What Did I Do?


I am not sure what I am searching for by this little post. I have many friends and have added new friends also. But I have noticed the past several days that less stop by, fewer click on the rate button underneath the title. Even my likes are less.

Is my sadness showing through? Are my posts making you want to sleep? Should I take a break from writing for a while?

Help me to understand so that I can fix it. I love writing and I love sharing. Tell me what subject matter you would enjoy reading and maybe I can write about it. Have I offended some and I don’t know it?

Just asking so I can understand …………..maxine1.jpeg

89 thoughts on “What Did I Do?

  1. Hi Terry, I don’t think anything is wrong. I have noticed the same thing with my blog and was wondering –what the hey–are people only interested in the guy-drama thing? But I think maybe it’s just people are really busy. I haven’t not had time to do a real post in a while and I am so backed up in reading other people’s as well. I love your stories, so please keep writing them.

    ivonne

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  2. Terry, you are loved by the blog community and probably get more interest than most of us! I hardly look at the stats now – I guess people are busy – dunno. I worry a bit when I lose readers here and there (which I have) but then I get over it. You’re fine – much love, Juliexxxxxxx

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  3. Love you, Terry, and don’t think you’ve done anything wrong. 🙂 People kind of come and go, and I know that I have days that I just can’t get to everything, so figure everyone else does too! hugs for you as you keep being you!

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  4. I’ve been a tad busy with all these nuisance college essays, don’t know about everyone else. 😀 By the way, you don’t bore me at all. Even when you’re “sad” your style of writing still manages to make the posts humorous, and those that are depressing are depressing while still being beautiful. So my point is, don’t worry about it. <3<3<3

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  5. I read all that you post they all come to my email and I save them in a file so if I can not get to them today I def will another. I am so sorry I have not posted lately. I have been on but kind of lose touch with people not on purpose I get so engrossed in so much other stuff too. So I admit I am sorry and I hope you know your awesome! I love reading all your posts. Please keep writing cause like myself I am here and I am sure alot of others are too. Keep your head up and keep typing those thoughts of yours. I do enjoy them. 🙂

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  6. Terry….there is a saying ‘you can’t please all of the people all of the time’….. According to the number of followers I have you’d think I’d be overflowing with comments etc. but the truth is it waxes and wanes… There are some that are very faithful no matter what but when WP sometimes suggests you ask your followers what they want you to write …I’m afraid I can’t do that… I write what I choose to even if it isn’t interesting to others’ all of the time….Just enjoy writing what’s on your heart and mind to do….

    I haven’t written much in the past couple of weeks…finally did one yesterday…and am backlogged in reading because of fatigue factor at the moment….take care…Diane

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  7. Peeps are doing things and some of us have been away from the blog for a bit, don’t get discouraged, you write with so much emotion, that it clicks with us. It’s not you, trust me…. 🙂

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  8. People get busy. Don’t take it personally. My own stats run the same way. My writing and reading depend on what else is happening in my life. Eventually I catch up — or not!

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  9. Hello Terry, I’m the last person to hand out any blog advice to a blogger like yourself. I think you’re doing an amazing job. Keep doing what you love doing. I’m a newbie to the blog scene, and I have so much to learn. I I get a few comments here, and there, but not a whole lot. It’s just a learning curve for me, and I welcome comments. Be blessed!!!!

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  10. I don’t think that you are isolated in this trend. I too have noticed a marked decrease in my readers and likes. I assume that now that Vic has died the morbid curiosity has died down and my grief is too depressing to read. I blog as a coping mechanism, so I don’t care! Don’t stop unless you are driven by the stats.

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    • No I am not driven by the stats but can’t help noticing they are going down each week. For me my blog started with my brother but now that he doesn’t live here I have had to find other paths to write about, experimenting with my imagination. I do notice when I blog about Al the stats go back up some

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  11. My ratings and ‘likes’ have slackened off quite a bit as well. I think people get really busy and if they follow a bunch of blogs, they miss posts because it’s difficult to stay current with everyone on a daily basis. No worries!! You haven’t offended me for sure. xo

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  12. It’s not you.. believe me. I think its a combination of various things.. people being busy, tax season, weather issues, finances.. its a nasty combo. But I’m still around and I love reading your posts.

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  13. Not at all Terry! People are just busy. I very rarely comment on the weekend because of this and start back from the Monday posts. It’s too hard to keep up otherwise, especially when you follow so many blogs! Hugs Paula xxx

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  14. Mine have dropped as well. Where I have been getting between 200-300 a day, I have now been getting between 100-200. Don’t panic. It’s nothing you’ve done 🙂 People just haven’t the time at the moment

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  15. There’s nothing wrong with you or your writing. I think the solution for you, and most of the comment posters, is tagging. I’ve noticed this fluctuation with mine, my Mother’s, and my Lady’s blogs, and tagging (including keywords) seems to be the common denominator.

    No, it’s most definitely not you. Just a technique that helps to increase the visibility of a blog. 🙂 Smile this morning, eh.

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  16. terry it is not you as the others have said it is like that for everyone for all the stated reasons. I am finding I cannot get through all the emails (where I am notified of posts by those I follow ) has increased to over 300 a day, drives me insane !! I want to read them all but haven’t the time and be able to touch base with family, take care of home, prayer and Bible Study daily, and to think I might want to write or get my muse on to write. It just seems overwhelming, so I cheat I read but don’t always comment or even check like. so it is not your beautiful writing or the reality of Als life I love reading it and look forward to it although I don’t always comment. Out of all the followers I have I generally have 15-20 that actually comment or like at any given time. so don’t fret all is well my friend love and hugs (((xxx)))

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  17. Hi Terry,

    Loved this aspect of self enquiry and self searching you have brought up. What is the basis of the several going forward options you are considering? Is this basis true, really true? Can you answer this as ” YES” or ” NO” ? And should your answer be ” NO” which I suspect it would be, what other possibilities show up for you?

    Do not lose heart, the journey itself is the Goal.

    Shakti

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  18. Taxes, Sequestration worries, winter storms, holding our breath for spring, trying to clean house for a visitor and to sell it…

    Not to mention that WORDPRESS IS ACTING UP AGAIN!

    We all have a lot on our minds and our plates but we all still love you! Rest assured, I have been hearing crickets on my blog too! You are not alone in this. XO

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  19. The numbers of people actively following your efforts online will ebb and flow. Your writing isn’t eroding, nor is it falling off prolifically. Your readers and supporters will return (resurface?).

    Keep writing, Ma’am. The words, and the way you write them, are why people follow you.

    Regardless of our differences on the subject of faith, as long as I continue to receive email postings of what you write, I continue to follow Your efforts.

    And Al’s efforts to live under that horrible cross he is bearing. I admire you greatly for helping him live through it. You voluntarily carried it for him longer than anyone.

    You’re a good, and more important, a faithfully prolific, writer. you have evolved your skills without erasing your style and enthusiasm.

    Keep writing.

    Mark L.

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    • Oh Mark it is wonderful to see you and be able to speak to you once again. It was wonderful having you in my life. A good person who without realizing it helped me carry the burdens. I am trying so hard to do what is right for Al. With lots of prayers and guidance from friends here I am moving forward hopefully in the right direction. God bless my friend. Big hugs

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  20. Terry, my stats go up and down. I did notice when I was doing a daily post challenge, my subscribers dropped. So for me, daily was too much. If I go more than two days without writing, my overall views go down. So, for my readers, I will try to stick with every other day.

    Of course, I only have a handful of readers, so it is pretty easy for me to see any change. I also checked the top searches and the top posts for my blog. They were, granite and chicken coops. (Go figure…for juicy reading, I send my readers over to you!) So when I feel things lagging, I try to write about those topics.

    Obviously, these amazing insights only apply to my own blog :). And I know my readers are really busy dealing with the weather around here, and spring gardening chores. So I try not to take things too personally .

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  21. Dearest Terry, it’s TRULY not you! Speaking for myself, I’ve had less time to spend online. My own posts are brief and produced on just a kernel of inspiration. Just keep doing what you’re doing, my friend. Your success is not dependent on our reading or not reading. Your success is your ability to express so beautifully that which is within you. Life is ever changing, and, as you well know, this, too, shall pass! xoxoM

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  22. I have about 50+ blogs I haven’t read…been busy redoing a bathroom…and getting out a little more…so I imagine as with me…people are just behind…
    Now…I’m a truthful person…and have to admit…I love hearing about Al …but, also love your wit in your other writings…
    We all change…I started writing about the Special Kids I worked with…then changed after a year to other things…so you will get a different audience…I did…

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  23. Hey Terry, I concur – it is not you. I haven’t logged on to WordPress in a few weeks. Lately time is zipping by and I just push blogging/social media to the side! I haven’t even written a blog in a few weeks! Don’t become discouraged!

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  24. Fear not – I, too, notice this in blogging. Readers fade in and out. They stay for a time with you and then move on to other writers and come back to you…or don’t. I try not to take it personally, but bloggers become our friends so we worry when they read less of what we know is highly entertaining and/or worthy of a read! And there’s no accounting for taste. I had 650 hits last summer in one day on a post from Day Five of the Olympics which I didn’t even think was very good. I had 71 hits on my Oscars post this week, and I thought that was pretty good. Keep writing what you feel you must write to be true to who you are.

