Hello! Is there anybody out there?
In 2019, I asked for your input through a reader survey. It’s time to do it again. I want to find out what is or isn’t working with this blog.
Since the first survey, I have been working on improving my SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and employed a copy editor who is fixing my typos and spelling errors. (Thanks Mum!) I have continued to write a long format post every week, and I included an additional weekly Photo of the Week post.
In 2020 I am going to
- Continue with my promotion of my home town with the Snapshots from Wollongong series.
- Have a focus on environmental issues, upcycling and how we can do better while using fewer resources.
- Replace the Photo of the Week challenge with a mini-documentary of the week. This could be really challenging!!
- Give quarterly updates on my Year of Zero (mainly to keep me accountable rather than entertain you!).
- Continue to champion the life and times of older women.
According to my stats, I have more than 468 followers, an increase of 34 since the last survey. Despite this, I rarely get more than 30 views on each of my posts. Does this mean no-one out there is reading or are you reading via the WordPress Reader page? Perhaps you are reading in your email rather than on the browser? Apparently, you only get “views” counted in your stats if readers read your post on your actual webpage. (In which case, I’d appreciate you opening the posts in your browser so I know you’re there.)
I’d like to get an idea of who is out there and why you’re reading (or not reading as the case may be)
Can you help me out by filling in this survey? Thanks! 😀
Old Chook Enterprises Reader Survey 2020.
Please don’t add your name or other identifying information. It’s better if it’s anonymous and please play nice!
PS: I will collect responses and turn the survey off on March 6th 2020.
My Year in Review
If you have been following my blog, you will have worked out by now that I like to keep myself occupied. This past year has been a positive one. In a previous post, at the end of 2017, I listed my Year in Review. I now look back over 2019, and while the list is shorter the year was just as fulfilling. The shorter list is a direct consequence of my daughter’s return to Australia and the subsequent increases in grandma time. I now have less “free” time. That free time has been filled with many pleasant hours spent building trains, telling stories and going on adventures.
The activity that has fallen off the list has been sustained writing. I have not advanced in any of the long-form writing projects I started back in 2017. They are not yet abandoned but very much on the back burner. I have found that I can put in the mental energy to write short blog posts and microfiction, but the characters from my longer stories don’t have enough time to wake up and let me know where they are up to.
So what did I do?
- Continued with this blog, adding 127 posts.
- And all the associated research, writing and photography that goes into those 127 posts.
- I went to Hamilton Island for two weeks
- I went to Scotland on my big adventure for five weeks
- Put together a huge photo book from my Scottish adventure
- I ran a “making a photobook” course at a local community college
- I did an online Real Estate copywriting course with the Australian Writers Centre
- I did a graphic design course through LinkedIn
- I did two video making courses, one on documentaries and one on mobile content creation, through the Australian Radio, Film and Television School.
- I participated in a silver jewellery making course
- I got paid to work with a beginner photographer to show them a few ideas.
- I had one of my photos in a “real” exhibition – Head On
- I did two 5km, and one 10 km timed runs
- A photography workshop at the Australian Museum
- Celebrated my mum’s 80th birthday
- Went to Cairns on a big school excursion
- I entered six writing competitions and about seven photography competitions – still not a winner but participation is the goal.
- Made and sold copies of a 2020 calendar
- Perfected designs for tea cosies and doorstops
- Completed 16 of the 60 things on my 60 for 60 list. (better get cracking on that one but see my post on the Year of Zero for an update on that)
- Had a garage sale with friends
- Renewed my first aid certification
- A short online course on SEO.
- Participated in a rescue competition with the NSW SES
- I did three photography shoots for other people, including one with studio lighting. I think I can now start asking for money for this type of work.
- I didn’t cry once!
- And I still have a demanding full time “real” job
- And I spent plenty of time with family.
Goals for 2020
I have set out my goals for 2020 already. They concentrate on my financial future so there will not be any travelling, paid for courses or big purchases. I will get my side hustle happening! (You are all my accountability partners!)
On the non-financial goal side of things I want to learn how to meditate correctly, complete at least 25 more of the modified 60 for 60 list, and reduce my impact on the world by wasting less and reusing more. I will continue to keep fit, look after my gut bugs, write, and take photos of what’s in front of me.
The big, overarching goal is to inspire some other old chooks like me to get out and have a go!
Be invincible, not invisible!