2014 in review: Oh, my BLOG…

Wordpress 2014

Before an official close can be made to 2014, I have to present the facts and figures related to my blog.  This is a great breakdown which showcases all of the (minor?) achievements related to this blog.

Did you think I should have gotten more attention?  You need to take the word to the virtual streets and tell your pals to come check this place out.

Here is an example:  My most-commented posts ended up as a two-way tie.  The bad news?  Only two comments in those.  Hopefully that is enough motivation to make you all speak up a bit more.  No need to be afraid to post your thoughts.  If someone gives you a hard time, I’ll delete or silence those negative types.  Say what you want concerning me…but I won’t let anyone abuse or attack any of my fans.  That’s my word.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


My WordPress 2013 in review (with fireworks)


Another year on WordPress means another year of the year-end stats.  I had a lot of views for what little content it felt I pushed out.  Maybe making sidebar updates did the trick?  I kid.

The less-than-great aspects?  Of my top five posts viewed this year, four were posted in 2012.  The most comments I received by a person this year: 2.

[There’s always next year..?]

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Why so ancient, 2014?


Now I had to go and rune it all?  It’s a new year, but plenty of unfinished blogging business has stockpiled in my life and on my computer.  I started this blog to chronicle my writing success (or failure), and then it branched out to showcase some of my diversions.

Instead of kicking right into new business, I decided to post all the stuff I haven’t from 2013.  A blog is assumed to be more topical, but this month I plan to use it as more of a look back – or salute to procrastination.

My Road to Glory yearly resolution feature will still continue, but I will first catch up on some other things such as desktop pics; Nanowrimo recaps; and even the fizzled finale of fantasy football.  Stay tuned.

[If there is something I should drop or continue pursuing on the blog, let me know…either via comments or mailing me.  Thanks again for all the followers and supporters amassed thus far.]



[For those keeping score, this is actually June the twelfth.  The date posted is when I saved the definition for a blog post of the same day.  I couldn’t fathom how true and timely the thought behind this post would be.]

1. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension: held the plan in abeyance.
2. Law A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an estate that has not yet been assigned.

1. Inactive but capable of becoming active; “her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened”

Going by my posting chronology, the last post I made was the seventh of February.  Much happened between that point and early April.  The quick version?

  • random gaming (and screenshots) on my PSP
  • getting more script doctor work
  • shutting down a scam targeting freelancers
  • more desktop captures
  • getting a new Figment badge
  • signing up (and participating in) Camp Nano’s April session
  • starting a new screenplay
  • increasing my “Road to Glory” tally

Much had me occupied, so I temporarily sacrificed this blog a while to keep up with my creativity and obligations.

I still plan to fill my bar; write; stay committed to my family; and retroactively update this blog.  subscribers get alerted of all my posts: whether posted “fresh” or a month ago.  [That could sound like a shameless plug, but it’s the darn tootin’ truth.]

By the end of summer I do hope to have some new things added to this blog.  Please stay tuned…especially if you like me.  I shall have more interesting things to come.

“Be patient”…  “The waters around [me] have grown”…

…And I thank you for your support,


Literary Road to Glory: 2013

Mesnard’s “Glory Road” progress:

Year 2 dorm room

Lat year I had delusions of ambition.  Not only did I make a whole slew of writing goals, but I wanted to formulate a system where I could fail and still succeed: so I wouldn’t fall into the trappings of a majority who make resolutions for a new year.  Thus, I adopted this Road to Glory point system and progress meter…heavily stolen inspired by the PSP game NCAA Football 2010.

My version entailed a month-by-month roadmap: with secondary goals to help bolster any months which I faltered; or rather, my endeavors proved too ambitious.  To top it off, I made a more long-term (and secretive) goal which I gave myself a decade to accomplish.

What’s my secret agenda?  That’s still a pinky swear with Palpatine shrouded with secrecy.  Life would be boring without secrets, don’t you think?

Though my output was abysmal a few months (and then some), writing in December rather than enjoying Nanowrimo burnout was what finally helped me amass enough points to pull off a Road 2012 victory.

Since things seemed to go so well, I decided to definitely do it all over again for 2013.  Raising the stakes higher, I even altered my long-range goal (which is the second progress bar at the top of this post) to drive myself a tad harder.

What’s in store for me this year?  Hit the jump to get the month-by-month breakdown.

Continue reading

2012 in review: Oh, Mesnard via WordPress

I received the following writeup from WordPress about my blog in 2012.  Following the link it provides even gives you a firework show.


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Literary Road to Glory: 2012 Recap

The dorm room is packed and cleaned; which brings my foray into literary ambition to a close…at least for this year.  I didn’t plan to give up after a single year of making resolutions.  The big question is how I fared.

Before I cap things off, here’s a look at the cryptic “score sheet” I scrawled out to help become my roadmap. [click to enlarge]

2012 goal sheet (top)

2012 goal sheet (bottom)

How cryptic was it?  I tried to decode it on at least three occasions.  The sheet of notebook paper made a lot of sense at the time, but I made alterations as the months rolled by…a bit because the unexpected cropped up, but mostly to make things more challenging for myself.

After the jump is my 2012 progress report.

Continue reading