Thanks for the Memories 2012

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Blogging connects people from all parts of the world and it’s amazing but readers represented by flags from 221 countries and regions have visited one cool site!

I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come over the course of these last 7 years. Getting caught up in striving for more – more comments and followers  – means you can miss the magic blogging moments. That’s why I try to remain focused on celebrating every small success.

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Top Commenters

Blogs are designed for interactive communication and it’s discussion that enhances post value and validates us as bloggers.  Learning from reader feedback helps us to grow and our blogs to evolve.

The Top Commenters on one cool site  in 2012 who made a significant contribution to this collection of blogging tips posts were Mark Armstrong, jaklume, Val, Jean, David Bennett, Ron, and Sandra Pawula. Thank you all so much for your ongoing interest and lively commentary.

Guest Authors

Vikas Gupta‘s30 Love Quotes Tweaked for Blogging and WordPress was a timely piece for Valentine’s Day that included this gem:“Blogging is a game that anyone can play and everybody wins.”

Sandra Pawula‘s tutorial  Moving Your Blog from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org: Resources and Tips is a valuable a guide for those who make the move to self-hosting.

Elena Vakhromova‘s  Top 7 Sure Article Types One May Benefit From  reveals proven article types that engage a blog audience and diversify content.

Basic Blogging and Popular Posts

Following feedback I received indicating there was a need to split the content on my Popular Posts page and develop another page I acted by publishing  Basic Blogging. I’m happy to say both index pages are well used.

My Top 25 one cool site Posts Picks (2012)

  1. 10 Guidelines for Writing Engaging Posts
  2. 4 Year End Blog Post Ideas
  3. Keyword Power in the Blogging World
  4. 6 Simple Tips for New Bloggers
  5. Mobile Friendly Theme or Responsive Width Theme?
  6. Nomophobia: Disconnect and Detox
  7. Blogging and Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) AKA Digital Eye Strain
  8. 6 Ways to Make Google Your Blog’s Best Friend
  9. Writing a Blog Post
  10. Writers Resources for Bloggers
  11. Top 5 Site Title Tag Tips
  12. Spelling and Grammar Count
  13. How to Prevent and React to a WordPress Hack Attack
  14. Free Images for Your Blog or Website
  15. A Dozen Tips for New Bloggers
  16. 4 Ways to Refresh Your Blog
  17. Do I Need a Domain?
  18. Cropper or Proper Image Preparation?
  19. Tips for Avoiding Blogger Burnout
  20. Revisiting Keywords and Tags
  21. Is Your Blog Mobile Compatible?
  22. 6 Easy Ways to Feature Older Content
  23. OMG! My Domain Name Expired
  24. 12 Tips for Improving Search Queries Ranking Position
  25. Get the Most Out of Image Search
Many of the top posts and pages in my blogs have been published in earlier years and remain popular “evergreen” content.

I’m an introvert who has become more communicative through blogging. Blogging has opened my mind to a greater array of possibilities and points of view and to enriching my life through relationships.  My sincere thanks to every subscriber for choosing to follow one cool site.  I am grateful that you value this blog  so highly and I am hopeful that you will continue to follow it in 2013.

38 thoughts on “Thanks for the Memories 2012

  1. Interesting new gravatar, even if it does diminish your field of vision by 50%! I’m sure Veronica Lake would approve… : )

    You’re an inspiration on every level, TT. I’m proud to be one of your many followers. Wishing you continued success, health and happiness in 2013.

    • I’m humbled by your response Mark. I try to do the best I can in this blog and in my personal blog and I’m looking forward to a more productive year in both. Thanks for the comment on the avatar. If you met me on the street you would immediately recognize me, as it’s close to being a ringer for me, without the wrinkles around the eyes and the dark circles under them. lol :D My husband used to refer to me as a red fox (auburn colored hair) but he now refers to me as a silver fox (graying hair).

  2. Congratulations! I have read several of your posts and did a lot of stuff to make my blog better. I started at getting no visits at all and now I get more than 100 view per week. I know it’s a lot, but I’m still trying.

    Recently I found out that leaving comments on other blogs help people get more views. I think that you have also said that it’s good to do that.I didn’t believe that. A couple of days ago I tested it. Those two days my daily views got increased by 50%!

    Anyway, your blog is awesome, I like the way you have designed it. You really know how to help people and you are very friendly. However, I would really appreciate it if you gave some advice to bloggers that don’t have a blog in English, because it’s a lot harder to get some views.

  3. Happy New Year! I am new to your site but have already learned so many things that makes my blogging easier, and hopefully better (like using custom menus!) Thanks!

  4. Wishing you peace and glad acuteness of living well for 2013, TiTi. 2012 has been a long journey for you (or am I mixing up with 2011?). I’m amazed how often you do churn out posts for 2 blogs. I didn’t know I still commented that often to even warrant mention, but I guess I wander sleepily over here and love to chat up on certain things. :)

    • Hi Jean,
      Thanks so much for your well wishes which I send right back to you. Indeed you were among my top commenters and I’m so grateful for those contributions.

      You’re right – 2012 was a year that featured 2 deaths of people close to me, shingles and 2 fibromylagia attacks. However, I fought depression off by focusing on the little things that were good in my life so I made it through a hard year. Now a new year is before me and hopefully it will be a better one. Alleluia! 2012 is gone.

