Million (Thank You For Reading)

Just wanted to record for myself a milestone the blog has reached – a million page views. Somehow this arbitrary number makes me happy. I know it’s just numbers but I tend to get obsessed with stats. Started in mid February 2011 and wanted to remember 29.12.2012. It was kind of a resolution for 2012 so I’m really pleased about it.

Amidst all the other huge failures in my life this is a small success. Never imagined that I would be able to reach it before the year ended, but I was hoping terribly that I would.

Don’t exactly feel as joyous as I thought I would as I know informative posts can gather a lot of hits so it felt like I was kinda cheating. Also it’s page views and not visitors. For unique visitors I have about half the number.

Perhaps it’s not a secret at all, but posting frequently and regularly will keep your traffic up. Of course the content can’t be rubbish (sometimes mine is more boring than usual when I force the writing – sorry), but people tend to feel disappointed when they visit a blog that hasn’t been updated for weeks. I try not to let a whole week go by without posting but make an exception when on holiday.

I am prouder of the more personal posts as opposed to the mostly informative touristy ones. Posts written at moments of despair or moments of utter joy. This space was intended to be a diary after all and for a kind of artistic expression. I feel more grateful for posts like the one about my panic attacks where others who suffer from the same know they are not alone. By telling me about their struggle they help me too. And I just hope that I dispelled a bit of the stigma with my small confession. I hope I can write more meaningful personal posts as well as the more superficial helpful ones about Singapore’s fun aspects. But by using the word superficial I already reveal what kind of writing I value more.

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10 Responses to Million (Thank You For Reading)

  1. Wow!!! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚ Very cool! I am nowhere near that number. Very very far from it! Well done! I love your blog, it was the first one I started reading when researching Singapore. I even just showed it to my Mum this morning as she is coming to visit with my Dad and brother and they want to go to Malacca. So I showed her your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bookjunkie says:

      Awww…thank you so much Danielle…Your comment is waaay better than any number ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad I discovered your blog too.

      • Your blog is part of the reason I started mine! I was honestly freaked out at the information I was finding on different forums and when I found your blog it calmed me down and reassured me that I would love Singapore. You show your view of your home country, with it’s plus points but also the less nice sides so it gives a more balanced view which is great.

        • bookjunkie says:

          Thanks dear.

          I get down when I’m surrounded by too much negativity. I am so glad I was able to give a more positive view. It’s something I struggle with too but I’d like to think I’m naturally not a pessimist.

          I get ashamed by some of the crude (narrow minded) comments I read on forum pages so it’s best to avoid them.

  2. verena says:

    Congratulations!! Nothing is too small to celebrate or feel good about, and whatever past failures there might be, maybe they are not failures per se, but just experiences to lead you to where you are today! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy 2013 in advance!

    • bookjunkie says:

      Thank you so much Verena…I must remind myself that I don’t need to fit into society’s mold and their view of success. I try to tell this to myself but often I find it hard to convince myself. But I’ll keep trying. Would love to live more of an artist’s life.

      A very happy new year to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

      • verena says:

        It sounds cliche for me to say this, but life is too short to have to try to fit into what we think is society’s definition of success. I try to remind myself that too, on a daily basis! Haha, let’s all try together, and live a life that we will love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. congrats!

    What is the post that hit 8000+ page view?

    • bookjunkie says:

      Thanks so much…not proud of the 8000 views (total for whole day not one post)…usually it’s my boring ones like Changi City mall that I don’t quite like myself. And it’s worse that I don’t like shopping. Would hope that in the future the one that draws the hits are the more nostalgic personal ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

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