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First Quarter Report Card

Here we are on the 94th day of daily blogging for 2011.  Since we have just started in on the 2nd quarter of 2011,  I thought it would be a terrific time to take a look back at what has been accomplished so far on this blog.  So here we go, a breakdown of my progress in blogging through the end of March 2011.

The good folks over at WordPress.com issued a challenge to their blogging community at the end of last year.  Can you blog more?  Sounds simple doesn’t it.  I figured I was up to the challenge and signed up to post a blog entry every single day for the year.  How have I done so far?  Well, I have submitted 105 entries through the end of March.  That translates to about 35 posts a month.  I have put out original works of writing, news editorials, pictures that I have found online, as well as some of my work in photography.  I have been humorous (well I think so anyway), factual, intellectual (well maybe not so much), and everything in between in my posts.  It has been a fun ride so far, and I have begun to garner some interest in readership as you will see here.

Anyone that writes a blog will give some sort of “company line” that they write on their blog for the simple wish to write.  Well sure that’s true, but we all know that it is even more fun when we know that what we are writing has garnered some attention.  This is an area that I have grown more proud of than anything this year.  I have steadily grown my daily readership.  So far in 2011, through the end of March, I have had 12875 visits to my blog.  This compares to 10,208 for the entire year in 2010.  Okay, I had some major help in that area with a freshly pressed article on color blindness in early January.  However, even if I take out January and average my visits from February and March only, I would still be on a pace to nearly double my visits from the prior year.  That is very exciting in my mind.  I am averaging around 1600 visits a month through the end of March (excluding the January stats) vs. about 34 visits a months through the end of the same period in 2010.

Okay, so once you have readers, you want to keep them right?  It is awesome to have people visit once, but it is even better to have people like you enough to subscribe to you.  Through the end of 2010, I only had three subscribers to my blog (you three are so awesome by the way).  Through the end of March, I now have over ten times that many with 34.  That is an improvement over the stats of last year to say the least.

I have noticed over the last couple of weeks that I am starting to get more love from places like StumbleUpon, and Digg.  It’s not like I am going to outrageous means to secure readers.  I have done a bit here and there, but mostly I have just focused on writing something every day.  Some of it has been very good, and others not so much.  The key has been that I am actually writing every single day.  That has made me get noticed, and has made my writing improve (well I think so anyway).

So has anyone else been looking over how they have done recently?  If so, how’s it going?

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

3 Responses to First Quarter Report Card

  1. vakkermom says:

    Wow, that’s impressive! Way to go, Mike!!! And you can add me to your list of subscribers, because I am subscribed, but via Google Reader so I probably don’t show up in your WP subscriber list. I just started tracking visits to my blogs in Jan/Feb, so I can’t compare to last year, unfortunately. But I had a weekly goal, not a daily one…though once I got started with my Mother’s Notebook blog I started posting multiple times a day during the week. I maintain a personal blog, too, and that’s where I had a goal to post once a week, and I’ve done that, on average, though I missed a week or two along the way. It’s fun to meet goals – I love checking things off lists! Lol!

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