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Years ago – in fact at the beginning of the twenty-first century or the end of the twentieth, depending on the way you count, I started blogging – or journalling.  Back in September 2007 I noted:

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That’s when my download allowance is renewed and I can resume my ranting. Meantime, I notice I promised to reflect on blogging but instead have given you yet another blog! In fact it is my old Blogspot number revived with a niche purpose that would be swamped here, yet does not quite belong on English/ESL either.

And those promised reflections? Well, just this: a blog is what it will be. Mine is a 21st century commonplace book, no more and no less. No other purpose. Just a voice, a collection, a series of letters to whom they may concern. What more do you want?

Overnight Sitemeter visitor #140,000 arrived here from Columbus, Mississippi. That is, the 140,000th visit since Sitemeter started counting on one of my earlier Floating Life manifestations, back in July 2001. The next milestone to note is coming up soon: #95,000 to this blog in particular — WordPress count.

Mine is a 21st century commonplace book, no more and no less. No other purpose. Just a voice, a collection, a series of letters to whom they may concern. What more do you want? I have started a new blog because I want to recapture that simple purpose.

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Commonplace Book – image linked to source

Sitemeter now registers 700,000+ visits, almost three quarters of a million in fact!

My former main blog has these stats:

Content: 1,575 Posts 7 Pages 105 Categories 33 Tags

Discussion: 2,149 Comments

The Photo Blog:

Content:  2,262 Posts 17 Pages 63 Categories 12 Tags

Discussion: 864 Comments

images: 4,576

So I have decided on a fresh start — not the first time, as regular followers will know. But there is a reason. I wanted to cut loose from the “obligation” of City Daily Photo, and I wanted to not even pretend to have anything much of note to say.

This blog will be much less ambitious. It really will be a commonplace book. For example, many future entries will draw on the treasury of my eBook library simply via quotes and minimal contextual commentary. There will be reviews, again quite minimal, of things I read or see in other ways. Or hear. The massive music library that came to me via G through M and Baby HP will no doubt lead to an entry or three!  My blog will really be to give me pleasure, not to change the world.

Right now I am catching up on reading, thanks to Wollongong Library, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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It really is as good as everyone has said! Smile

And here at the moment – or this morning:

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That’s how Mount Keira looked as I walked home from the Yum Yum Cafe. Not too bad, eh!

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The dreaded Stats Post

How went January 2012? Well, weatherwise Giant heatwave delivers hottest January on record and quite a few of my posts last month reflected that.

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On the Floating Life blogs Sitemeter’s verdict is steady as she goes, pretty much: 5,186 visitors compared with 4993 in December 2012 but 6,041 in January 2012. There were 7,160 page views. English/ESL is fading though – not surprising as it is merely an archive now: 3,904 page views in January 2013 compared with 4,054 in December and 6,106 in January 2012. However, it can still surprise.  There were 12,991 views in March 2012. It will be interesting to see if it picks up again this school year.

According to WordPress this blog averaged 103 views a day in January, compared with 88 in December. The most viewed posts were:

  1. Home page / Archives 1,075 views in January 2013
  2. Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 121
  3. Whatever… Is your patch family friendly? 77
  4. Being Australian 59
  5. Niggling example of political short-sightedness: Maldon-Dombarton rail link 47
  6. Australia’s flood crisis 46
  7. Wollongong local history 42
  8. A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 40
  9. This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 38
  10. Oldest house in Wollongong? 36
  11. Being Australian 11: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 4 36
  12. Trams down Cleveland Street via Memory Lane 35
  13. About 31
  14. Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 29
  15. Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 29
  16. Being Australian 20: poem and song, images, dreams, nostalgia, England 29
  17. Bushfires 26
  18. All my sites 24
  19. Family history and mystery–the Indigenous connection 24
  20. My overstuffed (virtual) bookshelf 23

The photo blog averaged 31 visits a day in January compared with 27 in December 2012. The most viewed posts were:

  1. Home page / Archives 304
  2. Saturday: night vision — bats on the move 41
  3. Flying Foxes at Figtree 21
  4. FJ Holden beside the Yum Yum Cafe 18
  5. Wollongong summer seascapes 13
  6. Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 12
  7. Volcanic eruption in Australia ’3000 years overdue’! 11
  8. Single Origin Coffee Surry Hills 10
  9. The ultimate old photos post 9
  10. Taylor Square and Oxford Street – 11 March 9

Still playing, I’m afraid

The toy is a free program — Funny Photo Maker.  If you decide to download it watch carefully and uncheck anything offered that you don’t really want. That is good advice when downloading quite a number of free programs.

But what fun it is, especially used in conjunction with a couple of other photo programs I already have.

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Oh and sites stats: this blog averaged 136 views a day in 2012, the same as 2011. The photo blog was slightly up on 2011 – 33 views a day compared with 32!

Sitemeter shows an overall decline in the Floating Life blogs, however. They are listed in the sidebar here under “My Sites”. English/ESL is not included.

