When it comes to my blogiversary, I am confused at the best of times. I can never quite tell whether I should “celebrate” the day I signed up for WordPress (9th of November) or the day I actually wrote my first blog post (12th of November). In this case, as you can see by today’s date, I missed both. WordPress kindly reminded me of my blogiversary on the day (see picture right), but I have to admit I was not feeling it on Saturday. I’ve generally been out of sorts lately.
I ascribe it to being “a woman of a certain age”. The nasty number is only the last straw; it’s really a lot of things coming together. My son already moved out a couple of years ago. Now my daughter is 18, a student, and will soon also move into her own accommodation. Both offspring will still be living in the same house with me – but behind their own front door. I am proud of them becoming independent adults, and I have been the force who was pushing for them to have their own student flats (which is unusual in the current rental market in Dublin) but if I am honest, I am already grieving that it also means they do not need my motherly attention and care anymore. This emotional upheaval comes at a time when I am already feeling hormonally unbalanced due to the menopause. It has been really taken a toll on my moods. I have never had any signs of depression in my whole life – and now I find there are days when I would rather not get up at all. I have become an unreliable friend who does not answer correspondence and who does not follow up on her promises. I feel lethargic and lack motivation to get off my arse. Said arse is getting lardier by the minute, as there are days when I don’t leave the house *at all*. That doesn’t make me feel any better, either, and so I feel trapped in a vicious circle between unhappiness over my increasing weight, little health ailments, attempts at dieting, failing to stick to the diet, binge eating unhealthy food for consolation, which adds to my increasing weight, ailments, and so on. Add to that my reduced work load, which means I am aimlessly bobbing around, watching endless Youtube videos rather than *doing* something. Oh man, this post has taken a different turn than I expected. I better mark this as unnecessary reading with a strikethrough. Done.
Ok, whine over. Sorry. Back to blogiversary. So, what keeps me happy, by and large, is the blog and my fandom activities. Mind you, this year I put a bit much on my plate. I had decided to attempt daily blogging *whenever possible* – because without much translation and journalistic work, I had time on my hands. I also felt that the world of Armitage blogging had become smaller with only a handful of blogs writing regularly about Richard. No offence to the part of the fandom that is so highly alert and active on Twitter or on Facebook. I am not diminishing their part at all – this is more about the lack of diversity in terms of platforms.
But due to the (almost) daily blogging, the last 12 months have been the biggest in terms of statistics. Not surprisingly, with more posts written, there are more posts viewed than in previous years. I’ll spare you the traffic counts etc – they really mean nothing to you as a reader and are only an
ego-massage indication for me as a blogger. But what I find interesting is where the traffic comes from and where it goes to.
As in: The majority of readers comes from English-speaking countries. The US at top spot – not a surprise as proportionately the country has more internet users than others. But I *am* surprised about Italy and Germany on #3 and #4. It just goes to show that Richard has sizeable numbers of fans in non-English speaking countries, too.
You’ve been very attentive to me with a total of 12,936 comments.
Hm. Or is half of that my *own* waffle in response? It is humbling to think that at least a minimum of 6,500 comments are a reaction to what I wrote. Which is 135,809 words in total (2019 posts only). That’s basically two average-size novels!!! Oh lord, why don’t you channel my Blarney into a long-form piece of literature that I could bump up my income with? *muhaha* You are giving me a platform, and that is gratifying and challenging in equal measure. Thank you!
A similar vote of confidence is the number of likes – 2,577 in total. I appreciate that – a like is feedback. However, “lurkers” welcome, too!
Your most popular reading time remains Saturday, btw, with 9 pm the most popular hour to access guylty.net.
I’m worried about you, readers! Shoudn’t you be out, partying the weekend away at that time?
In any case – hello and welcome and thank you to all of you, wherever you are! Blogging is part of my life, my (almost) daily routine, and I couldn’t have found a nicer audience than you.
As for where the traffic goes – that is always an interesting statistic. In the past 12 months, the post with the highest number of views is actually a very recent one. You would’ve thought it might have been something I posted after attending RCD5 in February, or announcing the results of the birthday auctions in August. Nope. It’s merely a collection of photos from a recent event that Richard attended in New York.
Richard Goes Charity – Richard’s tweet attending the Gods Love NYC event and pictures of him with sidekick/friend/significant
Mind you, three RDC5 posts are also high up there. Goes to show that any reports of Richard in RL are always particularly interesting to fans.
The Picture of Richard Armitage – fake news item after seeing a positively fountain of youth RA at RDC5
Strung Out and Hung on a Chain – summary of Richard’s first panel at RDC5
If it isn’t too egocentric and self-gratifying a prompt, I’d ask you which post in the past twelve months stood out for you? Can you think of any post off the top of your head? And even if not, I thank you for reading my drivel, dear readers. My aim is to entertain (see Mission Statement in menu bar right), and I am delighted if you read, stay and comment. My own favourite posts are *always* the auction posts – not just the results, but also the announcements and milestones, because I feel that the auctions are not just *my* thing but something where a communal effort shapes and creates a tangible result. Community is something that I need for my own happiness. I have learnt over the years that it is not possible to force a whole fandom of people into one community. And that is fine. It is also fine if community is not everybody’s cup of tea. Some fans are better when going it alone. I respect that, and I admire that. Myself, I am most comfortable in a flock. 🐑 I don’t mind sticking my head out or running ahead, if needed, on occasion. Sometimes I dawdle behind, or I take the ‘path less travelled’. I’ve even been known to ram my tiny little horns into others – occasionally. But I like to come back for the warmth and the security in numbers. For me, it’s just more fun.
2019 Search Terms
Always the most fun category in any blog statistic. I’ll spare you the obvious ones – my blog name in any spelling variation or any word creations that I have coined via the blog (flat richie, ooof). But here are the juicy ones:
- female armpit fetish tumblr caption pics
- richard armitage plastic surgery
- richard armitage without dress full body show
- guy of gisborne smut
What was Google thinking when they sent the googler to my squeaky clean, entirely fetish-less, non-medical blog?? And more so: what was the googler thinking when he/she ended up here? Maybe I should take those search terms as an invitation to address the topics. *cue searching for Armpitage images*
Right, let’s take this post to bed. What remains to be said is – even with new ventures ahead (RAnet and a major crafting push as I have just had the green light for a craft market mid-December) I intend to continue blogging. Maybe I’ll scale down my blogging frequency again. But if you join me on the ride, I would be delighted!