things you have liked

Last week I wrote a post about the statistics on my new Cornish blog. I say new as it was started in April 2016 when I relocated to Cornwall. This blog on the other hand has been around since 2013. So I decided to see what has been popular on my other blogs and see if there are any similarities.

All Time Viewings ( from February 2013 when this blog was first published)

  1. Road Trip | USA California San Francisco to Carmel
  2. Road Trip | Cape Town to Hermanus
  3. Bench Photo Challenge Page (Rules)
  4. Me and My Travels
  5. Alert Bay V | The World’s Tallest Totem Pole
  6. Walking the Right Bank Passages in Paris
  7. Cape Town Revisited
  8. Passion Facade Doors
  9. Road Trip | USA California The Big Sur
  10. Geology of Cornwall
Beach Huts
Beach Huts, Muizenberg, False Bay

And during the last year (2018)

  1. Road Trip | Cape Town to Hermanus
  2. Alert Bay V | The World’s Tallest Totem Pole
  3. Passion Facade Doors
  4. Road Trip | USA California San Francisco to Carmel
  5. Nativity Facade Doors
  6. The Call to Place
  7. Me and My Travels
  8. Earth Day 2018 | Drowning in Plastic
  9. Darkness and Light
  10. Sweet Treats

Conclusions? My very first post was published in February 2013 and got only one visit at the time. My most recent posts get around 30 likes so things have improved. Of course likes do not necessarily reflect that a person has actually visited and read the post as they can click on like in the Reader without viewing. I judge the popularity of a post by the comments it attracts and to be honest I find this the most enjoyable aspect of blogging. Not that I don’t enjoy writing the posts, I do, but the process is made much more interactive through the people who take the time to not only read or view, but also to make a comment. Often building up a conversation between us all. Over time an online relationship can develop. My blogs tend to be written for myself – especially on this blog where I record trips I have been on – though the photo challenges are different as they are for a wider audience. The most popular posts however appear to be those from my travels and I guess that is from people making searches for a particular location. I certainly hope that what they find is helpful.

Currently I have no trips planned, and in fact since moving to Cornwall I have become very much a ‘stay at home’ person, so posts on this blog will of necessity take a different format throughout this year. To begin with I will start to reblog some of the lesser visited posts from the past and maybe turn to some more travel writing experiences that I have not yet published. I hope that you will continue to follow me and enjoy my posts. I value each and every one of you who stop by and view, like, comment and support my blog. Thank you.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

23 thoughts on “things you have liked”

  1. Happy days that you’re continuing to share travels and local adventures. And I love it when you share ones from the archives. Just wish I had more time to visit as some weeks I know I miss out on some fabulous moments.

    1. I have some places in the archives that deserve a mention but it would be nice to leave Cornwall for a good reason this year.

  2. I’m looking forward to reading more about your past travels Jude, as I know you have been to some wonderful places. I agree with you, it’s the comments and relationships which make writing a pleasure.

  3. Sounds a good plan for the year – I’ll be there! And rest assured, if I “Like” your post I have most definitely read it. (Nothing more irritating than people who like about 15 posts at once, all with the same timestamp. Do they think our heads button up the back? No, I will not visit their blogs.)

    1. I have seen that ‘like’ recently and also ‘like’ on other people’s comments. Keeping my eye on that one. And thanks for the follow Anabel.

  4. Being me, I always find stats very interesting. I am not surprised that your travel posts attract more readers, as they contain informative text, as well as photos of the places mentioned.
    And you can be sure to count on me continuing to follow your blogs during this year, and every year until I ‘drop off the perch’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  5. I agree with you about comments being the best. I too love the interaction that occurs and usually the comments make a post more engaging even for the reader. The things I learn!!

    Having said that though, I find blogs without a *like” button are a bit frustrating. Sometimes I just don’t have a comment to leave – the brain doesn’t always work that way – but I like to acknowledge I was there and appreciated the post.

    1. I agree with you. Sometimes I don’t have time to comment or a decent connection, but would like to acknowledge my visit. I also dislike the sites where you have to fill in loads of details to comment and only bother with those on blogs I REALLY enjoy.

      1. Yup – I’m with you on that one too … especially when after all the work, the comment disappears into the ether. That happens much too frequently for my liking.

  6. I really like the idea of reblogging old posts that didn’t get much take-up, one hopes because we hadn’t developed an audience. Why didn’t I think of that?! Thanks, Jude, I’m going to give that approach a try. And, my “Likes” are real ones as well. 😉

  7. I’m keen to see some re-blogs Jude; you write well and I like being given a second chance to read your posts!
    I’m with Joanne; I struggle quite often to find something meaningful to add to a comments’ thread, and there are only so many ways to say “what he/she said”. I use Like as a way of saying I appreciate the post. 🙂

  8. I will, but you might have to ‘nudge’ me from time to time. Life here is too full to spend the time I once did on blogs and I’m liable to miss stuff. But you know where to find me. And how come you’ve not booked anything yet? Cornish winter become irresistible? 🙂 🙂

    1. In the doldrums at the moment Jo. This dull weather is not helping, plus OH really is not very well. We’ll see how things are at the end of the month. Nice to know you have an even busier life than you had back here and goodness knows that was busy enough. You really do not sit still for very long.

  9. I’m sorry to read that OH is not very well, Jude. Hopefully the situation will improve soon.
    Your reading is interesting and the presentation his lovely. Like Peter, Klausbernd loves statistics like this and he keeps an eye on what is read. Always in the top five, with on the the most clicks every week since it was posted more than five years ago, is a post I did in German only alles “Die Symbolik der Katze”. It’s got hardly any likes and comments, but I suppose google presents it. I always google a lot and read many blogs without interacting to much when I’m planning a trip.

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