Celebrating 50,000 hits!

4 02 2009

Yippeeeeee! The counter just rolled over to 50,000 hits since this blog began. (And 22 more just rolled in after I posted this entry.)

To celebrate (I’m on a budget, mind you, so there will be no catering this time around—it’s strictly a Bring Your own Munchies (BYOM) party), I offer you a recap of my blogging journey over the past 18 months.

FIRST STOP: Once again, the words that some of my visitors have used to eventually lead them to me are funny…and some are, well…ahem…interesting. Here’s a small sampling of the search words:

“small yellow” “cheap cheap”
saw baby
ジャイアントリーフインセク
die now
kreepy people like alissa
kreepy cat
pot garden
ugly crafts
hearing aid girl
i kiss better than i cook+tablett
barbie day-glo
pygmy goats eyesight
elephant ears game deaf
glen l moon bountiful
mexican woman far away
overdose lavender tea
prang mantis dick
richard, i will buy a vowel
lick my gourds
trainer for sugar glider good learn

SECOND STOP: My top ten most visited postings are:

Concrete leaf casting: 2,059 — Visitors sure love their concrete projects…and

Crafty room divider screen: 1,284 — they have rooms that need dividing…and

Color magic rose: 1,009 — they’re lusting after this really unique flower…and

About: 804 — they’re curious about me…and

Spotlight on Abbie: 563 — enamored with my blogger friend and Hearing Loss Magazine cover girl, Abbieand

Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth: 520 — intrigued, as was I, by this really fascinating moth…and

Gigglebean with parrot and sugar glider: 441 — interested in raising sugar gliders (I was too until I learned more about them—they’re quite clingy little critters)…and

Mina lobata (Spanish flag): 371 — they want to grow the Spanish flag vine…and

Bionic Woman = Cover Girl: 312 — they liked Abby so much, they came back for more…and

Just how many hats does one gal need?: 271 — they have cabin fever and want to crochet hats…and

Monarch butterfly habitat poster: 264 — they have a love of butterflies…and

I’ll give you a daisy a day, dear…: 238 — they can’t get this song out of their heads, either.


THIRD STOP:
All that research and recommending of other sites hasn’t gone unheeded. Half of the top ten clicks were related to the concrete leaf project—it is a popular subject and I would love to see what my posting might have inspired gardeners and crafters to create. Care to share your creations with me? E-mail me a photo and a brief story about your project and I’ll post it!

Visitors clicked on these ten links most often:

http://www.concretegardenleaves.com/concrete-leaf.htm (577 clicks)

https://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/2-color_magic_rose.jpg (388 clicks)

marthastewart.com (333 clicks)

http://www.garden.org/regional/report/arch/inmygarden/2527 (329 clicks)

littleandlewis.com (259 clicks)

http://www.jacquardproducts.com/products/pearlex/sets.php (216 clicks)

http://www.cindydyer.com/BionicWoman.pdf (136 clicks)

https://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/big-morning-glory.jpg (122 clicks)

https://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/punchocolor.jpg (106 clicks)

http://www.remarc.com/craig/?p=391 (99 clicks)


FINAL STOP:
And finally, the fourth stop on my blogging journey—a special thank you to my fellow bloggers who referred their visitors to my site. These are the top ten referrers:

Abbie — http://contradica.blogspot.com/ (302 referrals)
Hailing from New Jersey, Abbie describes herself as a “profoundly deaf 28 year SWF who has a cochlear implant as of August 27, 2007.” Abbie’s always insightful and often humorous blog is entitled, Chronicles of a Bionic Woman. I stumbled onto her blog in late 2007 and recommended that we publish her story in Hearing Loss Magazine, which I design and produce bimonthly for the Hearing Loss Association of America.

Birgitte — http://my2008blog.wordpress.com/ (246 referrals)
Birgitte gardens, photographs and blogs from Denmark. She’s on my list of “bloggers I would like to go visit in person!”

WordPress sent viewers to me with tag searches for “photography” (183 referrals)
and “concrete-leaf-casting” —
(175 referrals)

Pam — http://www.penick.net/digging/ (125 referrals)
Austin-based garden designer Pam is the creator of the 5-time Mouse & Trowel award-winning gardening blog entitled, “Digging.” I almost had the chance to meet her in person when I was visiting my family over the holidays, but ran out of time on that visit. I’d love to photograph your garden when everything is in full bloom, Pam!

