For some reason, my WordPress notifications are refusing to load for the past few days. I’m trying to watch out for comments manually so I can reply. I’m sorry if I miss something. I’m hoping that, whether it is only a problem for me or whether it is more widespread, it will be back to normal soon.
I joke about not looking at my blog stats very often, but there is one stat that winds up in front of me every time I post, my Top of JC’s Mind Facebook page. Every time I look at my Facebook timeline, my page’s “like” number is in large numbers at the right.
It’s hard to miss.
I was stuck at 99 for a looooong time.
When I finally got to 100, one of my personal Facebook friends admitted that she was tempted to unlike my blog page as a joke!
She didn’t – and I did make it up to 103 for a while, but, now, I am down to 101. Knowing that many people have left Facebook in recent months, I’m not taking it (very) personally, but I am in danger of dropping below 100 again.
(Not so) easy come, easy go…
Join us for Linda’s Just Jot It January! Find out how here: https://lindaghill.com/2020/01/28/daily-prompt-jusjojan-the-28th-2020/
Facebook helpfully told me today that I joined ten years ago.
I initially joined because the Smith College Alumnae Chorus was planning to use it as a primary means of communication among our far-flung membership. It didn’t work out that way, but it did get me to join.
I admit that some things about it really annoy me, especially that my newsfeed leaves out so many posts that I would like to see from my friends. I also, of course, am appalled that Facebook was co-opted in the misinformation attack by Russians and others in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential election.
Still, I am sticking with it to stay connected to in-person friends and relatives and a handful of friends that I made through Facebook and feel close to, even though we have never met in person.
I also appreciate the chance to have a Facebook page for Top of JC’s Mind. I recently (finally) got to 100 likes. Okay, I only have 101 now, but I would appreciate some more if anyone wants to pop over there using the link. 😉
Will Facebook be around in another ten years? Will I still be a part of it if it is? No one knows…
Join us for Just Jot It January! Today’s pingback link is here: https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/22/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-22nd/
More information and prompts here: https://lindaghill.com/2018/12/31/what-is-just-jot-it-january-2019-rules/
Friend to bloggers everywhere, Opinionated Man of HarsH ReaLiTy and A Good Blog is Hard to Find, both of which I highly recommend you follow if you aren’t already, has long advocated splitting blogging time in thirds, one third each for writing, reading, and commenting.
It’s a good idea, although not one that I have been able to follow very meticulously.
Lately, though, things have gotten unbalanced, even for me.
I have been spending tons of time reading, liking, and commenting, but not so much time writing. I also have (many) tons of in-person commitments coming up this spring, so I’ve decided to re-jigger my blogging priorities a bit.
Step One: I’ve separated my blog email from my personal email.
I’m hoping this will make my personal inbox easier to handle, with less likelihood of personal notes, poetry notifications, and, oh, bills and statements, getting lost in the shuffle.
Step Two: I will also try to spend more time with posting, even though that will mean less time for reading and commenting.
Which is sad, but necessary at this point.
One of the things I am making time for in the coming weeks is my first ever MOOC, Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World, from my alma mater, Smith College. I’m hoping it will generate some posts here at Top of JC’s Mind.
WordPress stats can be weird.
At the moment, for today I have 29 views, 20 visitors, 43 likes, and 3 comments.
It seems strange to have more likes than views.
I’m guessing that means that some of the likes are through the reader or through people who get instant email messages of new posts.
Maybe there are reasons I don’t pay that much attention to my stats page…
I posted last week about a new record for likes.
I am shocked to report that that record, 66 likes, was shattered yesterday, setting a new record of 103 likes!
And, in the odd record-keeping of WordPress, I had only 79 views…
I realize part of that is that I allow full posts by email and in the reader, so some likes come in that don’t register as views.
I had four posts yesterday.
The first was a re-blog of gorgeous flowers from My Food and Flowers. It attracted likes and some new followers from the photo-blog sector, including one who went on to explore and like a lot of posts. Thank you, v4vikey!
My planned post yesterday was about the ever-popular subject of exercise, featuring adventures with Wii Fit.
Then, there were two spur-of-the-moment posts on my re-vamping of my blog theme, one on the new header and one on the menu. Posts about blogging always seem to attract attention – among bloggers. Go figure!
Part of the success of the post-likes in a single day is the time of day when the posts appear. All four posts appeared in the morning in my time zone, so it gave more hours for my readers to find them the same day.
Thanks to all my readers and “likers” – especially those of my followers who visit on a regular basis. I really do appreciate your visits, comments, and likes here at Top of JC’s Mind!
Wishing you all a great weekend,
Here we are at the end of Just Jot It January 2016. I did a thank you post to Linda on Friday, hoping that I would have time to work on a long-delayed post for Sunday, but my brainpower had to be directed elsewhere.
The fun thing is that January 29 became a record-setting day here at Top of JC’s Mind with 66 likes on that day! My old record had been 59, set on October 13, 2015.
While the thank you post to Linda for Just Jot It January generated the most views, I was happy to have generated views that spread news on behalf of poet- and blogger-friends and a couple of re-blogs. There was a post of links to the recently published poems of Merrill Oliver Douglas on Eunoia Review and one spreading the news about the change in platform for OM. I re-blogged anagram haiku from Mathemagical and a wonderful post explaining the true meaning of jihad from Perfect-The-Days. There were also likes for a post I had written the day before which included the Saint Francis Peace Prayer.
I know that part of the reason for the record-setting day was having had an unusually high number of posts in a short amount of time, while part was having the built-in promotion of Just Jot It January for a couple of the posts.
Setting records is fun, but not as gratifying as the knowledge that people are connecting with one another through Top of JC’s Mind.
Sending out a big THANK YOU to all the visitors who made this record possible and all those who pop in on all the non-record-setting days, too!
This is my final post for Linda’s Just Jot It January 2016. It’s been a blast! http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/31/just-jot-it-january-31st-clumsy/