“What if no one reads it?”
“What if people write mean things in the comments?”
“But are hot dogs REALLY the right topic for a first post?”
“I’ve got 10 views now! Oh, how many of those are just me clicking on things?”
Clearly, I had a lot of worries when I started blogging.
Hard as it is for me to imagine, the blog is a year old today. Back when I started I never would have thought I’d keep it going this long, but I under-estimated the fun of blogging, and getting to know so many of you through your own blogs. I love that every blog has its own little community and a different feeling when you virtually “walk” into it. All of my initial worries became completely irrelevant…
So, a big thank you to all of my readers for your support. I’ve loved seeing some of you getting excited about your first trip to Iceland, and then hearing about your experience when you return. Some bloggers have hooked me in just through great writing, and I hope that I have picked up some tips from you along the way.
A few things I’ve learned:
- Some readers come and go and that’s ok.
- I’ve stopped being obsessed with stats – they go up and down for no real reason!
- Write about whatever you feel like writing about and don’t get too tied down to your “topic” if you have one.
- The only people who comment are other bloggers, because they understand that it’s helpful to get something back from your audience.
Going forward, I’d like to keep the blog interesting by trying different things – guest posts and giveaways have been my first ideas borrowed from other blogs that seem to work well. If I’m going to dream big, I’d love to be paid to do something Iceland-related for a living! You never know…
To close, I leave you with a link to my most popular post from the last year, on “10 Good Reasons to Live in Iceland” – I wouldn’t say it was the best post but it must have hit the search engines in all the right places. My second most popular post was “Icelandic Girls Rock!” which was a perfectly innocent post from me about music but I found there are a worrying amount of people searching for Icelandic girls out there…
Here’s to another year of blogging!