2014 In Review – My Blog’s Annual Report

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Blog stats: 18,000 clicks and counting!

Every once in a while I’ll glance at the number of page views for the blog, and today I see that after three years of blogging I’ve just passed the 18,000 page view count.

It’s always hard to know how my page views stack up against “similar blogs” because bloggers do different things to promote themselves.

I’m probably not doing enough to promote my blog, but I’m content with knowing 38o people are subscribed to my blog today, and I’m getting over 200 visitors to the blog each month plus I have a group of regular readers who come by and comment – which I really love.

If you’re a blogger, how is your blog doing? What do you think you could be doing better? (And what do you think I could be doing better, for that matter!)

As always, thanks for dropping by. ūüôā

Blog Stats Update – International Readers Come into Focus!

The last time I updated you on my blog stats was in October 2012, so I figured it’s time to share more good news with you all!

This past week, my blog hit a new milestone of 12,000 page views since it’s “birth” in March 2011. Yay! I’m thrilled with the new WordPress functionality that shows me the number of individual visitors coming to my blog page in addition to the page views (since people usually click on more than one page.)

Also… I now have 168 people subscribed to my blog for regular updates. Thank you, and Welcome to all the new readers that have joined in the last few months, it’s really encouraging to see my audience growing.

And speaking of my audience, there is one statistic I am MOST PROUD of for my blog:


People from NINETY (90) COUNTRIES visited my blog in the last year!!




I’m really amazed by this statistic and I can’t tell you all how much it means to me to have made so many friends from all over the world through my blog. Nearly EVERY CONTINENT IS REPRESENTED in my readership – how fantastic is that?!?

Since you¬†are probably¬†curious, here is a list of the “top countries” where readers come to visit the blog (the countries I did not include in this list are the ones with one (1) page view):

United States 5,467
Canada FlagCanada 540
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 318
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 261
Australia FlagAustralia 157
Germany FlagGermany 117
France FlagFrance 81
India FlagIndia 68
Spain FlagSpain 50
Brazil FlagBrazil 43
Turkey FlagTurkey 43
Philippines FlagPhilippines 38
Italy FlagItaly 36
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 36
Mexico FlagMexico 34
Kenya FlagKenya 33
Ireland FlagIreland 28
Norway FlagNorway 24
Singapore FlagSingapore 19
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 16
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 15
Japan FlagJapan 13
Taiwan, Province of China FlagTaiwan 11
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 11
Denmark FlagDenmark 10
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 10
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 10
Ukraine FlagUkraine 9
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 9
Czech Republic FlagCzech Republic 9
Argentina FlagArgentina 9
Pakistan FlagPakistan 8
Poland FlagPoland 8
Egypt FlagEgypt 8
Belgium FlagBelgium 8
Nigeria FlagNigeria 8
Thailand FlagThailand 7
Romania FlagRomania 7
Guinea-Bissau FlagGuinea-Bissau 6
Sweden FlagSweden 6
Colombia FlagColombia 6
Venezuela FlagVenezuela 5
Austria FlagAustria 5
Slovenia FlagSlovenia 5
Greece FlagGreece 5
Israel FlagIsrael 4
Hungary FlagHungary 4
Costa Rica FlagCosta Rica 4
Bahrain FlagBahrain 3
Lithuania FlagLithuania 3
Peru FlagPeru 3
Serbia FlagSerbia 3
Puerto Rico FlagPuerto Rico 3
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 3
Namibia FlagNamibia 3
Mauritius FlagMauritius 3
Cyprus FlagCyprus 3
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 3
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 3
Estonia FlagEstonia 3
Chile FlagChile 3
Iraq FlagIraq 2
Slovakia FlagSlovakia 2
Panama FlagPanama 2
Bulgaria FlagBulgaria 2
Malta FlagMalta 2
Ecuador FlagEcuador 2
Viet Nam FlagViet Nam 2
Hong Kong FlagHong Kong 2
Bangladesh FlagBangladesh 2

The Magical Five Digits: 10,000 and counting

I finally made it to more than 10K page views on my blog! It took me a little over a year and a half, and given my reduced posting schedule recently, I’m glad¬†I still¬†get traffic when people troll the archives (which they seem to do regularly.) Now I have to find a way to get back to posting more frequently, and writing stories again (and with any luck, having them accepted for publication).

I’ve been spending a lot of time running through airports, on planes and in office buildings lately and I haven’t fully developed a creative¬†“road warrior” strategy on how to balance my busy work schedule and my personal life. Yeah, I have no personal life to speak of these days.

