Celebrating the 4th anniversary of my blog
Time for another milestone in the life of this blog. After celebrating 200 posts recently, it’s time for the 4th birthday! And so much has happened here in these years.
I still remember the first email that I got from WordPress at the end of 2015 to reveal – The blog got 18770 views from 10388 visitors from 144 countries in 15 months of its existence. It also had the top performing posts among other stats. The stats have moved up to 44300 by the end of 2017 leading to an all time total of 1,31,132 views.
TOP PERFORMING POSTS
What is interesting is that the top performing posts on the blog have remained consistent, adding to the views over the years. You may want to check them out here:
Writing is not an easy thing to do. Even harder to do it consistently. The accursed writer’s block is always around waiting to pounce in our creativity. But then once you have the topic nailed down, I think following a process makes it easy to consistently produce content. I have broken it down to 7 easy steps to help you put together a blog post in no time:
Writer’s block is an often discussed topic in blogging and writing communities. Simply put, it is the inability to come up with new ideas and write consistently. It’s either lack of ideas or not being able to write well about them. I think it also includes not having enough motivation to actually sit down and produce some work. There are at least 4 kinds of blocked writers, according to this article in The New Yorker. The situation is more dire for fiction writers who make a living out of it than for casual bloggers. And writer’s block seems to be as old as writing itself given the number of authors through out history who have suggested their own fix to the malady.
Blog Like Suman – The exact answer to how to start a blog!
It was an all women’s batch this time. Blog Like Suman has been a great journey so far. And each session has been so different and interesting depending on the mix of participants and the unique experiences they bring in.
What is Blog Like Suman?
It’s been a journey that completes 2 years this month. July 2014 – a milestone in my life when this blog was conceived and I set out to share my knowledge and experiences on this blog. And I can’t thank all of you enough for the love, support and encouragement you all have shown to this blog. Even though posting on a blog and setting up a thriving training business is hard, I have thoroughly enjoyed pursuing my passion. It has had it’s own ups and downs and I thought this is a good time to look back on them.
It’s scary to traverse unchartered territories when you start something new on your own. It is stepping out of your comfort zone and bid adieu to the predictability of life. You can follow others for inspiration but one’s own journey turns out to be unique and different. It is waking up every morning and taking the next step forward without letting the mammoth journey ahead intimidate you. Easy as it sounds, some days arrive ponderously with self doubt that refuses to go. But ploughing on is the only choice. When I look back, there are a few things that come to mind that might help you in your journey too. So, here they are in no specific order:
Blog Like Suman – the first full day blogging program of Soft Skills Studio was held on 25th June in Mumbai. Even the torrential rains couldn’t dampen the blogging spirit of the enthusiastic bloggers-to-be who turned up. The program, which has always been a half day crash course, was a full day program packed with action. The intention was to be able to have a more comprehensive discussion on blogging and personal branding. Here’s an account of what happened: