For the last nine years, it has been my practice at Boyer Writes to take a look at the statistics provided for me as a writer and blogger by the WordPress nerds who dream in numbers. They are greatly appreciated for all I have to do is press a key and up comes…the number of people who have read my blog, from what country they have viewed Boyer Writes… and the number of words that have been written by me. How convenient!
My blogging adventure started in 2009. Just think I am starting right now on my 10th year! Unlike many bloggers whose following is in the thousands…perhaps millions…mine is 236. Now, don’t feel sorry for me. I have also written 377,899 words in my 809 blog posts. Why do I do it? Because I love to write and believe that what I have to say is not only important to me, but to those who read and send a note of appreciation.
My readers are special people from all around the world. Take a look at my map. These people read something I had to say…bless them… even though they have never stepped foot on the U.S.A soil. How great is the internet! It is a special tool that crosses the miles and touches the hearts. The top of my blog says that I am a “Christian writer” and as such, I enjoy sharing posts that are inspirational. My categories show a strong interest also in history, the arts and most anything creative.
Below shows the countries that viewed Boyer Writes over the year. Of course, red is the highest number of views. Taking a look at these charts may be of interest to you also.
These show the countries and the number of times that Boyer Writes was read. Some have high numbers and some only one time. These may be countries where the people’s ability to go online could be limited for various reasons.
The statistics are quite interesting…the highs, lows and everything in between…but also the fact that the country’s flags are also shown. Here are a few of the flag examples:
It may be only one view from any of these countries, but someone there was interested in other parts of the world…and that is what ties us together. My hope is that the map shown above will also include countries where opportunities to know others and their writings in the world will be part of their lives.
Even though Boyer Writes has been read in most of the world, we are still waiting for North Korea, Greenland, Svalbard (part of northern Norway) and a number of countries in Africa as shown in the green areas.
Some of the reasons for those who can’t get online to read a blog or anything else is poverty. We understand fully that if you can’t afford the next meal, a computer is not in the future for many. For others, it is a political problem that cuts off the rest of the world from their citizens. Sad as it may be, there are those nations’ leaders who would like to keep people in total submission. Freedom, as we know it, is not in their present life. Let’s hope for better days ahead for many people.
As we bloggers reach out to the rest of the world, we also enjoy that many times they reach back to us. My blogger friend in England writes an email on occasion and it is always wonderful to hear from him. We have an opportunity to follow other bloggers. A special enjoyment for me is the beautiful photography blogs that come my way regularly. Whatever is your interest, seek out a writer and follow him or her in their pursuits and activities around the world.
Since we are entering a New Year, it seems appropriate to share some thoughts of people from the present and the past. These people have wise things to say about living a better life in the future. You may not agree with all they stand for, but wisdom is wisdom and some of it may need to rub off on us in the next year. (Taken from another blogger, Henrik Edberg of Sweden)
Thoughts about living life happily …for the New Year
“A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia
“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
– Walter Winchell
“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
– William James
“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
– Donald Miller
“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“No road is long with good company.”
— Turkish Proverb
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
— Carl W. Buechner
“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”— Epicurus
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.”
— Albert Schweitzer
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
— Dale Carnegie
“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is.
The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled.
A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”
— Kaleel Jamison
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one”
— C.S. Lewis
“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.”
— Anthony Robbins
“We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”
— Mark Twain
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
— Frederick Buechner
“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”
— David Tyson Gentry
“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”
— Joseph Addison
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
— Tennessee Williams
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
— Carl Jung
“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”
— Dale Carnegie
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”
— Henry James
“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “
– Leo F. Buscaglia
“There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west –
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
– Donna Roberts
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”
– Winnie the Pooh
Thanks again to our readers. Be Blessed! Nancy at Boyer Writes
January 3, 2019 | Categories: Adorable and Cute, Attributes, Boyer Writes, Community, FREEDOM, Inspirational, Life Style | Tags: blogging, Boyer Writes, inspirational sayings, new year goals, number crunching, relationships, statistics, wordpress | 1 Comment