A Year of Blogging
As of August 9th, this little blog has been going for a year. Since then, we've built up from nothing to over 1500 unique visitors dropping by over 4200 times a month, moved from a dinky secondhand server on our cable modem to a real hosting provider and posted 316 times (including this one) amassing almost 1500 comments. The audience has also broadened from family and friends to include a bunch of Utah's political bloggers and even had an extended appearance from a columnist in San Diego encompassing visits from 44 of the 50 states (and about two dozen foreign countries).
When I look back at some of those earliest posts, I can see I've figured out a lot since then. Not only have I refined and defined my writing style, but I'm also pickier about what I want to write about. Posting daily isn't as much of a priority, but I don't save blogging just for weekends either. I've learned the dark arts of SEO and tried dozens of WordPress plugins (of which about 30 are still in use) while crunching stats several different ways to figure out what's working and what isn't.
What about you? What did you learn during your first year of blogging?