Today marks the 6 Month Birthday of MarytheKaytheBlog!!! I officially started this blog on February 10th--also my 40th birthday.
I had really wanted to write a blog for a couple of years. But, I knew I had no business starting that kind of time-sucking hobby--when I could barely keep up with the stuff I was already doing. However, as I started looking for ways to earn extra income to help out our family, I kept coming back to writing.
I know it is a long-shot ever to make much money writing... But, I figure--if I don't try, I sure won't ever know! Starting this blog has opened a whole new world for me. To be a little vulnerable with you--I am really proud of myself for not only following a dream I had, but step by step, little by little, doing the work it takes to make that dream a reality.
In writing this blog, I have met some really wonderful people, and have found some amazing stories and writing online. I feel like I am still feeling my way along, looking for a little niche for my blog to land. I am aiming for a goal--but I am really enjoying the process along the way!
I also want to say THANK YOU to those who have been reading, and who have sent encouraging words along the way. That has been the most surprising part about this journey for me--the encouragement. On days that have been difficult, those encouraging words have felt like little presents from heaven, tied with pretty bows!
When I look at the stats over the last 6 months, I am totally blown away. Again, thank you, thank you. In the big world of blogging, I realize my numbers aren't huge. But, to me, each small number represents someone coming over to spend precious time in my little world. That gesture just means the world to me! Thank you.
In the last 6 months, I have had:
23,646 visits from 109 countries
15,125 unique visitors
Most of my readers live in MO, TX, CA, and AR (in that order)
My #1 traffic source is Google (and there is a funny story behind this...I'll tell it soon, I promise!)
The top referring blogs are: (because I join their weekly link-ups)
The posts I've written that receive the most traffic are:
Some of my favorite things I've written are the funny ones...like:
Here's to 6 more months of late nights, not enough sleep, grouchy mornings, taking pictures of everything, avoiding housework so I can blog, picking peoples' brains for blog topics, annoying people with blog talk, putting my husband to sleep with blog talk, and threatening people with "If you do that, I will blog about it..."
Oh, wait! What I really mean to say is...Here's to 6 more wonderful months of blogging!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!