The First (and second) 5,000
Everyone has a different idea about what constitutes a memorable milestone for blogs. Some choose things like averages, whether they be hits per day, week or month. Some choose flat numbers for things like hits per day or total subscribers. (Big shout-out to Girl IRL and her recent 100-subscriber milestone, btw.) In the end though, it’s all about what feels like a milestone to you, in my opinion.
For me, my first milestone was just starting the blog and getting my first post up. It was short and to-the-point, a rarity for me when it comes to my posts it seems, but it was a milestone for me nonetheless. Then my first double-digit view day, my first comment, my first mention on another site, my first triple-digit view day, etc. They were all important milestones to me because they all signified progress.
What started as a place for me to rant or rave about whatever caught my attention or to compile information about things that matter to me turned into something people were coming to visit. Whether it was to get information about how City Sieges work and Armor Sets or to just read my views on the psychology of WAR or my rant about the lack of support for Friends Lists in MMOs. Or even my horrible attempts at cross-promoting other blogs. (Breakfast at WAR, WAAAGH!, Way of the Chosen, Cry Me a RvR) I’ll get better at it, I promise.
However, today I awoke to a double-milestone for me. A total of 5,000 views for my blog since inception and my first 5,000-view month. For me, that’s a major milestone day. For those that like stats, like me, here’s a quick history.
January – 11 total views, average of ~3 per day
February – 314 total views, average of ~11 per day (Heck, I was excited and happy back here. :p )
March – over 5,000 total views so far, averaging ~300 per day so far
Ironically, I still know next-to-nothing about how my blog, or blogs in general, works. I constantly find things that I didn’t know were there and get tips from people about things I should have known about from the start. I have no idea how many people subscribe to my blog, if any, because I had no idea how to track that or offer it until Girl IRL helped me out. (thx again) But hey, you gotta start somewhere.
What I do know about my blog is that it wouldn’t have started without the Age of Blogging initiative, it wouldn’t have the views it does without help from the WCPI, and I wouldn’t have anything to write about if it weren’t for WAR. So to all of you that made this milestone possible for me, I thank you.
Now, I think I’ll treat myself to a reward. Maybe some Girl Scout Cookies…mmm….