Happy 2018! I’m back from a few days in the stunning big-sky big-earth desert/mountain landscape of Big Bend National Park, with a brief boat-and-burro-ride into Boquillas, Mexico.
Nature sure helps put my monkey-mind concerns into perspective. Hikes, hot springs, camp food, company, solitude, and nourishing views, views, views.
On the return trip of about 9 hours, I drove into a spectacular cold front featuring a wall of low clouds made of freezing mist that I could see miles ahead of me.
At this moment, I am happy to be writing in bed on New Year’s Day, snuggling with blankets and pillows, sipping my warm chicken bone broth. It’s 27 degrees F outside — a rarity in Austin, Texas.
Who knows what this year will bring? I’m desiring more sanity, peace, and compassion, deeper health, and more rewarding work for all of humanity, including myself.
This post is a summary of activity on The Well: bodymindheartspirit for 2017. Overall, this blog received 148,351 views from 111,128 visitors. This continues a trend of steady growth after 2014.
Young bloggers, notice that it took about 5 years of posting regularly to really start growing. Persistence is key. Just keep writing and posting.
Since I pay for WordPress not to run ads on my site, the primary benefits of having readers are researching topics I am curious about and learning, using my writing skills, sharing information, and knowing others value it.
A side “perk” is that due to these readership levels, I have been added to the mailing and email lists of folks that are marketing books, videos, workshops, guest posts, etc., that are oriented around wellness and spirituality.
Although I appreciate the knowledge about what others are creating and offering in this intersection of interests, it’s extremely rare that I promote others’ content here if I’m not already involved. If this deters anyone from adding or keeping me on their mailing list, that is a blessing for both of us at this time.
Here are various ways readers follow this blog:
And…the social media breakdown is as follows:
In 2017, I published 23 blog posts, just one short of my goal of two per month. A few of them made it into my most-read-posts list for 2017:
- Sacroiliac joint healed! got 4,248 views
- A lazy woman’s experiment with the ketogenic diet received 2,674 views
- Healing a deep dental pocket had 1,786 views
My blog posts received 123 comments in 2017, and I’d like to see more in 2018. I am curious about you: where you’re from, what you like about this blog, whether you read it regularly or stumbled on it from a Google search, what your interests are in the realm of wellness and spirituality that I’ve touched on, and which interests you’d like me to touch on.
What are you curious about? What would you like to see more of and less of? Do you read any similar blogs that you really like?
The post I most hope will go viral
I wrote this in late 2017 after working on a young woman who had suffered a concussion. Post-concussion self-care seems to be much needed. When you go to the ER with a head injury, what they are most concerned about is whether you are bleeding inside your skull. It’s definitely something to be concerned about.
And yet it’s almost guaranteed that ER doctors, and probably your PCP, will not recommend supplements and diet and other practices that can speed your recovery.
I believe you should have access to this information. I did a lot of research on the topic, seeking out the best information I could find and compiling it in this post.
If you or someone you know has a concussion, please remember this post and share as needed.
Where readers are from
The top countries from which readers viewed posts are English-speaking (or former British colonies where English is widespread): US, UK, Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, and Ireland. The Philippines and Germany also had over 1,000 readers.
On the smaller end, there were 20 countries represented by one reader each.
No readers came from Paraguay, Greenland, 11 African nations, Kosovo, Tajikistan, North Korea, and I’m sure some small island nations that aren’t visible on the map below.
Friends, this blog had the honor of receiving 14 views from Papua New Guinea in 2017! That gives me a thrill.
I guess you can tell by these searches that my all-time most read blog post is How to drink water with lemon and preserve your tooth enamel. The butt massage searches were probably a dead end (no pun intended). Stinky butt was not.
Clicks and Amazon earnings
In terms of external links in blog posts that received clicks in 2017, here’s the summary:
The top five links clicked in 2017 on Amazon were for:
- the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, the ground-breaking dentist who researched the relationship between diet and health decades before most MDs gave it much consideration
- the cookbook Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, which provides recipes and nutrient-preserving techniques in line with the Weston A. Price Foundation’s recommended diet for better health
- the Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow for neck and jaw ease while sleeping (note this link is for size large — if you’re interested, be sure to measure as instructed to order the appropriate size for your body)
- the Caldera Back, Rib, and Abdomen Therapy Wrap (recommended for sacroiliac joint healing)
- Cal-Mag Citrate Powder from NOW (for making your own toothpaste)
I participate in the Amazon Associates affiliate marketing program and receive a small percentage of whatever you spend on Amazon if you access Amazon through links in my blog posts. This offsets the monetary expense of offering this blog (WordPress’ annual fee, domain name registration, no-ad fee) but almost none of my time or Internet connection expense.
In 2017, I earned $282.65, averaging $23.55 per month. This isn’t a commercial site. I don’t recommend products to make money but because I’ve personally found them helpful, useful, and worthwhile.
New offering: WordPress websites
For the first time in 2017, I used my WordPress skills to help someone set up a professional website. Although WordPress seems easy to use for me (and I’ve seen it improve a lot over the years — it’s not just for blogging anymore), some folks who have zero interest in technology would rather pay someone to create their website than spend the time learning and probably getting frustrated.
I can make a simple website. A typical professional site has 3-5 pages: Home, About, Contact, perhaps Services and Testimonials, and you can add a blog if you like. WordPress provides many visual layouts to choose from. You provide text and photos.
My rate is $200 minimum, and if you need me to make updates, that’s $50 an hour (adding up small increments). If you know anyone who’s interested, send them my way, please! I think this can be done remotely, too.