2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

This is the second Annual Review I’ve had from WordPress, although I didn’t post the one from 2014. I hadn’t written too many posts by last Christmas, so it didn’t seem worth posting a review, somehow. I have no such excuse for this year’s, so here it is.

As it’s already 2016, I’m a little late in wishing everyone a Happy New Year, but that wish goes out sincerely to you all. Christmas week is always chaotic in our house, and the last thing I managed to post was on December 22nd. I’ve responded to some comments, and I’ve visited a few blogs, but I know I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

I want to thank all the wonderful people out there who’ve supported my blog this past year. I’ve loved working on my various posts – even if I did almost wreck the entire blog on one occasion! (here) I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed reading so many great posts from you, and learning so much from them. Most of all, I’ve loved connecting with you – my blogging friends. I feel as though I’ve known many of you for years.

As Β some of you know I need to concentrate on my third book this year, so my blog posts will be few and far between for a while. I have a couple to do this coming week, before I slow right down and retreat to the 9th century again. My battle helmet awaits . . .

As 2016 gets going, I’m feeling very positive about the year ahead, and what I can achieve. This is how I feel today . . .

shutterstock_297354932And I can only hope that you all feel the same.

Let’s make 2016 a really great one!

72 thoughts on “2015 in review

  1. Happy new year, Millie! Wow, you posted a lot more often than I did (even considering that I didn’t start until late June and took off all of November) and got a TON more views — you are my new role model!

    1. Blogging is addictive, and sometimes we need to take a step back in order to do other things. You had tremendous success on NaNo, Joy, so taking the month off was really worthwhile. I’ve been saying for months that I need to ease off on my blog, but the simple truth is that I love doing it! I’ve never posted daily – or more often than that, as some people do – but I’ve done four or five posts on some weeks, and know I just can’t keep it up, if this book is ever going to get finished. I’ve weaned off gradually over the last couple of months, so I’m just cutting down a bit more now. I’ll aim to post once a week, and see how that goes.
      You write beautifully, and your FF is great.I’m sure your 2016 will be a really great one for you on WP. Have a wonderful 2016 all round. πŸ™‚

    1. Happy New Year, Yinglan! I’m sure your 2015 on WP was incredibly successful. You’re an awesome and prolific blogger, and deserve every praise for all you’ve achieved. I’ve yet to check out other ‘reviews’, but I’ll get there, eventually. Thank you for the kind wishes for my book. I just want it finished now! πŸ™‚

  2. Your blog is great! Everyone has been busy during Christmas, so don’t worry πŸ™‚ I am so happy I got to meet a wonderful blogger like you! Happy new Yearrrrrr! !

      1. I haven’t done a FF since the one you did, too, Lina. I probably won’t find the time for a while now, either, but I’ll get back to it as soon as I can. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Millie, Happy New Year and looks like you had a great year on wordpress. I am so happy to have found you and love your blog. Wishing you the best in 2016, I hope you have a fantastic year.

    1. I’ve a long way to go before I reach your blogging status, Suzanne. Your blog is simply amazing! I wish you a wonderful New Year and continued success in all that you do. I’m very happy to have found you, too.

    1. It would be great to think that we could make the world a better and safer place for many unfortunate people, Inese. We’re fortunate enough to live without such hardships, as well as the constant threats to life. I hope 2016 is a wonderful year for you. πŸ˜€

      1. Thank you! We cannot save the world, but we can care of ourselves and those close to us. If everyone did that, it would be enough to make the world a better place. We are not expected to perform miracles πŸ™‚

      2. I certainly agree with that, Inese. It’s just wishful thinking on my behalf. Taking care of those we love is a great step in the right direction. I’m sure we all hope for better conditions worldwide, but only the years willell in that respect. For now, it’s time for positive thinking and aiming high for 2016. πŸ˜€

      3. I am keeping an eye on a couple of my relatives and making sure they are not in need of anything. If each family takes care of one person, it is a huge step to the world’s wellbeing. It is what I call ‘positive thinking’, and it is as high as I can aim. It is easy, but not everybody does that. Hope for the better in 2016 πŸ™‚

      4. I’ve just touched ‘send’ in the middle of changing words that this stupid tablet thinks I want to write. Hope you can make out what I was trying to say! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks, Freda. I’m not disappearing completely, and will keep coming on to read some of my favourite posts. I’ll just not be on as often. As soon as I’ve got my book sorted, I’ll be back to normal again. I’m sure your great blog will continue to grow. πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats on your sold-out performances! Wonderful to meet you here thanks to the Sisterhood of the Blogging World. I look forward to learning/reading more from/about you. Best of the luck with the book writing – I’m doing the same.

    1. Thank you Pam! I’ve just been over to your blog and I’m very impressed by what I’ve seen and read. I’m really looking forward to reading some of your posts, now. All thanks to L.T. and her nominations.

