I started this blog seven years ago! Wow, that seems like a really long time, but it is true. On Feb 20th, 2012 I published my first post. So much has changed in that time. The first year of the blog was by far the busiest and most productive. As time passed, the number of firsts started to dwindle and as always, life got in the way, keeping me from publishing. I was looking at the stats and in the first year I published 144 posts! Almost half of the total posts (you can see the drastic drop off in productivity).
When I started the blog I was also running a lot more ( a WHOLE LOT more). So there were posts about running and events I participated in. Those have dropped off in the past few years but I hope to change that in 2019.
This post is not about running, this is about the blogging itself. You see I am approaching a couple of milestones that I think are pretty big. Sometime in the next couple months I will hit 10,000 views! Sometime in the next few weeks, I will hit my 300th post! I am not going to lie, I would have thought I would have hit both of those quite some time ago, and when I look back at that first year, I feel a pang of disappointment. Disappointment that I did not stay as focused as I was in the beginning. That I let myself miss so many opportunities to post about some amazing things. Also a little disappointment as I know how much better I feel when I write. Sometimes I just get to vent about something, anything. It is a stress reliever.
But I have to stop as well. I have to stop and evaluate as to why these are important to me? The milestone I mean. I know some of it is total ego and pride. But then I look at some of the other Blogs I read semi regularly and I see that they have hundreds, thousands of followers and I realize I have a loooong way to go. But I also realize these bloggers are posting new material on a regular basis, some of them even daily. You get from it what you put into it. And the fact is I have not been putting into it. I set a goal for 2019 for 104 posts, two a week and I am on pace for that. If I can maintain that pace (or even exceed it) it will be the 2nd highest number of posts I will publish in a year.
I also think back to the reason I started the blog. it was because I was an expecting father for the very first time and I wanted to both share and record the experiences that come with being a first time parent. I hope that I am not now starting to have a little narcissism creep in and just become so focused on the numbers that I forget the true spirit of the blog. I try to keep a fathers perspective in the posts. This is as much as it is for me as it is for our little guy, who one day will read this and know what was going on in my head, in the world around us from his fathers eyes.
I am looking forward to reaching these milestones ahead, and setting new, higher goals after these have been reached. If I keep pace of 104 for the year, I will finish 2019 just a touch under 400 posts. I have no idea how many visits but a part of my hopes it is an impressive number that shatters my first year!!
If you like this post, I encourage you to visit my past posts and follow this blog. Another goal I have is to build a regular reader base, and by following you are helping me reach my goals!