Goodbye 2018!

~~ My computer is back! ~~

It’s good to take a minute and look back over the year.

My goals for this blog were to write about life in Israel and make a practice of showing up to the page. I can count this year as a success for both those goals. I wrote fewer words overall than in years past and fewer blog posts, but I hope that means my writing is becoming sharper and more concise (probably not always…).

People visited my page from 54 countries!

2018 map

Leaving aside the United States (#1) and Israel (#2), the top 10 countries were:

Germany
Finland
Canada
United Kingdom
Australia
India
Japan
Italy
China
Ireland

Surprises further down the list:

Six people from United Arab Emirates visited.

Four people from Pakistan stopped by.

One person each came from Bangladesh, Gibraltar, and Fiji.

Overall, I had more visitors this year than in years past and I had the most visitors in September.

I’m hesitant to write resolutions for 2019 for this blog, but my hopes are to write about different things (life in Israel will still be the main topic), try some experimental posts (I’m not sure about this yet), and write more reviews of things I’m listening to, reading, and watching (I’ve had a lot of fun with those posts this year).

I know. Hopes won’t get you anywhere unless you have a plan. I’m working on it.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all good things for 2019!

May it be the best year yet!

#100

Drum roll please!

This is the 100th post on my blog.

When I started, I’m not sure that I imagined that I would consistently post every week and eventually get to a 3-digit number.  But here we are!

People from 50 different countries have visited my blog (and thank you very much for dropping by!).

World Map

It’s no surprise that most of my visitors come from Israel and the US (in that order).  Countries on the list that surprised me are Kenya, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan.

The top 10 countries are:

  1. Israel
  2. US
  3. France
  4. UK
  5. Germany
  6. Romania
  7. Poland
  8. Canada
  9. New Zealand
  10. Japan

My most popular post was the one I wrote about Tai Chi in Israel.  It was popular because my Tai Chi school posted it on their site and it got a lot of attention (compared to my other posts).  It had 305 views from around the world.

The 100th post is a milestone that made me think about what I want to do with this site.  Perhaps I should just close it.  After all, I don’t get a lot of readership and I just write for myself really.  But that line of thought didn’t feel right.  I don’t want to get famous and have a viral blog.  I do want to try to commit to writing more and about different things.  So far this blog has been about life in Israel, but I have many other interests and I want to explore writing about those.

In honor of my 100th post and to symbolize my increased commitment, I’ve upgraded my blog to a WordPress “personal” blog, so that I could have my own domain name.

Welcome to

thewriteplaceforme.com!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll consider what it is that I want to accomplish with the next 100 posts and where I’d like to be at #200.

This blog started with emails to my friends and family about life in Israel and that primary mission won’t change, but I do want to expand my content a bit.

I have even considered going back and rewriting a few posts – although that may be just a writing exercise for myself and those revisions won’t show up here.

I have a lot to think about.  The first step was just making the commitment and I’ve done it.