Two years ago I went public with Sunsetyears.ca, after pursuing our son’s recommendation to combine my interests in writing and photography into a blog. Glen conceived the name to reflect the proposed content. I tackled the technology.
It took me a few months to prepare the launch. I bought a domain name from Rebel.ca, subscribed to GoDaddy web hosting, installed WordPress, set up a theme through Genesis and StudioPress, activated plugins such as Contact Form 7, Jetpack, Akismet Anti-Spam, Yoast SEO, Google Analytics and more. Am I speaking English? Although technology almost overwhelmed me, I eventually reached my comfort zone and began the familiar task of writing. Then I sent emails to friends and family inviting them to become regular readers. Later on when I needed help in securing my website, I turned to my nephew, who not only added security but also provides complimentary web hosting. Thank you Matt Meier, CEO of The Internet Centre.
I had no expectations about how many readers and subscribers my blog might engage. I wasn’t even sure how often I would come up with topics to write about. But the analytics reveal I’ve published 60 posts, 15 on Fun Facts Fridays. My blog has attracted 5909 views from 2160 visits. Comments total 662, including my responses. Predictably, most visitors live in Canada, followed by the U.S.
One astonishing and heartening result: friends and relatives of my young girlfriend and my sister, both deceased since the ’70s, happened upon my posts about them so contacted me by email. Becoming reacquainted with people from the distant past is an unanticipated boon that attests to the power of the internet.
TOP FIVE POSTS
The following posts received the highest number of views. Click on the title if you’d like to read or reread an article.
- Losing a sibling
- A house alone is not a home
- Death defined me
- Falling, yes I’m falling
- The Newcomer by Linda Richardson
Apparently readers spend an average of 2 minutes, 9 seconds on a post. Given the time I take to devise, research and write an article, one might conclude my blog doesn’t realize a decent ROI. Yet I continue to get satisfaction from this pastime.
Remember, I’ve issued an invitation to guest writers to submit articles for publication. Linda R has written two so far, one of which ranked in the top five with 121 views. If you don’t want to write a piece, at least please send your suggestions of subjects for me to address.
And so, dear readers, in marking my blog’s second anniversary, I say thanks for joining me on this journey — which is not over. For the foreseeable future you can expect to see new posts every few weeks. •