A whole new world has opened up for me. The blogging world. Today is my first official month of blogging (not counting the first wedding post). I have spent countless hours in front of the computer, a lot of lost sleep, I have neglected the laundry, the dishes and the dog, have obsessed over stats, learned what stats even are, checked and re-checked for comments, read more design blogs then I even knew existed, have seen more ideas and have been more inspired (and challenged) and have been more motivated about design and my business than ever before. Twenty five posts in thirty days. Wow.
But what I have really learned, besides the mechanics of blogging - headers and footers and sidebars and gadgets and posting and posting and posting - is that exchanging ideas with other people and being part of a community that I didn't even know existed a few months ago is exhilarating and challenging and wonderful and addicting. I have gained peers and mentors and friends and have connected with people all over the world.
I am learning by trial and error. My first week, I added a stat counter to my blog. It was amazing. I saw that people, lots of people were reading my blog (thanks to some wonderful referring blogs). But then one day I found a little statistic on that counter that showed how long someone stayed on my blog. There was a little pie graph and I saw that over 50% of the people who logged on to my blog stayed on for less than 5 seconds. And that changed everything for me. It is not about the number of visitors I have - although that has helped with Google search for sure - but my goal is to see that people are returning and staying longer than a few seconds.
I want to know that I am inspiring others and making a difference with my blog, but I am also excited about how this is growing me as a person and as a designer. I risk my vulnerability and am challenged by the time commitment but I am hooked and excited to see where the next month will lead me. If you have read all of this rambling, bless you! And remember, I appreciate your comments more than you will ever know! (Cartoons are by Dave Walker).
Photos by Dreamy Whites via Houzz