  5. Congratulations on the success of your blog. I appreciate your straight forward answers. You have given me many ideas to try on my small niche news blog. Good luck in the year ahead. Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii.

  6. Thanks again for the information. I did not use this WordPress data myself; I am up to my eyeballs in real life. I appreciate your reciprocity on the blogs I work on and I am sorry that they are not more engaging and easy to follow; I’m just not ready or able to do more at this time. Plus I cannot get the tools I want and need; the Linux community gives very, very few options for desktop blogging clients that I prefer.

    I’ve lost the link to your other blog and can’t seem to find it right at the moment? Could you help me out? I’ll be sure to add it to my feed reader this time.

    • @jaklumen
      Please don’t apologize for having an offline life. I’m also up to my eyeballs working in our business and on my contracted work. Then comes answering support forum questions, next is this blog and last is the personal blog to which you refer, which is starving for some content http://thistimethisspace.com

      • Oh no, it’s more that I want to be more effective with my blogging when I do it. I had to let my We Heart Music work go for now but the author/blog owner has kindly left an open door so I can come back anytime. I appreciate your sentiments. Thank you for the link, I’ve added that feed to Opera now. How about a guest post on New Year’s and goal setting? I’ll send something to you by e-mail for review if that idea works for you.

  7. I have learned so much from your site and once I come over I find myself staying to read more and more. There’s so much valuable information to read and digest. You’re blog is truly inspirational!

    • Thanks so much for your positive feedback. I truly appreciate it. When I get off work tonight I will visit though it may be after midnight by the time I get there.

  8. Dear Readers,
    The power lines were down today and work was crazy. Now the power lines are repaired but it’s bed time so I will respond to comments tomorrow.

  9. Another year. Great blog TT, thank you.

    I’m using the opportunity to do some housekeeping like cleaning email subscriber lists etc. My challenge for 2013 is to use social media better, I have much to learn and a leap of faith to undertake. Engagement is my mantra for 2013.

    Have a great year TT.

    • @raskipeter
      Thanks for sharing your goal and your mantra for 2013. I’m apologizing for taking so long to answer. Work has been very demanding and I have been so exhausted I haven’t answered comments promptly upon receipt. That does not mean I don’t appreciate yours or the others.

      Thanks for sharing your goal and your mantra for 2013. They are good ones and I wish well.

  10. What a great post Time Thief! You are my inspiration in achieving great success with a blog. I can’t imagine having 2500 views in one day, let alone 590,00 views in a year – Wow! Thank you for all your posts that help the rest of us improve our blogs, learn new techniques and realize things that are available to us on WP that we don’t even know, and most importantly for making the blog journey fun – Happy New Year!

    • Hi Claire,
      Happy New Year! I am delighted to hear that my posts inspire you. What a lovely thing to say. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of page views I got that day too. You’re right on track when you say what’s most important is having fun. Great advice!

    • I think you may be right. If so then technology has opened a door to us that wasn’t open to us previously. Best wishes for happy blogging in 2013.

    • Hi David,
      It’s an astonishing number that in some ways makes me feel nervous. It surprises me to see how much of my older content still draws traffic. I’m now eyeballing it and wondering what I ought to blog about next. Should I revisit some of the subjects in the older posts or not? Hmmmm … Thank you for being such and encouraging and supportive commenter. I do appreciate it. May 2013 be a fulfilling and memorable year for you.

  11. TiTi-Your site (and you!) continue to be a near boundless font of information for all bloggers, not just those on WordPress.com. Many happy wishes to you for a wonderful and inspiring 2013!

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks so much for the kind words about my blog. I give thanks almost every day for the contributions you make to it and for the food for thought I draw from your blog. When it comes to images and the gallery I don’t know what I would do without the valuable resource you have created. I wish you health, happiness and may memorable photographic moments in 2013.

  12. It’s wonderful to celebrate how much you have given us in 2012 and earlier years as well. You were my first blogging mentor and I will always be immensely grateful for the tips and guidance I’ve received from you. You Basic Blogging and Popular Posts page are a treasury! Misty Lake is also a very nice theme on your blog. Wishing you a perfect 2013.

    • Dear Sandra,
      The various attempts I made to feature older content in other ways were not as effective as creating two simple index pages (Basic Blogging, Popular Posts) has been.

      When it comes to themes, my fickleness is evident but I do think I will stick with Misty Lake for awhile, so it’s good to know you think it suits my content.

      I’m so glad you decided to blog as if you hadn’t we would not have connected. If we hadn’t connected I wouldn’t have benefited from your insight and wisdom. Your friendship and your blog play an important role in my life. I’m wishing you a 2013 full of enriching experiences. Long may you blog!

    • Hi Carrie,
      There’s no doubt about it 2012 was a rough year for me but the connections I have made kept me motivated. May you have a wonder-filled 2013 full of pleasant surprises.

  13. Congrats!! that’s awesome news! So many views! i have only 38,000 views but I am pretty happy. last year, I only had 7,000 views!! Your blog rocks, girl!!! Waw!!!!

    • Hi Sophie,
      Thanks you. I look at that number of page views and shake my head in disbelief. Then I remind myself it’s people like you who I connect with that making blogging such a pleasure. Best wishes for a great blogging year to come.

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