This was the year that my blog got hacked and I got a bit discouraged about the whole thing. I went from around 3,500 visitors in February to a low of about 10 visitors in April. I have since leveled out at about 1,500 visitors a month. I have found myself less interested in a number of things, and am blogging a bit less as a result.
Most of my random visitors are looking for pictures. My most popular Google image search terms are related to Burger King, Mountain Dew Throwback, and House on Vicodin. My most popular posts are one about Team Name Generators and one about Writing Post Apocalyptic Stories.
I get a steady flow of hits for book or movie reviews and there are always a few oddball search queries that land people on my blog. I get a few hits from people looking to Write To The Queen of England or Write to Olivia Wilde or well, write to anyone I have ever blogged about. I really have no advice on how to write to anyone.
As always I’d like to thank my loyal reader(s) for hanging in there. There is always the possibility that something interesting will show up one of these days. Just as there is a good chance that I will drop by your blogs once in a blue moon and leave some cryptic comment.
I have spend a good deal of time on Twitter, a tiny amount of time on facebook, and have just dabbled with my old favorites Digg, Reddit, Fark, and Stumble Upon. There is only so much random crap I can look at one time.
I started a couple of other blogs, one of them has been a bit successful, the others were just shots in the dark at making a bit of money online. I have not made enough money online this year to even bother with. My lazy ways of making a few dollars don’t work any more. The times they keep a changing.
As always, I am easily distracted. I’m one of those people that start a hundred projects and then abandon them all just as quickly. But there are a couple of signs that this may be changing. I have kept a job for more than three years, which is something pretty new for me. I have been a fairly regular blogger for a few years now.
Like Will in the cartoon, I tend to overthink what next to blog about. I used to just get up, sit down, and bang something out in an hour or so. This was a fun way to start the day and a good warmup for any other writing I might have in mind. I don’t do that as often as I once did.
So fare thee well 2010 and hold onto your hat 2011, it may be a bumpy ride.