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2012 / 2013: Taking Stock

Given the date, it seems only appropriate that today’s post looks back over the last 12 months and forward over the next 12. Not only is it about to switch from 2012 to 2013, but I am celebrating 31 years on the planet.

WordPress tells me that 600 people have summited Everest this year, and if everyone who achieved that were to read my blog, it would take Everest 19 years to catch up. Which makes me think two things, first 600 people have been to the top of Everest this year? That’s almost two a day, since when was it so achievable? And secondly, it’s a bit depressing to think that my blog has only had 19 times as many views as the highest place on earth – probably in fact, fewer people have seen Elmowrites than the summit of Everest, since most of my visitors come back multiple times. Sigh.

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But I’ve been reading about teaching children resilience, and the first lesson is to practise it yourself. So, woohoo, 19 times as many views for my little 1-year-old blog, versus just 600 for a mountain as old as the hills. Take that, Everest!

So, seriously, 2012. In my mind, this has been a year of great change. I’ve from Employed to Kept; Wife to Wife and Mother; Tenant to Homeowner; Wannabe Author to Published Wannabe Author. I wonder, if we were DINKy (Dual Income No Kids) before , are we OIKs (One Income, Kid) now? Basically, over the past year, I’ve switched into a whole new life-stage and become well and truly a Grown Up. I have accidentally embraced this song right on cue and I’m pretty happy about it.

Who knows what 2013 will hold? Hopefully a bit of stability, lots of family time and, of course, as much writing as I can fit in. I’d like to work on more publication, which means a year of writing, editing and submitting. This time next year, Rodney, we’ll be millionaires!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Celebrations!

Wow. Guys. What can I say?

When I started this blog, I had no idea whether it would be something I would enjoy or continue. I certainly never dreamed that it would get more than a handful of visitors, I expected those to be friends and family from the “real world”.

Wednesday will be the one year anniversary of Elmowrites. I’ll have posted 124 entries, ranging from short stories to personal commentaries, writing challenges to submissions recommendations. Almost every post has been read by at least one person, the top post (apart from my static pages), Ragondin, has received 120 hits and also generated my busiest day back in April.

According to the stats on my front page, I have 329 followers, but because of the way WordPress works, that includes facebook friends who might never even notice my posts. However, what prompted this post was the arrival over the weekend of draculawidow and Rachel Paterson – my 99th and 100th blog followers! I remember hoping I could get up to 20 and then 50, now suddenly I’ve reached 100, just in time for Elmowrites’ first birthday!

Thank you to everyone who stops by to see what I’m writing about, who shares their thoughts in the comments, and who has hit the “Sign me up!” button to follow what I have to say. Feedback is always welcome – including on which elements of the blog you enjoy reading most and would like to see more of.

 

 

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