Today, I logged into my blog and saw a one year anniversary wreath displayed on my dashboard. I am not a new blogger however, I have been around the blogosphere since 2012, although on another platform. I stumbled on WordPress last year and decided to import my blog unto the platform. I didn’t know what to expect from the move, but looking back now, it has been the single most important choice in my writing.
Here are some stats:
- Since 2012 till August 2013, I posted 26 blog posts; between August 2013 and now, I wrote 175 blog posts!
- I had 14,499 views from 64 countries spread across 5 continents.
- I had 1,983 comments
- I had 200 followers subscribing to the blog
- I had 204 fans following the blog on Facebook
In the past one year, I have seen tremendous improvement in my writing, I became more consistent in writing and have had tremendous exposure. I have also met amazing writers whose writings have shaped my own craft and who serve as inspiration.
Sometimes last year, I took a decision, it was a leap into the unknown, amidst fear of failure. It is a decision that has changed the course of my writing career. Within that year, I have written poems that have featured in print magazines and newspapers; written stories and poems that have become feature pieces in online magazines and poems that had featured in a poetry anthology.
After two years of unsuccessful blogging, I had no guarantee that changing to another platform would guarantee success or be more fruitful, it was just a try before calling it quits from blogging. I made the leap amidst self-doubt and with trepidation. You see, every aspiring writer needs validation and feedbacks through comments and readership, and when they are not forthcoming, you tend to think that you are not good enough. Most times, all that is needed is exposure, somewhere you can be seen, heard and recognized. I made that leap and it was worth it.
Evaluating the last one year of blogging on WordPress, I surpassed the goals that I set out to achieve after one year of blogging on the platform. So, I am going to continue blogging!
I love to write and the writing process though tedious sometimes, gives me great joy. I catch myself chuckling sometimes while writing a story. Slowly, writing is evolving from being a hobby to an obsession and a career.
Future plans include collating the poems on the blog and publishing them, and maybe give out autographed copies to the blog faithfuls (Yemie, I see you); compiling the series into a collection of short stories. Okay, I am becoming too excited, the plans are still hazy- ebook vs paperback, self-publishing vs traditional publishing and lots of other hoops to jump. I might also do a major upgrade on the site too.
I am excited and hopeful about the future. I am deeply grateful to all my followers and readers. I have decided to do an honors roll call of the top commenters:
- Yemie aka super fan, a writer masquerading as a reader, afraid to explore her gift
- Walter aka Bloggers’ blogger, the wordsmith and modern Shakespeare
- Virtuousspirit aka closet romantic
- Buqie aka supergal
- Adewoyin Joseph
- James Melbin, my namesake
- Amity4 aka quaint and dainty china (coined by Yemie!)
- U be cute
- Olabimpe, my longest supporter, who has always believed in me and who never stop telling me that I am a super star
I thank my silent readers, who have chosen to remain in the background, special thanks to Laura who visits my blog first thing in the mornings and who lets me know how awesome my posts are and who serve as inspiration.
I hope you all stay around and let’s do it again for another one year. Thanks to God, the giver of life and all good things.