WordPress Adventures #5: I’ve Been Walking 500 Miles… That’s How It Goes, Right?

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Another Sunday, another episode of WordPress Adventures. Let’s get it, y’all.

My posts from the past week

As you guys know, I always start the week with a recap of the previous week, so click here if you missed episode 4 and you can also read previous episodes

This week’s anti-MLM post looks at the MLM ‘war’ on 9-5 and why they shit on it so much. Plus, I decided to do a text reaction to another anti-MLMer’s video. I might do a more spoken reaction in the future, but for now, this will do.

This week’s writing prompt is about a child asking her aunt about an event that the child didn’t know actually happened in her aunt’s life.

I have hit 500 all-time views, so I did an analysis of when and where they came from, and it was interesting, to say the least. I will be doing this again when I hit 1000 all-time views.

And we end the week with a Eurovision recap, along with some songs that were on my radar.

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

So I woke up early Sunday morning and saw that I have hit 100 likes and 500 views. I want to thank you all for stopping by and reading my posts. I really appreciate it. Apart from that, I really didn’t do anything spectacular on this blog apart from writing posts for the following week and exploring the reader app. In fact, most of my ‘adventures’ this week were spent on Qmee, and I don’t regret it one bit.

Also, I started tackling my depression this week. Yes, I have depression, not crippling, but enough to drain energy from me most days. I am trying to find a skin and hair routine that works for me and for my dry skin and textured hair. So far, I use Sulfur-8 to deal with my scalp and Dove for my skin. I’m not sure if it’s early to make New Years’ Resolutions, but finding a routine is on top of my list. I also want to explore my hometown because I’ve actually been home-bound and don’t really go out much for the past 7 years (yes, even before COVID) and I guess being a homebody and a pacifist has clouded my judgment on everything, hence why this blog is my stepping stone.

Aaaaaaaand there’s a tropical storm / hurricane coming my way, so this next week should be fun /s

Favorite posts from the week

And I want to close out this episode with some interesting posts from fellow WordPress bloggers from this past week.

6 Ways to Use Instagram to Promote Your Blog from Kally

Seven Tips to Optimize Your Sleep Health from Pooja G (via Parky)

How I Reduced My Social Anxiety Using Evidence-Based Strategies from Parky

Ways You Can Help Manage Stress from Pooja G (via Davane)

Slow Activity On The WordPress.com Reader from Renard Moreau

Do You Use The WordPress Mobile App from Renard Moreau

Have You Published Anything Lately from Renard Moreau

Mad Things are Happening on WordPress from Renard Moreau

4 Tips For Gaining More Confidence from Olivia Lucie Blake

Where in the World: Afghanistan from itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

Trina Inquires 20/9/22 from itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

Do you have a blog or a post you want me to look at? Post it below and I’ll check it out


Analyzing My Stats? Why, Yes, I am

The notification I got on Monday
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This past Monday, WordPress sent me a notification saying that I have hit 500 all-time views! First off, I want to thank everyone who came to my site and read at least one post or just landed on my homepage. Secondly, and it’s really not mind-blowing, I started this blog over a month ago to give my thoughts on my favorite hobbies and topics. Because I was not socially active on social media (read: social media lurker) and was absolutely shit at marketing my blog, I wasn’t really expecting anything but 5 views in the first week, so to get to 500 all-time is just awesome. I thought I would look into the insights for this very blog.

All of the photographs are as of Monday, September 19

As of the time I took these screenshots, I had already surpassed the threshold at 521 viewers. With 287 unique visitors, that’s 1.82 pages per visitor. 26 comments were left across all my posts, with 15 of them from me responding to others. And as you can see, August 26 was my best day so far with 64 views, owing to me updating older posts to add TTS video posts that day

Apparently, Friday at noon comprises of a bit more than 1/5 of all views. Weird, since this very post will be out today (Friday) at noon.

