I came across this Excel file by accident earlier today, and was surprised to discover I haven’t updated it for nearly a year, since the 10-Year Blogiversary last July. Apparently I’m not as geeky as I thought. Plus, I love graphs and tables, why did I forget about this one? It’s so colourful!
Then again, I haven’t hit a big milestone since then, eg. a nice round number like 5,000. I’ll have a cupcake when I hit 5,000, or maybe I’ll even get super-nerdy and bake a cake with a graph on it and 5K in bold icing. Still a ways off from that, about a year at my current rate, but I digress…
One particular item of note in the updated graph is that I arrested the big blog slide in posts that’s been happening since 2008. I managed to decline only 6% from 2012 to 2011, versus 25% and two years of 16% from the previous years. That’s pretty notable, considering I was freelancing and volunteering more than ever last year; it isn’t as if I had more time.
I’m not in competition with anyone, and it’s evident I don’t really monetize this blog, so what’s the incentive? Why do I even bother with these stats? Because as I get older I really appreciate consistency, in myself and in others. Many people take things up — hobbies, pastimes, projects, whatever, and then don’t bother to finish. This is a blog, it’s never finished per se, but I take pride in the fact that I manage to keep my blog alive on the internet, which is a gigantic virtual graveyard of dead blogs, dead links, and dead websites. It is no mean feat to maintain a blog this regularly, especially on the internet where content is king but there’s enough content out there to fill countless servers with data around the world.
The next few months are really exciting ones for me, and I’ll actually be changing some important content on this website very soon, namely after my birthday trip. Where will I go this year, for my 41st birthday? I’m keeping it a surprise (I fly June 12), but I know already that the photos are going to be phenomenal!