I’m taking a walk down memory lane and reassessing my blogging goals.
Mid-May last year.
I’d been blogging for a month.
I was enjoying writing out my every whim and sending it out into the ether.
It was cathartic. It was liberating.
I felt that for the first time in a long time I had a voice.
Then one day, I looked at my statistics and saw that I’d had 20 page views in one day.
Possibly one of the most exciting days in my blogging history.
20 page views.
When I think about it, my excitement was probably on par with being named in the Kidspot Top 50 this year.
And what that shows is not a lack of respect for the Top 50.
Far from it.
It shows how 20 page views can be empowering.
So, with my 20 page views, and after reading some of my favourite blogs, I really committed myself.
I decided that I was going to really make a go of this.
And I gave myself some practical blogging goals.
By mid-May this year, I wanted to:
A) Still be blogging
B) Get up to 200 page views a week.
Well, May 2011 Daisy?
You’re still blogging.
You’ve taken a step back.
You don’t post every day, or every second day anymore.
But you are still committed.
You also get more than 200 page views a week.
You smashed your goals out of the park.
There’s a little community here now.
And although lately I’ve been lax replying to comments and getting around to other blogs, I’m still here.
And page views, statistics and likers are the furthest thing from my mind.
I am finding that the more I focus on stats the more I am ungrateful for them.
And I don’t want to be ungrateful.
I like remembering the excitement of 20 page views in one day.
20 people, reading my blog. My words.
Taking time out of their day for two minutes, to care about what I have to say.
Thats humbling. Special. And really awesome.
This year my goals are less specific in terms of numbers, and more specific in a big picture kind if way.
This year, with this blog, I want:
A) To integrate blogging into my life more efficiently.
You may have already noticed me doing so.
I’m posting less, commenting less, spending less time on social media in general.
The commenting is something I want to work on. Because commenting and receiving comments is actually the BEST thing about blogging, hands down.
The catch cry is always balance. And balance is hard.
I want blogging to be a part of my life, not my whole life.
But I’ll continue to wobble along.
B) To still be blogging a year from now.
To still love blogging a year from now.
C) To get to know my readers better.
I want this real-life lane to be a two way street.
I’ve asked you to de-lurk yourselves before, but now I’m asking you to do it again.
I want to know a few things:
Do you blog? If so, what’s your blog address. I need to go there and visit.
Why do you read blogs? Comeraderie? Just for kicks?
When do you read blogs? Morning? Noon? Night?
Where do you read blogs? Work? Home? The backyard? The toilet?
4pm in the pantry with the chocolate stash and a glass of wine?
And finally, what led you here, today? What made you click through, or open your email?
Gold star for anyone that answers all those questions.
“Awesome” stamp for anyone that shares their favourite Daisy Roo and Two post with the group!