Here’s a post for the busybody in everyone. With a second year of blogging now behind me, it’s fun to take a look back as well as a look ahead. It’s safe to every blogging stumble eventually leads to greater success. This journey has enabled me start a new career and learn as I go. With great confidence I can say 2014 will be the year my writing and editing efforts finally fall into place. I continue to be amazed how much I learn from bloggers in all niches, not to mention meeting interesting people from all over the world.
In varying degrees, I achieved many of the blogging goals I set last year. Highlights from a year in the life of JeriWB: What do I know? reveal the following stats about 2013:
The total number of visits to my blog only increased by one thousand visitors this year, and my busiest day was only half what it was in 2012. My overall traffic leveled off when I removed my food and travel reviews. Not to mention, I only recently realized my site had not been indexed by Google after I wiped out so many URLs. I’ve since remedied the problem, and continue to learn about using web analysis tools. All I can say is thank goodness for the 404 to Start redirect plugin!
Many of my posts receive about 200 views, and some of my most-viewed entries continue to be early posts on English language arts activities like People Bingo. I’ve learned more about SEO practices as well as the type of content I need to start producing to generate more traffic.
I will continue to hone my blog to better represent my professional expertise, not only as a writer, but also as a media consultant and freelance editor.
Truth be told, maintaining an author blog often feels like a mixed bag. I am more apt to post creative nonfiction than fiction here, but neither is the ticket to growing my blog readership. I plan to post more writing and blogging tips like The Necessity of Critique Groups and Where to Find Images for Blog Posts. Also, posts like Sexing up the Classics promote lively discussion while also exploring making meaning in the digital age.
To increase traffic, I need to get more creative about how I share my posts. Joining Triberr has been slightly helpful. Averaging 200 visits a day would mean 75,000 visitors a year. Writing guest posts for authoritative sites should hopefully boost my rank. Mostly, blogging provides a continually engaging challenge I love.
I’ll soon be conducting a survey to better gauge reader reaction to my blog. I changed my theme a few months ago (and again this past weekend) and have been tinkering with my menu layout and post categories schedule. As time allows, I’m fine-tuning old posts. It’s so true that a good day’s work is never done. ALL THE BEST TO YOU IN 2014!
What blogging goals are you setting for the year ahead?
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Article written by Jeri Walker-Bickett aka JeriWB