Who would have believed it – the tiny Stargazer who appeared from obscurity in March 2019 and wobbled along for a while, before finding its legs, made it all the way to its one year anniversary.
On 31 Jan 2019, I signed up for WordPress. During February I played around in private mode and finally, on the 8th of March, the stargazer took its first tentative baby steps out in the public domain.
So far it has been great fun. Yes, there has been a few frustrations (mostly relating to WordPress!) and in periods it has been difficult to find the time to blog. But writing and finding ideas for posts has been highly enjoyable. As an extra bonus, I’ve learned a lot, which I wrote about in Discoveries by a Newbie Book Blogger.
My total of 54 posts is not nearly enough to do any real statistics. And yet, let me throw in a bit of data – because who doesn’t love statistics? (Ok, just me then…).
The most viewed posts during the first year are:
- Travel: Wildlife in Costa Rica
- Discoveries by a Newbie Book Blogger
- Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles with Numbers
- WWW Wednesday, 25-09-2019
- Focus on Crime Fiction
Did you notice something? There are no Book reviews amongst the top posts. And the most viewed post is about travel and wildlife! But actually, I quite like that. I might even do some more travel posts in the future.
What I learned from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the most popular book review (and let’s face it, it barely qualifies as a review), whereas 7 Books Perfect for Comfort Reading is the post most often found via Google. I guess, there must be a great need for comfort reading out there.
Lets take a look at the books I’ve reviewed (full length reviews).
My bias towards British authors doesn’t come as a surprise. I don’t make any effort to diversify geographically and in any case, I find it appropriate to read a certain amount of local authors.
Having said that, I mean to include more Asian and in particular Japanese literature in the year ahead, mostly because I have thoroughly enjoyed the few novels I have read from that region. Also, I’m warming up to approach some of the Russian classics – let’s see how that goes.
My first reaction to split on sex of the author was: What? Really? Nooo. Honestly, I had the feeling, I was reading female authors all the time. Talk about serious delusion. I guess statistics can teach you something new.
And now to the fun part
Looking back at my first year as a blogger, I am thrilled, I decided to go ahead. And I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been joining me along the way. Meeting and interacting with other bloggers is a large part of the fun. To mark my Blogging Anniversary, I invite you all to virtual cake and a glass of bubbles. Cheers for another year of blogging and please take good care of yourselves out there!
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