my year in blogging // 2011 plans

Just the day after I decided to give my blog a little makeover for the new year, I received an email from WordPress with my 2010 blog stats. It says:

In 2010, you wrote 142 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 182 posts.

Your busiest day of the year was July 2nd with 470 views. The most popular post that day was 2010 ultimate wardrobe challenge.

I find it hard to believe any of my posts received 470 views, but I guess that much like me, most blog readers are mainly lurkers, who are not much for commenting. A look at my site stats was shocking, too:

I’d never paid attention to this function of WordPress {even though I do love to crunch numbers}. It’s pretty crazy my humble little blog gets almost 1,000 hits a month on average. Wow!

Anyway, enough bragging about how I am apparently famous among dozens of Internet surfers. I wanted to give a quick rundown on the blog changes for the new year!

  • First, a new header. Hooray! I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I really like it – what do you all think?
  • Second, I started the 365 photo project on January 1, in which I will be taking a photo every day for a year, and posting in a Flickr set. I linked to the 365 set in my sidebar →. Simply click the photo to take you to the set. I hope you refer back often, and add me on Flickr if you have your own account. I’m not a photographer, and I don’t have a fancy camera, but I do love to document and snap things that are interesting to me.
  • Third, you can subscribe to this blog via email, also in the sidebar →. You will get an email each time I post something!
  • Fourth, I set up a tab at the top of the page to my list of 30 things I’m going to do before I turn 30. I needed this in a convenient format for me to refer to and update keep up the momentum to complete my list! I hope if nothing else it inspires you to list the things you really want to do and actually make them happen!

This blog is nothing special – there are millions of them out there that are better. But for me, this is such a fun hobby, and I’m rather surprised by it’s impact on my life. It’s given me accountability to finish with things I say I want to do and keeps me making progress on things to finish strong and share along the way. It also helps me finish a project so I can post about it, rather than give up or be content with 90% completion! I absolutely need and love that. Finally, looking back over the year was pretty crazy – I used this blog to remind me what I’d accomplished {project-wise} and when you document your life {and of course I only document a small part of it}, it really adds up!

← I’m awesome on the Internet.

Back in May I blogged about blogging; how I write a blog that I don’t advertise in any way. I rarely tell anyone about it, and many of you replied you are the same way. I don’t have any delusions of grandeur for my little piece of internet real estate, but I just think it’s interesting how much effort I put into something I never tell people about. And I guess that’s because I just do this for myself, because I like to say things and cheer myself on and collect things that interest me and share parts of my life, but I only want to share with people who want to listen. And I guess I have more listeners than I thought.

Bloggers, do you promote your blog, or do you keep it to family and friends only? Readers of this blog, what is about it that brings you back?

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4 thoughts on “my year in blogging // 2011 plans”

  1. Happy New Year!
    I have told almost nobody about my blog, and nobody outside my immediate family. Just shy, I guess.
    And I keep coming back because you’re cool.

  2. wow. that is … so depressing. i don’t think i’ve had 470 views all year, let alone in one day. i honestly have no idea why i write. it seems like no one reads a thing i post. why bother?

    well, your blog is pretty rad. keep up the good work.

    1. ah, chris, i read when you link to FB, but i’m a horrible commenter! sorry, i’ll work on that! thanks bud, you too.

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