One year ago today, I posted my very first post on 50 is Not Old. My first post, (a must read that will take all of a minute, maybe two) talks a little about why I decided to start blogging. It is funny to think back to the beginning, I knew absolutely NOTHING about blogging. I was too dumb to know that it was hard, and that there were thousands and thousands of blogs out there. I just thought you came up with a name, posted a few pictures, and people would send you lots of goodies and that you would make lots of money. I am supposed to be doing a post today for the Ageless Style Link-Up, but since it is my blog anniversary, I am not following through with the theme. Be sure to check out the other ladies to see How To Transition Summer Pieces Into Fall.
Why did I decide to blog? I used to watch House Hunters a lot on television. If you have never watched the show, they take a couple looking to buy a house, and they find them three or four to choose from. I remember several of them who talked about their jobs. They said they worked online, so they could work from anywhere in the world. I thought how cool that was; you could just go and come and never have to worry about finding a new job. I was also thinking about retirement. Maybe I could find a way to earn some extra money after I retired, which is still a long way off.I spent one weekend on Youtube trying to learn how to set up a WordPress blog. Thankfully, my sister had a friend who could design and set up websites. She agreed to do my hosting, which was wonderful. She didn’t charge much at all for a year’s hosting, and the best part was, she took care of setting up EVERYTHING. I didn’t have to do a thing. If you ever decide to start blogging, you need to check out Jeanette at fatcreative.com.My first post had three likes on Facebook, and no comments. My first post to get a comment was on this post about Labor Day. My first commenter was JoLynne Shane!!! I must have left a comment on her page, because there is no way she would have found me otherwise. My first commenter that was unprompted was Brandye. And for that Brandye, I have a small gift coming your way? She has been with me from the beginning, and is still with me today!September was off to a rousing start, with around 2,088 pageviews. That was quite a lot, seeing as none of my friends or family even knew about the blog, These views were only from people I didn’t know. I soon found out how to do link-ups with other bloggers, and my pageviews would double every month.
I just want to share with you a few stats after one year:
- I have now had 9,630 comments left on the blog
- I average over 200,000 pageviews a month
- My pageviews for the year is now 1,558,515
- I have done 362 posts
- Lisa has left the most comments (you have a gift coming your way too)?
- The top posts are:
WOW!!! I am not sharing these numbers to brag, I don’t even know if these are bragging numbers. Lol! I am just saying that it is possible to start a blog when you are in your 50’s. I know that the Lord made this happen. There is no way that an over 50, computer challenged, in the middle of nowhere, woman that had no writing skills and no real shopping venues, could make a fashion blog and it be successful. Maybe my Sunday blog posts are the reason, otherwise I have no idea why. I am just thankful! I have started receiving goodies and making a little money, but don’t look for me to quit my day job anytime soon. Haha! I am so looking forward to the upcoming year, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for my blog. I am going to be a doing a few “tweaks” in the upcoming month. Nothing major, but things that take some time to implement. Thank you so much for coming along with me in my journey, and I hope you will stick around for awhile. I feel like we have become friends. If you have a Facebook page, feel free to friend me on my personal page. That would give me an opportunity to “see” you and some of your life. Much love from me and Joe ?
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