Blog Experiment Thus Far

My own little retrospective on writing this blog…this experiment.

Some general stats (after about 6 months):

    • 509 users (42.7 returning users)
    • +1400 page views
    • Avg Duration 1:20
    • 47 published posts
    • 27 comments
    • Conference and Certification related posts get the most retweets/views
    • Posted on Twitter and LinkedIn

What I’ve liked:

    • People from my past have reached out to me.  I love hearing from them and seeing how are paths are different yet similar.
    • Meeting brand new people.  The resume post had tons of people reaching out to me directly about how they could relate.
    • Short and focused.  I have intentionally tried to keep posts short (under 2 min reads).  I don’t feel this overwhelming angst to write something if it’s only a few short paragraphs.
    • Reflection time.  Although the posts are short, I’m able to think and get things out there.
    • The pace.  Posting once a week has been doable with keeping up the schedule.  I typically have about 4-6 posts written out so I don’t feel angst if I can’t get to it that week.

What I’ve not been thrilled about:

    • Post engagement.  Public comments are rare and I have them in four places, blog – linkedin – twitter – facebook.  I get way more direct emails sent to me.  I don’t want to feel like I’m just sharing in the state of “who listen to me.  I have something important to say.”  I want the interaction.
    • I often question the value of continuing.  Every time I think, this is not very valuable, I get lots of interaction/views on a post or direct emails.  So I think it does help but it’s so hard to tell.

For now, I wanted to just check in.  I am not going to make changes and I want to revisit in three months.  Then I’ll see what I want to do differently.  This is post is simply transparency 🙂

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  8 comments for “Blog Experiment Thus Far

  1. June 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    “Public comments are rare…”

    The hardest part of writing, for me, is seeing no response. Knowing that I put a ton of time and thought into a post and thinking that it wasn’t of any use to anyone.

    That said, I know I’ve had some really awesome offline conversations that were either inspired by something I posted or where I took the thoughts that I had already assembled as a blog post and re-used them. I would love for that discussion to be in one place, where each person I individually talk to can interact with each other. I don’t know how to make it happen. Limitation of the format? Maybe. For now I settle for whatever response I do get and keep working to make it better.

    • Tricia
      June 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      I agree with your public comment 🙂

      Tricia

      • June 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

        I was going to say that if you want responses, just turn off any anti-spam utilities you’ve got turned on, but then I realized you did say “engagement.”

  2. Katie Birmingham
    July 9, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I am proud of you for having and using stats 🙂

    • Tricia
      July 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      You taught me well 🙂

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