🎇 Day 365 – December 31, 2018 🎉 🎆
Transition – VJ’s Weekly Challenge / Reflect – Manic Monday 3-Way Prompt / Bridges – Pic and a Word / Revenge – FOWC / Segue – RDP / Traditions – WODC / Goodbye December – December Photo a Day / Extra Time – December Squares
365 Challenge, accepted and completed. The first two felt a tad anti-climactic to be honest. This year feels a bit different. The first two years, I really kept focus on the parameters I set for myself. Looking back at the stats, not including facebook friends who really padded them, in 2011 I ended the year with 3 likes (not a misprint), 36 comments (mostly my mom), and 8 followers. In 2012, I still had a link to Facebook, and I finished with 1181 likes, 317 comments and 22 Followers (those who were exclusively from WP.) For 2011 and 12, the number of views and visitors are difficult to figure as a large majority came through Facebook. They were pretty much my family and a close friend or two. I won’t get into the nitty gritty, but it was a good thing that I wasn’t doing it for any other reason except as a personal goal. Now this year, I changed my url, I ditched Facebook, before WP did, and I set out to just do it for me, and not for those who knew me. In January I ended the month with 11 new follows, 399 Views, 213 visitors and 135 likes. In February the month ended with 3 new follows, 251 views, 159 visitors and 68 likes. I won’t bore you with the month to month, so I will skip to December. This month, as of today, I have 398 followers (c’mon only 2 more please?), 3291 views, 1371 visitors and 1033 likes. I am not sharing this info with you to brag, bolster, impress. Quite the contrary. I know the majority of you have built an amazing network, and I am blown away by your dedication and commitment to your sites. I shared this with you because of my total followers, to the best of my knowledge, there isn’t anyone who I know personally. All of you, for whatever reason, decided to join along because you liked something you saw or read. You had no obligation and did so willingly. And even more impressive you stayed. For me it it has never been about numbers or stats. Yes I look at them, who doesn’t. But it doesn’t drive me. What means more are the posts I read daily, the comments made and the exchanges we share. In this day and age, where social media rules the roost and the number of friends is not just a stat it’s a status symbol, it is invigorating knowing that the comments we make are authentic, unprovoked, and sincere. This is what has become most dear to me. 2018, for me, was awful. You would never know it because this was/is my safe place. It is where I could go when I needed to get away or reground myself. While I can’t wait to kick 2018 out on its proverbial ass and start with a blank slate with 2019, I will not forget how much you all have meant to me. The photos above are the 12 “most popular” for their month. I am still not sure what the New Year holds, but I am excited about the adventures (of yours) I will get to read about and the continuation of what was/is the start of a beautiful friendship. Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May 2019 be full of peace, love and happiness!
Music response for the Manic Monday 3-Way Prompt – Reflect
(I was stuck between Cats and the Cradle and this one. Both are very relevant to me today. But I didn’t want to cry all over my keyboard, so I went with this one)