Year in Review + What’s Next

If you’re a stats nerd, you probably love getting WordPress’s “Year in Blogging” annual report that highlights your top posts, referrers, commenters, etc. When I think about this year in blogging, I’m extremely proud. The numbers are impressive, sure, but it’s more than that. This year, I published 230 posts, including two months (April and…

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Destined to Fall Apart

Here’s the thing about starting new projects: it’s never a good time. There are always things that are pressing, other priorities that need to be accomplished. We already occupy 24 hours a day doing whatever it is we choose to do. When we start new things, we don’t add hours to the day. We just have…

Let’s Talk About August

Let’s talk about August. August was my best month overall, traffic-wise. Note, however, that all that traffic was concentrated in the first half of the month. A single post–one from pretty deep in the archives, too–is the culprit. Feminist Friday: The Problem With The Manic Pixie Dream Girl started blowing up. It may or may…

My Writing Process

Back when I was doing my Vancouver travel series, I wrote a post called The 10 Best Things About Vancouver. The final post has nice headings, brief written explanations, and multiple photo galleries. The prewrite version? Well. Here it is: an inside look into my writing and thought processes. 1. The architecture. Urban decay, blah. 2.…

The Big Reveal

It’s Theme Reveal Day for the April A to Z Challenge! Admittedly it’s not that big of a reveal–last month I announced my theme when I announced my 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion topic–but regardless, it’s The Big Day. I’ll spare you the drumroll: my theme is All Things College.  Even though I’m a full-time student, I only write about…

First Lottery Ticket

“You’ve never played the lottery, right?” “…right…” “Sometime during winter break, we need to have you buy a lottery ticket.” My dad is a smart guy, but sometimes he gets really adamant about certain strange ideas and I find myself wondering where on earth they’re coming from. My winter break, as you know, was mostly filled…

Search Terms: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Some search terms make sense and direct readers to what they want. Others aren’t perfect, but come close enough to work. The rest are a smorgasbord of “erm,” “okay then,” and “WTF?” Some people seem to be coming to my blog for advice on personal matters and…shopping? Some visitors seemed to need help with school assignments or…