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A Reserved Person’s Blogging Journey in 2020

I consider myself reserved which is subtly different from shy . I have not really announced to all my friends in Facebook or all of my family members , whether immediate or distant , that I have a blog. I only inform them as needed, as you’ll see in my review of my blogging experience in 2020.

My journey hasn’t been that long. I started posting in August , 2020 so by December , I had been posting for 5 months. I’m working with a small set of data, still it’s nice to see what transpired, to see how things worked, or not. Perhaps those who are seasoned bloggers who are following me or visiting the site have their own assessments.

Most Viewed Posts

Creative and Productive Ways to Survive Quarantine/Lockdown

  1. Sharing – I shared this with my friends who were mentioned in the post and whose pictures I used. I also mentioned it to friends who were not mentioned in the post but who expressed to me their boredom during the quarantine.
  2. Timeliness/Relevance – It was written at the height of quarantines/lockdowns, people could relate

We’ll Be Home For Christmas

This is a close second and I think same reasons made second most viewed.

  1. Sharing – I shared this with my family when I greeted them last Christmas.
  2. Timeliness/Relevance – It was written during the Christmas season.

First Liked Post

Warm Thoughts on Rainy Days

This was my 6th post and I was probably getting more familiar in the Reader section of WordPress. There’s a possibility that they are doing what I’ve read on some blogging tips that it’s important to like others’ posts to make the blogger’s presence felt or to generate interest on our own blogs. But why this post, not my earlier post? I believe we do not like for the sake of liking , there’s a connection somehow no matter how slight.

Being liked gives a boost. The likes also made me interested or curious about the blogs of those who liked my post.

Most Liked Posts

The Golden Gate, Up Close

Tags – Travel and photography, as I observed, get views and likes as compared to other tags. I’m still figuring out though why this post when I have other posts on travel/photography.

A Furry Tale

This is a close second. I suppose kittens are such lovely and endearing pets that readers love to read about them.

Month With Most Visitors – August

Sharing- I posted Creative and Productive Ways to Survive Quarantine/Lockdown, the most viewed post, in this month.

Post Reached Through Search Engines

Tagalog sa Pagbabalita sa Telebisyon at Pahayagan

It probably got the interest of students of Tagalog or languages.

Post reached Through Link

Traditional Filipino Family Names

I made a comment on a site which specializes on Filipino surnames and linked my post. Views still come up months after I posted.

Country With Most Viewers

Aside from my country, the Philippines, most of my viewers came from the US. Thanks to WordPress , I had views from different countries all over the world.

Some Conclusions:

What Worked

  1. Promotion – the most viewed post were those I shared with friends and family. And when I’m not sharing, the WordPress Reader does the promotion among other bloggers. Corollary to this, my most viewed month was August, the month I posted my most viewed post.
  2. Tags – the most liked post had effective tags.
  3. Link – links to another site led to visits coming from that linked site.
  4. Participation/engagement with other bloggers – I got interested in the blogs of those who liked my post and those who followed my blog. I also liked their posts which I really resonated with me and followed some of them to learn more about blogging through them.
  5. Topics – those which were liked or viewed were about universal topics. Some topics did not get any likes e. g. Buwan Ng Wika and Ber Months .

What Didn’t Work

  1. Limited technical knowledge – Creative and Productive Ways to Survive Quarantine/Lockdown while it was most visited, didn’t get any likes. My friends told me that they wanted to like it but they were required to sign in to WordPress and since they have no plans of blogging they did not sign in. Perhaps, we just haven’t found the way.

Also, I need to improve on format or layout.

2. Insufficiency on those things that worked like I could have promoted more, used tags more effectively, and the like.

So, you might ask, why am I still blogging if I’m so reserved to do those tips which successful bloggers have shared? I want to capture my thoughts, my views on things I’m interested in like our culture and language and my reflections on some aspects of life.

You might ask further, why blog if I just want to capture my thoughts, views and reflections? Why not maintain a journal instead? I’d like to share so that some kindred souls out there who will chance upon my blog might learn from my writings or somehow be glad to find someone or some experiences they can relate to.

Meanwhile, as things are now, while I still have much to learn , areas to improve on , since I love writing blogging has given me fulfillment. And that’s already rewarding.

Here’s to a better and happier 2021 for all of us. Cheers!

Thank You ! Welcome!

Gratitude for the good things in the past year and hope for the coming year.

I’d like to start the New Year with gratitude for the blessings of the past year. And I welcome and open myself to more blessings this New Year.

Thanks!

We have experienced a difficult year. The fact that all of us are still here is already a success for us. We prevailed. We triumphed. We are all achievers.

Thank God for allowing us to see the positives in a world beset with so much negativity.

Thank God for helping us find our way through our difficulties and giving us the health of mind and body as we continued and persevered.

Thank you WordPress for allowing me to pursue blogging for free as I test the blogging world, for providing the technology so we bloggers are able to express our ideas, for nurturing a community of bloggers who become our first audience and support group.

Thank you, to those who followed my blog. I know I still have a lot to aspire for but you have inspired me by doing so.

Thank you to those who liked my posts, you have given me an idea on which posts resonated with you and made me feel there’s a kindred soul somewhere out there.

Thank you to those who visited, you showed a sign of interest on my topics and gave me a sense of fulfillment by just one click on my post.

Welcome!

Welcome my first visitors, likers and followers this New Year! I hope you will enjoy your visit and be with me in my blogging journey. I wish you’ll find what I wanted to share in this blog – a little bit of help, a bit of information¬† about our culture, our language and my observations in life in general or to give a reason to smile.