This is the story of my one year blogging journey. I started this blog one year ago just to have a backup blog if my green blog does not make it.
In the beginning I started posting mini posts and was just sharing and promoting them. No relationship building, no blog commenting and no robust connecting with others.
Actually I had very disappointing experience with regard to readers’ engagement at my green blog. So I was not trying for any big response here.
So my main focus was creation of quality contents to my level best and posting them frequently. I was posting five days in a week in first three months.
Everything was routine since I got first shout
Everything was going in routine and I was just sparing one to two hours daily to post five times a week quite easily.
But all of a sudden I observed a big change. A few wonderful bloggers visited my posts and left their very thoughtful comments. They also encouraged me a lot by appreciating my contents literally and not in a formal way.
Those who did this I am sure are smiling right now while reading these lines as their broad smile (guess who) is already quite famous in blogosphere.
I also got very encouraging feedback at Facebook and in one year I got total 1,000 friendship offers while I sent initially 700.
As a result I have now total 1700 FB friends out of them hardly a few hundred are inactive with me while rest are either in regular contact with me or I am with them.
Everything was going good Still then and nothing jerking to my nerves occurred. Being very humble and learner blogger – as still I am – I was just posting and promoting my posts and silently watching other wonderful bloggers at social media and at commenting sections of other blogs.
I was in blogosphere for the last two and half years since I started this blog but in blogging niche I was quite new with my real face. For a few blogs on blogging nice I had earlier worked as a freelancer or ghost blogger but not with my personal id.
So I was telling you that everything was going normal till the end of June 2014. One day the successful money blogger Enstine Muki gave me a shout first at his timeline on Facebook and then in his post How to make so much money with your blog – Guaranteed!. This was a big boost to me and many awesome bloggers and online marketers got to know me from there.
He didn’t stop here and soon after it again featured me at his blog here. I did not mention him twice here to woo him read this post as I know he is very busy nowadays and earlier has also ignored his mentioning in my a few earlier posts.
My one year blogging journey in blogging niche
Appreciation and applause wise rest is the history which you can check here under the heading: My one year journey in blogging niche. I need to update it every week and the latest which you would click may also need another update.
So how lucky I am to have wonderful people like you who not only appreciate me but equally refer me as and when I deserve.
Readers’ engagement, my biggest achievement
In my one year blogging journey my biggest achievement is readers’ engagement at my blog. It is a big achievement for me because at my green blog traffic is good but readers’ engagement is not even normal.
This may be because of its niche as most of the visitors over there are not related to blogging and are simply green info seekers who get their required info and go away.
So initially it was quite time-consuming for me to create contents, reply comments and leave comments at other blogs also. This I was doing in addition to all important chores of my green blog that was main source of my full-time living at that time as now my main source of earning is freelancing because of money blog.
Now I need not to explain to any of my clients that though I am a green blogger but fully know about blogging niche also. Now I have a proof of my skills as this blog that is also graced with wonderful comments of awesome people including you.
So far I am 100 per cent going as per my plan. The only change I got is huge orders of freelancing and a few companies also hired me to just help them plan their contents and much amazed to learn I am also considered as content strategist because of the higher readers’ engagement at my blog posts.
Again here credit goes to you because if you had not left comment here with your love and admiration I would have been considered as just another blogger.
Nothing is permanent except change
Earlier I planned to make this blog as my backup if something wrong happens to my green blog. But after seeing wonderful response and appreciation by wonderful people like you I decided to put it also at the front end but very gradually. So far I have been moving into the right direction as per my plan.
I can’t say more about me as I am fully ignoring you and just telling about myself. It sounds quite awkward to me as I never wrote that much about me before but I have to do because you are the people who I can share about how is my blogging journey of previous one year.
Blogging is not bed of roses
My creation of 41 tutorials of average 2,000 words each taught a lot to me. Now I fully understand blogging is not bed of roses but it is also not bed of thorns.
It is pain in back (being a little conservative avoiding to use appropriate word 🙂 ) for those who are misfit in it. It is a wonderful activity for those who want to be heard by others either free or on price. So I am so lucky to be in latter type of people.
Change is inevitable
After fully engaging for one year just in writing, promoting and networking for this blog I observed this is fine but how long it is fine.
This thought was turning point for me and for the last one month I fully deliberated on it and now took one decision. This is not my retreat as I have almost three years plan to make this blog a fully fledged money blog. So while following my plan I have slightly changed my strategy for this blog.
Next time fortnightly post
From now I would post fortnightly instead of weekly. Don’t get me wrong I am not facing any kind of writer block right now. Nor I got tired. You must have observed from my posts and also from the thoughts in my comments I don’t lack ideas and views.
This is because of my not-too-young age as I already spent 20 years of my professional life. So I can refer any example or any idea related to my past life and even can easily create a post or a post-like comment on it.
I slashed my posting frequency because just sharing mini-tutorials with you is now not giving me as much happiness as it used to give in the beginning.
So I have decided to bring my product as early as possible. Not as much early as usually people bring but I want to spare more time for product creation to serve my wonderful blog community to my level best. I will also try to create a few free products and one quite unique product is likely in a month or two.
So this is my last weekly post and after two weeks I will be sharing with you my first fortnightly post.
How I thank you?
Now at the end please help me a little to thank all those who supported me and helped me achieve that much during my previous year journey.
I have an idea to thank all those who have been so kind and supportive to me during last one year. Maybe I earlier told you or not I live with four women; my mother, my wife and my two lovely daughters.
I am the only male (poor soul) in my home who has to do all outdoor chores as it is common in eastern societies where male family members do all type of outdoor work.
Because of my passion in cooking almost half of in-house chores are also very confidently awarded to me by the person who I can’t name here because her daughters do read this post. 🙂
Keeping in mind my close association with women folk if you are a girl or woman a big thanks to you as almost all the females who visit this blog and comment on it I am in active connect with them in one way or the other.
I know you are laughing while reading these lines, so once again thanks a lot to you.
Secondly those boys and men who earlier have left at least one comment are also my great supporters as here and at social media they helped me a lot.
If my total commenters (not comments) are 500, I can bet out of them I am in regular contact with at least 300. So thanks a lot you guys as well, as you are my wonderful friends and I am so proud of you.
I would love to hear your views about my blogging plan and this time don’t insist you to reshare this post as I know you would do that without my requesting.
I love you all, keep smiling. Can’t express my feelings more………..
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