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Blogiversary!

I really love that WordPress gives me notifications when my blog has turned another year older, because quite frankly, I always forget that July 5th is it’s birthday.

Apparently, Thoughts Stained With Ink is now five years old.

Pretty neat, huh?

Like my actual birthday, I have no idea how to actually celebrate it.

I guess we could do some stats?

No. of Visitors:

  • 2012: 13
  • 2013: 565
  • 2014: 769
  • 2015: 500
  • 2016: 1,994

Views:

  • 2012: 314
  • 2013: 789
  • 2014: 1,043
  • 2015: 777
  • 2016: 3,754

No. of Posts:

  • 2012: 14
  • 2013: 20
  • 2014: 13
  • 2015: 24
  • 2016: 77

Just glancing through the stats, it’s crazy to look at how much this blog has grown (and how, unsurprisingly, the numbers increased as my level of commitment and output did). Sometimes, when looking at really successful or established blogs, I look at this one and feel a little inadequate, in comparison. Yet looking at my own growth is…kinda really awesome. Going from 13 visitors to almost 2,000 in five years? From 14 posts to almost 80? And that’s not even including the stats from this year, which looks to continue the trend of increasing in each category.

That’s pretty neat, friends.

When I don’t compare myself to other bloggers, I’m actually really proud of this blog. I really love being able to reach so many people from across the globe and have awesome conversations, heartfelt confessions and epic nerd-out sessions. I love using it as an outlet and being able to express myself through the written word (or GIFs, as some occasions demands). I think I’m most excited to see how this blog continues to expand and change as the years continue. Because I have no doubt, no matter how many times this blog gets put on the back-burner and my post frequency drops, that this blog will find a way to continue.

Now here’s where you come in.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear your feedback. Are there any topics or posts that you’ve particularly enjoyed? Anything you’d like to see more of? Any feedback on the layout of the blog, it’s accessibility or design? Any comments on the number of posts per week or month? Anything in general that you enjoy or any areas of improvement? Seriously, I’d love to know and appreciate the few minutes out of your day you’ve taken to tell me. Because the biggest reward of this blog in the interaction I have with you and though I do use it as my personal outlet (and always will), I’d love to be able to cater to the needs of my readers, as well.

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Thanks for a fantastic five (and a half, technically) years, readers. Let’s see where the next five years lead us, shall we?

Cheers.


Social Media Hiatus

It might seem a bit dramatic to post that I’m going to go on a social media hiatus, as I don’t spend a ton of time on social media to begin with–especially after I deleted all the apps off of my phone, ages ago. But I still spend enough time scrolling through Facebook and Twitter that I know I’m wasting precious time I could be using for something else. But, mainly one thing:

Writing.

I’m still not sure why, entirely, I am so apprehensive when it comes to working on my own writing. It’s been months–monthssince I’ve properly written. I have numerous books that need to be edited. So many ideas that I want to chase. After writing so much last year, hardly writing anything this year and it’s already almost June…it feels like a part of my identity is just completely gone. That I’m living a lie, somehow.

Quitting my second job has definitely freed up some time, but I’ve filled most of it with working out and cooking. Which means  I need to free up some more. I don’t want to hide behind the excuse that I don’t have enough time to write. Writing is my life. It should be priority, not something that always gets pushed aside. For now, one of the easiest solutions is lessening my social media intake; lessening the hours I spend in the evening scrolling through updates and rants.

So, apologies to anyone on Facebook or my Twitter fam. I may not be there for a while.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll be completely silent. I’ll occasionally check Facebook or Twitter. I’ll still post pictures on Instagram and my blogs will still link to both locations, so I won’t entirely ghost out. But if you need to contact me or want to chat, social media might not be the best avenue to go. In fact, I have a couple of email chains going with some friends that I adore (even if it takes me a little while to respond). So if you want to still stay in touch regularly, message me sometime this week and we can definitely get an email chain going. Otherwise, I wish everyone all the best of luck, in every aspect of life luck is needed–and perhaps, sometimes, even when it’s not.

I have some writing to do.

Cheers.