Blog Experiment Update

A while back, I gave an update on the experiment of writing this blog. It’s time to check back in.

Some general stats:

    • 779 visitors in 30 days vs 509 visitors in 6 months
    • 1000+ page views in 30 days vs +1400 page views in 6 months
    • 120+ published posts
    • 113 comments
    • Conference and Women In Technology related posts get the most retweets/views
    • Posted on Twitter and LinkedIn

What I’ve liked:

    • People from my past continue to reach out to me.  I love hearing from them and seeing how are paths are different yet similar.
    • Meeting brand new people. On a couple of occasions someone has approached me at a conference to thank me for this blog. So cool!
    • 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.
    • I’ve managed to keep and extend all of the good above over the last year and a half! My biggest growth is what my former not thrills were – I’ve moved beyond:
        1. “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.” This is not my tool for interaction but building a foundation, a tool for myself and others. Don’t get me wrong, I love comments/emails/etc but I find my interaction elsewhere.
        2. “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.” It’s helped me. I’m actually going to start writing a book. I’m actually getting over the broadcast aspect. Plus, it helps me stop and think. That’s value period.

So what am I not thrilled about:

  • I want my posts to have more a visual aspect to them.  Seems pretty simple and obvious but I just haven’t done it yet.
  • Keeping my pages (especially upcoming events) updated/accurate. I always seem to forget about the other pages on the site.
  • I am tempted to change when I release each week. When I tweet about my post in the middle of the week, the numbers are better than on Monday. We are just all too busy on Monday.

This is post is simply transparency 🙂

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