Moving on to my most viewed posts. Not counting the two home pages (yes, two. One was the standard boring latest posts page and the other is the actual home page that I am still not satisfied with), these posts are the 11 most viewed on this blog. As of the time of the screenshot, Anti-MLM Mondays: Manipulation Tactics netted 22 views, followed by 30 Things I Learned From Watching (and Reading) Anti-MLM Content with 16 views. Writing Prompt Wednesday and The Smugness of Social Media are tied in 3rd with 14 views each. You guys also dropped views on my most recent episode of WordPress Adventures (number 5 comes out on Sunday), my posts about being new to the platform and an update a week later (which inspired the WordPress Adventures series), the two hunbros, weight loss, Junior Eurovision, and CNN International, among others.

Moving on to referrers aka where my views came from. I did remember commenting on Renard’s post about promoting on social media and he mentioned that the WordPress Reader app got him the most views. I noticed that too, and when I saw the stats, it was obvious. 118 views came from the reader, followed by search engines with 16 (with 12 from Google, meaning my site isn’t sandboxed anymore). Twitter came next at 13, then Instagram at 12, with Facebook rounding the top 5 at 8, although how someone found my website through likewordle.com is baffling to me.

As for the countries, those 521 views came from 44 countries (11.84 views/country), with my home country the United States coming way on top. Here’s a breakdown of the countries and the number of views I’ve gotten

The US sits alone on top at 247 views (47% of all of the views recorded), with Kenya in second with 53, Trinidad and Tobago is third with 30, Canada in 4th with 24, the United Kingdom with 21, and India rounds up the top 6 with 20. The other countries all recorded less than 10 views. Slovenia was the latest country to enter the database.

All of this is just amazing considering that one of the biggest pieces of advice I’ve gotten when I started out was a general “slow and steady wins the race” advice, but it’s a good one. Obviously, it’s not a big blog (yet) but I feel great and motivated to bring more anti-MLM, writing prompts, Eurovision, WordPress Adventures, and other content to you, so I will encourage you to follow this blog, like, share, and comment on posts. I don’t really have a desire to have a mailing list right now, but when it gets big enough, I might go that route. For now, I’m happy with the direction of this blog. Tomorrow, we’ll do a musical wrap-up on the week.

WordPress Adventures #4: Increasing Quality A Little At A Time

Sorry for the generic picture, tho.
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Fewer posts, more quality… that’s how it goes, right?

I’m not gonna do a day-by-day post like I did in the last three editions. Instead, I’m going to recap my posts for the week as well as some posts I feel like sharing from my favorite bloggers

My posts from the week

Obviously, I start with a recap of last week’s episode, where I reviewed a survey app and gave a long tutorial. (The 3rd WordPress Adventures Episode)

This week’s anti-MLM post about how MLMs leverage marriage for and against couples was published on Monday as part of the anti-MLM Monday series.

I made a post via inspiration from a fellow WordPress blogger as well as two digital artists (one is my sister). I also discussed three cases of high-profile plagiarism, two of which are from journalists. I will admit that upon making this blog I never actually thought about people stealing content for clout. After I finished it, I’m also taking measures to protect myself.

I did my first writing prompt, and I thought I did a good job. I actually enjoyed doing this for a number of reasons, among them that I prefer doing this over poems (I cannot do poems for the life of me) and writing prompts, poems, and other writing-based posts are in high demand, so I just wanted to see how it goes. I’m doing another one next week.

Finally, I end the week in the entertainment world.

The ‘Actual’ Adventures

So I re-added the home page because I finally figured out how to customize it to my liking. I might change my theme again now that I got what I wanted out of placing a “blog posts” block when I edited the home page. By the time you read this, I will have a different theme and a real home page, although I’m kinda still working on that, but it’s literally the hardest page I’ve made on here (even harder than some of my posts)

Favorite posts from fellow WordPress Bloggers from the past week

Loving WordPress is Not Hard To Do from Renard’s World

Where in the World: Western Asia Part 6 from It’s Good to be Crazy Sometimes (I may have to go back to read the whole series because this looks fun and I love geography)

Why Do Some People Get Fed Up with Blogging from Renard’s World

Do We Need to Promote Our Blog Posts on Social Media from Renard’s World

The Last Lesson on Life from dkchauhanpoetry

What I Love and Hate about Blogging from lifesfinewhine

Using Your Blog to Help and Inspire Others from Renard’s World

WordPress Adventures #3: I Made a Tutorial???

