Monday, 1 December 2008

I Survived NaBloPoMo 2008!

I survived! I can hardly believe that I managed to post 30 times in 30 days. At times, it was touch and go whether I was going to make it, especially as I was working night shifts throughout the month and I was also sick last week.

The interesting aspect of this challenge is the increase in my blog readership. I have gone from about 12 visitors per day to 22 and their average length of stay is about 2.5 minutes. This would suggest that my visitors are finding something of interest and actually staying long enough to read my posts. My main question is why are these visitors lurking and not leaving comments? Although my readership increased significantly, the number of comments on each post has remained the same. I'm wondering what would encourage these readers to come out of the shadows....

From a personal point of view, I have enjoyed the challenge and it has stimulated the creative mind. Thank you to those blog friends who have supported my challenge with their words of encouragement ~ I couldn't have done it without you. I have found things to blog about that I may not have blogged about in the past and I have thought about what I can blog about every day. Would I do it again? Probably, although not until late in 2009. Watch this space.

10 comments:

msshorti said...

Congrats on your accomplishment.

jamjar said...

Wow! 30 posts in so days, I have just missed the entire month of November, more the no posts at all in 30 days! lol. I rather like the idea of that challenge though, well done.

the flour loft said...

one Marie you did it!
I don't think i could and at the moment i am finding just posting once a week difficult!
Happy December to you.
Lots of love
Ginny xx

Tracy said...

HOORAY, Marie! I am in awe and admiration of your accomplishment! I've so much enjoyed coming here daily--or almost! ;o)--and reading your post, which you've shared about so many interesting and fun things. I posed for nearly a solid month at my place about a year ago...not sure if I could do it again. But nice challenge! The lurker issue (I don't like the term "luker", but never mind, that's what they are called) is a puzzler. I'm not sure why some read but don't comment. I think many people are just shy, they like to read but don't feel the need to comment. Which is sad sometimes, for the participation and friendship that comes with comments/commenting is one of the many fun things about blogging. I hope more will be brave and leave you a note here. Congrats on a fantastic month here, my friend! :o) ((HUGS))

Primrose Corner said...

Well done. That's a real achievement. I don't think - well o.k know I couldn't do that. Have a good December...

I just typed in the word verification 'bit' with my eyes closed ..... such rude words they do create sometimes .... Oh! I'm such a prude!!

Gingham and Flowers said...

Gosh, well done! I don't think I could manage that many posts in one go. I sometimes have good intentions to write every day, at least during the week, but I run out of things to write about. That's interesting about your readership going up. How do you know how long they stay? Actually, I don't even know how you know how many visitors you've had with blogger. When I was on typepad it was easy to see how many visitors you'd had and where they came from. Unless I'm missing something I didn't think there was a way to do that on blogger. Anyway, I'm going on now! Well done on the 30 posts.

Wild Rose said...

I have Sitemeter on my blog. It is free to set up and it provides a record of visitors ~ where they are located; number of visits per day and duration of their stay. There are all sorts of statistics associated with it, but basically, they e-mail me a summary each week.

Marie x

Vintage Amethyst said...

Wow, what an achievement!
Well done you!
Love Alison
x

Tea Time and Roses said...

Wow what an accomplishment! Maybe one day I will be able to take on the challenge!:o) Have a happy weekend!

Smiles...

Beverly

Lynda ~ Among the Hedgerows said...

Congratulations, Marie! This is certainly an accomplishment!
xo,
Lynda