Two years ago I began blogging, sending forth content of questionable literary quality and scads of photographs into the blogosphere. I thought I might last 3 months before I quit, extended to 6 months, then a year, then month-by-month until I have now reached two years today, November 30. I'm a bit murky about where the time has gone. Here is a recap on my two year adventure in blogging.
- Curmudgeonly Professor registered 51,490 page views, average of 70 per day. I made 1,939 posts, not reaching my target of 2,000 due to diversion of my wife's hip replacement. Comments totaled 1051.
- Two other family blogs, Penrose Mornings (37,128 page views) and Summer Mornings (15,575 page views) were begun during this period. Penrose Mornings has largely been taken over by my siblings, which is what I hoped for. In addition, several other family blogs have spun off from these three blogs.
- I have no idea how many photos I have posted, but must be 2000 or more.
Here are a few things I have learned and a few observations about blogging:
- When you send words and images into the blogosphere, you have no idea where in the world they will land, who you will reach, who you will touch. You would like to think you are accomplishing some good for someone, and not just wasting your time and your readers' time.
- Blogging has taken a tremendous amount of time, probably too much, since I have cut down severely on reading and other activities.
- I think I have learned to "write on the fly" better than I could do at the beginning, though I know I could be a better self-editor.
- I think my photos have probably improved as I have upgraded cameras and paid more attention to image quality rather than just "point-shoot-post."
- I probably would be more successful with a niche, such as "ingrown toenails" or some specific topic, but I'll probably just continue with a smorgasbord of whatever photos and writing inspirations I have at any given moment.
- Blogging is no longer euphoric, as it was at the beginning while hovering over the page counts to see if anyone besides my sisters would even look at it. Now it's just a matter-of-fact continuation from day to day.
- I have genuinely and seriously thought about abandoning the blog numerous times. But then, what else would I do?
- No matter how much you post, your readers will zero in on a small handful of photos, a little trickle of blog posts, over and over, that strike a chord or an interest, often with readers from all over the world.
- I probably need to read some stuff about how to be a successful blogger, since I never read any of the voluminous websites and instruction books, but I doubt I will get around to doing so. I'd rather take photos, post, and write whatever comes to mind.
- I have long since given up on drawing thousands to my blog, as some writers and bloggers have done. When I look at some of these mega-successful-blogs, I decide I don't really want to have a blog like theirs, anyway. I'm happy with my own.
So here we are, embarking on a third year. I want to thank, again, all of my readers and viewers who have faithfully followed my blog, submitted comments, and encouraged me to continue. Despite all of my blather, I have thankfully never received a really nasty comment, and I have received a number of truly appreciative and encouraging comments. I do encourage readers and followers to comment, so I feel like I am talking to more of you and participating in a mutual dialogue and friendly discussion. Doing so helps take the solitary nature of blogging more into a community of conversation.
Let's see what happens.