This morning, WordPress announced that, in the last couple of days, my blog had reached one-hundred-thousand hits since it began. No wonder I’m doing a happy dance. This is a cause for celebration!
I had no way of knowing, apart from what would have been a very tedious exercise of counting the hits manually, that How to be eighty would arrive at that milestone.
Maths not being my strong point, I would never have known.
But I am delighted. Thank you to everyone who has hit the button and read a blog.Read more
How it started
I can’t remember what prompted me to become a blogger. I’d read a few blogs and dismissed them earlier. I simply saw no value in blogs, and had no idea that a person could gain so much pleasure, if not joy, from blogging.
Maybe the idea of something difficult challenged me. That often happens in my life. Perhaps I saw it as a way to communicate when writing longer pieces seemed almost impossible after I married. I found it hard to write properly and consistently.
Yet my need to write and share with an audience burned. And so a blog became my obsession, at least until I’d set up my website, using as a guide the amazing WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson. It’s into its ninth edition, and I imagine still as good as the original. My blogging journey began!
My blog had another name, or perhaps no name, until five years ago, when a series of events changed how I work.
Then the title How to be eighty seemed fitting for the blog of an old woman who wanted permission (from herself) to write whatever she chose. Little did I imagine then that my simple offering would reach one-hundred-thousand hits
Workshop boosts count to one-hundred-thousand
So much seems a blur, although my usual memory works quite well. A series of lucky accidents occured. Following my instincts, I found myself in a workshop conducted by the lovely psychologist Glennys Marsdon, now my dear friend. The title of the workshop, ‘How to brand your website’, or perhaps how to brand yourself, intrigued me.
My bland, no-real-name-blog needed a proper focus. Glennys showed me how to achieve that focus
Life-long learning had long been one of my passions. What better than to continue that theme and also to encourage others to learn. People are never to old to pursue new interests nor to learn new skills and hobbies.
Amanda Kendle and Social Media Mastermind workshops
From there, an easy step led me to join one of Amanda Kendle‘s workshops. To join a group and learn as much as possible about many aspects of social media as I could. The fun-filled workshops, and later summer schools, encouraged participants to learn and share with each other.
Amanda and Glennys can be best described as multipotentialites – multitalented people with many diverse interests, willing always to share with others. I wrote a blog on this topic: ‘Multipotentialites seeking friends‘. Some people call multipotentialites Jack-of-all trades, but in fact such people are creative, adaptable and multi-skilled, among other things.
These remarkable women changed my focus and application. My blog began to attract more readers day-by-day and month-by-month. Thank you, Glennys and Amanda!
Ground covered by How to be eighty
My posts range from mundane sharing of domestic issues, through healthy living tips to how to downsize. They cover some of the joys of being a great-grandmother, the triumph of acquiring a hearing aid, how my husband and I moved to an inner city apartment and have not looked back. Some have covered sadness and even tragedy.
Not all blogs appeal to everyone. For example, some of my favourites have been reviews of books I’ve read. My sister, for one, tells me she never reads them – they’re boring.
Some book reviews, however, obviously hit the spot for some readers because they attract the most hits. I guess I’ve been lucky, and occasionally I’ve written about a book on the ATAR list for year twelve students. Those blogs are super popular.
The last few months have been quite taxing for a variety of health and welbeing reasons. I considered letting my blog go. Writing up to a thousand words a week can be quite a commitment.
I considered writing more seriously in 2023. But with the news of one-hundred-thousand hits, I feel a surge of new energy.
Thank you, dear readers
Thank you again, to all my dear readers who have made this possible. To those who have clicked and read or commented. I am grateful.
There is nothing to stop me from posting a blog and attempting more serious work.
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What a wonderful milestone. I really enjoy reading your blog and always learn something – whether it is new or a “memory jog” of something I had forgotten. Thank you and I say ditto to your wishes for 2023.
Thank you Jan. I’m delighted that you are such a regular reader of How to be eighty. Happy New Year.
Maureen, congratulations, this is huge milestone! I’m so glad I could play a small part in you achieving it. And I *do* read the book reviews!!
Thank you Amanda, for your comment, for reading my book reviews and for all the wonderful encouragement, assistance and friendship over the past few years. Happy New Year! x
Dear Maureen Helen
Amazing achievement! Congrats!
Lovely to hear from you, and thank you, Joyce. Seasons greetings and a Happy New Year
Congratulations. Your blogs are always interesting & thought provoking. Wishing you & your family peace good health & joy for 2023.
Thank you Maureen. Glad you enjoy my blogs, and so often comment. I’m looking forward to catching up with you very soon. Best wishes to you and yours for this Christmas season and for 2023.
As remarked in comment on Facebook, send loads of congratulations dear friend,but not at all surprised. Your blogs are always so interesting, quite often stimulating and/or challenging in so many degrees. A.ways look forward to them.
Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words, and especially for being such a faithful reader and frequent commenter on my blogs. You encourage and inspire me to keep going, even when sometimes I feel as if I struggle to write regularly. Looking forward to catching up over coffee or lunch soon. Mx
Hello dear Maureen,
Congratulations on the great success of your blog!
Thank you for your inspirational, honest, informative, often funny and always fascinating posts. And a special thank you for reading and reviewing If You’re Happy – a real gift to any writer and so appreciated.
Wishing you good health and much happiness in 2023, and I look forward to reading more of your writing in whatever form it takes 🙂
Thank you, Fiona. And thank you also for being a regular reader and for your frequent comments, which I really appreciate. I’m glad you enjoy How to be eighty.
Wishing you and yours the blessings of this Christmas season and a New Year filled with all the things you wish for yourself.
Congratulations Helen. You are so inspiring.
Thank you, Helena. Hppy New Year!
Congratulations, Maureen. A wonderful achievement. You have every right to feel very proud.
I am hopeless regarding stats, I’m far too lazy to keep an eye on them. Occasionally, WordPress sends a congratulary message to inform that a particular post is doing well, but even then I don’t bother checking for myself.
That said, when I publish a new How To document on Weekly Prompts I usually check the downloads to find out whether there was much interest in Knowing How to do what ever I’ve written about!
Thank you SueW. I suspect I will start to spend a bit more time looking at the statistics, at lease until the novelty wears off about mid January! At one stage I took a great deal of interest, but now I just write for the joy of communicating with whoever chooses to read.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year full of all the blessings you wish for yourself and yours.
HI Maureen, very inspirational blog and accomplishment. Love the handle “How to be Eighty”. I describe myself as a boomer whose a late bloomer to writing (and loving it). Eisenhower was president when I was born and when I tell kids that they ask “whose that?”. Pains me since I’m a history buff. I was going to ask you who was president when you were born but noticed you’re from Austrailia. BTW, favorite restaurant here in states is Outback Steakhouse. Best wishes for 2023 and keep up the good work
Hello, and thank you for your lovely comment. If you’re a boomer, you are much younger than me, and I appreciate you like the description ‘How to be be eighty’ Keep writing. My first book was published when I was 70 years old, and was short-and long-listed for several major awards. Thank you for your good wishes, and a Happy New Year to you, also.
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