2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

My Experience With WordPress’s Word Ads Service

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I signed up for WordPress.com‘s relatively new advertising service, Word Ads, quite a while ago and it has finally paid off. When I checked my Paypal balance today, I had over $100 waiting for me, paid out by WordPress themselves. This made me punch the air in happiness, as I’m a one guy operation, and have a full-time job, so it’s not like this blog is something I can devote my life to. For those that do not know, Word Ads only pays after you hit a threshold of over $100, so this was for one year of having these ads sponsored by them. One would assume it’s not worth your time, if it took me that long, but that’s not really the case. The truth is that it was my fault that I wasn’t getting great payouts at first. 

For like six months, I was stubborn and did not optimize my blog with a theme that really utilized the service. In fact, this led to me getting measly $2.00 per month payouts. I’d occasionally check my ad placement, and discovered a terrible ad that was like “get your Missouri Driver’s license” was my main sponsor. After I spent a “crapload” of time making my site look better and switched themes, I got better ads and as a result have been getting around $20 a month for the last few months. I’ve seen big stuff like World of Warcraft and even Walmart pop up. If I can maintain this trajectory, I might be able to really make some cash for my blog. I’m not expecting anything huge, but if I can make my bills less of an issue and make overtime a non-issue at work, I’d be so happy. And me being happy = more blog posts!

I’m writing this because a quick Google search for “tips for Word Ads” results in many cranky users that expected to become overnight millionaires with the service. So far, persistence has paid off for me, and I’m enjoying the ride. This is an unsolicited Word Ads minor success story, if you have any questions, or concerns feel free to consult WordPress.com’s Word Ads page here, or drop me comment, my experience might be helpful I suppose.

The Versatile Blogger Award Nomination Inbound!

I just found out that I got a nomination for a blog award called “The Versatile Blogger Award”, which is an exercise in sharing blogs that people really like to other readers! there are a ton of nominees for this award, but I love the idea that somebody thought of me as a choice to pass this to!

THE RULES

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

A big shout out goes to Fran, she runs a pretty slick blog about all things British including pop culture, food, fashion, etc. called “Musings of an Anglophile“. If you want a good site to read, she keeps it updated pretty often. Thank you very much for the nod to my humble site, and I’m happy for my blog to be on your radar!

  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.

oh hey! I just did one, but I here’s another! http://musingsofananglophile.wordpress.com/

  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)

Presidents of the Solar System: http://presidentialnomination.wordpress.com/

Chair With a Panda On It: http://chairwithapanda.wordpress.com/

Steven Poore: http://stevenpoore.wordpress.com/

Purpleblancmange: http://purpleblancmange.wordpress.com/

CKPonderings: http://ckponderings.wordpress.com/

Nonoy Manga: http://nonoymanga.wordpress.com/

A Succession of Busy Nothings: http://asuccessionofbusynothings.wordpress.com/

Frankly Mr. Shankly: http://adammstone.wordpress.com/

An American Whovian in TV Land: http://chancenovember.wordpress.com/

Benjaminherman: http://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/

European Scientist and Journalist: http://kotev25.wordpress.com/

Thinking Scifi: http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/

Urban Night’s Blog: http://urbannight.wordpress.com/

Lick The Stranger: http://lickthestranger.wordpress.com/

  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.

Done.

  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  1. I’m a big fan of gaming, I even used to write for a gaming site!
  2. I’m really into Pro Wrestling and Comparative religion, so much that I’ve considered making sister blogs of the main one.
  3. My Favorite food happens to be sushi
  4. People get mad at me because I don’t like stuff by Joss Whedon, although Avengers has made me less agressive about this, as I loved it!
  5. I have eclectic music tastes, but I chiefly listen to either 1) Death Metal, or 2) New Wave music thus confusing all my friends.
  6. I used be be a huge fan of Japanese Animation, but lately there seems to be less I’m into.
  7. Keeping Up Appearances, Doctor Who and Monty Python got me into UK TV, and I haven’t looked back since!

sweetness!