2015 and 2016

Happy New Year!

May 2016 be a great year for you, filled with joy, success, love, health, and anything you might wish for!

As January is a month named after the god Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, who looks into the future and the past (he’s got two faces…), I want to reflect a tiny bit on 2015. After all it did start putting up quarterly reports, you can find the last one here. This time around I won’t talk about my work performance, just because I have not done my accounting yet, and I would go on moaning that one of my professional clients has not payed me, the payment was due on the 31st of October…

Blog Performance from October 1st till December 31st 2015

October had a total of 689 views and I published 13 posts

In November I participated in Nanopoblano, thus I posted every day of the month (30 posts in total). Suddenly in November my stats exploded, with a total of 1 701 views for the month. That was close to one thousand views more than my best month so far, September with 715 views. In November I had the chance to be a guest on Gulara’s blog (if you have not read it, maybe now is the time), and something made me feel that this has helped fuel my blog’s success.

Then in December I hosted the Advent Calendar with 21 guests, and ended the year with another guest post yesterday, the inaugural post to my new series Discovering Traditions (if you want to share a tradition, then let me know). In December 31 posts were published, of which 22 were written by guests. And December went just crazy in terms of views, the month finished with 2 188 views… Thank you for visiting 🙂

Blog over the year (since it’s beginning 12 of March 2015)

Map 2015

Most of the visitors to my blog in 2015 came from the USA, the country I live in (France) only came 4th, and the one I am from (Germany) came 3rd, as the UK took the 2nd place.

My blog had a total of 8 562 views and a total of 2 219 unique visitors.

The top ten posts this year were:

  1. My Heart is Aching – which I wrote in the morning following the terrorist attack in Paris
  2. If we were having coffee – 11 July 2015
  3. Advent Calendar Day 2: My First Christmas at the Age of 31 by Dr Gulara Vincent – a beautiful guest post, the opening one of the advent calendar
  4. My first A to Z Challenge – Reflections Post – I was 7th or so on the linkup, and a bit overwhelmed with all of the comments I received, did not follow a good blogging etiquette back then…
  5. Advent Calendar Day 15: Christmas: The Perfect Excuse For A Fight? by Lucy Brazier – another guest post for the advent calendar, which made many people laugh
  6. 10 reasons why writing in a notebook is great – a list post (it’s a tie with number 5)
  7. A Beautiful Sunday – a post in which I tied to capture the beauty all around after the attack in Paris
  8. Advent Calendar Day 20: One Tradition After Another by Kerry K – another guest post from the advent calendar, very close to the end of the year.
  9. If we were having coffee – 10 October 2015, which ties with:
  10. Advent Calendar Day 7: A Christmas Kodak Moment By Tara Paray – another guest post from the advent calendar

Currently I have posted every day since the 29th of October, which makes today the 65th day in a row 🙂 Let’s see for how much longer I can keep it up.

Now it’s time for thanks, the annual report answered one major question the stats page does not reveal, who commented the most on here?

Thank you for your lovely comments, cheering and support!

Yes, I am a stats nerd, and that when I actually managed to fail my exam in statistics in my first year at University…

Happy New Year!


© Solveig Werner 2016. All rights reserved.

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19 thoughts on “2015 and 2016

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family!
    It seemed to me that our histories were somewhat running parallel. I also started blogging this Spring and then went on to blogging once a week and then everyday. I do not have your success but it is growing with a core lectorate. And of course there is no teaching for me nor family nor friends but virtuals.
    I met other bloggers thanks to you with whom I talk and I have diversified my posting, also thanks to you as, before, I was trying to stick to book readings but did not answer the criteria of book bloggers. I am afraid (says she a little wryly) that I do not fit any criteria… Which is fine. One has to find one’s voice.
    Thank you again for inviting me to participate to your Advent Calendar.
    I wish you, your family, the people you love a grand 2016!

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    1. Happy New Year Camille! I wish you a very positive and happy year 2016 with good health and many great memories.
      Not fitting a criteria is what I really enjoy when I discover a new blog, you’ll find your voice, and don’t be scared of evolving. I’ll be there to support you.
      It was my pleasure having you as my guest, and I would love to have you back this year to share a tradition.
      If you have time to blog on weekends, joining the coffee share linkup is a great way of finding readers, many of my blogging friends were found that way, and most don’t fit a niche either.
      Have a good start into 2016 and a great first weekend of the year.
      I’ll answer your email soon, with Christmas and my blog being quite busy at the moment, I have not found the calm necessary to answer.

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      1. Don’t worry about the mail, Solveig: you have other things to do.
        I read your coffee share and sent a tweet to the owner of the link of all “coffee bloggers” as I am too silly to find how you link your blogs!
        Thank you for the invitation to share atradition with your readers. I have done that with my own Advent Calendar and now with most of my Twelve Days of Christmas.
        Writing is not very difficult and I have friends to help saying this is good or this is not (lol). The difficulty is the readership but I find there is a core that never moves and comments from time to time either on Blogger or on WordPress or on FB or Twitter. It’s a little all over the place…
        Happy New Year to you and yours and the Little One. You will have a wonderful year, I do not doubt it! 🙂

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  2. Wow, Solveig! Those are some amazing stats! It sounds like you have been doing an amazing job and your posts are always so amazing to read! ^.^ Full of insight and culture and depth. What a treat! I look forward to reading and commenting on more of your blog posts in 2016! May it bring you happiness and prosperity! (That’s how the saying goes, right? :p)

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    1. Thank you Melanie, happy New Year to you too with success and health 🙂
      I am looking forward to your lovely comments this year. And maybe you’ll come back some time for another guest appearance?

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        1. Well do you have any traditions to share (ahh, how did I miss replying to your comment?? I have such a backlog building up, today I want to tackle that and start with a clean blog :))

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          1. Haha! I know that feeling about backlog. I try to catch up every couple of days if I’m behind. It can be difficult.

            Traditions? Hmm… I mean, my family used to visit Mackinac Island every Labor Day, but besides that not really. :p My family was very boring. Haha!

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            1. Well there are not just family traditions… there are local ones, there are those you have for yourself etc. maybe you have a traditional movie marathon once a year or you reread a whole series before you read the latest book in it (I did that with Harry Potter, I read everything over again the weeks before the next release, to not lack any background knowledge…)

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              1. Oh! I never thought about traditions in that way, but I totally can see it. I guess my family did/does have a few. Like going to Silver Bells in the city for the annual lighting of the city Christmas tree and my brother, sister-in-law, and I like to have a movie marathon around the holidays. It’s generally HP, but we did Star Wars this year. :p

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