It's been a busy year here at Aileen Goes On! Thanks for reading, liking, tweeting, sharing, commenting, subscribing, adding, following, and . . . well, I could go on and on . . . (as you know).
The year in numbers (so far):
63 published posts--about 5 per month
6,048 individual visitors to the blog
9,120 individual hits, meaning some of you devoted souls hung around and read two or three more posts than the one you clicked--thanks!
Comments were up nearly 100% since 2015. Thanks for entering into the conversation!
Wordpress likes doubled this year. (Yay for WordPress Reader!)
Plus, I started my Aileen Goes On Newsletter in September and over 100 of you have subscribed. (Make sure you subscribe as well so you won't miss a single issue!)
Also in September, I relaunced the blog with an all new, updated design, thanks to the inimitable Renee Groskreutz at iteachblogging.com.
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(End of public service announcement. Back to me.)
You did a lot of reading this year. Here are some of the posts you liked the best.
To My Beloveds. A letter to young people on the day after the 2016 Presidential Election. (#1 this year and #2 of all time out of over 350 posts.)
One Quick Question. (#2 this year on aileengoeson.com but #1 overall.) This one considers a question about death and dying that's answered by Dr. Guy Sayles, former pastor, current Mars Hill University professor, and all around awesome (wait for it . . . ) Guy. He blogs at fromtheintersection.org where he ponders difficult questions and shares profound insight. Check it out!
The Trader Joe's Incident. A lovely encounter with a couple of extraordinary (and typical) Trader Joe's crew members.
Thanks again for supporting Aileen Goes On by reading and sharing the content. I know you have lots of ways to spend your time. I'm honored that you spend some of it with me. Happy 2017 y'all!
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Aileen Mitchell Lawrimore is a mother x 3, wife x 28 (years not men), minister, speaker, writer, retreat leader, and lover of beagles and books. She has a lot to say.