The mail came in the other day and with it came the renewal notice for my blog’s domain name. Hard to believe it’s that time already and I’ve been banging away at this iteration of my blog for nearly a year now. Seems like I’m still starting out in a lot of ways.
So what have I accomplished since this blog first out started as “Conversation Lost” on the old Blogger site way back when?
Posts: 400 And that’s typing with only two fingers no less.
33 Catagories And most are pretty vague I admit.
Comments: 644 Folks actually stopped to chat. Okay… So almost half are my replies. S’okay with me.
Spamments (last year or so): 6506 No comment…
PR: 5 Go figure…
Alexa: 455554 Now that’s gotta mean something!
Blog Juice: 1.6 to 2.2 to 1.7 to ?? So what do they know? They missed 199 freakin’ incoming Technorati links fer chrissakes!
Blog Flux: 810 to 508 to 824 And it will be different tomorrow too…
Blog Lines: 9 Just a-cookin’ here ain’t we?
Technorati Authority: 65 I feel so barely officious.
What else we got here? Let’s see…
I’ve posted about life at home, life as a veteran and life in general. I’ve talked about blogging, community and WordPress. Reviewed this, that and the other thing just ‘cuz I wanted too. Ranted about ridiculous antics by our so called officials and puzzled over stupid people tricks.
Some of my posts are way too long.
I’ve helped out a few of my fellow WP bloggers that were having trouble with themes, plugins, upgrading and hosts. I’ve sweated over posts that I didn’t have to. Laughed in delight and howled in derision. Growled and cursed in frustration and completely destroyed one keyboard because I made the same typo 6 times in a row.
My wonderful lady gave me one of her sub domains when I voiced my desire to have my very own WP blog (Thank you honey. Regret it yet?). And I’ve made several friends along the way and at least two real good ones. Becky helped me out when I first decided to “do-it-myself and I passed the experience on to Elaine when she first made the big move herself.
May she forgive me someday.
I almost decided to quit exactly two times. Never again.
I’ve neglected my sidebars, my links, my blogroll and the categories. I do like my header image though.
I’ve sat up till late at night and back at it early in the morning. I feel my poor wife has become a blogger widow and I’m forever thankful for her patience.
It takes me way too long to get one single post out.
I pay for the privilege of hanging my face out in public and exposing them to the strange workings of my mind. I’ve thrown the idea of monetization right out the window. I’ll never make a dime with this blog and that’s as it should be.
I’ve poured over statistics, SEO and Webmaster tools. I turned poor Firefox into a complete set of blogging tools by stuffing it so full of extensions they’re running out it’s furry little ears. I’ve pounded and hammered at my WP installation until I finally liked the shape of it. I’ve left exactly eight questions on the WordPress forums–all unanswered.
I have plugins for my readers, plugins for comments and plugins for me. But I’ve never plugged a sponsor.
I had to stuff more memory and a 550 watt power supply into my old computer just to so it could keep up.
I’ve wrapped the blog in 4 different themes and will most likely try out a few more before my next renewal.
And I’ve missed a thousand other points and people but time simply does not permit. Thank you all.
Did I have to think twice before renewing? Uh-uh. Not in your life.
Why, you may ask?
Because I’m still having a hell of a good time!
What do I think the future may bring?
Heck if I know. That’s the best part of it I think.