Much like in the real world (work, family, home, etc.) and in game, you have to define success for yourself. And this goes for blogging as well. We can look at everyone around us and try to live up to someone else's measurements, but it really comes down to how you've defined success for yourself.
A lot of bloggers use some form of site statistics to gather information about hits, pageviews, referring links, keywords, etc. But much like Recount, that information is useful when analyzed and applied properly.
We use Google Analytics here. I like to look and compare month to month and also seeing a whole year's worth of data. What I won't do though, is hold up those numbers against every other blog's stats.
Every blog is not created equal.
Very informative blogs that provide guides and such are going to see more traffic. Other blogs, like us, focus on entertainment and randomness. We're too broad to tap into a particular niche and that's ok.
When we first started up, I was thrilled – nay, ecstatic – as we started to get a couple hits a day.
Yes, I said a couple hits a day.
See, I defined what successful blogging was for me right away: regular posting at least a couple times a week, maintaining for at least a year, and having at least one other person that wanted to read my babbling besides myself and Sideshow.
In my eyes, looking back over the past year, I'd say we're pretty damn successful by that standard.
- We've reached a year.
- I've posted much more regularly than originally planned – almost daily!
- We currently have more than 230 subscribers to our feed.
Whoa, what? Honestly, the number of readers has continued to amaze me as it's risen. And I love you all for it.
Of course now we get more than a couple hits a day, with occasional spikes from big time linkage. And once in awhile I manage to post something that people are actually searching for.
Shocking, I know.
But to me, this venture has been a success whether we have 5 hits a day or 5,000.
And comments! We love comments (especially me), as does just about every blogger ever.
I want to take a moment to give some thank you love…
To Kelinarra – Thank you Mom, for being one of my first readers, supporters, and commenters. It means a lot to me.
To Saresa, Fulguralis & Fuubaar, Abi, Moondancer, Gnomer, Cait, Davlin, Byaghro, Wise Fox, Fish, Thedoctor, Deekow, and OI guildies – Thank you for reading, commenting and linking to us! You were among the first to do so. (Even if a few of you no longer blog and/or play WoW anymore… *sniffle*)
Thank you to everyone that participates in and works on Blog Azeroth as well. It helped me become a part of the WoW blog community and get my voice out there.
Thank you to the Twitterati… you know why. Do I really need to say it?
And thank you to anyone and everyone that reads us and has linked to us!
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