Mairéad here, checking in with my blog traffic and progress report. I know! I know! It’s supposed to be a monthly report and this update is about two months overdue.
I feel as if I’m handing in my homework late to Sr. Mary Aloysius, or another nun from my childhood with a very, very strange name.
What can I say?….
“The dog ate my homework!
She nearly choked on the computer parts
as she chewed, and chewed.
Somehow, I don’t think Sr. Mary Immaculata or Sr. Attracta would have fallen for that one.
Does anyone else remember the funny names nuns had before Vatican II? When I was a school girl in Dublin, the nuns were in the process of changing to modern names, and leaving behind those strange, complicated, little known saint names they had chosen years and years before.
I fondly remember my second class or second grade teacher, Sr. Catherine. Her old books bore the name Sr. Appelonia. Other nuns had names like Sr. Majella, or Sr. Alphonsus, or Sr. Benedict. Male saint names were quite acceptable as nun’s names back then.
I don’t think any of these good sisters would have accepted my tardy blog report. And my very own great aunt, who bore the intimidating name of Sr. Regulata, would have been less than impressed with her grand niece’s belated submission.
But I hope you are more forgiving when it comes to my blogging homework.
‘Better late than never’ is my motto for this little update.
And so without further ado, and hopefully with forgiveness from above, here’s my progress report for the first quarter of 2016.
To Do List:
In January I created a to do list of important tasks to complete. Here’s my score card:
- My blog theme change went smoothly, and it’s nice to be back to a green background.
- I’ve made progress with my recipe e-book. Ten recipes are uploaded, and soon I hope to be ready to share it.
- I’ve enrolled in a new e-mail distribution system called Active Campaign. I’m completing video tutorials to implement it correctly and we should be ready to roll very soon.
And so, I think Sr. Regulata might give me a C grade on this one. But it could border on a D+. I’m sure she would have been a stickler for rules and regulations, and “timely completion of tasks”.
Long Term Goals:
Overall I’ll give myself a C grade on my long term goals.
Forget about your F grade, sister dear. I need some motivation.
Here’s a quick recap from January’s report where I shared my aspirations for 2016.
- Editing my novel continues. I’ve changed my approach from a third person narrative and am rewriting all the chapter’s from my main character’s point of view. Onwards and upwards with that one.
- I’ve submitted one picture book to a few agents. It’s a quirky tale of a young leprechaun on a quest to bury his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
- I posted on my blog pretty regularly, except when I took a week off for spring break.
- I published my Irish oat flapjacks, traditional potato soup, buttermilk pancakes and Irish fruit parfait recipes. Sr. Regulata is tutting up there in heaven. “More good Irish food please.”
- Now I think I must have gotten lost in a bog somewhere on our tour of Ireland county-by-county. We finally saw the beauty of County Kilkenny. But I’m afraid we got stuck there for a while. Laois is next on my list, and I’ve found some lovely photos which I’ll share this month.
- Now traffic was wonderful. But that’s all thanks to you, for stopping by and checking out my recipes and ramblings. And so, here’s my traffic report.
Let’s take a look at January. Here’s a snapshot from my January traffic report in Google Analytics. The month got off to a flying start as readers checked out Irish blessings and recipes to ring in the New Year.
February chugged along nicely with 69,623 page views.
And then along came March, the month of St. Patrick, and lots of new and old readers found my little corner of the world wide web.
Look at the blip in my Google Analytics traffic graph.
The mountain peak is none other than St. Patrick’s Day. A big thanks to everyone who visited my blog to celebrate all things Irish on March 17th.
I really appreciate you stopping by.
The thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that lots and lots of people love to cook cabbage and my recipe for how to cook cabbage Irish style was viewed thousands of times.
The screenshot above is from Google Analytics. It shows how many people are browsing your webpage at any given time. Well, when I saw 126 people were on my site, and all at the same time, I nearly had a heart attack. I know, big time bloggers wouldn’t even blink at this number, but for me, it was a lovely surprise.
But those kind of numbers are all thanks to good old St. Patrick. Usually about 5 to 10 people might browse my website at any given time.
And so I’ll have to get St. Patrick, up there in heaven, to reassure Sr. Regulata that her great niece is trying hard and that at least on his Feast Day, Irish American Mom’s blog might meet her stringent standards.
April To Do List:
And so here I go again with a few more goals to keep me on the straight and narrow.
- Complete Irish American Mom’s recipe e-book and make it available for readers to download for free.
- Start using Active Campaign for e-mail distributions about blog updates.
- Create a comment policy page to explain the rules and regulations for joining our little chats. I delete some comments that are rude, and which I believe don’t encourage discussion and friendly banter. Mom’s a bit of a dictator, and kindness and courtesy are of utmost importance to me here on my blog.
And there you have it! A little ramble around the ins and outs of my blogging goals and aspirations, together with a guided traffic tour for the first quarter of 2016.
My apologies to anyone who stopped by today for a little chat about Ireland, and I ended up boring you to tears with goals and traffic stats. But it’s the best way I know, to keep me looking forward and plodding along to develop and improve our little Irish corner of the world wide web.
I love photos of Irish sheep, the Irish traffic jam kind. And so this month, I’ve chosen this wonderful shot from County Galway, to represent our Irish traffic report.
I’ll try to find find a new sheep photo each time we talk about Irish American Mom’s traffic.
Thanks so much for joining me on my blogging journey. Onwards and upwards, and don’t forget to stop by whenever you get a spare moment.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)