A year ago today, I challenged myself to write at least one blog post a day for a year. Out of those 365 days, there was just one day that went post-less. I ended up writing 537 posts in the last year and that far exceeds what I thought I was capable of, even if I missed a day. I did it for the exercise of writing every day but at the same time, I wanted to see what would happen if I really threw myself into this medium.
I've made a couple hundred bucks (thanks to my sponsors!), met and befriended an entire community of people who have grown up around this thing, I've had great interviews with people I admire, I've been flown across the country to go to meetings at companies like Google and GE (Google! I can still barely believe that one), I've had posts translated into Italian and Polish and run in European web sites, I correspond regularly with people around the world, I've landed a couple of freelance writing gigs (more please!), I've been reprinted in major newspapers, I've picked up a few design clients, I've advised a number of new bloggers; and most importantly, I can look back over a year's work and be proud of it.
When I jumped into the blogosphere, my plan was to put together an online resource for my design clients. I had no idea that any of the benefits I just listed were possible. I knew nothing about HTML or sitemaps or backlinks. I don't think I'd ever actually read a blog before I started. Pretty shortly after I committed to daily blogging though, I noticed that my traffic started to increase. They were some heady days, let me tell you. I think I had 500 hits last July and I thought I was the king of the universe. If I don't get that in a day now I think some thing's terribly wrong.
I've been looking forward to this anniversary and for a long time I viewed it as an end to my commitment to write every day. I've toyed with the idea of cutting back to a five day a week gig, and I may do that some day. Just not today. Over the course of a year, writing every day has become so ingrained in my schedule, so much a part of me, I'm not real interested in going without it.
I am making some changes though. Eventually, there's going to be a revised layout around here. It's slick and clean and very much still under construction. I'm also going to start running guest posts from time to time. Franki Durbin's going to take over when I go on vacation in August for example. Guests posts are open to anybody who's interested though. Have something to say? Want to say it in front of an audience? Let me know and we'll work something out.
Anyhow, many thanks to all of you for reading my screeds and rants. Keep coming back, there's more fun stuff to come.