Thank You For a Successful Year in 2010
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This post is a few weeks overdue (now long overdue–I wrote this mid January and forgot to publish it). I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who has purposely or unintentionally come to my website this past year in 2010. This past year has been a roller coaster and this is one of the places I come to let the steam out. I used to hate writing posts because it felt like a job, “Ohh man I need to update my blog, what the hell am I going to write about?” always went through my head. I always thought of myself as a horrible writer as well and I would force myself to write. Another reason why I used to never like writing on here was that I thought my diction and syntax sucked! It still does… Sometimes I guess I don’t give myself enough credit and usually have the thought that I could have written my posts better.
Anyway, writing here puts me at ease and as corny as it sounds, at peace. It seems like my head gets cluttered with too many thoughts and emotions that I store inside and never let out. It’s overwhelming when I try to keep it locked inside rather than share it with others. I’ve come to realize that many people probably feel the same way I do about things but aren’t comfortable sharing it to the public or may just not have someone to express themselves to. Whatever it is that’s going through your head and want to scream out loud…To that I say you’re not alone. I used to be uncomfortable and embarrassed to let my friends know I had a blog. Now I feel fine sharing my posts on my Facebook page for the whole world to see! Regardless, it has been a rewarding experience. I know that people are coming here and actually reading my articles thanks to the emails and comments I receive. So again, for you silent readers out there, or ninjas for a better word…thanks for taking the time to listen and hear my voice.
I never thought that my blog would reach this…milestone? This past year in 2010 my blog received a total of 25,004 unique visitors. Those visitors generated a total of 51,758 pageviews (1.94 pageviews per visit). Unfortunately, the average time spent on my site was only a mere 42 seconds. BUT, looking at the last two months, November and December, of 2010 I had a total of 3,242 unique visitors that generated a total of 10,240 pageviews (an average of 2+ pageviews per visit). That’s pretty good! The average time spent on my blog for the last two months was 1 minute and 7 seconds. Quality over quantity. What seizes to amaze me though, is my bounce rate. For those of you who don’t know what Bounce Rate means–it “is a term used in web site traffic analysis. It essentially represents the percentage of initial visitors to a site who “bounce” away to a different site, rather than continue on to other pages within the same site.” The bounce rate for my blog is only 3.59%, which means that 96.41% of people who visit my blog stay here upon the initial page they landed on! I could get into more in depth analysis, but it would probably bore you to death.
As I mentioned before, I know many of you come here and don’t leave comments. That’s fine! I just wanted to let all of you know that I appreciate you taking the time to read my posts. Contacting me directly through my contact form is always welcome. What motivates me most is the fact that I know I’m providing support, inspiration, motivation, and empowering complete strangers around the world!! It’s most rewarding when I wake up in the morning and check my inbox to see an email from someone who reached my site thanking me or telling me to keep up the good work. In some small way I’m able to make a difference and that’s all that really matters.
With that said, I look forward to a fantastic 2011. Follow your hearts, always dream big, and accomplish your goals. In regards to life in general, here’s a quote from Transformers “Fifty years from now, when you’re looking back at your life, don’t you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?” Take a second to think about it. Just think about it. Live life with no regrets 🙂
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