So I am sitting at the kitchen table thinking about this site and how far it has come in such a relatively short period of time. I had few objectives in mind when I started www.lifeofanarchitect.com back on March 4th, 2010 –
- Set up a blog website
- Learn how to assemble, manage, and publish content on that site
- Develop some sort of community on that site
Most of them were achieved pretty quickly because as it turns out, I am either a savant at doing this (probably not the case) or it’s just not that difficult and anybody with the most basic of skills can achieve my original 3 goals. Since I have a slight competitive streak, I kept raising the stakes with the hopes of “more”.
But “more” what? That is the real question that you should be asking … but I don’t have an anwser for you. There are simple answers that are generic and you could probably determine for yourself; things like
- more readers who engage and leave comments
- more subscribers – they are so committed that they have to get the latest “whatever” sent to them
- more opportunities – met new people, get exposed to more things, open more doors
Over the next week or so, I am going to go over some of what I’ve learned and some of the mistakes I’ve made. I will also review what were the most popular posts based on the number of times it was viewed, the most engaging topics, keywords that brought people to my site (that you will not believe). I will also discuss some of my favorite posts and why I like them or why I feel they were important to me (turns out I didn’t write some of the best posts).
If you were ever interested in starting your own website – doing what I have done – you should find these next few posts interesting (at least I hope thaat you do). There will be some people who are going to say that I am crazy for telling you some of the things I plan on telling – things like how many readers do I actually have? It is almost impossible (for someone other than the site administrator) to find out what the true level of traffic is for any given site. And those administrators are guarding that information with their lives. Since I didn’t start this site to pimp and turn it out into the proverbial night to make me a buck or two, I am going with full disclosure …
Dun dun duhnnnnnn (woman shrieking in background!!)