Today marks FOUR years in the life of E, Myself, and I! (Read my very first post here.)
It's been a goal of mine for a while to reach 1,000 follows on Google Friend Connect (which isn't disappearing yet folks). Last night when I went to bed, there were 999. I thought, "it would be so fun to reach 1000 on my blog birthday," but I didn't want to "beg" for Follwers. Then, this morning when I signed on, this is what I saw...
One thousand and one followers! It's a birthday miracle! Haha! And I didn't even have to beg... Thanks friends!
You read those numbers right up there... In four years, I've written 912 posts (I considered - for a very brief moment - trying to make that number 1000 before my birthday too. Then I took a nap.), and we've had 13,096,444 page views. RIDICULOUS.
Next to gymnastics from the time I was seven to my freshman year of high school, this is BY FAR the longest I've ever stuck with a hobby. (In fact, I'm pretty sure four years ago I didn't have any hobbies.) And, I feel pretty good about the fact that despite lots of major life changes (i.e. motherhood), this place has been a constant for me (and for many of you). THANK YOU.
In honor of my bloggy birthday, I thought I'd share my top 4 tips for new bloggers. Feel free to disregard as there are a lot of other posts on this topic from much more qualified people; but, if you are interested...
1. Be consistent. My blog growth has been slow and steady; and, although at times I get caught up in the rat race of it, I'm proud of the way E, Myself, and I has slowly evolved into the community it is today. It feels natural that way. Don't be discouraged if you don't have many readers for a while. (I celebrated having 50 followers after 8 months of blogging. ) Just keep writing. Seriously. The best way I've seen to grow your blog is to blog a lot. Period.
2. Be an active blogger. Second to writing a lot, being active in the blogging community is the best way to grow your blog. Read other blogs. Comment on other blogs. Respond to the commenters on your blog. Participate in link-ups (this was big for me). MAKE FRIENDS in the blog world. *Just don't leave random comments like "follow me back please" - it's tacky. ;)
3. Be real (& respectful). Don't try to be anyone else on your blog. Tell your own story. Write in your own voice - like the way you talk. Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself. BUT, also, be respectful of the way you talk about other people (even your own family and friends) and the fact that not everyone has the same opinion as you.
4. Ask for help. This might sound silly, but I tell people all the time to hire a blog designer if you really want to grow your blog. I'm going to be honest and admit that I
sometimes often judge a blog by its "cover." If your blog looks good - it is organized and pretty - I'm a lot more likely to stay and look around. It's just the truth. Plus, just like we are more productive in a clean and pretty house (or office), you'll like blogging more if you like your space. (I recommend Tricia Nae, Thirsty Hearts, or The Fairy Blogmother for blog design, in case you were wondering.)
Again, THANK YOU for your friendship in the blogosphere!!
Here's to another four years!