This post is a response to my annual report from WP. My stats lagged behind last year’s. I took long breaks between posts in 2014 while I served as CCSS president and later as I wrote Images of America: Woodlake. I think WP felt sorry for me and tried to encourage me, by telling me that I had “staying power.” So if you’d like some staying power, here’s my advice.
1. Write about what you know. A few years ago I worked on a state project to align writing and history social science. Editors modified the published version immensely, so I published my original along with a few pictures. I didn’t know what else to write when I started blogging. That article draws more views year after year than any other post. WP told me I have staying power and I should try writing similar articles to ones I’ve written in the past.
2. Analyze your stats. I had never heard of most of the ways people found my blog until I read my annual report. It turned out that a university professor’s site recommended that article. I need to apologize to many students mis-identified as SPAM. Who knew?
4. Write about what you don’t know. Even though WP told me to write more of the same, I have branched out into less popular posts. Writing cements learning. Every day I learn something new, and being a teacher I have to do something with it and not let it sit and rot in my brain. So I write about what I learn.
So what was your best post last year, and where are you and your blog headed this year? Wherever you go, have a great New Year blogging, enjoy the journey, and when you get to my blog, pull up a comfy chair and stay awhile! 🙂
I borrowed all photos except Kalev’s puppy picture. 🙂