Phillip — http://phillipoliver.blogspot.com/ (114 referrals)
Fellow blogger Phillip Oliver is a librarian who gardens, photographs and writes in Florence, Alabama, not too far from my friend Sue in Huntsville. I definitely plan to meet up with Phillip to view his garden—I’m planning on coming down to help decorate Sue and Barbara’s spring tea party in April. How does a mid-April visit sound, Phillip?

Heather —  http://mommymirandamusings.blogspot.com/ (104 referral)
Lovely Heather is a “mom, wife, designer, lover of all animals, helpless creatures and underdogs.” Now, how can you not love her? Her blog is full of musings on her family, her adorable children, handsome husband and a smorgasbord of, well—mommy musings—and she always has fun music playing on her blog. Perks me right up!

Jen — http://stereophonicbionic.blogspot.com/ (84 referrals)
Jen is a vivacious wife and mother of five really cute tow-headed kids and blogs from Tennessee. A cochlear-implant wearer, she shares the trials and tribulations of her hearing journey just like Abbie does…and she and Abbie are great friends now! I’m hoping to meet and photograph Jen and her family in Nashville this summer at the Hearing Loss Association’s Convention 2009.

Senthill — http://www.outerchat.com/ (77 referrals)
Senthill, a professional web designer who has a minor hearing loss, blogs about anything and everything on his blog, OuterChat. He also created a “place for the hearing impaired and deaf people to communicate” at I Am Hearing Impaired.com. I hope to interview Sentihill in the future for the Hearing Loss Magazine.

GG — http://fishandfrog-turtleandblog.blogspot.com/   (56 referrals)
GG is a welcome and frequent commentor on my blog. She blogs about her wonderful pond (which I think is somewhere in Tennessee…or somewhere else southern). There’s always something intriguing and humorous happening at the pond and GG has wonderful photos to prove it.


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11 responses

5 02 2009
Scott Thomas Photography

Congratulations! In your honor, I’m off to get some munchies. 🙂

5 02 2009
Shelley

Yippeee! I’m sure a fan!

5 02 2009
Pam/Digging

Congrats on all those hits! I’m glad to have sent some visitors your way. The next time you’re in Texas, you must stop by. I can’t guarantee that my new-baby garden will be worthy of your camera, but it would be fun to meet you regardless.

5 02 2009
giiid

Congratulations Cindy, —50.000— and thank you for the nice thought of a real life meeting. It is so much fun to see how we obviously both love to make stats and order out of lots of information. Of course a very practical hobby for a graphic designer. I will take a closer look at your stats, later.

5 02 2009
Jules Jackson

Congratulations! I really like the the “prang mantis dick” search term.

5 02 2009
Paulie

My top search is ‘cocktail wiener’. ‘Baby’s arm’ is up there too.
Best,
P.
http://sicluceatlux.wordpress.com

6 02 2009
Heather

aaawe, shucks.
so sweet of you to say!
wow, how the heck did you do 50,000! That is incredible. Well, it really is no wonder, because your blog is an amazing, eclectic, and visually stunning piece of work. I love it! thanks for the kudos, I get many visitors from you, too!
much love….

6 02 2009
Tips Photo

Thanks for sharing. I am a fan.

9 02 2009
Jennie

Congratulations on your 50,000 hits. I’ve just passed 40,000. It feels really good, doesn’t it, watching that little counter rolling round!

I’m bringing some lemon layer cake for the munchies, by the way!

9 02 2009
cindydyer

Hi Jennie!

Congrats on 40,000. And thanks for stopping by to congratulate me on my 50,000 milestone. Yes, it is pretty fun to watch that counter go (although my father said that at an average of 2 visits per day, he’s a good chunk of that 😉

Love your blog, too. I like that you like to write long entries. Doesn’t make me feel so alone..sometimes I know I go overboard, but really…are there any rules in this medium anyway?

Congrats and here’s to many more!

Cheers,
Cindy

9 02 2009
cindydyer

Jennie,

Oops….forgot to mention…how did you know that my favorite flavor was lemon? Bring those desserts on! I’ll bring chocolate to your party—how ’bout that?

Oh, and if you want an overdose of chocolate, hop on a plane and be at my house on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. for our 4th Annual Chocoholic Party! Since you’ll be coming way across the pond, we won’t require that you bring a potluck item 😉

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