Happy New Year! Time to get back on the blogging bandwagon!!

happy_timesThey say that the best place to start is at the bottom…

2013 was a dismal year for blogging for me. Not that I want to go back over the years to see in what year I posted the least amount of content, but I’m pretty sure that since I started blogging in 2007, last year had to be the worst year on record for me. 13 posts. Wow!

A couple of years ago, I signed up for the daily blogging challenge, and pulled off more than 365 posts that year, without missing a day! That included getting married, and somehow pulling off a post on my wedding day!

Life is busier now for me, without a doubt. Now, I’ve got 4 young boys, and that on it’s own sucks most of my ‘creative’ energy. By the time they are in bed, I am not far behind them! That doesn’t make for much time with my lovely wife. To be honest, it has been a hard year of trying to connect again with the love of my life.

So what better way to start off a new year than to head back to blogging to feel like I can succeed at something! Maybe if I can jump start my brain with some written prose, it will also invigorate my brain enough to have something new and exciting to talk about with my wife. Parenting a bunch of young kids is hard, and the last thing I want is to slowly drift apart from the woman I’ve chosen to share my life with.

2014 will be better. Today’s the start…

 

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Blogging Needs to be Easy. And Google+ makes it that way…

Over the years, I’ve had ebbs and flows of creativity and have ridden the waves of social media much like everyone else. In 2011 I signed up for the Post-a-Day Challenge and managed to do a blog post every day of the year. It was the most successful year for visitors I have had. But, alas, it was not sustainable… Continue reading “Blogging Needs to be Easy. And Google+ makes it that way…”

In choosing to blog daily, look to these 9 tips for help!

I am still debating whether I will attempt another year of blogging daily. If I do, these 9 tips from ProBlogger will surely help! Click through at the bottom to go into the full fledged tips!

  1. Write short, snappy content

  2. Use guest posts

  3. Write daily

  4. Write from the heart

  5. Repurpose your content

  6. Carry a notebook everywhere, and become a keen observer

  7. Use your time wisely

  8. Stay inspired

  9. Love what you do

Looking at the list, I’d say that I’ve become a keen observer. I love to find funny sign mistakes, and odd sights. About 1/2 way through the year, I started posting a Photo of the Day. Keeping a post short and sweet keeps the pressure off as well, and surprisingly, I’ve gained the most followers on the days I kept my posts short and sweet!

The bottom line is to love what you do, and blog about what you love! There is nothing worse than being forced to write about topics you find boring!

I’ve followed Problogger on Twitter for a while now, and today’s tips are just a small snippet of the excellent content over there.

via 9 Steps to a Daily Blogging Schedule.

What are your thoughts on me putting ads on this site?

Today WordPress.com announced that they were opening up the ability to make some money on blogs hosted there. They are starting with blogs that have Custom Domains, like mine!

I wanted to hear from you, my two visitors, and see if you would be OK with me trying to make a small amount to cover the costs of running the site? I am a bit apprehensive about placing ads if they take away from my witty commentary. haha.

I remember signing up for Google Ads a few years ago when I ran my atheist.nu site. The problem was that it looked for words in my content. So as an example, if I was writing about how evolution is true and creationism is not, Google would place ads on a book about how creationism was true or Darwin was a fake. Kinda the opposite of the content I was talking about.

So, I am excited, but with bated breath. I hope WordPress gets it right!

Here is a bit more about the new program.

Some of you may have seen the announcement that WordPress.com has partnered with Federated Media (FM) to provide advertising representation to WordPress.com bloggers. We would like to extend an invitation to you to raise your hand if you are interested in this program by entering this brief form.

WordAds is 100% optional and is designed for bloggers who would like to earn money from their blogs by showing high quality ads from brand advertisers. FM is well known for representing top blogs with high quality ads for sites like BoingBoing and Apple Insider.

Working with WordPress.com, FM can now extend its representation to more sites.

Here is a link for more information. WordAds.

Now Post Comments on Pakos.me Using Twitter and Facebook!

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One of the best things a blogger can hope for is feedback and discussion on his/her posts. Over the last year my site has taken off with people willing to comment on my ramblings. I’ve really appreciated it. It makes blogging so much more enjoyable when I know people read what I have to say, and whether they agree or disagree. Continue reading “Now Post Comments on Pakos.me Using Twitter and Facebook!”

My 5 month Postaday2011 Anniversary.

40th Anniversary Cake

Today I had my 5 month anniversary being a part of the Postaday2011 Challenge! Woot!

This has been a rewarding experiment for me. I have got so much more traffic on the site, and have enjoyed blogging about whatever the hell I want to now. Whether that is a good thing or not, I don’t know, however I now feel like a real, grown up blogger. haha.

Here are my stats so far this year…

I’ve had 17,500 visitors to the site so far this year. That is essentially 1/2 of all the traffic I’ve had since I’ve started blogging on WordPress.com! It’s amazing that if you provide consistent content, that people check out your site regularly? Who knew?

I have noticed  that  a positive trend is that I get more comments on the site now, more subscribers, and I see more referrals from social media sites, like Facebook, and Twitter. I also love getting all that WordPress.com love.It is great to see other bloggers out there commenting on posts.

Thank you everyone for reading my ramblings, and leaving comments…It makes blogging every day seem so easy to do!

If you haven’t yet started blogging regularly, it is never too late to start! Here is where you go to sign up!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/how-to-sign-up-postaday-postaweek/

Get out there and state your mind…

My 4 Month Blog Anniversary! Where I’m at so Far…

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Today marks the 4 month mark for me participating in the Postaday2011 Challenge!

I really didn’t think I would be able to maintain a post a day pace, but am very happy that I haven’t missed a day yet.

I have done 126 posts so far, which puts me a few posts ahead of game.

My top 3 posts this year have been: Continue reading “My 4 Month Blog Anniversary! Where I’m at so Far…”