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Floating Life Sitemeter for 2012

The only other blog to score a WordPress annual report was Ninglun’s Specials, an archive with a lot of family history.

The busiest day of the year was June 11th with 176views. The most popular post that day was Family stories 4 — A Guringai Family Story — Warren Whitfield.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2012. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

English/ESL, according to WordPress, had 106,641 views in 2012, down 30,000 on last year. Mind you, that is still a lot of views for a site that in no longer active – except for checking the comments from time to time.

And the winner is…!

The most popular post here in 2012 was Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. (August 2012).

You may view my WordPress Annual Report.

Crunchy numbers

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 49,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

In 2012, there were 399 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,535 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 9th with 878 views. The most popular post that day was Australia not earthquake free.

The most viewed posts:

  1. Home page / Archives 18,610 views in 2012
  2. Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. 1,753
  3. A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 1,396
  4. Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 1,230
  5. Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 935
  6. The Rainbow Warrior 752
  7. Being Australian 11: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 4 665
  8. About 532
  9. Tomorrow is… 531
  10. This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 505
  11. Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 480
  12. Niggling example of political short-sightedness: Maldon-Dombarton rail link 478
  13. Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta Episode 3–SBS last night 373
  14. Wollongong local history 336
  15. Being Australian 302
  16. Family history and mystery–the Indigenous connection 299
  17. Being Australian 20: poem and song, images, dreams, nostalgia, England 295
  18. Best documentary on climate change so far… 268
  19. Sport and multicultural Australia 259
  20. Australia’s flood crisis 257
  21. Mail me 252
  22. Australia’s Got Talent 2011 Grand Final 252

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Here is the Photo Blog’s December collage.

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Top posts there were:

  1. Home page / Archives 5,087
  2. Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool 127
  3. Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 125
  4. The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 112
  5. 2012 96
  6. St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong — 3 94
  7. The ultimate old photos post 93
  8. Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 93
  9. Small Buddhist temple 3 89
  10. Wollongong–Boxing Day sales crowds, but not on Boxing Day 68
  11. Old Illawarra: mystery scans from my family archives 67
  12. Illawarra Flame Tree — Brachychiton acerifolius 66
  13. Waiting for Jack Vidgen — 1 65
  14. Old haunt derelict now 64
  15. 2009 Mardi Gras Fair Day 4 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 62
  16. Volcanic eruption in Australia ’3000 years overdue’! 58
  17. Old court house, Wollongong — 2 57
  18. Lunch at The Hellenic Club, Figtree 54
  19. Revisiting Surry Hills: The Shakespeare Hotel and Devonshire Street 52
  20. The Carrington Hotel, Bourke Street 50
  21. Mount Keira 50

My underwhelming posts of 2012 (so far)

Of course this post may change that!  I take the idea from My most ignored posts of 2011:

Thanks for the idea for this post to Winton Bates via Jim Belshaw. Unfortunately I can’t really do it as WordPress stops well before listing posts no one at all ever looked at! … Just shows people don’t appreciate quality, eh! Winking smile

OK, here are the ones that had a mere 8 views each in 2012. That’s as low as the WordPress stats will go.

From #18:

  1. Green things gone mad 
  2. Monckton — the follow-up 
  3. 2010: I joined the Steelers Club 
  4. Scans worth preserving–5: Christisons 1–my mother’s family 
  5. C’est moi 
  6. Sunday lunch at Diggers 
  7. Searchings — 1 
  8. In the matter of David Hicks — 2 
  9. Paper! Paper! 
  10. Exploring my inner Scot — 3 
  11. Is the Christmas Bush early this year? 
  12. I’d rather talk about Leonard Cohen 
  13. Where are the loons of yesteryear? 
  14. Idiot box? Only if you want it to be… Part 1 
  15. With thanks to Rob Baiton 
  16. Poor old pensioner watching Cricket… 
  17. Music and my life– 2— 1945 
  18. mais où est l’Albury d’antan? 
  19. Being Australian 30b: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 16 — fair, reasonable, and far from radical — 2 
  20. Passing of a person of faith 
  21. Please take a moment while we… 
  22. Miss Odgerny and other contemporary figures 
  23. My overstuffed (virtual) bookshelf — 3 
  24. What was hot here in 2011 
  25. There’s always the weather to talk about… 
  26. It’s spring in Port Kembla… 
  27. When I was young, and you were my street tutor… 
  28. On TV–and on how little I really know about my own country despite almost 70 years in it 
  29. In train at Coledale 
  30. Who is in favour of monoculturalism? 
  31. More on “Tony Abbott was right: we really should move on” 
  32. Blogging–a side-track 
  33. The best TV you haven’t seen yet, and our Asian Century 
  34. Visit a bookshop week starts 22 October – spread the word 
  35. 2011 retrospective–7 — July 

Go on! Look at some and lift them to the heights of 9 or even 10 views for the year!