It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since I began writing My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda. I never thought I would actually write things that people would read, and I never thought I had the courage to publish what I’ve written.
My first blog post was written one year ago today. It’s a simple post on how everything, I mean everything in Sardinia happens domani, tomorrow. Things still happen domani, even after a year. You can’t change a culture, but you can change yourself.
I started My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda with no set goals in mind. I’ve been a writer my entire life, but my writings were always kept private. It was time to come out of the closet and announce to the world that I, Jennifer Avventura am a writer.
Here is a list of the Top 6 things I’ve learned in the past year of blogging.
- Patience – Yes, patience. It is a virtue after all. Site stats are not going to explode through the roof in your first month of blogging. (Unless of course you are some blogging genius and know the right tools in getting your blogs name out there.) Followers and regular readers take time. Your content must shine, you must write from the heart.
- Ask Questions – If you don’t ask questions, you will never know the answer. Do you really want to put yourself out there for billions of readers when you have no idea what you are doing?
- Comment – Read other blogs in your niche. Comment on their posts and keep your comments related to their blog post. A comment can go a long way and generally that person is curious to know more about the who left the comment that they will click on through to your blog, and maybe leave a comment for you.
- Social Media – Now this is a big one. Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon are all social media forums that I use regularly. I don’t care what you ate for breakfast or that your eighty year old granny just ran a marathon, no. I use social media to promote my blog. I’ve also used social media to explore new blogs and to stay on top of the niche I write in.
- Site Stats – are really not important. Ask yourself, why am I writing this piece and for whom am I writing it for? All of my posts I have written for myself. I like to write, no I love to write. That is why I have this blog, the rest is just the icing on the cake. Don’t waste your time gazing at the double digits or what people clicked on to read. Instead, focus your time and energy on writing a good post. If you have good content the readers will come. (See number 1.)
- Blog Lingo – It’s okay not to understand some of the blog lingo, heck I still don’t. But I’m trying too. RSS, CSS, SEO, HTML, CPA, CPC and CPM are just some of the things I’m beginning to understand, even after a year in this field. (See number 1.)
Still here, awesome! For those stat obsessed bloggers, here is a run down of My Sardinian Life‘s stats.
- 14,309 views. In one year! To me that’s amazing. And I would like to thank each and every one of you that has clicked to make that number grow.
- 179 hits on my busiest day. And that was June 13th, 2011. The only reason I received 179 hits that day is because I was running an experiment, on my own. I asked my brother to promote my blog post on his Facebook page. Bam. 179 hits. Thanks bro. Since then, I have never received 179 or more hits in one day. See number 1.
- My average hits per day is 50.
- My most commented page is my ABOOT page. With 40 comments. You will have to click on my Aboot page to learn why it’s called Aboot and not about.
- I average 137 comments a month. Thanks guys. I also leave comments on others blogs.
- There are 78 WordPress followers and 7 Email followers. Which brings me to a total of 85 followers. Yeah me, again … thanks guys.
I’m proud with what I’ve accomplished in a year, as at one time I thought it impossible. In life nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.
What have you learned in a year of blogging? Or if you have blogged for years, what kind of advice can you give to new bloggers?
Happy Blogging from Jennifer Avventura.