It’s a bit frustrating to not be at home for more than 2 or 3 days at a time and run right back out onto the road, but it looks like this schedule is going to be the norm for me for the forseeable future. I’m going to have to suck it up and “get used to it.” (If anybody reading this shares this kind of schedule and also manages to¬†write and blog, please add comments below and tell me how you are managing to juggle everything!)

My whining aside, I did manage to crawl past the 10K clicks “mile marker” and that still means something to me.

Hope you all are doing well out there in blog land…!

Blog Stats Update: A New Milestone!

Hi everyone in reader-land,

This week my blog hit the 100 reader milestone, and exceeded it! I now have 101 regular subscribed readers to my blog.¬†There has¬†been a slow and steady climb in readership since I began the blog in March 2011, and now after 16 months I’m excited to report readership is in the 3 digits.

Of course I’d like to welcome any new regular readers to the blog, and thank you for signing up for my writerly ramblings, it’s appreciated!

Who are these elusive 101 readers out there in the murky twilight of blog-land?

Most likely they are writers, but all are artistic creative types from what I know.

We have George, my very good friend, a novelist; and Wren my sister in arms who just signed a publishing contract. ¬†There’s Patrick, a sports blogger; and Louise the budding poet from Australia who just had her work in the local newspaper.

Of course there is Hannah, who writes a great blog about breaking into publishing; and Doug, who posts flash fiction to his Hawaii based blog like clockwork (when he’s not sitting atop a mountain gazing at the stars)…and of course Court, a fellow short story writer and PANK staff member, and Harry who has published two novels and whose work¬†I adore. When he’s around Mike Reverb adds his colorful commentary; and more rarely now Scribbla might show up from Namibia to say a word or two. But it’s also Munchow, the professional photographer from Europe, and Veeh,¬†a writer from Africa who pops by now and again. And my new friend Sean who is a short story writer in California.¬†Oh and¬†my new pal Peter, a sometime writer currently living in Turkey, is coming to read the blog too.

As much as I’d like to say this is my blog and I’m the one who writes it, I know that’s not really true. Not entirely, anyway. My blog would be severely diminished as a place to discuss writing and creating without all the people I just mentioned and many, many more.

Who are YOU dear reader? Come and make comment here, all are welcome… storytellers and writers, readers and artists, photographers and creative types of all walks of life.

Identify yourself and say hello to everyone else here in this collaborative circle.

As always, I thank all of my readers for their ongoing support and commentary, their thoughts and their participation.

I truly look forward to entertaining you, but more importantly getting to know you and interacting with you here, and in blog-land.

My Worldly Readers

WordPress recently added a new feature to the Statistics / Dashboard area where the blog owner can see what countries readers are coming from to look at the blog.



I am BLOWN AWAY by how many readers come to my blog from other countries. It’s astounding.


IF you are coming from outside the United States, AND you read my blog I would LOVE if you could identify your country of origin and say Hello in your language.

Just for fun – in “# of page views order” here is the list of reader’s countries that visited my blog in the last 30 days.


  • United States – How ya doin’?!
  • Netherlands – Hallo!
  • Canada – Hello Ay!
  • UK – Hello mate!
  • Australia – G’day!
  • Kenya – (Veeh¬†taught me¬†“Habari!” Thanks Veeh!)
  • Spain – Hola!
  • Norway – Hallo!
  • India – Namaste!
  • Philippines
  • Mexico – Hola!
  • Republic of Korea -An-nyong Ha-se-yo
  • Italy – Ciao!
  • Germany – Guten Tag!
  • France – Bonjour!
  • Indonesia – Halo!
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Turkey – Merhaba!
  • Brazil – Ola!
  • United Arab Emirates – Merhaban!
  • New Zealand – Hello!
  • Czech Republic – Dobry den!
  • Lithuania
  • Bahrain – Merhaban!
  • Slovenia
  • Singapore
  • Ecuador – Hola!
  • Israel – Shalom!
  • Argentina – Hola!
  • Sweden – Hej!
  • Romania – Buna ziua!
  • Bangladesh
  • Iceland – Hallo!
  • Japan – Kon Nichiwa!

Happy Birthday Blog

Happy Birthday to my blog, that turned a year old on March 26th!

Birthday Cake Ideas for a One-Year-Old Girl thumbnail


My personal goal of exceeding 5000 page views was reached, thank you readers! The blog now has 75 subscribers, and I hope this year will see more than 75 new readers join them.

