Choosing the metrics for it is never a value-free process, and collecting the data is an occupation, but even a loosely gathered set of facts can be revealing.
At post number 150, for example, I figure we’re now into Blogging 201.
0 missed days. 0 tardy.
Brand, though tweaked, remains at 5 words: clean, visual, informative, encouraging, and real. The only addition is “real” but perhaps “straight” or maybe even “opinionated” are more to the mark.
Posts still at 400 +/- words. Still like that focused, quick length.
Still carried high on Alltop. Still with enduring champions and many more ping backs from around the world, of late, Brazil, Holland, Korea, and Singapore. Chinese readership is growing. Monthly visitors 6,600; monthly page views 12,600. .
Posts inspired from wandering museums and galleries: dozens. Posts inspired from the peculiar goings-on in my tiny, wonderful town: 7. Subjects I tend to return to: 5 – process; story; naming things, breaking rules, and going for it.
Permissions sought and received: 4. Permissions refused: 1 and it was a most awkward moment, and a shame, as it’s a story I really wanted to tell.
Most successful title: “How to. . . ” Used 14 times, or 9.3%.
Reader response: roughly 50% female, 50% male. Twitter favored.
Total word count approximately 180,000. By comparison, my novel has roughly 115,000, an essay in progress 3,500, while a set of notes taken on the fly and pretty much on a daily basis might have 700 words.
Number of times profanity appears: 3 – once in a photo, and again in an expression, and finally in a symbol of an erect middle finger sculpted bigger than life by the bad boy artist Cattelan and positioned not incidentally in front of the Italian stock market.
Most fun: 100% choosing the photos.
Most valuable player: my editor who says it like it is and has some ideas on how to fix the broken bits. And my tech guy, without whom survival is out of the question.
Atahualpa WP 2.92 Theme with 5 widgets and 1 favored classification: “mechanics.” Akismet with 46,850 filtered bits of spam and 106 suspects in the queue as we speak.
The next post, next Friday—number 151.
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