If someone told me getting to 1000 views would have taken this long, I would have laughed at them and said yea right. And then ten months went by and I finally hit the 1000 benchmark. Its certainly been A LOT more work than I imagined, and while I could have taken steps here or there to make the process faster I’m content with the journey.
This blog, above everything, has been a diary. It was meant to be a travel blog, and like me, lost its identity and focus and just became what it was.
But I’m writing more travel stories now. There are tree-planting stories and advice articles. I need to update my About Me page, but at least I keep myself consistent at updating this daily. Its a center of focus and discipline in my life, and I’m really grateful for that.
Those Who Helped Along The Way
My very good friend Jef the Crazy Canadian is the person I need to thank first and foremost. He designed this site for me. Walked me through purchasing the domain, and gives me advice on both the writing and website maintenance. If it wasn’t for him I would have stuck to my free site, and while that site was definitely growing faster than this; it had a lot more time to accumulate momentum.
Then there was Vee or Millennial Life Crisis as her blogs named. Before I reached out to Jef for help, this woman took a lot of time out of her day, helping me create pages. Before her, I didn’t understand the difference between a page and a post. No matter how much I studied on Youtube or WordPress how to’s I just couldn’t get the banner to look the way I wanted.
Then Vee helped me, and she continues to check in on me occasionally.
There are my Mom and Dad. My most regular viewers, and generally the best supporters I’ll ever have. I’m not sure how many of my friends via Facebook or Instagram view my blog regularly, but those that do, I want to say thank you.
I’m A Million Miles Away
This growth has been slow, and its taught me that my goals are actually much further away than I originally imagined. And I’ll keep plugging away. While it’s a long road ahead, hitting 1000 views feels invigorating. Like a success milestone. People have found my stuff to be interesting, or surprising enough to check back over and over until my views accumulated to 1000.
1000 views. That’s 1000 more than I’d have if I never started. My old blog TheYesMad, currently has 1,578 views and 103 followers. I’m not sure how to get the follower feature functioning on this blog yet. All in time I suppose.
What will be the next announcement? When this pass TheYesMad? 2,000 views? 5,000? Or should I go quiet until I go big, and wait until 10,000? At this rate that’ll be three years.
Then again Elon Musk has this motivational meme about giving yourself three months to do a big task. I’m all about being realistic these days. Ok it’s settled. I’m going to hit the 5,000 benchmark in three months!
Again Thank You
Getting to 1000 views feels incredible, and I owe this feeling to you guys because you kept checking in. For people who are just starting as bloggers and looking for advice, unless you have a super-specific niche that requires research, try to post daily. The more traffic you put out, the more traffic you’ll get in.
Many other bloggers will say monetize right away. You don’t have too. Use a free site to learn features, reach out, and build a network. Experiment with site identity and get some practice in.
I was a SHIT blogger my first few weeks. So bad I wouldn’t even edit my posts because I didn’t want to read over them and become aware of their lackluster quality. Maybe you’ll have more confidence than me. If not, don’t be afraid to flop around like a fish on a free site for a bit and see what works.
Thanks again guys.