I think I read somewhere that page views and blog participation grows over time (with the exception of a Freshly Pressed hit, which sky rockets a blog into the stratosphere in one day.) My blog has been the tortoise, not the hare, and I’ve seen a slow and steady increase in page views and participants. For example, this month (which doesn’t end for 2 more days…) already has the highest number of page views at around 730 views so far.

So this year I will have to set a new goal – reaching a 1000 page view month! I think I’m up for the challenge, with your help of course. ūüôā

Although I did a wrap up post in early January, looking back at 2011 as my first calendar year, this blog birthday feels good. It’s a milestone in persistence. Isn’t that what being a writer is all about? I think so.

I get mushy when I think about the many writers who have signed up for my blog and comment regularly. It’s gratifying to be part of the community and I love how we help and encourage each other. It’s a huge motivator that keeps me going when it comes to the blog.

Although I don’t talk about my personal life much, and stay focused on writing as my subject most of the time, I’ll say the past twelve months have been challenging for me personally. I’m healthy thank goodness, but there are other things going on which have disrupted my life and which I continue to deal with…it’s good to know you are all out there, reading, and being so supportive. It does mean a lot, to me. Thanks.


2011 Roundup – Highlights of My Inaugural Blogging Year

On March 26, 2011 I began this blog with the auspicious post: “Is This Thing On” with a two word revelation: Hello World!

Yeah, I had no freaking clue what blogging was about, or what I signed myself up for. Even though blogging is a ridiculous amount of work, I’m happy with my inaugural year results.



  • 134 postings¬†created during 2011, and over 600 tags used. Some months, like June 2011 had only 1 posting, while others, like December 2011 had 23. (To look at the postings of a full month go to the calendar in the far right column of my blog towards the bottom and you can hover over any date to see what was posted, or move between months with ease.)
  • Pages were viewed more than 3000 times in 2011! I’m proud of that stat! I couldn’t have done it without YOU the reader,¬†coming to see what the heck I had to say. Which leads me to….
  • There are 432 comments on my blog. Because I reply to nearly every comment, about half of them are mine. Of the rest, my top commenters are: Wren Andre http://wrenandre.wordpress.com, Patrick of Sporting Sense, Scribbla http://scribbla.wordpress.com and Louise Jacques of My Other Book is a Tolstoy. You four have been my strongest participants in this blog and have enhanced it tremendously with your inputs. THANK YOU! And thanks to everyone else who commented too!
  • Speaking of participants, 47 people have followed my blog since inception. I had no idea¬†2 people would want to read what I had to say, nevermind 47. It’s exciting to see this number increasing over time.



There are 10 flash fiction stories posted directly to the blog. Some of my favorites are: Fallen,  and Graduation Day.

Click on the tag “Flash Fiction” in my Tag-a-licious Cloud in the left column of my blog and flash fiction tagged posts will come up in a list.

AUDIO! On at least two of my posts, Flash Fiction: Traveler’s Journey and Flash Fiction: Consider the Pomegranate you can listen to me reading my work. I’ll be posting more of these audio clips in 2012.



13 stories or flash pieces have been published by small press journals, or are forthcoming in Q1 2012. All of these are listed on my Published Stories page. Yay!



I’m surprised by this number – I’ve got 175 photos posted to the blog. That seems like a lot to me, I hope you enjoyed them.

If you want to see a more composed view of my photographs, please visit my Shutterfly site: http://cdeminskiphotos.shutterfly.com



There are 15 pieces on the blog tagged as Humor. (Click on the Tag-A-Licious cloud under Humor.) These pieces are the hardest for me to write, and I’m never sure if they’re all that funny unless you tell me you enjoyed them (which you do, thanks…)

One of my most clicked posts is Funniest Tweets Ever. I’m not sure if this post still holds up, you can be the judge of that.

Here are the humor posts I like best:

  • Girl’s Guide to Living With a Sports Fan
  • What Upper West Siders Did During the Hurricane
  • Reasons Why Fran Lebowitz Has Writer’s Block
  • Reasons Why Your Short Story Was Rejected
  • A Fairytale – NYC Style (a re-write of Snow White)


I look forward to entertaining you all for another year. 2012 – here we come.

Countdown to 3,000 clicks! (AKA Derek Jeter’s got nothin’ on me!)

This has been an incredible year from a blogging perspective. It’s my inaugural blog year and I’m extremely proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.

I’ve gotten more than just my friends to sign up for my blog (yay readers!), and I’ve started building a regular regimen of posting (it’s still brutal, whine, whine, grumble). Oh yes, I’ve also upgraded the blog and made audio recordings available selectively of me reading my short stories (the jury is still out on whether anyone will listen to them though.)

