on my main blog, http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/! Check it out if you have some free time. You’ll find the usual (and frequent) gardening-related postings that you see on this blog, but you’ll also find other interesting stuff.
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”
kreepy people like alissa
hearing aid girl
i kiss better than i cook+tablett
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, Abbie…and
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)
http://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)
http://cindydyer.files.wordpress.com/2007/09/big-morning-glory.jpg (122 clicks)
http://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 the time got away from me. 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.