About four years ago I started to write up the first post for this blog, it was an article about beer commercials. I felt a longing to write and talk about some of the things I’d gone through on my journey in giving up drink. I hoped, but never imagined that I would reach as many people as I’ve done with it. I’ve gone through ups and downs as most blog writers do. I’ve had my fair share of writers block and gone through long periods where I didn’t really have much to say or was devoting more time and energy towards my family (blogging requires dedication! :o)). But in those 4 years I’ve written about 40 posts and my 5 steps pages describing how I gave up drink. In that time I’ve had close to 170,000 page views from just over 70,000 visitors and approaching 1,000 comments with over 600 comments on this page alone, step 5. Get all the Benefits of Giving Up Drinking Alcohol. It’s a huge achievement for me and one I wanted to share.
Visitors have literally come from all over the world, 178 countries in fact. Of these countries, the most popular places that visitors are from the USA 40%, UK 30%, Australia 10%, Canada 5% and Ireland 3% – all the way to the other extreme, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Israel and Zambia with a handful of visits from each!
Alcohol abuse touches a good many of us, no matter where we live, nor where we’re from in society.
January 1st & 2nd are the most popular days of the year that I get visits. Last year was the highest with over 600 visitors each day. No surprise really, I gave up over Christmas and it was hard and I was also looking for inspiration at that time. It’s also a very popular New Year resolution with many of us wanting to have a dry January. It’s natural to want to hear success stories from those who’ve been there and done it. I read many stories across the internet and many of them helped me realise that I wasn’t the only one. That realisation helped. So did writing a diary at the start, the diary more or less turned into this blog and helped me to focus on the journey and how I could somehow share it with you all. One thing is true, where would we be without the Internet for inspiration, hope and a way to leave comments and communicate with other like minds.
Recently I’ve tried to write more regular posts, ideally I will get to write weekly. I don’t want to write just for the sake of it but I do enjoy it. Finding stories to write about isn’t always easy and I look for inspiration in comments left and also the phrases and keywords that bring people here. I’m always open to suggestions, so if there is something you’d like me to write on, all you need do is tell me in the comments box below…and i’ll write up a new post on it. But in the meantime I’m going to continue blogging. I hope that in ten years time I’ll still be here and hope to have hundreds of posts by then with many more visitors and comments left to help others in their search for a way to live sober, contently.
All I can say is thank you for coming and visiting my blog and taking the time to read posts and leave your comments. The pleasure really is all mine. It has been a very satisfying journey so far.