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Sunday, September 4: I worked on a couple of upcoming anti-MLM posts for this blog. One will be out by the time you see this, but the other one will be coming the following Monday, September 12. I am starting research on another anti-MLM post that will be coming the following Monday, September 19. I think you know where this is going. Anyway, if you missed last week’s episode, here it is

Monday, September 5: It’s Labor Day here in the US, so I got down to writing. I started a writing prompt post and a post about stealing content that I will publish next week. Every Monday is Anti-MLM Monday, so this week, we look at manipulation tactics used by huns to recruit and maintain their downline

Tuesday, September 6: I published my 25th blog post, which is about how I turn my post into text-to-speech using anchor.fm, YouTube, and my native Microsoft Video Editor. It’s a long one and even I was surprised by how many screenshots I took to make this post.

Wednesday, September 7: I didn’t do a lot of writing, but since I’m pulling back from posting daily to posting 3-4 times a week, I decided to focus more on using the WordPress Reader, both on the web and on the app. Today, I started following a few anti-MLM blogs and liked some of the posts from those I have already interacted with (and even left a comment). I mentioned in a comment left on someone’s post that though I am the least sociable person, I will slowly make an effort to interact with fellow bloggers here. With that being said, I finished a post endorsing the survey app Qmee and it was published today

Thursday, September 8: Busy, busy day today. Watching the coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II for starters. My sister’s boyfriend celebrated his birthday. We were treated to a nice steak dinner, so that was cool. Speaking of, I posted about my personal weight loss journey.

Friday, September 9: It was an off day, but I did publish a post about the NFL season. I must say, I’m excited about it.

Saturday, September 10: It’s Eurovision Saturday, so here’s this week’s ESC post. I’m still waiting for the online song contest on a sports forum that I’m a part of, so I’ll keep you updated about when it starts and ends.

This upcoming week, I will have an anti-MLM post, as well as a post about stealing content and I am also trying out a writing prompt. I did that in a form of a script because I find it easier to start off with than writing an actual story. I’m also taking a couple days off from posting next week to see how the traction goes. I’m starting to experiment here to see how my blog performs.

WordPress Adventures #2: Going back to class… sort of

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New week, new recap, y’all

Sunday, August 28: I started the week by discovering that I have surpassed 200 views, doubling the 100 mark from just a few days ago, so you know I have to thank you for stopping by. You are awesome. Anyway, I didn’t have the motivation to write today, but the first episode of WordPress Adventures went live

Monday, August 29: Did Module 1 in the Intro to Blogging course (I will be doing this all week). Might have to add a page, but we’ll see. Every Monday is Anti-MLM Monday, and I did one on the two hunbros that had gone viral for all the wrong reasons. I am truly sorry if you have learned about them through me lol

Tuesday, August 30: Did Module 2 in the Intro to Blogging course. The thought of asking what and why over and over again shudders me, but apparently, it works in blogging. Didn’t do much writing, tho. I had a busy day outside blogging (worked, planned my weekend schedule). Today’s published post is on why I even made this blog in the first place, which is on brand for the module I worked on today

Wednesday, August 31: Did Module 3 in the Intro to Blogging course. Again, did very little writing, but I did have a post about working/studying in blocks of time more manageable, known as the Pomodoro Technique

Thursday, September 1: Did Module 4 in the Intro to Blogging course. Revised some of my future posts to make them cleaner. I started using some external writing tools to help me keep my writing anywhere from a 4th to 8th-grade level because I have a bad habit of writing in levels beyond 9th grade. My post about people being smug on social media re student loans went live, so go check it out if you haven’t already

Friday, September 2: Did Module 5 in the Intro to Blogging course. Do literally no writing apart from updating this post until it went live. My short post about the popular classic card game UNO went live

