Hey! I’m still a blogger!

Posted: August 28, 2015 by patricksponaugle in Blogging, Game of Thrones
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WordPress recently sent me an alert, letting me know that it was my second anniversary of blogging. So I decided it was time for the obligatory self-congratulatory post. But I’m not a monster, here is a picture of my dogs, to make everyone happy:


Help! The human is exploiting our cuteness!

Like the previous year, I did a lot of blog posts about Game of Thrones, the excellent show on HBO. I really should do more movie or book reviews. But I did review some cool TV shows that didn’t include Starks and Lannisters, and I kept up with monthly MicroStory writing, so there was a wee teensy weensy bit of diverse things going on.

I’ll try to do more things, different things, more different things now that I’m in Year Three.

What Was Hot?

Like last year, let’s look at the Top Ten Posts of All Time (within the domain of my work…)

Top Ten Posts (By Views)

Now, I know views don’t really mean that much. After all, for all I know these articles have really popular images that Google is fetching. But I’ll work with them.

I’m not surprised that it was heavily Game of Thrones, roughly 2/3rds of all my posts are about the show. So I’m most proud of my Amazing Spider-Man post making the cut, since it was a very personal experience for my daughter and I, and I was proud of how the article turned out.

In the bottom 10 posts, 8 were from my monthly MicroStory collections (I totally understand why they’re there) and 2 were from articles outside of my blog that I had reblogged. Fair enough.

Warning, there might be Game of Thrones spoilers in the next section. If you’re still interested in my Big Picture summary, feel free to skip to the bottom.

Like last year, I thought I’d list the popular polls I had as part of my posts.


  • Stannis: Yea or Nay (619 votes) from In Defense of Stannis, 2nd most popular post
  • Who is the Worst? (364 votes) from In Defense of Theon Greyjoy, most popular post
  • Robb Stark and His Decision Not to Marry a Frey (319 votes) from In Defense of Robb Stark, 3rd most popular post
  • Jon Snow and His Decision to Abandon Ygritte to Warn the Night’s Watch (290 votes) from In Defense of Robb Stark. (3rd Most Popular Post)
  • Theon and Stark Captives (207 votes) from In Defense of Robb Stark (3rd most popular post)
  • Robb and Lannister Captives (204 votes) from In Defense of Robb Stark (3rd most popular post)
  • Sansa Stark (155 votes) from In Defense of Sansa Stark (not in top ten)
  • Melisandre (143 votes) from Melisandre, Hot or Not? (5th most popular post)
  • King Joffrey (138 votes) from In Defense of Joffrey Baratheon (not in top ten)
  • Arya Stark: Best Character or THE Best Character (137 votes) from In Defense of Arya Stark (10th most popular post)

Robb’s post is the big bully, because his had those 4 polls… we’re starting to see posts without any polls getting in to the top ten, so even if the polls are popular (relatively speaking) the posts are not holding the same rank. That’s not surprising.

Big Picture

WordPress has been changing their stats page, so I haven’t been able to figure the average views per day. I might return to this post and add that in when I do some hand calculation. But I now have 587 followers (up from 287) so that makes me very happy.

In fact, I’ve been very, very happy with this experience. Blogging has been a lot of fun, and I’ve enjoyed all the interaction and comments from people dropping by, or my (and I am amazed that I’m saying this) long-time readers who faithfully comment and check out my stuff.

Thank you everyone, I appreciate you all.

In a couple of days, I might post an update on the annual Weird Search String Terms that intersect my blog. I love doing those. And I should actually write a better anniversary post, talking about things that I started up (like the Pug Film Festivals where I watch Kung Fu movies with my dogs when my wife and daughter are away.)

Best regards,


© Patrick Sponaugle 2015 Some Rights Reserved

  1. Snoskred says:

    Happy Anniversary. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Haylee says:

    Will be interesting to read your random search engine terms when you do it – I get some very, very bizarre space hopper related queries… Happy 2 years!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Usually I get a lot of “does Sansa die in season 3” type of things, but I do get the occasional weird head-scratching search. I hope to get some of that put together in a week or so.

      Hey, welcome back from Ireland, by the way. I’m glad you had a good time in Westeros… (even if you didn’t capture Jon Snow…)

      Thank you for the link on your awards page, I appreciated the kind words

      People, you should check out Haylee’s blog. Do it!

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      • Haylee says:

        Thank you right back! And yeah, I think I exhausted my loitering time outside the studios looking for any signs, both from a crazy fan stalker and a ‘not being a good girlfriend’ point of view, haha!

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  3. wscottling says:

    Two years is a long time to be blogging. Go you!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Happy anniversary, Pat! I started following you around the time of your first anniversary, so I’m glad you’re still going strong! :3)
    Keep up with the awesome blogging, my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. IC says:

    Happy anniversary! Two years and you’re pretty much famous!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. KG says:

    Happy Blogversary Patrick 🙂 I am really glad that I found your blog and have been getting my dose of GoT hits from it on a regular basis 😀 Happy Blogging!
    And those dogs are really very very cute !!!

    Liked by 1 person

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