15th August is my Blog anniversary. I have been blogging for exactly one year now. I can hardly remember what it was like before I discovered this pastime. Along with the closely-related hobby of photography, blogging has added a whole new dimension to my long-term hobby of gardening. I really enjoy interacting with blogging friends and acquaintances from all over the world. My Flag-counter Gadget tells me that I have had visitors from 126 different countries! As far as stats go, the one thing I can say for sure is that stats are unreliable - especially Blogger's stats. During June there was a period when my daily pageview stats as tracked by Blogger grew alarmingly (and not credibly) to over 900 a day. Google Analytics meanwhile continued to report a more normal 200 -250 per day. I feel reasonably confident that my blog has attracted more than 50,000 pageviews in its first year, a performance that has far exceeded my expectations, so I'm obviously doing something right.
To celebrate my Anniversary I just want to share with you four photos that in my mind symbolise the passage of the seasons of the year:
Spring - new awakening.
Summer - the bountiful harvest.
Autumn - faded glory returning to earth
Winter - planning the steps we'll take next year
Thank you all, visitors both occasional and regular, for your interest in my blog and for your friendship! I always welcome your advice and comments.