I need to find a new reason for blogging. See, I recently realised that I’m not blogging for the sake of the writing. I started blogging as an escape from studies, a career and a life that was going nowhere. I started blogging because I was unhappy, and being silly and meeting new people online helped me forget that. I started blogging as a distraction.
For that same reason I started volunteering in the WordPress.com forums, but quickly came to love it and, one day late in 2015, decided to make a career out of it. And that’s how I came to be a Happiness Engineer at Automattic.
As of today if all else fails… has 539 followers and the Facebook page has 45.
And I’ve answered over 8,750 threads on the WordPress.com support forums (5,000 of those before I started getting paid to do it).
Looking back on it like this I realise it’s been a great 4 years blogging on WordPress.com. I’ve met some great people and made quite a few friends around the world. To all of you, thanks for joining me in this journey and making it worthwhile with your comments, your post likes, your encouragement when I posted about going through tough spots, and your sharing in my joy when I celebrated the good things in my life.
Today is the first day of spring, and exactly one year since I switched the design on my blog from Twenty-Eleven to Franklin. I thought I’d take a look back at how if all else fails… looked before the facelift, you know, for the sake of posterity.
What was I thinking?
Really. I thought that was clever branding? Thank goodness my taste has developed over time.
Not that there’s anything wrong with Twenty-Eleven. I still think it’s one of the best and most versatile themes we have on WordPress.com, and I regularly recommend it to people. But I think I’ll be sticking with Franklin for a while 🙂
And it’s that time of the year again where blogs across WordPress.com are invaded by fireworks.
I’ll forgive you if you skip this – I hardly expect you to obsess over my stats – but I’m posting it here for easy reference for my own sake.
Short version: total views are up, in spite of number of posts being less than half of last year. The number of countries visited has also gone up, and the map on my stats page had several new spots filled in this year.
Thanks to all of you who kept reading, sharing and commenting. I hope you’ll keep doing that in 2016. Blogging isn’t any fun if you do it in isolation, after all 🙂
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
The notification menu informs me that I’ve been with WordPress.com three years today. An auspicious occasion such as this deserves a proper post, but as it is I’m already more than 2000 words behind with NaNoWriMo, so this is all you’re getting 🙂