I get told quite often when I work on a person’s blog, “Don’t look at my stats! I’m so embarrassed, they can’t compare to what YOU must get!”. Ah, if only they knew.
I’ve been blogging here at OSN since November of 2001. Just shy of nine years (I have my archives from 2001-2003 private because it’s embarrassing). Here are my stats:
Of course to some of you newer bloggers, my numbers must look AWESOME right? However these newer blogs I work on, blogs that maybe have been around six months or less, have triple my numbers, of which I’ve spent nine YEARS working on.
Now granted, blogging isn’t just about numbers. I am “rich” in various other ways. I am able to help people, I’ve made amazing friends along the way, and I have a full online community that sustains me where my local community does not.
- I’ve been able to take sites from awful designs to beautiful hardcore awesomeness.
- I’ve met AMAZING people that I’ve been friends with for years & new people I’m becoming fast friends with!
- I’ve learned SO much by teaching myself CSS, XHTML, design, WordPress, ExpressionEngine, MovableType, etc.
- I’m able to go back almost an entire decade and read how I was feeling, what was going on in my life. So many amazing things happened.
- I’ve had my designs/code copied, “stolen”, and heavily imitated. Rarely credited.
- I’ve met people who have lied to me, stolen from me, and attacked me. I met DS1’s bio-dad online. Enough said.
- I am disgusted every single day by people who claim to be web designers/developers yet know NOTHING and make MY job harder fixing THEIR screw-ups.
- I’m able to go back almost an entire decade and read how I was feeling, what was going on in my life. So many awful things happened.
Back when I first started, it was a very elite circle that had domain names because they cost so much and hosting? Oh wow, you were lucky to get 5MB of space and 1 MySQL database for $30 a month! Being “hosted” as a sub-domain was all the rage. I should know as I’ve had my fair share of hostee’s here at OSN.
Now? It’s all about monetizing, ad clicks, page views, sponsored posts, marketing yourself, giveaways, being a brand, and so on. It makes my head spin! People are turning to superficial means to be the latest, greatest, super blogging star with their own book/movie deal.
People have asked me if I’ve ever considered placing ad’s on OSN and for now my answer is no. I’ve never been approached by a company to do a review or giveaway or ad placement. I don’t see that changing in the near future either.
My Questions for YOU!
- How long have you been blogging? Has it been consistently at the same URL?
- On average, how many visitors do you get a day/month?
- Do you feel blogging has changed over the past decade?
- Do you find that it’s easier for bloggers to start NOW rather than 5 years ago?