Holy crap! Can this be true? Someone pinch me!
It’s already been one full month of 2011, and I’ve actually managed to follow through on my one photo and one blog post a day project. Huzzah!
What can I say now looking back?
Well, it’s been a process and a chore, but a fun and interesting one. Remember when I said I regretted not taking enough photos of myself on my travels, sometimes just because I felt awkward being in the photo or taking the photo in a public place? Going just as planned, I think I’m getting more comfortable with the whole process. I mean, taking a photo of myself in the movie theater is something I probably never would have done if it weren’t for the project, but it’s a moment and a memory now captured and shared.
A few people have asked me if I have been blogging every day or if I set them up ahead of time.
For those of you concerned with my dedication, I’ll have you know that I blog every day. I’ve even fallen asleep after a late night with the computer in my lap in bed. What I’ll do when I actually do a bit of traveling is beyond me, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
For anyone interested in seeing the daily photos in one place, I have them all hosted on Flickr. This is my January 2011 set.
Just now, after having a peak, I can see that a HUGE theme for me is food and drink. Spice of life, I say!
It’s been a blogging smorgasbord.
A number of different topics have been brought up in the past month (many involving food and drink), and I have so many more on the list. The only thing I worry about is running out of good ideas, which is why I have been finding myself holding off on writing about one thing until a later time (see: Saving My Beer Posts for a Day You’re Not All Drunk). Maybe I shouldn’t do that? By holding off on the good, I might be bringing up more of the not-so-good writing. Then again, I’m blogging every day!
As for stats, I’ve definitely become addicted to my Google Analytics again. The beginning of the month saw massive gains and heaps of comments, but towards the end of the month these have somewhat leveled out.
Over the previous month, I have seen:
- an increase in visits by 50%
- an increase in pageviews by 63%
- an increase in pages per visit by 9%
- a decrease in bounce rate by 3%
- an increase in time spent on site by 32%
The most popular post of the month has been my Coffee Around the World round-up in both comments and views.
Feedburner subscribers took a good jump up near the beginning, but I think that has more to do with Christine mentioning my blog as part of a bundle in the top 100 inspired travel blogs of 2010. It’s hard to track blog subscribers unless they subscribe via email.
I was a little surprised to see that traffic from search engines had not actually gone up this month, but I’m definitely interested to see if that increases in the coming months now that I have even more content and topics running around.
There have been no gains in terms of income from blogging this month, which is fine and not really something I expected. January has been about building up my sites and content, and spreading myself around where I can. I got a new blog theme that I’m still ironing out with a not-so-male-friendly color palette that I love (sorry, guys, don’t run away), and I have a gazillion ideas for projects I want to do but just don’t have the time.
Final thoughts on the 365 Photo + Blog Project.
Blogging each and every day sort of makes me feel like I’m constantly running without the time to catch up. I can’t reflect on what I write like I normally would do because I have to get it up and out and keep on running to the next. I guess you could say this is more honest writing in the sense that I don’t have the time to really think back and censor and edit like I could. It’s not really a bad thing, but maybe quality is lacking? You tell me.
In the same regards, maybe there is just too many posts for readers to handle? Too late, though. I’m committed to the next 11 months of doing the same.