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My Gray Matter Blog, One Year Later

one year laterI started this blog on this date, exactly one year ago, in 2020. One year later, but as of yesterday, I’ve posted or reposted (from old blogs) 365 blog entries, one for each day of the year. That wasn’t planned. In fact, I didn’t even know how many posts there were until I counted them.

There should have been more. My first blog, the one I ended in 2013, had well over 2000 blog posts. There would have been even more had I not deleted half of them. That was a different era. Blogging really took off in the early 2000s. The number of blogs in existence today pales in comparison.

Blog Traffic

I haven’t been keeping track, not like in the old days. Every once in a while, I’ll take a look at my statistics. I use the free tier of Statcounter and the log has never filled in one day. Two days is the best I’ve seen. I seem to average around a hundred unique visitors a day, reaching nearly 200 on some days and dropping to around 80 on others.

Self-promotion isn’t my thing, and I don’t like to spend more than a few minutes at a time doing it. And that’s only because it must be done, or I probably wouldn’t get any visitors at all. I post the links on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Pinterest. That’s it.

Advertising

I’ve used Google AdSense for years, and I’ve lost track of how much I’ve made using it. It really doesn’t matter because it’s never been my primary source of income. The best months happened in 2011, when I made over $1000 a month. Today, I’ll be lucky to reach $20 a month. Again, it doesn’t matter.

I’ve tried other advertising services over the years, and they didn’t work any better. More than anything, they seemed to slow things down, and I know people hate to wait for web pages to load.

Where to Go From Here?

I updated my about page yesterday. What I added was more important that what I removed. I’ll probably keep this blog going until I can’t. I’m 60 and I started with eight siblings. Three have already passed, and not one of them made it past 70. The oldest of those that remain is 67 and the youngest is 55.

It’s much easier to keep it going, as something to occupy my time, than to try and fill the void if I don’t. It costs me less than $80 a year to host as many websites as I want, and I make more than that from advertising alone. In other words, it effectively costs me nothing.

Regardless of what I think about it today, things can change greatly by the time I reach the second year. That is, if I reach the second year.

Image Attribution: Jeevan Singla from Pixabay

Author: RT Cunningham
Date: July 10, 2021 (UTC)
Categories: Blogging

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