Saturday, March 17, 2012

It's Phylly's 2nd Blogoversary!



It is Day 6 of the FanstRAvaganza! 
I hope you have been enjoying it so far.   In case you missed it, yesterday was Jazzbaby1's  turn to post over at Funky Blue Dandelion.  I hope you stopped in and left her a comment.  Say hello from me too, in case I haven't made it over there yet.  Right now I am spending my March Break in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where the internet access is intermittent at best!

Today please join me to celebrate this blog's 2nd Anniversary. The actual date of my first blog post was March 19th, 2010. At the time, it was right in the middle of the first FanstRAvaganza.  I didn't plan it that way, honest!  I didn't know anything about the first celebration of Armitagemania when I made my plans.  But it was March Break and I knew I wouldn't be going anywhere that year, so I had time to jump into blogging and see what might happen.

When I started thinking about creating a blog most my friends were using Blogger: Nat, Avalon, TeeTotallyNot, Ragtag, Maria Grazia, Charleybrown, Traxy, Ruth, Jane ;  Mulubinba was using Typepad, which was a lot less common and then Servetus came on board with Wordpress.  Frenz was next with Wordpress and since then, that seems to be the blog platform of choice.  I am completely out of my comfort zone with Tumblr, but that seems to be where it's at now!  Of course before I started reading RA blogs there was LiveJournal and perhaps some other type I've missed.

I've liked the ease of use of Blogger but there are some glitches that crop up now and then.  The biggest problem (according to what some of my readers have told me) is that it is sometimes difficult to make comments.  It has happened to me too, on some blogs and believe me -- after typing a long and thoughtful comment and then seeing it disappear into cyberspace -- I feel your pain!  I have started to copy the comment to notepad or some other word program before I press "send".  Then at least I can try again without all the rethinking and typing!  Please see the poll on the sidebar about this issue.

You can't hide here any more.  They're on to me!
In  January I hit the 100,000 views mark.  I know it doesn't sound like much to some and it took me almost 2 years to do it.  But this little blog gets barely 30 views a day so I'm like the Little Engine That Could which was the theme of my very first blog post!  Most people who are trolling around the net for RA photos and other tasty tidbits don't quite get what my blog is all about.  RA does show up, more than 90% of the time, but he is not always the subject of the post.  He's more like the punch line!  When I look at my stats I see most people visit to snaffle a picture of any number of things I may have been focusing on.  But hopefully, while they are here, they might catch a glimpse of Mr. Armitage and it will pique their interest.   For a long time, his name barely even showed up in the search terms people used to find this blog.  I was happy when his name got to 4th place and now I am almost ecstatic to report he has hit 3rd place!! Here is a screenshot of this blog's most popular search terms.

I have one flippin' picture of Professor Snape and the world beats a path to my door! Also, I am very happy that "Richard Armitage" searches finally beat out the donkey from Shrek!



It has been such fun getting to know so many interesting people worldwide, from every walk of life who have one detail in common.  We are Armitagemaniacs!

Tomorrow is the last day of FanstRAvaganza.  
Please visit the following two blogs for your last taste of this year's celebration in the Fandom tag chain:
C.S. Winchester from her blog of the same name,
and Jazzbaby1 posts again!


33 comments:

Servetus said...

Congratulations! 100,000 hits is a big deal -- and it's a sign that people keep coming back. The Armitage blogosphere has really changed a lot since F1. Not just the software, but the kind of topics covered and particularly the number of bloggers. I always thought I was a novice blogger until I looked around in December and realized that I was an old lady! It's an inherently short genre, so sticking around for two years is a big deal, too.

I like your blog because it emphasizes something I think it is inherently true (as well as making you likely to continue blogging for longer) which is that part of his power is that he intersects with other things we already love.

(((Phylly!))))

bccmee said...

Hurrah! So glad you're around as this is a lovely home on the web. I've been blogging for a year and there are many newer blogs than mine. I really love the welcoming nature of the RA blogging community. :D

C. Doart said...

Congratulations and happy celebrations, Phylly!!!
It is always a lovely event for me to find a new post on your blog. Thank you for blogging and enriching the RA-fandom! Big hug from me and congratulations!

lucylou said...

Congratulations on your 2nd anniversay Phylly. I am just getting into finding all these amazing blogs that make up the wonderful world of Richard and thoroughly enjoying my first fanstRAvangaza. I will be returning.

gracie said...

Congrats. You have an absolutely great blog and I have been enjoying it greatly. Mostly for RA but I am also loving the music.

mulubinba said...

