Have you ever missed a big event in your life? Or maybe at least a somewhat big event? Somehow I missed the big day! I’m very disappointed. I had plans to do something big. I didn’t know what yet but something. It had to be something big. I mean, this was a big deal. How did I miss it?
Ok, maybe it wasn’t really a big event but, as a blogger it sure was. You see, February 23rd was the 2 year anniversary of my blog. I’ve had other blogs before but never one that lasted this long. That’s why I see it as a big milestone. And it is, considering 60% to 70% of blogs are abandoned just one month after they are created. If you add to that the fact that the top 100 blogs are 33.8 months old (as of the date the survey was done so probably older now), then I’m well on my way to making this a great place to find valuable personal development information and self help stuff.
If you go back and check out my very first post, you’ll notice that I didn’t yet have a focus for the blog. Funny thing is, I still don’t think I do. Sure, it’s narrowed a bit to have an emphasis on self employed individuals that are seeking to grow and expand as humans but I don’t think I’ve found the final direction yet. I’m still a work in progress.
It’s interesting to go back and read those first posts. Most of them were under 300 words each. By comparison, most of my posts now exceed 600 words each with some reaching over 1000. The quality has also come a long way (in my humble opinion) as has my active readership. As recently as nine months ago, my readership was still under 1000 hits per month. February 2012 was my second busiest month with nearly 3000 hits (January was the busiest with over 4000). I still have a long way to go but I see that as incredible progress in that amount of time.
I’ve learned a lot of blogging lessons in that amount of time. Things like:
- Blogging is a community, if you want more readers and comments, read and comment more.
- Blogging takes work. If you want to get the most out of it, give it some time and effort. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out.
- Posts with pictures get better results.
- Find the social media sites that give you the most traffic and make sure you use them.
- There is no perfect formula for success as far as number of posts, days of the week, etc… Go with what feels good to you.
I’m sure there’s more too.
But what I’ve also learned, about life in general, is probably worth all the time and effort I’ve put into this site over the past two years.
- Planning makes things easier. Whenever I plan and write my blog posts in advance, it takes a lot of pressure off of HAVING to post on any given day.
- Don’t force things. I never let a schedule dictate when I post. I only post when I have something I really want to say.
- Practice makes things easier. The fact that my posts have gotten longer and better shows that fact. Plus it now takes me about half the time to write twice as much.
- Patience reaps great rewards. Just look at that increase in traffic.
- Never give up. In June of last year, I had less than 200 hits per month. That was more than a year into my regular blogging.
Life is full of lessons. I’m glad I haven’t missed out on these. While I am a little disappointed I didn’t get to have a great lead up and celebration on February 23rd, the results are the same. Success.
Thanks so much for being a regular reader. I hope you keep coming back for more.