Now that there are a mere 10 calendar days left in the year, I’m hoping to achieve one last goal with your help. I’d love to hit 3,000 page view clicks in this, my first blogging year (although technically I did not start blogging until the end of March this year…)

I won’t be able to do it without your help though! I’m less than 100 clicks away from my goal!

  • Take a look now through my Categories, and pick one. Click on something that catches your eye.


  • Hover your mouse over the calendar entries on the bottom right of my blog¬†and¬†choose from¬†postings I’ve put up this month. Click on some of the photographs from New Orleans you might enjoy.

Thanks again for all your support this year. I’m planning to do one more wrap-up post, looking back at my first year in blogging with some call outs for selected posts.

In the meantime, start clicking!

It’s Official – My Best Month Ever for Blog Hits

Several days ago I wrote a post about how I might increase my blog hits and get more readers for my blog and I got a zillion responses to that post (you know who you are) which were very helpful. (Thank you.)

One of the top suggestions was posting to the blog more frequently. Although the idea of posting 4 or 5 times a week was daunting, painful, intimidating, terrifying…you get the idea…I decided to take on the challenge as an experiment. What the heck, I said to myself, it’s worth a try.

Now, it’s up to you out there in blog-land to determine whether or not you’ve enjoyed the posts as much as posts prior to the experimental phase which kicked in about 2 weeks ago, but hopefully my posting quality has not suffered. I’m still trying to bring you my most tortured thoughts, my publishing triumphs (few and far between as they may be) and the occasional humorous rant (have you read the one about the lucky underwear?)

ANYWHO… the bottom line is: IT WORKED!

As of today I will surpass the best blog hit month I’ve ever recorded! Muahahahaha!

It’s not an insane number or anything, but previously 329 hits per month is the absolute best I had achieved in this seven month period, but October will surpass that today. I have no idea how many hits I’ll have by the end of the month, but it would be AMAZING if I wind up having my first-ever 400 blog hit month. Now, I don’t want jinx myself, but if I write at least something reasonably amusing for y’all, I may just get there.

I’ll let you all know.

Thank you for listening to me continue to rant about this…I know I’m obsessed.

Just the stats ma’am: improving blog stats

Hit Me - a gratuitous shot of how sexy your blog would be if it had more visitors

Like most blog writers, I’m addicted to blog hits like a crystal meth-head addicted to crack. My “pipe” is that little skyscraper on my “Statistics” page going from 1 or 2 to 10 hits in a day. Once (just once) I actually got 66 hits on my blog in one day. I had posted something on a popular topic, I think it might have been my New Jersey Diner post.

I’ve tried all the stuff you’re supposed to do to make your blog more interesting:

  • putting an image at the top of the blog post
  • creating a snappy title (I could probably do a better job of that)
  • creating lists in the blog post
  • asking¬† a question at the bottom of the post to engage the reader to respond
  • and using bolded text to call attention to stuff

I also go around to other people’s blogs and read them and participate in the blogging community. I scan the “Writing” tag page pretty consistently and click on anything that looks interesting. (I’ve met a lot of nice writers that way!)

On top of all that, I tweet my blog posts regularly and I used to do StumbleUpon for my blog posts but I found that I just wasn’t getting hits so I don’t do that as much anymore.

Regardless of what I do, I seem to have a consistent number of hits each month, somewhere between 250 – 290.

Who do I need to sleep with around here to up my blog stats?

Okay, maybe that won’t solve the problem, but seriously, what else are you power-bloggers out there doing that makes readers go nutty for your posts?

If you tell me to pick a different topic, we’re gonna come to blows on that, so don’t go there. This blog is about writing, and otherwise curmudgeonly activities of one particular writer.

But aside from that, I’m open to suggestions. Do you have any?

Hit me with your best shot.

Random Insomnia Post – Who are you people?

WordPress Site Statistics for this blog: 342 “clicks” as of this writing. I started the blog around March 26th or so this year.

342 clicks.  Is that good? Average? Horrible? How many unique visitors does that make? 


What’s amazing to me about this blog (for me) is that I write, send my words out to cyber-space, and I see the clicks piling up but I really have no clue who is dropping by (other than known friends who do drop by and support on a regular basis and I thank you, thank you, thank you!)

It would be fantastic if you could take a moment and enter a comment below, if you’ve gotten this far into this post.

Tell me a little bit about yourself, and what made you pop over here into my blog-o-world. If you are a brand new visitor, please call that out too!