25 December 2013

Blog post #100: Two years of blogging... and Merry Christmas 2013

I'm finally there; after two years of blogging... my 100th blog post.  When I started this blog back in December 2011, never for a second did I think I'd diligently see it through.  But, hey, here I am at post #100 and proud of it.  These days my site averages 350 hits a day; very recently recording its 53,000th hit - so hopefully I'll be looking at 60,000 shortly after the turn of the year.

It's been one helluva year for me as a blogger.  At the turn of the year, I decided to acquire my own domain on the internet (which is where you're at now) rather than continue piggybacking on Blogger's sub-domain in the hope of drawing more readers.  Not that doing this was paramount (the contents of a blog are much more important as I'd soon find out) but it is one of the must-haves for a successful blog.

In April, I took part in the Big Blog Exchange organised by Hostelling International.  I guess that's when I first got "noticed", if you will.  Things took off from there really and I've been drawing markedly more readers since.  The experience also exposed me to a great many excellent blogs from where I picked up the tricks of the trade.  I learnt to write with a little bit more flair and regularity.  I also began to learn to draw inspiration from everyday things and events to blog about.  The challenge, of course, is to keep it interesting - something I'm still working very hard on.

I'm pleased to say a few of the blog posts I'd written this year really hit it off big time; in some cases, even ranking at #1 on Google Search - no less.  The most notable one is a technical post I wrote about "How to Add the 'You Might Also Like' Gadget on Blogger".  This post takes top ranking on Google if one were to make a search on the subject (which is very, very often).



Coming in at a close second is another technical post I wrote on the subject of "Blogger Template Designer Not Working".  Like the previous post, this one also comes out tops on Google when a related search is made.



Apparently (and might I add, sadly), very many have also made searches on Google on the subject of coffee shop failures.  Again, a post I wrote in June on "5 Common Reasons Why Many Coffee Shops Fail" has come out tops on Google Search in this respect.



But the above count for little compared to what I consider to be my biggest achievement thus far as a blogger.  You see, during the year I got featured!  Four pieces of my work were featured on The Writer's Drawer, a website for drawer writers like me to have their work published.  The four pieces are:

-  "Coffee shop owner; coolest job in the world?"
-  "Rethinking aging"
-  "Eccentrc?  Me?"
-  "Punctuality is the politeness of kings"

In April, I decided to sign up with Nuffnang (the world's leading blog advertising community) to incorporate ads on my blog - if anything, to give it a more "professional" look (although some do find the ads irritating).  For the record, I draw little more than pittance from this - but it's enough to meet the cost of maintaining my own li'l domain in cyberspace.

A few days ago, I also changed the layout of my blog to make it less cluttered and easier for my readers to browse over;  I hope you like it.

So, all in all I suppose I can say 2013 has been an extremely fulfilling year for this small-time blogger from a one-horse town.  I'd written a total of 58 posts during the year (including this one) compared to 36 in 2012; so I've upped my average from 3 posts per month to 5.  Not bad for a hobbyist blogger with a daily 14-hour work shift pulling espresso shots, don't you think?

The obvious question now is, will I be writing even more regularly in 2014?  I've absolutely no idea but I truly hope to.  Those who know me well enough will know my outlook on life; see by blog post entitled "Vivimus, Morimur (We live, we die)".  One thing I do request from my readers though is to leave a comment - whether or not you agree with what I've written - at the end of each post; little else motivate us bloggers more than hearing from our readers, trust me.  So, yeah, do keep 'em comin'.

Many, many, many thanks to everyone who've at one time or another visited my blog; more so to those of you who've taken the time to leave a line or feedback.  I hope you've enjoyed (and will continue to enjoy) the stuff I write on this humble blog of mine.

A very blessed and safe Christmas to all... and a very Happy New Year!


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