Since this is the last blog of the year, I thought I would change things up a bit and just throw out some yearly statistics for fun.
This year, this blog had a total of 4,856 views
This blog was read in 52 countries.
The top ten countries reading the blog this year are: The United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, China and Japan.
The month with the most views was October with 434 visitors.
The top ten most popular blog posts and the number of times they were viewed are: 1. Just Not True (216) 2. Guest Blog #3 (153) 3. Guest Blog #4 (143) 4. I’m Not Ready to Make Nice (136) 5. Always Something There to Remind Me (125) 6. Don’t Stop Believing (112) 7. The Question (104) 8. The Rose (102) 9. How Did You Not Know? (101) 10. After The Storm (101)
And some of the most popular answers to the polls
The majority of readers only speak one language
If they had a decade of their life to do over, most would choose to do over the years between the ages of 11 and 20.
Most of you said that the 1980’s was the best decade for music.
Most readers said that they have written some kind of letter to the diocese where their abuse took place.
The eyes had it. Most people said that they felt that it was their best facial feature.
The majority of those who responded said that they have never cheated on anyone they were involved with.
It didn’t turn out to be the best choice for them, but most who answered said they returned to an abusive relationship only to end up leaving once again.
Raindrops on a rooftop won for favorite soothing sound.
Pumpkin pie was the most popular choice on the Thanksgiving table.
Half of you do not believe in reincarnation. The other half were split between maybe believing we have no choice in the matter, not wanting to return, or wishing to have different lessons to learn next time around.
Favorite Christmas memories were split between listening to holiday music and watching someone open a gift you have given them.
And finally, “O, Holy Night” was the favorite Christmas song out of the songs on the list. I could have added about 50 more songs, but I think I kept it to about ten.
I thank you all for reading my running train of thoughts and experiences some of us shared and discussed and read about this past year. As I’ve said, our stories and specifics and ages may have been different, but many of the basic reasons our abuse happened, and the patterns are shared. I also feel that gaining knowledge of the “why” and the “how” abuse happens, along with becoming more aware of our own thoughts and feelings is how healing begins. That and becoming aware of our self-talk and learning to be gentle and loving with ourselves.
That first step. That one step at a time……as we step into the new year.
Thank you so much once again, everyone for reading the blog, and for your comments, and for sending me information and news info, and for all of your support and for being a part of this community of friends.
Happy New Year to everyone!!