when your able to figure out what your readers want? (and then have the numbers to prove it??!) Stumbled across your blog and wanted to show some support from one (beginner) blogger to another 🙂

  6. Toni says:

    I love your round-up posts Erik…it's nice to read your honesty and I really look forward to your re-design 🙂

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