Well, it’s been over three months since I’ve started this blog. Even though I launched it in December I didn’t really have much visitors nor comments back then, and no subscribers. I just checked my Feedburner stats today, and downloaded the detailed report in Excel format. I got my first RSS subscriber on January 8, 2007, and on March 27 it reached 71, but then dropped down to the current state (boohoo).

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My Technorati ranking was 1,170,499 (4 links from 3 blogs) on January 17 and now it’s 33,490 (210 links from 115 blogs) and favorited by 6 members (thank you Andrew, Shankar, Bes, Joey, Simonne and Alex)

On January 1st my blog had only 11 visitors and on March 31st a record was broken – I had 510 visitors on my blog. I think it’s quite an achievement considering that I haven’t been vigorously promoting my blog and it hasn’t been dugg to Digg’s front page.

But the best accomplishment of this blog is that I’ve met some incredible bloggers and perhaps potential friends.
I don’t want to sound like a phony celebrity thanking fans for buying her CDs, but I am really grateful to all my readers for your continuous support and appreciation.

I was trying my best to post daily on this blog, occasionally skipping a day, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with the daily posts in future. The reason is that for the last 6 months I’ve been working from home, but on Monday, April 2nd I’m starting a new full time job and going back to the corporate world.

I really enjoy freelancing and working from home (especially with the baby around, no commuting, and other benefits of being your own boss), but nothing beats a good steady income, benefits, a great company to work for and the fact that it’s not too far from home. I will continue freelancing part-time and, of course, blogging. But I just wanted to give you heads up for a potential decrease in my posting frequency. Nonetheless, I’ll for sure try to post at least every other day, so you’ll be getting 3-4 posts per week from me.

And guess what? My first full-time job after graduating the university I started on April 1st(it did fall on Monday that year) – I couldn’t believe it, I thought they’re playing an April 1st Joke on me. When I got hired by this company, I too asked them – it’s not a Fool’s Day joke, is it? Apparently not.

Thanks again for sticking around. Make jokes and laugh on April 1st just don’t let yourself be fooled. Initially, I was planning to trick you all by announcing this blog’s retirement, but then I thought that you’re all too smart to be fooled by it on April 1st (or worse – sue me for not giving away the promised prizes), so instead I decided to tell you the truth and nothing but the truth. :-)
You do believe me, don’t you?

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12 Insightful Bits in response to “Blogging in Review”

  1. ibit

    I just read John Chow’s prank on his readers that he sold his business and is retiring from his blog. Just wanted to assure you that I didn’t read his post prior to writing mine.

  2. I think these are great accomplishments in just three months! Keep it up! :)

  3. Hey, good luck in your new job! I’ll still be reading your blog, regardless the frequency of your posts. I’m sure you’ll manage to find some time to write some inspiration bits from time to time.

    I have just read John Chow’s last post: I believe it’s true, and he chose this day to announce it on purpose. He’s evil, after all, isn’t he?

  4. Congrats on the success here. Love reading month in review type posts. Best wished in the corporate world.

  5. ibit

    Thanks everyone.

    Simonne, John Chow is blogging for fun, plus he’s got too big of an ego to let it all go and vanish in obscurities of wealth. He knows it really well, that nobody is going to visit his blog without him.

  6. Congrats on the growth! :) And don’t worry about RSS subscriber count. ;) If you want to see how the subscriber count fluctuates, keep an eye on my blog. In a single week, my subscriber count reaches 495 and drops to 330+.

    Even I used to worry about this huge fluctuation but all my worries vanished away when I came to know that I’ve about 100 feed subscribers who use Internet Explorer 7 or Flock to read my feeds.

    Now it was clear to me that my subscriber count goes down when most of these people aren’t browsing the Web. It goes high when the same people read my feed in their browsers.

  7. I love stats. Thanks for the historical look at your blog stats. You are still in my feed. Welcome to the corporate world.

  8. ibit

    Thanks for the fluctuation explanations, Avinash.

    Thanks for keeping my blog in your feed, Joey :-)

  9. Good luck with your job! :)
    Those counts keep on fluctuating.

  10. Jess

    Congrats on your success! I just stumbled across your site a few days ago and browsed around. Then I decided to comment! :)

  11. Bes

    lol, I believe you, of course. Congratulations again on the growing success.

    Also, heh, I think it will be a very cruel joke to hire someone just for an April 1st prank lol. Though that does give me some very interesting ideas.

    Question: why can’t we have pranks and fun like this all year long? 0_0

  12. ibit

    who says we can’t have fun all year long? I always like injecting a few bits of humour here or there on my and other blogs, and I appreciate when others do the same.

    Although sometimes it is hard to see whether a person is joking or serious just based on the writing, but fortunately we have those cute smilies, so when in doubt just type that funny face :-)

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