I was sitting around at work earlier today, with nothing to do since our server was down. I started thinking, "Hey, I think I've been blogging for about a year now." So, I checked the date of the first entry on my old blog. Lo & behold, today is exactly one year since I began this adventure called blogging!
I've come a long way, baby. I posted on the old blog, a Friendster offshoot, from December 6, 2005 to March 27, 2006. I wrote 29 posts and received 1 (count it - 1) comment.
At the end of March, I was getting a little more serious about this blogging thing, so I switched to a Blogger account. Very little traffic the first few months. In June, I started tracking visits through Site Meter. In the whole month of July, I got 150 hits. In the month of November - nearly 950.
Now, I average 35 hits per day and around 240 per week. I realize this is teensy-tiny compared to many bloggers I know, but I'm kinda proud, so back off! ;)
Many nice things have happened as a result of blogging - meeting all of the great bloggers at Blogtoberfest, keeping peripheral friends updated on my life, building a (very small) readership in Edinburgh, getting picked up on Universal Hub once or twice. But most of all, it's been really satisfying to have a creative outlet.
Nathan from Tell Him Fred & Erin from Pink & Green Girl both posted last week about blogging as a life choice. What would cause you to stop blogging?, they asked. My response: "My first instinct was to say I would stop blogging if something huge happened in my life, like a big career change, getting married, having a baby, etc. But then, I reconsidered. I’ve loved how the blog has been an ongoing chronicle of my life this past year. Why wouldn’t I want to continue that chronicle for other important events?"
Here's to continuing this chronicle, this account of my journey through life (i.e. hodoeporicon)!