Thursday, May 1, 2014

A to Z Reflections for the Challenge of 2014

An Increase in Followers for A to Z?

           For starters, if you're reading this and not yet following this blog, I would appreciate it if you'd take the time right now to click on the "Join This Site" button at your right.  I'd love to hit the 200 follower mark for the 2014 Challenge.   Thank you in advance if you have done this.   Let me know in the comments that you've done so and if I'm not following your blog already I will do so now.

           During this year's Challenge on this blog my follower increase was relatively small which would be expected since my visits here were very low in numbers.  As typical during April there were more visitors at the beginning and these dropped to about half by the end.

         Putting it into actual numbers brings into perspective how poorly this blog did.  During the first half of the Challenge I was getting an average of 15 to 20 page views per post with about 5 comments per post.  After the letter "N" my views dropped by about half averaging a paltry 10 per day with 2 comments on each post.

           Granted this is one of my lowest performing blogs.  I don't do much to promote it either so I guess I shouldn't complain about the visitors.  Judging from my stats though I can see how some A to Z participants might be disappointed if they were showing something similar.

           Taking into account my own lack of promotion, my increase of posting to six days per week instead of the usual one, and the vast competitive pool of A to Z bloggers I was up against, my showing though not stellar was not stagnant by any means either.  I had my usual visitors who remained loyal.   If I were to measure weekly visits and comments without taking into account the number of posting days, there would be an increase of visitors and comments to this blog.

The 2014 Challenge Theme

          I kept the theme simple with short posts.  During April each post featured a film that had to do with dreams or had dream-like qualities.  I had hoped that the nature of the theme would have attracted more viewers with more discussion.  My films may have been overly obscure or it may not be a type of film that many people are interested in.

            If you missed my recommendations I encourage you to review them and leave comments wherever you find one that interests you or where you have something to say about the film.   I generally respond to all comments even when they are on old posts.

The Future of A Faraway View

            This blog mostly exists because of my own interest in the topic and the fact that I do have a small pool of regular visitors.   The blog has potential, but due to my current blogging load I will probably continue here as I have in the past.  Posts may continue to stay short or even become shorter.   Guest posts are always welcomed, but I have not been active in soliciting posts from guests.

             My dream blog is not going anywhere--at least not yet.  Since it is an underperforming labor of love it would probably be my first blog to go if I were to start dropping blog efforts that consumed too much of my time.  Or if not dropped, this blog might go to sleep for an extended period.   We'll see about that.

           In any case, I want to thank all of you who visited A Faraway View.  A special thanks goes to JoJo at Tahoma Beadworks & Photography and Lisa at Lisa Buie-Collard--they were constant visitors to this blog during April and I appreciate that support.

             Hope to see more visitors and get more comments in the future!



  1. Even with my blog and as active as I was, I only gained about thirty followers this time. Of course, so many aren't using GFC anymore, so it's hard to tell.

  2. Aww thanks so much for the shout out! I enjoy your dream blog. Even though I can't remember mine for very long, I am fascinated by the topic.

  3. How many blogs do you have?

  4. Alex -- GFC was so simple. I don't like Google+. Is there a way to tell how many people subscribe by email when that option is offered?

    JoJo -- You're my best most faithful follower on this blog.

    Story -- I have four that I myself post on regularly for public consumption.


  5. It intrigues me to see your blog numbers: I would have insisted you had so many more than you have! I have never gone into the AtoZChallenge with any preconceived notions at all and have found myself pleased with whatever happens.

    You continue to be an inspiration. Thank you for all you do.

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

  6. I can't imagine keeping up with more than one blog--kudos to you! I tried to leave a comment on this blog a few days ago, and my computer froze three times through my efforts, until I gave up. I did have computer problems, but it's back to working well now.
    Keep the dream blog. I'll be back.

  7. Julie -- I rarely do much to promote this blog. When the promotion has been done I've seen substantial increase in numbers here, but the promotion has been very active and ongoing. The nature of the niche of this blog probably also has a lot to do with the low performance on this site. That's okay though. My time investment here is usually small.

    Debi -- I encountered computer/internet problems often during April and even before. It's sporadic--somethings things are very high speed while at other times I'll grind to very slow to a complete halt. I wish I knew more about computers. I think I have some things set up wrong here. Since I normally only post once a week on 3 of my blogs it's not overly difficult to maintain them.


  8. I'm following this blog and hopefully your other blog, too. You have a long list of blogs, so I hope I chose the right one! It's challenging to figure out where people are, since some of us are on Blogger, some on WordPress...and some have multiple blogs, along with group blogs they participate in. Agh! I miss the MySpace blogging days when everything was right there...

  9. I'm really impressed that you're able to complete the challenge on the number of blogs that you do. That really must take some work, I bet you're starting work on next year's challenge already.


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