Thank You Dear Readers!

Thank You Dear Readers!

Rev Kane relaxing in the snow flurries

Rev Kane relaxing in the Arctic snow flurries

Our primary purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. ~ Dalai Lama

It has been a happy and wonderful year!  For me personally I embarked on a pretty big adventure, hiked a thousand miles on the Appalachian Trail, saw Northern Lights and polar bears in the Arctic and even swam with Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium.

Writing about my very happy year has yielded some very positive and happy results for the Ministry of Happiness as well.  At the beginning of each year I set some goals for the blog, this year I had hoped for the following:

Reach 5000 total followers between, subscribers, Twitter and the Facebook page.

Increase the site views to 24,000 views, a gain of 50% over the previous year (16,000)

I had both advantages and disadvantages in that pursuit, hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) opened a whole new community to me but also meant it would be hard to consistently post while I was on the trail.  The advantage definitely paid off and to date I’ve completed over 100 posts related to the AT and my experience.  The material I gained from my time on the trail is currently being compiled into a book I hope to have published by this summer.

The great news is that the goals that were set were not only achieved by exceeded and that is because of you my friends.

There currently are 185 subscribers, folks who get every post via e-mail.

As of this writing, our Facebook followers total 2,832,our Twitter followers 2,492.

That’s a total following of 5,509! That’s 500+ over the goal!

The best news of the year by far though has been our total site views.  As of this week views have exceeded 30,000, nearly double what last year, I’m awed and amazed by this number.  The Ministry of Happiness is not a big blog, it doesn’t pander to the types of topics that generate massive hits (celebrities and such), it also does something not so sexy, asking people to do the work of taking responsibility and changing their lives for the better.  I try to do this in a fun and interesting way and hope you enjoy what the blog puts out.  So 30,000 view feels like success and makes me very happy and extremely grateful for your continued support and readership.  Thank you my friends, below I’ve listed some of our more popular and best pieces, have a read, enjoy, we always appreciate you sharing the blog pieces and have a wonderful and happy 2016 ~ Rev Kane

Highlights From 2015 on the Ministry of Happiness!

Our Best Posts for 2015

Life is Hard, but We Keep Moving

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Trail Community

Appalachian Trail Gear Lists

Appalachian Trail Happiness: Precious Moments

Appalachian Trail Happiness: A Walk in the Woods

Life Lessons from Granny

Appalachian Trail Happiness: My favorite little hiker

Holiday Happiness: Overcoming Worry

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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3 Responses to Thank You Dear Readers!

  1. Pingback: Happiness is Amateur Night: New Year’s Eve | The Ministry of Happiness

  2. leannegfs says:

    Congratulations on the amazing numbers! I too am looking forward to a banner year this year. Much Happiness to you, along with a big hug!

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