I’m writing this at 12:30 as I wait for the Time Warner Cable representative who was supposed to be at my house between 10:00 and 12:00. I hate those cable windows of time, because I have absolutely no faith that they will be honored. And as a result, I had to take two hours off from work and my cable still isn’t working.
Anyway, on a completely different note, hopefully by tomorrow at this time, you should see a new look for The Constant Complainer. With the help of MEC Systems, we’ve developed a new logo. We’re also going to change the layout to three columns and upload a new theme with different colors. In the meantime, that’s why the banners and widgets are temporarily deactivated.
Working on the new look for the site gave me the chance to reminisce about this past year. Considering I started it from scratch and knew nothing about blogs at the time, it has worked out pretty well.
The idea for The Constant Complainer came to me while driving early last May. By May 28th, we were live. In just under 12 months, we’ve had 141 posts. Of those 141 posts, 50 were Guest Posts by 11 different authors. We’ve approved 3,410 comments and had more than 38,000 visitors. Those 38,000 visitors have looked at more than 120,000 pages and we have an average length of visitor stay of more than six minutes. Our Alexa rating has been as low as 1.4. We won a “Blog of the Day Award” from Famous Blogs, “Best Blog in Cleveland” from Cleveland Scene, the “Eff You Award” from Mom’s Crazy Life and were nominated for three “Bloggers Choice Awards.” Not too shabby for a non-daily blog!
People often ask me how many blogs I follow. The answer is 43. That means that I try to visit them as frequently as I can and comment. Keep in mind that most of my blogging is done late at night after my family has gone to bed. That’s the only free time I have. But my wife has been very supportive of this project and I’m very grateful for that.
Anyway, I guess I got a little carried away with the above-statistics. The Constant Complainer may not compare to your blog’s numbers, but I’m proud of my accomplishments in a little over a year. In theory, they say that you have a good blog if you have content vs. visitors vs. comments. We have all three. And I’ll continue to work hard to keep this site entertaining.
But I have to tell you; the coolest thing about blogging is the people you meet. You know; the blogging circuit… Three of my best teachers have been Christina Bledsoe, Extreme John and Dani. They all run successful blogs, I’ve reached out to them on numerous occasions with questions and they’ve been there for me. Thank you! Like I said, I didn’t know squat about blogging when I launched this site. I just had an “idea.” And to the countless other people I now correspond regularly with, like Jennifer Juniper, Jenny Georgio-who, SFL, Reforming Geek, C. Princess, Kat and Jen, it’s been great getting to know you. And to the original core followers like Neo Con Don, Leo Nevoli, Tristan, Mike, Zig, Steve, Tall Elf and Sugar, I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m sure I missed someone, but it wasn’t intentional. Here’s to another year of fun!
P.S. Click here to see an article Neo Con Don just sent me. This guy was arrested for threatening a telemarketer on the phone. LOL. This story was too funny not to mention…