My Blog Adventure: 10 Weeks, 10,300+ Views, 49 Countries

Well, first of all, let me tell you: I have no idea what I’m doing. I didn’t start my blog ten weeks ago with any real expectations, and–52 posts later–I still can’t say that I have much of any goal in mind. I just like to talk and craft and laugh, and I guess I hoped that some friends might drop in from time to time to have a peek…

So when I started, I just sort of waded in with a bit of a quiet introduction (“wading in,” here). I discouraged myself: “Really, Gina? Does the world need another mommy-blogger? Yeesh.” Had I known a couple hundred people would show up on my bloggy doorstep, I would have crafted something better, something more valuable to say. I doubted if many would come back a few days later to read my first “official” post (“may the love be with you,” here)… but they did.

And then they came back again. And brought friends. I’ve seen over 1000 views per week from day one (with the exception of two weeks that dipped below that). It’s been weird. And wonderful.

About a week in, someone made a pretty condescending, ugly comment on one of my posts (“Two Minutes to a New Dryer,” here). I was a little taken aback. Should I approve the comment? Just delete the comment? Fire back? Hide my head in the sand? In the end, I realized that Lint Trap Billy (as I have affectionately nicknamed him) might have had a point–maybe someone else missed or misunderstood the same thing he was [so rudely] pointing out? I posted on my personal facebook wall that I’d been insulted and hoped I’d handled it well, and I guess a lot of friends ran over to see because my views jumped about 50% that day. The two top-view days following that were when I had a comments conversation with Jay about “Trash Talk {and how to love your husband}” (here) and when I posted a really heinous, early morning, robe-and-glasses-wearing photo of myself (“Weekend Wear {and how to love your husband},” here)… Most of these views were click-throughs from curious facebook friends, I suspect.

But somewhere between there and here, the facebook views have dropped off (I guess being insulting or looking frumpy could only carry me so far, haha), but the views have continued. And continued. And continued. A few have clicked over from comments I’ve made on others’ blogs. Some have become RSS or email followers. Others from project tutorials or inspirations I’ve pinned to pinterest (mostly at “let’s get crafty,” here, or “CampClem Creations,” here). Lots from search engine hits, too. But where were all these people coming from??

And a week or two ago, WordPress starting showing in my stats countries from which my blog is being viewed each day. And while the vast majority of my views come from the United States, Australia, England, and Canada, I was surprised at how many people from other countries view my blog. How do these readers find me??

The views from Mauritius, for example (that’s a small island off the eastern coast of the African continent, by the way… I had to google it). Is it just one person who’s come back to keep looking? Or is it people? And Qatar (a small middle eastern country neighboring Saudi Arabia), why did you come on over to the camp? And Romania (in eastern Europe)? New Zealand? Russia? Brazil? And… well, here’s the list (49 countries so far):

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela…

Weird and wonderful, right? I mean, I’m not gonna lie: it’s been unbelievably encouraging to think that anyone‘s reading the words I tap out in between packing lunches and wiping noses and reading stories and cooking meals and cleaning house and painting pictures and taking photos and making crafts and volunteering…  but thousands? Over ten-thousand? Oh, now that’s just silly.

But I wonder about the lives of these people, both in places nearby and in places and cultures so far from my own. I wonder and I pray. Maybe just as I hope that people will find my posts useful and valuable, they’ll also discover–as they stay a while–that they, the readers, are useful and valuable too?

In the mean time, thank you for being here. [And grazi and salamat and merci and zikomo chichewa and dakujem and obrigada and twa to te la bengali and baie dankie and…]

So, have you ever wanted to start a blog? And whether you’re stateside or abroad, I’d LOVE to know how you found us… won’t you share in the comments section below?

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8 responses to “My Blog Adventure: 10 Weeks, 10,300+ Views, 49 Countries

  1. Gina….I always enjoy your sunny disposition and witty humor. Personally, I’m not crafty so that’s not a draw for me, but I do enjoy seeing your creations because I know you are being thoroughly YOU. You are being who God made you to be and I celebrate your success with you. And, you’re just plain FUN!!

    Much love from Memphis,

    Diane

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  2. Gina… I was only able to spend a short time getting to know you through the college ministry at FBC WF, but enjoyed hearing you share God’s Word from a different point in your life ( you were newly married and no children). It is fun to see how the Lord is using you to minister to many people ( myself included: I personally LOVED the ” Weekend Wear” blog). It convicted me of how much more time I need to spend making myself attractive to my hubs. Thanks for the laughs too. Blessings to you.

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  3. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! But I have to say, over 10,000 views???! This post, just made me revert to your post from today “When Discouragement Hits!” Ha! I can only dream of ever making it to that many views! Give me another . . .year or two! Ha! Congratulations on your accomplishments in such a short amount of time! I’m looking forward to following you and your crafty, creative and inspirational adventures!

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    • ktlee,
      Thank you for your encouraging words! I must admit, I chuckled to read your message because I had the same feeling (of discouragement) when I read that a friend had like 300,000 views of ONE of her posts. wOw! I guess it never serves to compare! But thank you for joining me on this crazy, noisy, lovely adventure!

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  4. Your post was rather hurtful. Yes, we had a ‘weird’ conversation, but was it necessary to point out the two unfavorable comments you had prior to this post? Are you suggesting that less than favorable comments did nothing but boost your views? Was that the point of this post? Was the point to say “Hahaha Billy and Jay, your comments only boosted my views!”?

    Were you short on crafts this day and had nothing better to post? This just seems like an poor attempt at humble bragging. The end result is bragging, right?

    I guess this post would have made more sense without including the petty jabs you made at me and Billy. Why focus on two comments that you didn’t like when you could have just focused on the multitude of views?

    I enjoyed reading your entries on crafts, but this post has kind of left me feeling a bit insulted.

    Perhaps this comment will give you another jump in views to blog about.

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