    1. Thanks, Bekki. I’ll be on to read your Sunday Sevens and other posts I’ve not yet seen, tomorrow. I’m in the middle of putting together another blog award post at the moment! I really am running out of interesting facts about me! πŸ™‚ I suppose we all get these reviews, so I imagine yours will be buried by all your comments! πŸ™‚

      1. I actually have three to do, but I’m doing two in this post. One I’ve had before, one I haven’t. I’d love to nominate you for one, but I think I’d probably hear you scream at me from here. Still… I can be very deaf at times. There’s no compulsion to accept, is there? πŸ™‚

      2. LOL! You probably heard me scream at the very idea. I’m just trying to work out how I now fit more exercise into my day plus a load of other stuff, plus I’m besieged by men – again. Tree surgeon for most of the week and the boiler has broken, so them too. Not to mention that I’ve just stood and written a list of what I’m going to blog next and have a list long enough for the whole month already πŸ™‚

      3. I had a feeling you might not like the idea. Don’t worry, I’ll leave you alone with your house – and garden – full of men! Sorry to hear about your boiler. That’s not a good thing to happen at this time of year. I think we all need to up the exercise after Christmas, and eat nothing but lettuce leaves for a month. Have fun sorting out your many blog posts. At least you won’t need to scrape around for ideas fo a long while. The trouble with the bes laid plans is that something always comes along and messes them right up…
        (No, I won’t inflict another award post on you – or you really might scream.) πŸ˜€

      4. There seems to be men permanently here with things being mended or improved. it’s a running joke with my neighbour. No too bad about the boiler – apart from the expense and that the value for the hot water only broke a month or so ago – we do have the aga and the log burner and the weather’s not too cold.

  5. Yours is an amazing blog, Millie. The amount of information and photos is very impressive indeed. I’m not into awards, but you certainly are deserving of all the praise and accolades. Have a great year 2016. Hugs ❀

    1. Thank you, Amanda. I imagine you’re back on your blog now? I checked yesterday (Monday here then) and you hadn’t posted since before Christmas. I’ll be over to lave a look as soon as I can. I wish you a wonderful 2016, too!

      1. Thanks for checking Millie, but I will begin posts again next week, Millie. In the meantime, I am taking time to read other’s blogs and comment. Your break from blogging is coming up soon, isnt’ it?

      2. Not posting yourself for a while is a good way to catch up on blog posts, and once I do take my’blogging leave’, I hope to keep up with at least a few blogs a week. I probably won’t be making many comments, though – which will take all the fun out of it. I hope to find time to write odd posts, too – but probably fewer than one a week. So, not an absolute break.I have to get another award post done this week, then I’ll go on my big slow down.
        I did check your blog again yesterday, Amanda, so I realised you still weren’t ‘back’! Enjoy a good rest. πŸ™‚

  6. That report for the year 2015 is just wonderful.
    You are just such a supportive and positive blogger that it does not surprise me to see the numbers. Good for you!!
    Have a Happy New Year full of health, happiness and prosperity!

    1. Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed bloggging this year, and developing the different types of posts I do. It’s funny how blogs develop and take on a different ‘look’ to how they started. Thank you for your kind wishes. I’m so glad to have found your blog, too.

    1. Thanks, Lynn. Christmas leaves little time for me to write anything, including WP posts. All I did over the holiday is repond to some comments and read a few posts. I’m playing catch up now, but I will be easing off much more after this week’s posts. I’m so happy to have met you. Lynn. You are an amazing blogger and a lovely person to know. πŸ™‚

      1. I haven’t finished Book 3 yet, Lynn. That’s the one I’m trying to get on with now. I think you already bought Book 1 (Shadow of the Raven) and Book 2 (Pit of Vipers) was put on Amazon last year. I really need to finish off the trilogy. Thank you for your interest, Lynn. It’s very kind of you to think of me. πŸ™‚

  7. Happy New Year Millie! ❀ It's uplifting to read such a post from you πŸ˜‰ . The words you wrote are very encouraging and the picture at the end means a lot to me. It's been very amazing to read the stories that you wrote and travel posts that you shared. Your creativity amazed me every single time. I feel very much connected with you when reading this post. I feel like I'm actually talking to you face to face to tell you how much I appreciated your talents and your positive personality. Keep it up Millie! ❀ All the best! πŸ™‚

  8. Happy 2016 blogging,dear Millie!Seemingly,the New Year has started joyfully walking on the paths of your life and your writing career.All the best to you ~ Hope your books get the success they merit!
    PS:I am hopelessly behind,I’ve some 700 emails to sort out and I am still trying to catch up,but it sounds like a dream 😦 …

    1. I know how you feel – I got so behind during my ‘break’. It would be impossible to catch up with all the posts I missed. I’m just attempting to read a couple of everyone’s. It takes a long time, doesn’t it? Good luck ploughing through your 700 emails! πŸ™‚

      1. It’s so frustrating,I do my best especially for posts like yours that I always find them of great interest.Thank you for your understanding,Millie my friend πŸ™‚ xxx

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