Happy New Year 2023 and some stats and findings about this blog (2022 in review)

2022 has been another challenging year for all of us. This time it wasn’t just the darn virus, it was even more the Russian Agression and the following war in Ukraine, the scarcity of energy, disturbed supply chains and a skyrocketing inflation that made it not the best year in RL for many of us.

In SL all was fine, it was Jenny’s and my heavently escape from RL, the world how we would bake it, if we could. But there is no SL without RL. In July my wife, owner, slave, Mistress, my beloved partner in SL, Jenny, passed away unexpectedly. From one day to the other my SL was not the same anymore! I considered to leave SL and to stop writing as Jenny wasn’t around me anymore. My family and friends in SL helped a lot to keep me inworld, and even to continue blogging. But the easiness had gone. I changed the name of the blog, and stopped blogging daily, yet I continued the diary and I still post new entries regularly, just not every day anymore.
There are several posts about this dark time in SL. I want to point to two posts that were hard to write. One is a tribute to Mistress Jenny (read “A tribute to Jenny Maurer“) published September 3rd, 2022. The other is about the changes in this blog (read “Upcoming changes in this blog“), published September 4th, 2022.

On a lighter note, I got closer to cherry (Elenaslv Serenity) end of November 2022 and within a few days I fully submitted to her. She does not replace Jenny, she’s way to different for that, and none can ever replace her! But a new chapter, a new journey started for me and for Mistress Cherry.

In 2022 there about 160 diary entries, over 100 posts about art in Second Life and 21 simploring reports. Over all the blog grew by 333 new posts bringing the total archive of this blog to over 2,900 (!) posts.
As taking pictures is one of my passions in SL and storage space here is not free, I group my pictures to save space. When you click the pictures you can see them a bit larger. I also post the pictures on deviant art (Diomita Maurer at Deviant art). For my simploring tours I have a flickr account where I publish pictures from these tours in full size. As there’s a picture limit of 1,000 for a free acount, you find there only the pictures of the last about 30 simploring tours. There you get the pictures in a higher resolution. In total I took more than 12,000 pictures in 2022.

In 2022 the number of visitors of the blog remained at close to 15,000 people. Also the number of clicks was quite stable with 46,000 compared to 45,000 in 2021. Most clicks came from the Germany (11,100), US (8,100) and the UK (4,100). The number of followers was quite unchanged as well with 245 compared to 240 in 2021. The statistics show that in total people from over 130 (!) countries visited our blog. Many thanks to all friends, readers and followers.
Most found our blog coming from search engines (14.200) and from deviantart (1,400). Again not only the new blog entries attracted readers, there’re also some “evergreens”. The Top 6 Posts in 2022 were:

1. The Victorian Corset Story – Part II –  1,109 clicks – March 2017 (written by slave Flo) – ranked 1st also in 2021
2. The Victorian Corset Story – Part III – 337 clicks – March 2017 (written by slave Flo) – ranked 2nd also in 2021
3. the About page – 294 clicks – revised in September 2022
4. Sissy sold – 248 clicks – August 2013
5. Maurer’s slave Holly aka. honoursgirl – 212 clicks – April 2021
6. The Victorian Corset Story – Part I – 200 clicks – March 2017 (written by Flo)

This blog contains a lot of memories for me and for the people close to me in Second Life. It started as a little diary to keep up with all the things happening around Jenny and me in Second Life and has grown with time. In the meanwhile I read back myself often to look up a date or to check if I came across a place already before. I introduced a new series in 2019, the “Backflash of the month”. In the “Backflash” series I select an old entry once a month and present it here. This way I force myself to browse in the archive and to fresh up a few of the many memories. For our readers this series shall provide an insight into our Second Life without reading back the many posts and it might also give reason to browse through the archives. After Jenny’s death I missed picking a “Backflash of the month” post every month. I intend to improve and to pick one every month in 2023.

I still have fun writing and it’s my intention to continue the blog, but I might blog less as I have planned some journeys in 2023. Hence I will blog, when I find the time for it and when I am in the mood for it. I personally think that we spend a lot our free time in real life in this virtual world. It makes sense to keep the memories like you do in real life. The memories are real and they stay vivid and present this way.

Thanks again for reading and following my blog.
Have a great and peaceful (!) year 2023 in SL and in RL, and stay healthy!
Diomita Maurer

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. didohaas
    Jan 01, 2023 @ 11:35:16

    Wish you all good things and more in 2023 Diomita. I want to thank you for writing and reviewing SL art in your blog. Appreciate.

    Reply

  2. Owl D.
    Jan 01, 2023 @ 20:12:53

    Happy New Year!

    Reply

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