I chanced upon this article online while I was checking the news: WordPress: 50 million sites and counting and I immediately thought to myself. Really? Hey wait, I’m part of that. Really? Wow, I couldn’t be prouder.
Part of it reads:
Presently, WordPress blogs are written in more than 120 languages, 66 percent of which are in English, with Spanish a far second at 8.7 percent and Portuguese in third at 6.5 percent.
An article on The Next Web said about 210 posts and 188 comments are submitted each minute.
“The stats page counts a total of nearly 77 million words written, almost double the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica. That’s just WordPress users… in one day,” it said. — gmanews.tv
I recall that a couple of months ago, I was simply a seasonal blogger, writing entries when it suited me (which wasn’t very often). I was a writer by profession. That said, I find it hard to get in the mood to write some more during my time off. In the span of three years, I had only blogged 49 times.
Last year, I moved jobs (still with writing) but the load was lesser and I wasn’t required to write something new everyday. I found that I missed writing from scratch. So one time, while I was chatting with a friend, we talked about what we would really like to be doing. I said, I wanted to write movie reviews, stuff about travel, food and other stuff that interested me. I had a lot of time on my hands. She told me, why not try blogging? You can write about whatever you want, whenever you want and you can have fun while doing it. I thought, why not? It couldn’t hurt. After all, I’ve been itching to tell my friends about the latest movie I’ve seen. I might as well write about it and let them read the review rather than tell them about it over and over. It worked. Kinda.
At first I was dismayed to see that there were only a few people who were interested enough to read my articles. Perhaps, it was my ego that was the problem because I wanted to do well. I wanted to be featured on freshly pressed. I wanted people to comment on what I write just so I could tell that it had an effect on them, even a little.
It took a while and it was a great challenge, to tell the truth. Not all my ideas were a hit, even if I thought that they would be. So I had to rack my brain harder for something that would be interesting to my target readers. Adding to that, I had to come up with something new almost everyday so as not to lose momentum. I found that as each day went by, traffic gradually increased in my website. At least people are finally beginning to read the stuff that I write about. Not sure, though if they were liking it but really, its enough reward for me to write about the stuff that I want. It makes me happy and that’s probably what matters the most.
Fast forward to three months later, I’m proud to say that I’ve broken the 8,000 mark in the number of hits to my site. After 86 posts, I feel that I am slowly getting the hang of it, but I know I still have a lot of stuff to learn about blogging (SEO) and stuff. However, I’m sure I’ll have a great time learning it and working on it. Most of all, I feel like I have made new friends through my site, fellow bloggers who I discuss interests with and really, its a great opportunity and a great avenue to share ideas. I read a lot of blogs and I learn a lot of things. It’s great.
I’m Angie. I’m a blogger and I’m proud of it.