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Happy New Year!

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It’s January 1, 2016 and I hope for you and me to have a great start to the new year. “Perfect Day” by Hoku is one of my favorite songs. When I play it, I have to dance around my apartment. The video is a song/movie mash-up as it was on the soundtrack to the film “Legally Blonde.” I love that movie which is all about exceeding your expectations and surpassing other people’s limitations and I find it inspirational. The song celebrates our uniqueness and how awesome we are and that no one can tear that down. That’s how I feel about 2016. No resolutions, just to be the best version of myself and be true to myself and surround myself with positive, supportive friends. Happy New Year to my lovely readers!

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Thank you for a great year of blogging!

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Dear lovely readers,

During my second year of blogging, I have enjoyed sharing everything with you (that’s fit to blog about!) WordPress has generated my year in review. I love stats as I like to see what’s being read and where my readers come from. It hasn’t been an easy year, but I’m happy to have my little blog take off a bit from being primarily an indie music blog to a place where I have shared posts about my relationship, my fitbit stats, my poetry, my local celebrities and day trips. The music is and will always be there. I hope you have found some nice posts to enjoy and I appreciate all of the likes and comments but mostly that you are reading this. I have some exciting things planned for 2016 and I hope to share it with you!

If you are interested, my official blog in review is here:
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

Some highlights:
My blog had 3,700 views!
My busiest day was 10/31 with 137 views when I posted Pat & Jamie’s New York.
I wrote 119 posts.
My blog was viewed in 59 countries. The most views came from the US, UK and Australia.

My most viewed blogs were:
Pat and Jamie’s New York
Walking Through Forest Hills Gardens
London Underground Badge
Band Spotlight BNLX
Why I Quit Spotify

Celebrating 100 Blog Posts!

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Hello dear readers! Last night I posted my 100th blog post and I’m quite excited. I love milestones!

Despite starting jillypopmusic in 2014, I didn’t really resume blogging until I took the Blogging 101 course. The best thing about it was connecting with other wonderful bloggers.

Please check out my favorite bloggers who inspire me:
The Girl in Glasses
Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist
Walking After Midnight
Faraday’s Candle
Jumbleskine
Atypical Italian Traveler
Writergurlny
Suzie81 Speaks
Talk About Pop Music

If you are just discovering my blog or looking for something to read or listen to, I’d like to link to some of my favorite posts. I write about many topics. There’s something for whatever suits your mood!
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/walking-through-forest-hills-gardens/
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/record-store-day-2014-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/band-spotlight-bnlx/
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/caleb-spotlight-on-a-young-artist/
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/reserved-for-rondee-my-new-favorite-band/
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/01/03/why-i-quit-spotify/
https://jillypopmusic.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/mad-men-the-exhibit-and-matthew-weiner-interview/

The readers of this blog mean literally the world to me! I have listed the countries/views since my blog began.
Thank you to all my readers and here’s to the next 100 posts!

Top Views by Country for all days ending 2015-06-01 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States 1,676
United Kingdom 549
Australia 139
Canada 77
United Arab Emirates 52
South Africa 29
India 28
Italy 24
Russia 24
Philippines 23
Sweden 21
Germany 17
Netherlands 12
Singapore 10
Spain 10
Pakistan 9
Japan 8
France 8
Puerto Rico 7
Indonesia 6
Switzerland 5
Czech Republic 5
Mexico 4
Ireland 4
Hungary 4
Croatia 4
Albania 4
Norway 3
Denmark 3
Panama 3
Lithuania 3
New Zealand 3
South Korea 2
Poland 2
Belgium 2
European Union 2
Thailand 2
Georgia 2
Malaysia 2
Qatar 2
Hong Kong SAR China 2
Dominican Republic 2
Taiwan 2
Greece 2
Argentina 2
Colombia 1
Austria 1
Costa Rica 1
Saudi Arabia 1
Chile 1
Vietnam 1
Bahrain 1
Sri Lanka 1
Cyprus 1
Turkey 1
Nigeria 1
Finland 1

Jillypopmusic 1 year anniversary!

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Hello to my followers and friends! Please enjoy this post celebrating my 1 year anniversary at WordPress with Jillypopmusic. Grab a virtual glass of champagne and let the celebration begin!

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The most exciting thing about my year of bloggging has been seeing that I have had visitors from 60 countries! While the US is still where the mosts views come, Jillypopmusic has been read globally.

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Aside from the countries, what really makes me happy is the interaction and friendships formed in the WordPress community. When I took Blogging 101 in January, I discovered some amazing blogs and supportive bloggers. I even got nominated for some blogging awards. I barely interacted with my readers in 2014. In 2015 the comments and likes and followers has been really rewarding. A special shoutout to my top commenters: DesleyJane and Adele.

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A blog is only as good as its posts. Here are some of my most popular posts

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Even though this started as a music blog, I have posted some personal journal entries and short stories and poetry. I enjoy mixing it up and I hope my readers like it. I attend a weekly writing critique meetup in Astoria, Queens. I also wrote some entries from an online workshop Griffla which is a Swedish/English blog.

Well, it’s been a great almost 3 months after my 6 month hiatus. Here’s to the next year of Jillypopmusic getting even better, and thank you to my over 100 followers for reading my blog. I’ll end with this thought: I write, not because I want to, but because I have to.

xx
Jill

100 Followers of Jillypopmusic!

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I just want to thank the 100 wonderful people who follow my blog. I really never imagined when I began this blog last year that anyone would read it.

After a long hiatus, I have been priveleged to write many blog posts in 2015 that I have received wonderful feedback and likes. It just makes it worthwhile. I would blog anyway, but it’s nice to have you here.

xx
Jill