Last Updated on: April 30th, 2016
Surprise! Yes, you’ve just been invited to my surprise party! I’m posting today to “seize the moment” and to celebrate my blogoversary. Happy 1st Blogoversary to me!
YAY!!! I’m so excited! So excited, in fact, that I:
- created my first year blogging badge using PicMonkey. Like it? 🙂 If you want one like mine, let me know. I’ll see what I can do for you. 😉 (Just shoot me comment or an email. I can customize yours just for you!)
- am going ahead with a newsletter
- gave my blog a bit of a face-lift
- am seriously considering to moving to my own site
- couldn’t wait until Friday to post this!
I’m also feeling better from my recent surgery, too (sort of), so to kick off “the new me,” I’ve assembled a post I have been looking forward to doing for a while, even though blogging was the furthest thing from my mind the last couple of weeks.
Did you notice the NEW!!! widget yet? 😉
I hope so, and I hope you’re all signing up for it. I’m not making any promises here, but I do plan on giving away a few copies of my ebook, 20 Blog Post Must-Haves, which received a great review on Social Media Just For Writers. Given that I have not actively been trying to market this book, I’m happy it’s becoming a bit more known. I also plan on giving away some copies of my upcoming ebooks, too, so if you’re interested in those, make sure you sign up for my newsletter, as these opportunities are only going to be available to my subscribers, who will always get the “inside” scoop on things!
And thanks to Jeri, one of my comrades, for writing a great guest post on Molly Greene’s blog about Mailchimp. 😉
Hey. All this is getting me sidetracked. Uh, er, um . . . where was I? Oh yeah. Rejoicing! 😉
Happy ‘one year’ to me, happy ‘one year’ to me, happy ‘one year,’ happy ‘one year,’ happy’ one year’ to me!
Ok. I know I cannot sing. Sorry about that. 😉
Now that I’m now one year plus into blogging, I figured I’d reveal some stats to celebrate my one year blogoversary. You know, I can still remember the first time I got comments on this blog – what an amazing rush that was! (Confession: I still get a rush when I get them! I LOVE comments!)
Back in January of 2013, I began this blog. Mistakenly, I was under the impression that no one would want to read my posts and that I would essentially be keeping an online journal. How wrong I was! As it turns out, there are quite a few people in this world who care about what I have to say (sometimes!) and with all the guest posting I’ve been doing, I’ve been gaining readers each month, too. This makes my heart light and happy. 😀
Even though I started out on a free blog and had some misconceptions about what blogging really involves, I’m definitely getting better at it, have grown quite a bit (personally) this past year, and am excited for my writing career (which seems like a hobby most days).
Despite the fact that this is still a “small” blog, let’s take a look at some of the successes I’ve had with both my Alexa ranking and my blog’s readership.
You might be impressed at how far I’ve come! 😉 I know I am! It kinda makes me want to just keep blogging here. I may have to get my own domain name, though. Not entirely sure how that will work, but hey…
Watch the numbers get smaller as time passes…
July 17, 2013:
Sept. 16, 2013:
Oct. 21, 2013:
Nov. 2, 2013:
Nov. 21, 2013:
Dec. 15, 2013:
January 12, 2014:
Here is another way of looking at this same data:
|DATE||July 17, 2013||Sept. 16, 2013||Oct. 21, 2013||Nov. 2, 2013.||Nov. 21, 2013.||Dec. 15, 2013.||Jan. 12, 2014.|
|GLOBAL RANKING||1 588 132||754 990||596 144||557 867||461 124||415 436||375 317|
|US RANKING||676 420||173 498||165 917||176 745||109 448||136 311||132 248|
|# OF SITES LINKING IN||227||334||364|
Basically, since I started keeping track of this, I went from
July’s ranking of: Global Ranking: 1 5888 132, U. S. Ranking: 676 420
to January’s ranking of: Global Ranking: 375 317, U. S. Ranking: 132 248.
Not too shabby for a having a free blog! 😉
APRIL 2016 UPDATE:
I just checked my Alexa ranking. Here is the screenshot I captured, which says that Wording Well is now ranked GLOBALLY as 486,280 and in the US as 518,210.
Watch the numbers get bigger as time passes…
As far as readership goes, here are some pictures that show the growth of my little blog:
Nov. 2, 2013:
One month later, I was really impressed with the growth! Especially considering my first month of blogging barely registers on this scale. Hey, we all started out as a little blip at first, didn’t we? 😉
Dec. 2, 2013:
Today, this is where I’m at:
The day I had my guest post on freelancing success published on Make A Living Writing became my best day EVER:
Who says guest posting doesn’t pay off? (Oh yeah, NO ONE.) 😀
I realize that these stats may not be super-impressive to most people, but I feel as though I’ve attained some level of success with my free blog. Wouldn’t you agree?
For my first year of blogging, I have to give myself an A+. 😀
I also have to give you an A+ as well, since I couldn’t have done this all without you.
My goodness, I feel like a movie star on stage at one of those awards shows: “I’d like to thank…” (LOL)
Thanks for making 2013 one fabulous year! I love you all!
I hope 2014 goes just as well, or even better. If I can ever get my next book out there, it just might…
UPDATE: As of April 30, 2016, these are my monthly stats:
Note the decrease in March 2016. This is because I changed themes. As a result, one of my plugins broke some links and Google de-indexed my site for having so many 404 pages. Geez!
Here is another screenshot that shows the yearly stats for Wording Well, as of April 30, 2016. Note that in 2015, I published 52 posts (one a week).
My goal for 2016 is to surpass the 400K mark! 😉
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