February 24, 2012

One Year Blogiversary

One year ago I made the plunge from my own home grown blogging software to WordPress. At the time I was at a cross roads with my website. I wanted to preserve what I had built as a teenager, but the old website no longer ‘fit’ me. After much back and forth, I decided to give WordPress a try.

It’s been an exciting year, one I’m very happy to have the chance to blog about. Over the summer I had an internship at Bing in Seattle, which meant spending the summer away from my husband. Of course, there’s the exciting news of our pregnancy, something I have been waiting for for so long. I was also pinned on pinterest, which I’m still over the moon about! I love looking back at the highlights.

So far I don’t think I have any regular readers. I hope that changes one day. I’ve had some good advice, both over email and comments about the cake pops, and I know some you have great crafting/travel/saving tips, and I’d love to hear them!

While the change to wordpress has been great in general, there’s one thing that annoys me. I often go back over old entries and fix typos. (I’m dyslexic so there are always quite a few.) Each time I re-edit a blog post all the back links get updated to reflect the date of the edit, not the date of the first post. I guess it makes sense, since the first edition may not have had the reference, but I’d rather pretend the typos never existed.

Interestingly, I’ve gotten three requests for advertisers wanting to buy ad space on certain posts. Three! I’ve turned them down. Sure it would be nice to supplement (or replace!) my grad school stipend with revenue from my blog, but I’m missing the two most important features for a blog from an advertiser’s perspective: an audience and a clear focus. Since so much of my blog is about saving money, I’m also not sure how accepting specific advertisements will affect my credibility. Also, I’m pretty sure these offers were spam and not legitimate requests for ad placement.

I may revisit the idea of accepting advertising or sponsorship sometime in the future, but for now I think I’ll stick with Amazon’s Affiliate Program and Google AdSense. After a year of blogging, I’ve earned a full dollar!

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