WordPress sent me a lovely summary of everything I ever needed to know about my 2014 blogging statistics: total views, top posts, top commenters, and so on. But I won’t bore you with the numbers.
Instead, I want to send a great big “Thank you” to all the people from 117 countries around the world who visited my blog in 2014. I am curious to know who the visitor from Mauritius is who stopped by several times. And I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I am still learning world geography: I didn’t know that Guernsey counted as a country, and I had to look up Brunei.
I am deeply grateful to everyone who left comments and engaged in conversations, often expanding and deepening my own thoughts on a particular topic. According to WordPress stats, the top 5 commenters on my blog were:
1. Sylvia of Travels in Paradise who is a world traveler with a wonderful sense of humor.
2. Barbara of Silver in the Barn who writes about all kinds of quirky topics, always laced with wit and intelligence.
3. Cathy of Catbird in China who currently teaches English to college students in China. I discovered Cathy’s blog while she taught in Oman. She is quite the adventurer and a keen observer of culture.
4. Debbie of Rewired and Retired in Nicaragua who shares her expat experiences of life and people in Nicaragua with a strong sense of respect and compassion.
5. Seonaid of A Breath of Green Air who posts beautiful images of her life in Scotland augmented by her poetic and philosophical contemplations.
I am drawn to the travelers, poets, photographers, philosophers, nature lovers – and the occasional social critic. What does that say about me?
My most popular posts so far, according to the stats monkeys, were:
1. Angel Oak Tree – an ancient, mystical live oak tree on Johns Island in South Carolina.
2. Morning Light – a picture and poem greeting the morning.
3. Canyon Memories: The Lost Art of Storytelling – a tribute to a Navajo woman.
4. Death as a New Beginning – a memorial to a red-tailed hawk.
5. Three Weeks in Bali: Coffee Plantation and Naked Children – Chapter 3 of my travel memoir (first 6 chapters have been posted so far).
Check them out, if you haven’t seen them, and let me know what you think. I love to read your comments.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year – may the Muses dance and play with you often.