This is not going to be the normal end-of-the-year wrap up post.
2012 was not a normal year so that would pretty much be impossible. Besides…who wants normal?
When 2012 dawned almost a year ago, I was still over at Blogger. I liked it there but wanted to take my blog to the next level. I wanted more organization, more options, etc. I was still working full time at my old job and trying to make a go of my Etsy shop. I didn’t get moved to WordPress until early summer.
I loved my new design, but the move didn’t go so well. On the surface everything looked fine…but I lost my email feed for over a month. Along with the feed I lost my spot in Google readers and blog rolls.
To start over seemed like a hill too high to climb.
But climb it I did and eventually things got sorted out. One thing that didn’t get sorted out were my blog stats. With my switch to WordPress I needed to install Google Analytics to track page views, traffic sources, etc. Huge oversight…especially since I didn’t figure that out until August.
So…to make up for lost time not only did I install Analytics once, I installed it twice. (Just kidding about the making up for lost time part.)
I didn’t realize it of course…but the fact remains that for weeks all my stats were being doubled. What a disappointment when I finally figured this out. Not a red-letter day for On Sutton Place.
You’re probably wondering where all this is taking us…the answer is no where.
I don’t know what post got the most comments.
No idea which post had the most page views.
Clueless as to who my top referrer is.
The feeling I had upon finding this out was sort of like wanting to cry over spilled milk. Helpless frustration.
Once again I had to square my shoulders, keep my chin up…and start over.
One of my favorite quotes is this: “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
My blogging seas in 2012 have not been smooth…but I’d like to end on a positive note. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve had to work harder and longer to find my lost followers. Sadly, many are gone forever.
The ones I found, or who found me, are still hanging in there.
Sharing my failures and successes.
I treasure each and every one of you.
I know bloggers have been talking about a word (or words) of the year. After the year I’ve had, the only word I could think of is “perseverance.” I just need to keep on keeping on.