Happy blogoversary Phylly :) I haven't made 100,000 hits yet, so you're ahead of me. Thank you for your thoughtful posts - I always enjoy visiting. (.... and I love the chocolate cake!)

iwanttobeapinup said...

Happy Blogaversary!!! I am happy to reposrt that more than a few of those clicks came from me! Professor Snape? I had a post called DIY Pin Up girl with a picture of a woman wallpapering and some silly quote. I swear it's in constant 3-4 position daily! Anyway, congrats and I hope you will soon double the number of posts and visitors ;)

Anonymous said...

VERY happy you are here! Keep going.

fitzg

JaneGS said...

Congrats! Has it really only been 2 years??? I love your blog, and have discovered and rediscovered some great music here, not to mention interesting posts, and make-me-smile pictures. You do an awesome job--hope you are enjoyed your spring break. Mine starts this Thursday!

The Queen/NovemerBride said...

Yay, Phylly!! Congrats on the hits and the anniversary. Can't wait to see what you bring us in the upcoming year. Love ya girl!

Gratiana Lovelace said...

Congratulations, Phylly!
100,000 views is quite a milestone for you to be proud of! Here is to your next 100,000!
Cheers! Grati ;->

phylly3 said...

Thanks for the encouraging words Servetus! I appreciate it so much when you link to me from your blog! I am flattered that you can find something of interest here. ;)

phylly3 said...

You are certainly most welcome here, bccmee! Thanks stopping by and leaving a comment. I have lots of blog reading to catch up on.

phylly3 said...

Awww! That is so sweet of you to say so! Hugs to you too, and in case I miss telling you on your blog... Thank you so much for all your hard work with KRA and F3, especially your very useful guide to the blog posts!

phylly3 said...

Hi lucylou! How nice to meet a new RA fan! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I hope to see you soon around the RA blogosphere!

phylly3 said...

Thank you for your kind compliments. I am very glad to hear you enjoy my musical choices as music is a staple food of my taste of life. But RA is defintely the icing on the cake! :)

phylly3 said...

Mulubinba! Thanks for visiting! I would have thought you should have had more hits than me! (But in truth, most of my hits are not RA related at all!) I've been meaning to link to your posts on Guy of Gisborne. Those are classics, and should be read by all! Now, your Hobbit posts are so great because of all your knowledgeable insights.
I am glad to share a virtual piece of cake with you!

phylly3 said...

Did I ask you if it's okay that I nickname you Iwanna..? Thanks for joining the party and please keep on clicking!

phylly3 said...

Thanks so much fitzg! I am happy you are here too! :)

phylly3 said...

Aww! *Blushes* Thank you for your sweet comments! Your blogs was also one of my inspirations so I am very flattered!
Have fun on your March Break - I certainly did!

phylly3 said...

Thanks NB! It's great to have The Queen's good wishes! I can't wait to dish out some more of my Faves. It shouldn't be too hard. Have I mentioned I have over 40 unfinished post ideas? I will be busy for a little while yet!

phylly3 said...

Thanks so much for your encouragement, Gratiana! :)

Faboamanto said...

Sorry to be a bit late, but Very Happy 2nd Blogaversary and 100,000 views is quite an accomplishment. Look forward to more!

TeeTotallyNot said...

Happy anniversary. time flies when you're having fun :D
always enjoy your insights, and pics, and songs, and the lots of laughs you've been providing.
keep it up, here's to any happy return :D

phylly3 said...

Thank you Fabo! I hope to be blogging for quite awhile longer. :)

phylly3 said...

Yes indeed, and I have been having fun - lots of it! Mostly by meeting such like-minded individuals as yourself! Thanks for visiting! :)

TeeTotallyNot said...

gee, too tired even to type ... that was supposed to read 'many happy returns' ;) but of course you can have any happy return :P
patiently looking forward to naval (sic) gazing :D

phylly3 said...

LOL! I thought that was just a funny way of saying the same thing. Actually I am happy with "any" happy returns. "happy" is the important word word there, and you got that right! :D

Jonia's cut said...

Happy Anniversary Phylly :) And most of all Happy Birthday :) I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true.

phylly3 said...

Thanks so much! You are so sweet!

Frenz said...

I'm late to this party, but I still want to say congratulations on two years of blogging and on 100K of hits! Looking forward to year three. :)

phylly3 said...

Thanks so much Frenz! I am very late at commenting to so many fabulous posts this year. So glad you stopped by!

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