Saturday, September 3: Did Module 6 (the last one) in the Intro to Blogging course. I had a great time learning about the basics and I plan to apply them in the weeks to come. Saturday-Monday is where I do the majority of writing, and because it’s almost Labor Day, I have scheduled some time to write posts for next week. Every Saturday, I plan to do a music-related post. It will be mostly Eurovision-related but I will dab into other areas. Speaking of, here are 14 things I’ve learned after following the contest for over a decade

Stats wise, I have surpassed 330 views on this blog from 181 different visitors living in 36 countries and territories. Whether you came here through my blog’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages, my personal YouTube channel or Tumblr page, WordPress reader, or search engines (some of my pages are getting indexed now, so that’s cool), thank you so much for coming.

I am planning on scaling back a bit after I reach my one-month mark on September 14. I have found my primary niche and a few other topics that I have a bit more knowledge of.

One thing I learned this week was a month-long blogging blitz called “Blaugust”, and as far as I was told, it’s 31 days of new blog posts from participating bloggers. I will leave a blog post about a blogger’s experience with participation here, but it’s kinda hilarious I found out about it as I started this mid-August. I might do it next year, who knows. Thanks for stopping by, and remember to like, comment, and share if you find this (or any of my posts) valuable

WordPress Adventures #1: Ch-ch-changes

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Yeah, I’m gonna make this a weekly series, because I am such a complete human mess, I thought I would share with you my blogging journey on WordPress

Sunday, August 21: Turned at least 5 ideas into drafts (including this post you’re seeing right now). Worked on some of them. I also went to the theme customizer page but didn’t remember what I was doing or why I was there. Published a post about my first week on WordPress

Monday, August 22: Published a scheduled article (I schedule all posts here). Scheduled some others for the week (again, including this one). Finally remembered why I went to customization… I needed something for the second sidebar because it was empty. Published a post about learning about MLM companies in general

Tuesday, August 23: Wrote and polished some draft posts that are now scheduled (I am now down to one draft post). Did research on next Monday’s blog post. Add a picture to a post that will be sent out the next day. Changed themes again until I found the best one that is suitable for both my aesthetic and easy for people to read and navigate the site. Published a post about reacting to people’s misfortunes

Wednesday, August 24: Honestly, the only thing I did today on here was write some more posts to be published later. I didn’t touch the theme (and I’m not going to touch it anymore because this time I’m satisfied with it). Did some more research on SEOs and keyword researching and I think I may have an idea as to which keywords I would use for one of my topics from here on out. Published a post about my overall love for Pokemon

Thursday, August 25: Turned some new ideas (all anti-MLM stuff) into drafts. Created two posts which will go out next week. Found out that I hit 100 views, so thank you all for coming and reading my posts. Created new accounts for my blog, so go here and here and give them a follow. Published a post about CNN International

Friday, August 26: Did no writing whatsoever today (except updating this post before it went live Sunday). Instead, I decided to update my older blog posts (plus the ones that will soon be published and future blog posts) by adding an accompanying YouTube video to each post via the Anchor podcast network, which translates your blog posts into text to speech. I will make a post about this in the future. Published a post about crypto bros taking massive losses (and the TTS video that goes with it)

Saturday, August 27: Went back to my writing as I added more content to my upcoming blogs. Adding to my post about diets, I have lost 29 pounds so far (from 296 to 267) in 6 months, so I celebrated last night. Published a post about my progress watching all 20 Junior Eurovision editions (and where I am at) SPOILERS: I’m 20% there

I registered for a couple of free courses here and I should actually get on that, so I’ll report to you back once I actually start. Anyway, thanks for making it this far. I’m trying to do some experiments on how to make my blog more valuable to the readers, if that makes sense, but I think for now I’ll give a shoutout to Renard Moreau for writing this post on how to change it up a bit (like going to a new room or posting on a different time of the day). His blogs are valuable to those like me who are constantly looking for ways to make their blogs as fun and informative as possible.

As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments section. And if you want, share them to your followers on social media.

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