3,558! That’s the Total Views of The CreativeLife Since We Launched June 2011. Thanks Y’all. [Press][Gratitude]
I can’t lie. I check my website statistics for The CreativeLife like a worried mother with unrepentant OCD.
WordPress (my blogging platform) has really great built-in statistics. This includes daily info on how viewers got your site, or “referrers.” For instance, I found out that hundreds of folks found us through links to our site posted by angryasianman.com. Thanks, man!
And yesterday we got *one* click coming from http://botd.wordpress.com/growing-blogs/. That’s the “Growing Blogs” page of the “Blogs of the Day” from WordPress’ own site! Wuuut? Well I checked and I couldn’t find our site listed anymore. Oh wells. I guess their little WordPress-Algorithm-Bot only had a fleeting fancy for us.
At least it confirms what we already know: the growth of our new little site/blog/podcast has been really great in just its first month of life. Soon it’ll transition to solid foods! And I have you all to thank. So…Thank you.
After our initial 5-pack of podcast episodes, we’re taking a little time to step back to re-evaluate. We’re cooking up an even more focused format and more thoughtful series of guests and show themes. Be on the lookout for the results soon!
Here’s more info directly from the site about how “Blogs of the Day” works.
How BOTD works
We count up the visitors to all public blogs and posts in a rolling 24-hour period. No personally identifiable information is stored. Several times throughout the day, we summarize all of this data in different ways to produce lists of blogs and posts that might be interesting.
When I’m in the throes of a moment of soul-searing emotion, I have one of three impulses:
- Blame my family for their psychological terrorism,
- Numb my nerves with a marathon of “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain, or
- Write down my pansy, gutless feelings on delay like a fallen kid who only cries once an adult appears and notices.
Very often, I choose all of the above (and all at the same time). This is why the wide world of blogging has served my attention-seeking, extroverted inner child so well. I have people like blogger/writer Jon Yang to thank for institutionalizing the sometimes overwhelming white noise that can be the “blogosphere” through a concise non-internet-y guidebook made out of actual paper derived from wood pulp. He’s the author of “The Rough Guide to Blogging” and has kindly given our little podcast/blog-that-could a nice shoutout! Thanks Jon! (And no. We’re not related…except perhaps where our DNA can be traced back to Genghis Khan.)
I JUST got a copy of my Rough Guide in the mail today! Granted, at the lightning speed of the internets, one might think a 2006 paperback guide may not be timely. But a quick perusal of the contents shows that the book can provide a nice fundamental framework. Surprisingly, prior to 2006, there doesn’t appear to have been many definitive guides to blogging.
A sidebar callout at the top of Jon’s book features none other than my Swarthmore College classmate Justin Hall! Jon and others describe him as “the founding father of personal blogging.” Whoah! Quite a statement! And then I thought about it and I realized that in fact he DID help inspire my personal blogging endeavors when I was at Swarthmore! I didn’t know him personally (we overlapped a year), but his reputation preceded him. Seeing the type of online journaling that Justin and other Swarthmore students were doing made this wee freshman feel comfortable with trying it out herself. At the risk of opening up an embarrassing can of worms…you can see a sample of my first attempt archived here.
Awesome Sauce Alert!: One good turn deserves another! Thanks to angryasianman.com for being the first blog (and one of the most awesome-est blogs) to feature our new podcast! [http://blog.angryasianman.com/2011/06/read-these-blogs.html]
Looks kinda nice to see our masthead right under their’s, huh? And I can’t help but feel an affinity for a blog whose name is comprised of three simple words that harmoniously come together for online goodness. Thank you for the love and thank you to the angryasianman.com community!