January Hits & Misses (#bloganuary recap)

Well #bloganuary has come to an end and while I’m grateful that this event helped bring me over to the WordPress platform and significantly increased the level of my engagement with the blogging community, I’m also VERY happy to see it’s conclusion. I made the best of it and I will give the benefit of the doubt to the WordPress team for having the best of intentions, but some of these prompts were a pretty rough. As a relative newbie to the blogging world I applied my fresh energy to the challenge and tried my best to create some interesting content. Here is a recap of the top three posts from the series, and the worst performer (based on number of views).

No. 1: Living Courageously

The Stats: 32 views

The Prompt: What does it mean to live boldly?

Analysis: This one required some research to get started, which is a different from most of my writing as I tend to write from what I (think) I know. The result was a poetic list that feels right.

No. 2: I Don’t Feel Strong

The Stats: 29 views

The Prompt: Write about what makes you feel strong.

Analysis: This was my favorite post of the series by far. I had no idea where I was going to go with it when I started. I just knew I didn’t feel strong. The result is a bit of poetic prose that really resonates for me.

No. 3 (tie): Sun, Happiness, Coffee, Writing & Gratitude

The Stats: 26 views

The Prompt: What are five things you’re grateful for today?

Analysis: This one just flowed naturally (which I was grateful for)

No. 3 (tie): Past Present Future

The Stats: 26 views

The Prompt: If you could, what year would you time travel to and why?

Analysis: [Spoiler] There’s no time like the present.

The Flop (No. 31): Road Trip!

The Stats: 2 views

The Prompt: What is a road trip you would love to take?

My Response: This was a five-for-one so you all missed a great deal. My only guess as to why this one performed so poorly is that it was very early and I hadn’t established an audience yet (but I can’t explain why it outperformed the first post of the series). *shrug*

Be well,



  1. gigglingfattie says:

    Awesome recap! I am glad this challenge is over haha not like I really participated very much 😅 are you familiar with April A-Z? That’s my yearly challenge! Can’t wait!


    1. Monty Vern says:

      Thanks! I haven’t heard of April A-Z. I’ll have to check it out! I did a daily post last April in recognition of poetry month, but no regular prompt or community involved.


      1. gigglingfattie says:

        Ooooo!! Here is the website, the list isn’t open to register just yet. But I loovvveee it!



      2. Monty Vern says:

        Thanks so much! Look forward to doing it together ☺️


      3. gigglingfattie says:

        Just gotta find a theme first! Lol well you don’t *need* a theme but I find it easier to do if I have one

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      4. Monty Vern says:

        Ok. I’ve got my thinking hat on.


      5. gigglingfattie says:

        Haha awesome! I have all mine on my blog under the atoz category if you wanted to take a peak at the themes.


  2. You made me chuckle with the ‘least popular post’ explanation. Blogging statistics are still a mystery for me after having been here for a few years. It doesn’t make much sense. If I remember correctly, my views went down as the month went on. Maybe some people stopped participating in the challenge and no longer blog-hopped, maybe my readers just got tired of my posts, or they did not like that I stopped responding ‘normally’ to them and began writing stories, or maybe something else entirely…


    1. Monty Vern says:

      Hehe. Not worth too much analysis. I think your responses were unique and creative. Much more interesting than the average straight response.

      Liked by 1 person

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