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    • that’s what I was looking at too. the past numbers, wondering what I had changed but not realized, thinking about what I had said, had I hurt someone without realizing it. I guess you are right. readers come and go but you always seem to have that small handful of faithful followers. thanks Sheila for helping me bring peace to this

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  25. As everyone above me already pointed out, do not take it personally!! Your blog is great and nothing should be changed!! There was just a discussion in a music group I belong to about how much posts had dropped of the past week or two – consensus was that people fade in and out and that certain seasonal changes seem to contribute to it. Spring is springing! People are stepping outside to play a bit more, maybe? For me, I’ve got a whole new garden to tend and am playing Mama to a couple of 2 day old baby chicks so I’m not able to post or read other posts as often as I usually do. 🙂 Keep being YOU and people will keep reading..!

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  26. Don’t sweat it girl! Write for yourself and if folks read it and like it fine. If not you didn’t write it for their entertainment anyway. I never hit the rate buttons , don’t even know what they’re about , but I always hit the like button. And let me tell you I have never got as many likes on any post that I’ve written as you do on a regular basis. But that’s Ok because I write for myself. If other people like it or it speaks to them then I am happy that I touched someone in some way.But ultimately I write because I have to set something that is inside of me out.

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    • somewhere I got lost. In the beginning I was prompted by WP to check stats and I have always done this. But you are right, we write what is within us and hope someone feels it. Thanks so much my friend!!!!!! Great comment you have given to me!!!

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  27. well first you know why I have been absent, I saved your posts to read as I was getting caught up. You are doing nothing wrong. Let me just say “ditto” to all these posts. I enjoy reading your page, you are an encourager and compassionate person and I am very blessed to knowing you. When you need support I see God’s love just shine in everyone’s comments to you and sometimes I even get encouragement from them. I like what “whatwereyouthinking” wrote…you write for yourself…If other people like it or it speaks to them and if touched someone in some way then that is what is important….so keep on writing and we will keep on reading. You do touch many lives and that dear friend is a special gift. I will be emailing you soon, I just got my emails sorted through – its been a long exhausting winter…someone just told me we should start the year over and I agree!! 😉 {{{ Hugs}}}

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  28. terry you are so dear and all i can say is i hope you are re-assured by this out-pouring of love! my advise is don’t look at the stats, i never do. write for you and we are here sharing your good times and your bad.

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    • thank you so much. I learned so much from writing the post. It wasn’t me, it is just life. I don’t want to write so much for others but for my own heart, but we all do enjoy knowing that others enjoy our postings

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  29. I have random posts with hardly any comments and I go, “Oh man, everyone hates my photos, I’m a failure.” Then a few posts later I have more and then I have less again HAHA! It’s just how it goes, I love your posts very much so no worries there 😀

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  30. Like some of the others, I have days where I get way too many e-mail notifications compared with the amount of time I have to read them let alone comment. I have had to stop going to some blogs, not because I don’t enjoy them but because there simply isn’t enough time. But though I may get behind with reading your posts and have to delete some because of the time element, I read as many as possible and comment as often as I can. I will not drop off following you, be assured of that. Often I don’t think of clicking on the “Like” button. I have not had time or inclination to post on my own blogs for months, but even when I was doing it regularly I had few followers and fewer comments. Rarely did anyone click the “Like” button. I get very few views since I haven’t been posting though occasionally someone finds me and drops by with a comment. That is always encouraging. I think part of the problem is that when I log in here it is with my WordPress.com blog which is a very secondary blog. My main blog is on WordPress.org but my comments don’t connect with that and I can’t seem to figure out how to do that – if there is even a way without actually posting the link. There is very little on the secondary site but quite a lot on my main blog. I really do need to start posting again, but I find when you get out of the habit it is difficult to get back to it. I haven’t done any writing even on my books for some time now. So please don’t get discouraged. Numbers don’t really matter. If only one person in a day is blessed with your writing it is worth it. If you help one person, you are blessed. If more people enjoy it, that is a bonus. God bless you and continue to inspire you.

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    • After I received so many comments stating I had not offended anyone, I felt better. You know that sometimes we can hurt others feelings and not even realize that we did it. I am ok now and past it. Nice to see you tonight

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  31. Thanks for stopping by and for following “What’s The Good Word?” Each day I get up and wonder if I’m going to be able to write another engaging and hopefully sensical blog post. I’ve come to realize some posts are “tighter”, better written, more interesting than others—but when I allow myself to simply experience the joy of putting words together and not worrying about the Likes and the Followings, the ideas flow so much more easily and I’m content! So enjoy sharing your thoughts–even if they may only be for you for the day! 🙂

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    • You make a lot of sense. I try to flow with my thoughts but I want to draw others in also. I get what you are saying so I want to say thank you for the great advice!!!!

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    • I don’t know about that. I have been blogging here for one year and seem to be doing good. I appreciate your comment Daryl. I always enjoy having friends stop by to chat. Feel free to stop through anytime!!

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