My first month Blogging! ( MY TOP 5 ENTRIES).

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My first month blogging has now come to an end!

People from 58 different countries have visited this page and out of those my top 3 countries are:

1)USA 2)UK 3)NORWAY, which doesn’t come as a surpriser to me as these have always been my top 3 countries both with sales, social media traction, etc.

My top 3 referrers are:

1)Facebook 2)Twitter and 3) Search Engines

The top 3 links people clicked:

1) WordPress Media-(my pictures) 2) Guitar World link 3)Link to my store.

I’m glad I decided to do this and will do my best to keep it up! These are my top stories from this month:

1) “Getting Back Into The Zone!” I shared this entry on FB and saw to my great surprise that it went on to become my top entry this month! Me getting back into “virtuoso-shape” clicked with fans and the entry was shared & viewed by many.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/getting-back-into-the-zone/

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2) “I’ve joined a torture club.”Β Totally “taking-the-piss” as they say in the UK. This became my most viewed entry this month! I think thats really funny actually!Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/ive-joined-a-torture-club/

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3) “Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.” This personal entry surprised me with becoming my most shared entry! I don’t know if people did that because they loved it or hated it, it was at least honest from my part and the rest of the family loved it too.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/happy-mothers-day-to-my-mother/

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4) “20 Badass Women!” To mark The International Womens Day I compiled this list! 8th of May is a day to celebrate, regardless of your political affiliation!Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/20-badass-women/

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5) “The Hills are Alive with the sound of music.” My very first blog entry that I posted on FB along with the news that I was blogging! I was very surprised by the amount of interest and instantly had people signing up for my email list on here. In the entry I was totally stoked over my album being in top-10 chart and went out for a daring walk…in the wilderness of the British Countryside…The amount of views this article got was only surpassed by my “Torture-Club” entry.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music/

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My least popular entries suffered greatly from not really being shared anywhere, these are posts I made usually very late in the night and didn’t promote on FB.

1) “Illustrations For Children’s books“. Getting attention for original art is usually a slow burning process, this entry was my least successful this month.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/illustrations-for-childrens-books/

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2) “St.Patricks Day a Christian Holiday?” – Writing about the origins of this used-to-be-religious- holiday gained NO traction. Guess if I had posted a top 10 most outrageous outfits it probably would have trended like crazy.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-christian-holiday/

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3) “#1!My album is #1!”Β Written by an overly tired, overly excited, sleep deprived me and published around 3AM or something, my exctatic post about my number one album received little buzz on my blog.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/1-my-album-is-1/

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4) “I’ve become addicted to blogging!” Β nobody cared much about that.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/ive-become-addicted-to-blogging/

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5) “Dragon Age Inquisition!” It was well liked on youtube and got an overwhelming response on FB, but here on my blog besides a couple of gamers who stumbled upon this from search engines, it earned little buzz.Β https://thecommanderinchief.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/dragon-age-inquisition-m/

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Conclusion: It is unpredictable what will trend and what won’t, but sharing entries on FB certainly helps, especially if you have a featured image that catches peoples attention. Also, the one beauty related entry I did about nail polish got many likes from other wordpress bloggers, girls blogging about beauty tips. Which proves that certain topics can trend even without Social Media help, it’s just hard to know what will and what won’t.

Petitions I’ve signed! It has never before been easier to voice your opinion and hopefully contribute to some positive change! I’ve always hated injustice. When I was in high school I was a member of the Amnesty International Club, but at the time I felt like it was too passive to just sit and sign letters. I really wanted to bring CHANGE with big huge letters, but it can be hard to know what to do. Outside of signing petitions, writing letters and putting pressure on elected officials, the only other options are angry protest or running for office. So signing petitions it is, at least for the moment . . .

Overturn Asia Bibi’s death sentence #saveAsiaBibi https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-foreign-secretary-philip-hammond-and-the-government-of-pakistan-overturn-asia-bibi-s-death-sentence-saveasiabibi

Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British “gross indecency” law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws. https://www.change.org/p/british-government-pardon-all-of-the-estimated-49-000-men-who-like-alan-turing-were-convicted-of-consenting-same-sex-relations-under-the-british-gross-indecency-law-only-repealed-in-2003-and-also-all-the-other-men-convicted-under-other-uk-anti-gay-2

We Want Facebook To Remove Having To Pay To Reach Fans And FollowersΒ https://www.change.org/p/facebook-we-want-facebook-to-remove-having-to-pay-to-reach-fans-and-followers

Pass the new ordinance to allow street vendors to earn an honest living!https://www.change.org/p/chicago-city-council-pass-the-new-ordinance-to-allow-street-vendors-to-earn-an-honest-living

BBC: BRING BACK CLARKSONΒ https://www.change.org/p/bbc-reinstate-jeremy-clarkson

The only campaign that reached its goal, was the one about Clarkson, that says a lot about our celebrity driven culture!

