To be totally honest I wasn’t sure if this day will come. But it did, so I can peacefully write it down:
I am six months into blogging.
Maybe it seems like not a big deal to you, but it is huge for me. I am a recovering procrastinator and a serial quitter. Back in last September when I published my first post with trembling hands I was a total noob. Wrote a mini CMS before, just for fun (and for some side money) but never spent more than 5 minutes in WordPress. Never used social media accounts. And last but not least I have never published anything online, especially not in English.
Now, six months later, I am confident with using WordPress, configuring plugins, messing around with domain names, hosting settings and even with the source code. As an IT guy, this shouldn’t be a big surprise, actually, it would be a shame if I don’t.
What is even a bigger achievement for me, is that I get along with Twitter, my first and only social media account. Maybe I dare say I like it. The rest of the social media platforms are still “terra incognita” for me and I am ok with this situation for now.
Still, the biggest win for me is that I managed to write some articles which entertained, educated or forced people to think about the topic. And most importantly in a way that they understood what I wanted to say. For a not native speaker, like me, this was a big challenge and a great exercise. (Fun fact: wrote roughly 30k words)
When I see this kind of reports from other bloggers they always publish some numbers. I did too when I was three months into this gig and struggled with doubts. So let’s see the progress. Also, summarize the wins and fails.
- Published posts: 37 (14 of them in the Funny Friday series, 5 of them in the Memes section)
- All time views: 3785 (by 2416 visitors)
- Email subscribers: 3 (+1 in the last three months, woot-woot)
- Followers: 7(+2) via WordPress, 286(+94) via Twitter
- Most popular post: Pirates of the Cryptobbean
- Best views ever: March 6th, 877 views from 720 visitors on a single day
- Best referrers: RockstarFinance, Twitter, and TheFinancialDiet
- Keep blogging for at least a year – six months check, so good so far
- Established and consolidated connections and friendships in the community
- Started an interview series (Coders of Finance)
- My first crypto post, Pirates of the Cryptobbean got selected and featured on RockStarFinance (a big THANKS to Amy and ESI) – This was the biggest win of this six months, one which I didn’t dare dream about!
- When I mentioned one of my articles(my personal favorite, Memento Mori) in a comment to J$(one of my blogger role models) over at BudgetsAreSexy he was able to recall it and quote the last sentences. It was a proud moment 🙂
The only thing I regret is that I did not create enough new content. I had some personal barriers, but still, this is not a good excuse. The struggle of finding the time to write is still there, but I have to be honest with myself, I was not able to sacrifice family time for blogging. Not sure where that leaves me, but while blogging is a helluva fun cannot beat playing with my kids, reading bedtime stories and watching them fall asleep. I would sacrifice becoming the most successful blogger at any given time for being just a moderately awesome dad.
- Creating more useful content and publishing more articles is a huge goal for me, but I can promise that I will not hit the publish button just to publish something. Not a single time. That is over.
- Continue searching for my voice/tribe/niche and as part of this, I want the blog to get more techie. I have plans on writing a few blogging tutorials about my experiences and going on with the Coders of Finance interview series and publish one every second week.
- Start making memes again, there was a hiatus lately.
- Keep it simple, keep it real 🙂
That’s it for today, let’s review the things above in three months.
Thank you all for the encouragement and the kind words! You are awesome!