JoyReturns 2012 Annual Report & Goals For 2013

Well it’s time for JoyReturns annual report published by WordPress.   I promise this one will not be dry and boring like all the other annual reports.

2012 vs. 2011

2012 saw 6,500 page views compared to 2011’s 4,500 page views.  Overall I reached my goal of 11,000 page views by the end of the year.

The Top Five

The top post was the “About/Contact” page.

#2  “10 Funeral Songs For Movie Fanatics.” (Personally I think the one for musicians is better – or at least stranger.)

#3  “My Philosophy” page

#4  “Why JoyReturns?” – again another page

#5   good old “Garlic, Grief & Hemmorhoids.”  This was a popular post last year as well. No eating or drinking while reading this post.

What this means:

With 3 of the top five being static pages and not posts, it means in 2013 I need to work on my writing’s quality.

The Bright Spot

The bright spot is how people found me.  The top site people came from was LinkedIn, however the second most popular site was widowschristianplace.com.  Whoohoo!  While I appreciate the people who come from traditional sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook it means a lot when people come from other blogs, especially those in my niche.


My visitors came from 75 countries the most came from the U.S. with Canada and The United Kingdom not far behind.  Although people have visited from my ancestral home of Germany, in 2 years no one has visited from my other ancestral home  – Scotland.  I would chalk it up to them being too busy with sword fights and chopping off heads (a.k.a. Highlander) but the Maxwell clan is from the lowlands. Not sure what we do in the lowlands but apparently we do not chop off heads.

There have been visitors coming from Ireland, Joe’s ancestral home.

2013 Goals

WordPress just started tracking “unique visitors” a.k.a. individuals.  The lowest number since tracking inception was 6 per day and the highest was 22 per day.

Twenty-two – six = 16 x 365 = a goal of 5,840 unique visitors next year.

My goal for the number of page views is 2 per person so 5,840 x 2 = 11,680 views in 2013.

Hopefully with a focus on quality writing, I will achieve these goals.

Even if I don’t reach the moon, I will still land among the stars. 


Welcome To Orientation Day

Hello and welcome to JoyReturns. Hopefully you had a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend.

CBC Magazine

About a month ago I made the announcement that Cleveland Business Connections Magazine was doing an article on me and this blog.  The article was published on September 1st and when you click here you will be redirected to their site.  A special thank you to Pamela Willits for writing a wonderful article.

1st Day Here

For those of you coming from the article,

thank you for visiting my blog.

Here is what you can expect.

There are posts Monday through Friday pertaining to widowhood, extended unemployment and various recent adventures. Weekend Wisdom posts are back from their summer vacation and will now consist of 2 inspirational quotes, poems or scriptures.

Where To Begin

Click on the “Start Here” page in the upper menu.  You will find a list some of my best and/or most unique posts.  If you need a laugh to begin this week, just click on Garlic, Grief and Hemorrhoids link.  It is quickie story about how God got me out of my “funk” the day my step-sister and I cleaned out Dad’s apartment after his passing.

Where To End

End your time here by signing up for email updates from this blog and for Joyful Jems newsletter published every Wednesday afternoon.  It is a little dose of humor and/or inspiration to get you through the week.


Enjoy your time here today and come back tomorrow when you will learn about the one skill I do best.

40 Days of Joy

Top Two Posts For 2011

Hi, just a quickie post today as I am too tired from partying with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their family.  Joy reigned supreme yesterday. 

The Year’s Top Two Posts

Lately this post has been soaring in popularity – over 20 views in one day.  


This one was written when I was in a “funk” one day after Dad’s passing.  It is read several times a month.

WARNING – Put down your coffee and donut.  I am not responsible for coffee coming out your nose.  Oh and it might help if you are wearing your Depends  😉


See you tomorrow. Oh and I am working on one of my famous Slideshows.