I’ve been pretty upfront about the fact that this blog is strictly personal, and I do not in the near future aim to be a professional blogger. The last one year of relatively “serious” blogging has made me hopeful that this could be more than a hobby.
I write this with the aim of being transparent about the hours that go into creating and maintaining a blog. The fact that I didn’t have a full-time job obviously gave me the free time needed to focus on the blog and manage to write on average 3 posts per month. Given, that I am doing a Master, working 20h/week and learning German, I’d say this has required as much discipline as it is to use that gym membership you pay in advance for, and always wonder if it was worth the investment.
Even though, I made a measly sum of $14, my satisfaction in having created and build this blog is priceless. When I look at the right side of the above table, I realise last year at the same time the blog was averaging 200 views per month, where it now averages 2000 views per month. My maximum readers are located in India(45,5%), Germany(27%), United States(10%), Canada(2%) and United Kingdom(2%). 23,5% of my readers come from across the world including both English and non-English speaking countries.
I agree I haven’t been the most active blogger on the planet but I have received much better stats than I expected to when I set out to create this blog. The fact that over a thousand people regularly follow what I do is quite astonishing and I am grateful for the support/feedback/criticism I received. I haven’t focused on creating an income stream from this blog in the first year because my primary aim was to create quality content that I and my readers could relate to. Any sponsorships that came along the way were purely co-incidental. I have never been a huge fan of associate programs, mainly because I don’t want to make this blog a micro-mini Amazon and I don’t believe in adding links for products/services that I myself would never use or recommend. Having WordPress host this blog has had quite a few limitations when it comes to using ad-words, but I’m working on fixing that quite soon.
I have a much clearer vision for this blog for Year 2, but I also have a lot more to learn to be anywhere near as good as I want to be. I’ll be moving my focus to website up-gradation and more sponsorships in Year 2 to bring you more enriching content and also work on polishing my digital marketing skills along the way.
Thank you for reading and see you in 2018!