To talk about milestones may be a bit exaggerated, but I was more than delighted to welcome the 1.000th visitor to Bell Tower Birding yesterday, since I started at the End of last year's November. Sadly, I was asleep when someone from Long Beach, California - for the 1.000th time - had a typo and ended up accidentally at Bell Tower Birding, or otherwise we could have had a little on-line celebration.
Right now I have somewhere between 25 and 30 visits per day and I know that other sites get 1.000 visits easily in one or two days or even a handful of hours, but this baby of mine is meant to be growing slowly but steadily, and as they say: "the road is the goal" (in German anyway, don't know if it works in English as well), I am enjoying the ride and don't mind if reaching the top of the pops takes a bit longer.
By a lucky coincidence, Mike recently had a great post on blogging, I know you've read it and know what I mean, but here's the link anyway.
In this post, he quotes Jason Kaneshiro (visit here if you - like me - have no idea who he is and what he does) who presented 9 tips for anyone who wants to "move forward in the blogosphere". John at "A DC Birding Blog" has also covered the issue here.
So when I reached a Thousand visitors - and with it realized the responsibility I have for not wasting so many people's time - I thought I'd check how I am doing regarding these 9 Tips.
So here goes ...
1. Blog Often
Bad, bad blogger!
Shame on me.
Below is a small graph that shows how "nicely" the number of my posts per month has developed.
Well, blame it on a lack of time or any other excuse, but this trend just has to be reversed now!
I promise things will get more diverse again.
2. Figure out a Niche
Oh, that's difficult. What could my niche within the birding blogosphere possibly be? It's not "birding in South-East Michigan", because that niche is already occupied by excellent blogs (e.g. Nuthatch or WoodSong).
Birding at the Arb? Ha, if ever I'd get there!
German Dude trying to find his way through North American birding?
Hey, I suppose my niche is to have no niche at all?
3. Learn the Technical Stuff
I'm quite happy I manage the basics of blogger, but I'll try to shift into advanced mode soon, as soon as I start posting more than once a week again so it's worth it!
4. Read other people's Blogs regularly
That's easily done, I always check the links on my site on a daily basis, mostly even several times!
5. Comment on other blogs
I try. If I have something to tell, which doesn't happen all too often.
6. Read up on how to write
No, I won't. My job is writing assessments day by day by day, sometimes a 150-pages document within not even a handful of days. I am not going to read up on how to write because if I get some time off writing to do what I please, I try to go birding!
7. Write posts that you want to read
You mean like a post I'd stick to even if I accidentally landed on my blog? Hmmm, actually this is part of the reason why I didn't blog regularly in March: no ideas, brain drained. So here I might say again "I try".
8. Figure out why you're blogging
Well, for fame and fortunes, why else? Or maybe because Charlie said I should? Or - gasp - because it is fun to do? I'm still working on this one, stay tuned... Funny how I never reflected upon the why, yet.
9. Set some goals for yourself
Goal No. 1 is easy: start blogging on a regular basis again. That should be achieved soon.
Goal No. 2: expand your blogging and the fun you get out of it
Goal No. 3: fame and fortunes
All right, so I am all set, ready for 2.000!
Let's go on then!