OK, well, here it is … I’m taking a sabbatical from posting to my first and biggest blog. It has been 67 months, nearly 65,000 page views; 353 movie reviews and 34 other entertainment reviews; and visits from readers from 106 countries. I thought it would be nice to take a break beginning Jan. 1, 2020. At right is my favorite (not best) photo I’ve posted here: A nine-pound lemon that I photographed while visiting Walt Disney World.
UPDATE: The sabbatical ended after 14 days!
My first post was on May 22, 2014, with my review of the film “The Warriors” (click here to read it). I started the blog to learn about WordPress during my recovery from surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon and that segued into a daily posting of three items with the posts going live at approximately 5 a.m.
I’m still able in this high-tech day and age to be amazed that people in countries as far away as Asia or as one as isolated as the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean had visited my blog. By the way, Réunion is an “overseas region” and “department” of France. I had to Google it to find out its geographical and political basics. Another lone page view came from Nepal.
Of course, the vast majority of page views on A Gator in Naples come from the United States (85 percent) and the next three are the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia — the last which just pulled ahead of Germany over the past several months and it in turn had taken overtaken France.
I have not had any visitors from as close by to my native Florida as Cuba or elsewhere on earth such as Greenland, Iran, Turkmenistan, the island nation of Madagascar off the coast of Africa and portions of sub-Sahara Africa. I have had from such places as Vietnam, the Cayman Islands and Guernsey, which is an island of the UK in the English Channel.
Thank you to all my readers both domestic and international. I’ve never advertised this blog (even on my own Facebook page that I’ve since deleted). The fact that thousands have found it is satisfying and, although it has been something for myself to do and something I did for myself, I hope the blog has and continues to either answer a question or please readers somewhere on Earth.
As to the blog’s longevity, I never expected to continue for so long. My blog has become a part of my life’s daily routine and I miss it even before I’ve stopped doing it. I tried a break along the way (it took for only a few days and then I still had some limited posting that returned to my daily effort) and A Gator in Naples has truly been my personal joy.
I didn’t intend to offer so many postings on the blog or expect to receive as many page views, but I’ve decided now is the time to take an extended break. As I already noted, I started the blog to learn about the WordPress blogging platform. It quickly became a daily routine for me and I soon established a pattern: each morning I would have a movie review; post a photo from our many travels to Disney World; and then have a photo of either something I experienced now or from our digital archive of travel photos. Here’s how the numbers turned out as of the minute of the posting of this entry:
- 5,061 – number of posts (through this post on Jan. 1, 2020)
- 64,847 – number of page views
- 4,887 – page views for most-viewed page (my home page)
- 152 – number of countries from which readers’ page views originated
- 1,900 – number of Disney photos
- 353 – number of movie reviews
- 34 – number of other reviews
- 2,108 – most daily page views (on Feb. 28, 2018)
- 2,476 – number of page views of my most-read movie review (the execrable “CHIPS”)
- 1,101 – number of page views of my most-read non-movie review (the TV mini-series “Noble House”)
The numbers are fascinating and have been an ongoing surprise as I never expected to see these numbers or what they represent in terms of readers’ tastes or geographical influence.
Also, it’s interesting that the home page has gotten only 10-percent of the page views on the blog. I would think more, but I believe the number reflects that most readers find a specific blog entry as they search for a subject (just like for the Disney incident I already mentioned).
At this time I’ve been recycling my movie reviews for the second time.
I might start posting to this blog again tomorrow, next week or next year. I don’t know. It will be when the mood strikes or I miss the part of each day when I prepared this blog for the next. True, some days it became a chore, but nothing worthwhile in life is either easy or exciting every moment of every day.
So, for now, it’s time to let this blog stand as an archive of photos and reviews. It has been a meaningful part of my life for just longer than five-and-a-half years and I’m appreciative of how it has affected my life in such a positive way.
PS: My original draft of this story was written in 2017, when I first considered an extended sabbatical. I updated it for today. Although I previously considered taking a sabbatical before, but just now have decided to pull the trigger (oops … sorry, it’s not politically correct to “pull the trigger” … but, then again, I know that advocates of political correctness are idiots).
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