I bet there are a lot of blogging blunders out there…
but one I did last year set GWGT back for a few months. When I took time off from blogging for almost two months due to health reasons and then some travel, it put a small dent in readership. Only since February, has readership gotten back on the upward swing. Even when not blogging, quite a few views were tallied, but from September (down by 50%) through January (only 80% of the previous year) GWGT was on a slight decline. 😦
Part of the reason was not being searched as often. Google must forget about a blog if new content is not happening frequently. Come February, GWGT and Nature and Wildlife Pics gained upward momentum again, surging far head. Google was back on my side! Now both blogs are doing better than any month last year which really is quite a surprise.
A lot of bloggers when facing illness or surgery, post about every detail all the time. If they face depression, the posts make the rest of us depressed as they describe the ordeal. I really preferred to stop posting until most of my multiple tests were completed and I was feeling well enough to get back in the swing of things. I really was trying to get healthy for my travel to Eastern Europe.
To each his own I guess, but to stop blogging was not a great idea either since viewership decline went well past my return to blogging.
It took a lot of work to get back the momentum I left in August 2014. Better option would have been posting some of the more popular posts – a “best of ” series. If I take another break come September, I will surely keep content uploading.
I did like the break though, even though there was loads to post, I just did not feel like saying it. When one is sick, not a lot else matters.
Anyway, speaking of blogging and now that GWGT is again raking in the searches, some really strange ones have been popping up. This week:
- do teasels take over in Maine gardens
- south florida small black bird with yellow beak
- plants suited for hell strips in texas
- common birds of manitoba
- grden clubs lewiston idaho (their misspelling, not mine)
- Wisconsin bird speckled long beak funny walk
- what british bird has a call that sounds like ‘okey dokey’?
Just to name a few yesterday. They must think I garden and bird everywhere!
I have to admit getting ideas from what people search to find GWGT. No, I am not hopping a plane to Wisconsin, but it does perk my interest what bird they could be looking for since many migrating birds will hit both states. Sometimes I wish I could just answer their questions since I know some of the answers. This sparks a new post because there will always be people making the same searches.
Since GWGT is doing well – (better than me for the most part), I hope that means readers like what they are reading and are finding pertinent information when searching. Thanks for reading.