20 Badass Women!

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To celebrate The International Women’s Day, I decided to compile a list featuring some seriously badass women!

1) Artemisia of Caria, Queen of Halicarnassus! She was a naval commander for Xerxes the Great’s Persian military in the 5th century BCE. She personally commanded her contribution of five ships at the naval battle of Artemisium and in the naval Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE.

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2)Laskarina Bouboulina! She was a Greek naval commander. She financed and took control of the flagship of the fledgling Greek navy, which she named the Agamemnon, and commanded an eight-strong fleet in the ultimately successful Greek War of Independence. After her death she was given the rank of admiral in the Russian Imperial Navy.

3) Jennie Irene Hodgers! She dressed as a man and assumed the name Albert Cashier to serve in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Cashier ended up under the command of Ulysses S. Grant himself, and partook in 40 notoriously bloody battles before she was captured. She overpowered her Confederate captors, and continued to fight until 1865.

4) Emmeline Pankhurst! She was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement!

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5) Victoria Woodhull! She was an American leader of the suffragette movement! She was also the first female candidate for President of the United States in 1872!

6) Nancy Wake! She served as a British Special Operations Executive agent during the later part of World War II. She was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war and the Gestapo’s most wanted person!

7) Eileen Nearne! She was a member of the UK’s Special Operations Executive during World War II. Nearne was dropped by parachute into occupied France to relay messages from the French resistance. She was eventually arrested by the Nazis, tortured, and sent to the Ravensbruck concentration camp. She managed to escape the Nazis and was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire after the war.

8) Roza Shanina! She was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with fifty-nine confirmed kills, including twelve soldiers during the Battle of Vilnius.

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9) Marina Raskova! She was the first woman to become a navigator in the Soviet Air Force in 1933. She founded three female air regiments during WWII, the most famous of Raskova’s units terrorized the Nazis and earned themselves the nickname β€œNight Witches.” An American β€œLiberty Ship” was named in her honour after her death.

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10) Lyudmila Pavlichenko! Russian Sniper with 309 confirmed kills, including 36 enemy snipers.
Pavlichenko earned the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”. After the war, she completed her university degree and became a historian and served on the Soviet Committee of the Veterans of War.

11) Beryl Markham! She became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west!

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12) Hanna Reitsch! She was a German aviator who set over forty aviation altitude and endurance records during her career! She was the first woman to fly a helicopter, a rocket plane, and a jet fighter.

13) Jacqueline Cochran! She was the first woman to compete in the MacRobertson Air Race in 1934. In 1937, she was the only woman to compete in the Bendix race. That year, she also set a new woman’s national speed record. By 1938, she was considered the best female pilot in the United States. She had won the Bendix and set a new transcontinental speed record as well as altitude records. Cochran was the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic. She won five Harmon Trophies as the outstanding woman pilot in the world. Sometimes called the “Speed Queen”, at the time of her death, no other pilot held more speed, distance or altitude records in aviation history than Cochran.

14) Valentina Tereshkova! She was the first woman to travel into space!

15) Sally Ride! She was the first American Woman in Space

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16) Eileen Collins! She was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle.

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17) Kay Cottee! She was the first female sailor to perform a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. It took 189 days.

18) Fanny Bullock Workman! She was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalaya. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers. She set several women’s altitude records and championed women’s rights and women’s suffrage.

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19) Ida Laura Pfeiffer. She was one of the first female explorers, whose popular books were translated into seven languages. She was a member of geographical societies of both Berlin and Paris, but not of Royal Geographical Society in London due to her gender.

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20) Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope. She is considered the first biblical archeologist. Her archaeological expedition to Ashkelon in 1815 is considered the first modern excavation in the history of Holy Land archeology & her use of a medieval Italian document is described as “one of the earliest uses of textual sources by field archaeologists”.

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All information & photos taken from various sources online.