It was this day in history, just one long year ago, M3 was born. Welcome to the blogoversary post!
We made loads. Claret and Bruno have a table set up for all the Wombies and Tasmanians with Spambo Wambos, pancakes and a huge bowl of wine gums. The haunted house is made entirely of chocolate bars and truffles.
Cash and Beau have a huge bowl of bones for the dogs, and Little V has some special sweet veggies for the turtles.
While you eat, we are going to do a quick run down of what
you have endured M3 did in its first year.
- Mantra’s Madness: 93 posts; 99 poems; 1.2 books
- Psychology: Blogging A to Z Challenge, April 2012
- 8 series
- 4 Musicians (No one liked this.)
- 45 Writer’s Spotlights
- 40 MAD posts (These are retiring.)
- 43 Friday Follies
- 49 Saturday Evening Posts, 26 featuring Clyde
- 19 Flash in the Pan (plus two pages)
Regardless of outside opinion, Tuesday has always had a theme. Since no title ever presented itself, it is still my little secret. Even if there are around five M3 Readers who know what it is.
Comments: Over 18,000 (I will have to update this when the post goes live. Someone remind me to check.)
What amazing conversations we have had! We have taken personality tests; decided how to and not to get married to and divorced from Mate and family; learned to make cheap sauce; had parties; gone on field trips…whew, it is all a mouthful.
Email Followers: 345
RSS Followers: 51
Facebook Fans: 478
Words: 576,941 (before this post)
This year’s goal was to get to 1,000,000 words. Needless to say, that goal will not be reached. Instead, I wrote a few books to the tune of an additional 234,301 words.
Since the move (05MAR12), there have been 327,689. That is when I cut back to one post a day, on average… and started with wordless posts. I am not seeing another 189K in the next two months. Still too much coding to do.
Meh. Not bad.
Green Room Inhabitants: 162, with more than 240 blogs
This page creates the second largest bounce for me. I love that.
Time out of the blogosphere: 16 hours, 8 minutes. 99.8% up time. We brought down the Go Daddy curve, but still not shabby.
Spam blocked: A lot
- Akismet: 17,807
- GASP: Countless
I have not included a large number from the WordPress site. When I dismantled the old M3, apparently, I took the spam with me. Go figure. The record, which was lost in the move, was over 4,500 spam comments for the month of January. There are much fewer now that spammers must pass through a filter before they get to Akismet.
Images: 939, most stolen at least once. Two stolen more than 10,000 times… each.
While search engines and social networks account for a lot of the traffic which is not directly from email, bookmark and just plain typing in the address here, there are some bloggers who have directed readers to M3. The top ten are:
- Deb Adams (Art & Blog)
- Gail Thornton’s World
- Bearman Cartoons
- Noeleen (Words Fall From My Eyes)
- Robert (Refrigerator Magnate)
- Kirsten (A Detailed House)
- Aquatom (Me! Me! Me, me, me!)
- Valentine Logar (QBG ~ Tilted Tiara)
You are the ones who make this completely worthwhile. There are many, many other very helpful blogs who send readers to M3. I just had to stop somewhere. Thank you to everyone who has a link to M3 on their blog.
Many more thanks to all of you who have sent posts via all of the social media channels, Rebel Mouse, Sitizens, YouTube, and the list could go on and on.
My reliable traffic statistics only run from 05MAR12 to the present, just shy of eight months. Raw traffic, which includes bots and crawlers, is over three million:
And page views are a little over 1.2 million (click to enlarge either):
I really would like to get to an average of 10,000 page views per day. I am doubting without cutting out a lot of what you and I like about M3, that is not likely to happen without a blitzkrieg across the blogosphere of pointing right here all on the same day. I can still dream.
You should vote on whether or not we do polls next year. We had some fun ones!
51 awards are posted in the Trophy Room. There are three more which M3 has been awarded which are lurking in the folder for this quarter. While they are first year awards, I will not present them for a while still. On average, M3 is awarded something once per week.
M3 has handed out more than 500 awards to other blogs during this year. There are more special prizes to come next year.
Pass me some pie.
So, enough about me. What about you? I cannot say it often enough. The M3 Readers are the most spectacular audience in the blogosphere. You are the reason I do this.
You have helped M3 discover its identity; tailor content for you; reach for more and become more.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the best first year.
Do you have any special requests for next year? Is there a goal you would like to see M3 attempt? How can I make your stay more pleasant?