On July 10, 2009, I pushed that orange "Publish" button for the first time. That initial post got a whole 10 page views. I was scared crazy because I wasn't sure I could maintain a blog. And who the heck would want to read anything I write, anyway???
Ten hits was a pretty big deal then; my 14th post has had 0 -- yes ZERO -- hits! (Maybe that might change today?!?) I had to develop a bit of patience back then to keep going. My 36th post has had ONE hit in five years. And I thought it was a pretty cute Friday Funny!
Diligence has paid off; 79 posts later, exactly 6 months and a day after that one-hit wonder, 13 (my lucky number) Snowflake Mondays later, I published my Bamboo Snowflake pattern, which has racked up an astounding 157,550 hits since then and still counting, my second most popular pattern. Wow! Did I write that?!? (First and third most popular patterns came four and five months after the Bamboo Snowflake, respectively.)
Now it's been five years. Pushing four million visitors. Closing on one million referrals from Crochet Pattern Central, from whence most of my hits come. When I first drafted today's post several months ago, it was my 1,300th post. Now I'm at 1,412. And my blog has become something I look forward to when I have good internet access.
They say most blogs die of neglect within seven months. They say the typical lifespan of a successful blog is five to eight years.
I made it (triumphantly!) past the first seven months. Can I make it past the eight-year mark?!?
If I hit that orange "Publish" button again tomorrow (actually, the next 14 posts are already scheduled...), I've made it past five years. Every click after that is another triumph. To me.
If I can come up with another 150 snowflake patterns (I've published 252 Snowflake Mondays so far), just maybe I might make it to that eight-year mark, too.