2020 In Review

Well it seems an appropriate time to review the previous year as it relates to this little blog.

A little background first. Years ago, I came across a website that reviewed books about hockey, which at the time was a real passion of mine. It is a great site, and it got me thinking about another passion of mine, old cars. I love the old car hobby, and I really enjoy reading about old cars. Now, a lot of information is available online, but I am a little old fashioned in that I enjoy sitting with a book, turning the pages, feeling the paper in my hands. And books can be a wonderful resource to have. It struck me that people interested in old cars may also be interested in books about those cars, especially some of the older ones. After all, there are thousands of books on old cars, and new ones coming along every day, and as years go by the older books can be forgotten. In late 2014, I set about reviewing books from my personal collection. I guess I wasn’t completely ready though, as I managed just 2 posts before 2019.

As bloggers know, regular activity is the key to having a useful blog people will visit. It took me some time, but I eventually got more active in posting. I’m still not posting as regularly as maybe I should, but I have definitely seen the effect more frequent entries has had regarding the few metrics I looked at.

I have gained 14 new followers through 2020, to a total of 16. I want to thank you all for joining me and I hope you aren’t too put off by my still sometimes erratic posting schedule. I am working towards posting on regular days, and even getting ahead and scheduling posts. I will caution though that it can be difficult at times. When you’re reviewing books, it’s sometimes hard to actually get the book read quickly, and a review finished in time.

I’ve seen a huge growth in views, 680 this year compared to 65 from 2014-2019 (up 1046%). There have been 200 visitors in 2020, compared to 39 from 2014-2019 (up 513%). Of course, it helps that I added 37 new posts in 2020 compared to the 5 I had previously (up 740%). The previous best month for views had been November 2019 (12). However, 9 of of the past 12 months topped that number, and the top 3 months have been October 2020 (139), November 2020 (153), and December 2020 (204). My best day was December 15, 2020, with 21 views.

I have added posts featuring photography I have shot and processed, and they have proven quite popular. In fact, The Big Job, 1960 Cadillac Sixty Special, 1975-77 Chevrolet Corvette and 1956 Continental Mark II are the top 4 posts for views this year.

I would especially like to recognize rulesoflogic. He was my first follower, and is my top commenter. An interesting and thoughtful man, he has a great blog that I enjoy reading, and I know some of his readers have found there way to my blog. I appreciate his contributions here very much.

I want to thank everyone who has visited, liked, commented or followed this year. I do not currently get anything from blogging other than satisfaction. It means a lot when people take the time to read and interact, and if any of my photos or the books I review spark any memories for you, I’d love you to comment.

I look forward to seeing you all in this new year.

4 thoughts on “2020 In Review

  1. rulesoflogic

    Thanks for the shout-out, Mark. I very much enjoy your blog.

    As you know, pro sports–more specifically, baseball–used to be my passion and I worked in it for 20+ years. However, cars were first. Before I discovered sports or girls or music, I made notes about cars in one of those hard-cover composition notebooks bound in black and white. I would give almost anything to find that book…

    Stay safe, be well and Happy New Year.

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    1. Mark Post author

      Thank you sir.
      I am much the same, the cars were first. I’m not sure I have the notebook any longer, but I know I wrote out my ‘ultimate garage’ a few times.

      Happy New Year to you, the first of many New Years in your desert home.

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  2. L Weaves Words

    While true, WordPress itself teaches to even write daily in its’ ‘how-to’ courses, and while I understand this view, I come from another way of thinking.
    I started blogging locally (before my final move to WP), and in these parts most blogers think it best to write once or twice a week.
    But my advice is neither. It is more than okay to set goals, but the main thing in blogging is (in my opinion) to enjoy it. After all it can be almost a full-time-job to blog.
    So feel free to set your own pace 🙂

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