Celebrating eight years of blogging

This month I’m celebrating eight years of blogging on WordPress. I want to thank everyone who has visited, liked and commented on my blog. As I’ve said many times before, these gestures are like gold to bloggers. I occasionally wonder why on earth I’m doing this. I originally started my blog to keep track of what I read and what I thought of a book. But now it’s mostly to catch up with readers and the blogging community. And I’m talking about people from all over the world. That’s so fun!

Sometimes life gets busy and hard and it’s challenging to put out posts and visit other blogs, but I know we’re all in the same boat. In fact, it’s a boat full of great friends and I feel lucky to know you all.

Today I’m sharing my most popular posts by number of views and number of comments. If someone can tell me how to find the most liked posts on their WordPress blog, please leave a comment. I have a feeling that’s not an option for the free sites.

Top Ten Most Viewed Posts

I’m a little embarrassed by this list because I feel like high schoolers are reading these short stories, looking them up on the internet and landing on my blog. Who knows if my opinions are good ones or if I even “got” the stories right.

Top Ten Most Commented on Posts

One thing is for sure, my author friend Jill Weatherholt deserves all the attention she receives because she gets around to other people’s blogs more than anyone I know. And she always leaves an enthusiastic comment. Hurray, too for these and all indie authors because they belong in the spotlight.

How long have you been blogging? Leave a comment and let’s add up the years!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

87 thoughts on “Celebrating eight years of blogging

  1. Massive congratulations!! So well deserved and I’m so lucky to have found you on here! I always really look forward to and enjoy your posts. Have the best celebration! X

    1. Heading over now, Jeff. My life has been pretty crazy lately. Congratulations on 10 years – looking forward to seeing your new format 🙂

    1. Nine years! That’s awesome – next year is the big one, John 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog today and on so many other days. See you out there! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on Number 8. In the blog world that shows endurance. I see how you support authors all over the world and now are reaping the benefits. I admire too how you have branched out into other venues, using video. Again, CONGRATS! 🙂

  3. Congrats on 8 years, Barbara! Amazing. I hope you have many, many more! ❤️

  4. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! Most of us will come behind you in years! I started Feb 2016 but only the first 2-3 years were really full on, now I’m posting a review once a week so that’s already a lot less… To many more years! xxx

    1. Hi Inge – it is hard to keep up a brisk pace. I’ve scaled back because my life has gotten very busy. During my first 3 years, I was not working (home with kids) and I had more free time. I got a job 5 years ago and that changes everything so I can’t always be full-on. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging, Barbara.

    I passed my 7-year milestone in February this year.

    As far as I know, the only way to check which of your posts have had the most likes is via the Top Posts & Pages widget. It has a setting where you can select ‘Order Top Posts and pages by’ ‘likes.’ I have the widget on my blog but opted for the other setting, which is by ‘views.’ I could be wrong, and there could be another method, so if you do find it, please let us know.

    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Hugh – I was hoping you’d see this because you always have the good answers! I’ll look into the widget and see. Although I think I prefer to see the number of views anyway. And congratulations on 7 years of blogging!

      1. Thanks, Barbara.

        Regarding the widget I mentioned – just to clarify, the Top Posts and Pages widget displays the posts with the most likes for all time. While the views are based on the last 48 hours.

        There are other ways, but it involves installing plugins on your blog. The ‘Monsterinsights’ plugin is one such plugin.

        I hope that helps?

        Have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Donna – thank you – I enjoy it very much, especially connecting with bloggers like you! Hope you are off on a great hike right now! Too hot here today for that.

  6. Congratulations on this achievement. I do consider it an achievement when so many bloggers that I used to follow, have fallen by the wayside.

    1. Hello Booker Talk – yes I read that most blogs struggle to make it past a year. It’s easy to lose interest or get discouraged, but once you figure it out, blogging becomes part of your life. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Karen – congratulations to you too! It’s been great connecting with you – do you remember when we first found each other? I feel like it was pretty early in our blogging history.

      1. Thanks! Great connecting with you, too. I’d say it’s been at least 5 years because it was shortly after I published my Calabria book and that was already back in early 2015.

  7. Hi Barbara, it is very interesting to see which posts of yours were the most popular. I was very pleased to see that my review of A Gentleman in Moscow was a popular post. I am delighted to know others enjoyed this book. Nice to see John Howell, Ritu Bhathal and Jill Weatherholt on your lists too.

    1. Hi Robbie – yes, I loved A Gentleman in Moscow – your post was more popular than mine! Thanks for stopping by – hope all is well with you. 🙂

  8. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! I´ve been blogging for 11 years and love it. Thanks for mentioning the post featuring me!! I am so glad I found you. I went back and read some of your earlier posts before I started following you. Fun.

    1. Hi Darlene – I hope you didn’t go back too far! Some of my earlier posts are a little weak! And same here – I’m so glad I found your blog 🙂

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