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By the Numbers: A Month of Daily Posting

Cheers -- the 2011 Blogathon is complete!

The 2011 WordCount Blogathon is officially over, and I have to say, I’m relieved it’s behind me yet so glad to have taken part. It isn’t easy to post every day, especially when you’re already churning out a lot of words on a daily basis. I have a copywriting client whom I work with daily, a ghost blogging gig I do weekly, a number of monthly jobs, and tons of other regular and one-off assignments. (But I can always use more! Check out my portfolio here.) All that, of course, eats into the time I’d love to spend bolstering the content and readership of this blog. This challenge was great in that it made me put this project on par with all others and got me to commit to a regular posting habit.

There were great benefits to that. Here’s a look at my month in numbers:

31: posts written
325: percentage increase in traffic
34: number of countries represented by readers
40: number of U.S. states represented by readers

Here are the most popular posts for the month:

1. Tips for Top Travel Photos
2. Bremerton’s Famed Armed Forces Day Parade
3. Mystical Waters: Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
4. Blogathon Haiku Day: Travel Poetry
5. When Travel Goes Wrong

A big thanks to everyone who stopped by during the month, with a special shout-out to all those who left comments. And major props to Michelle Rafter, a fellow freelance journalist who organizes all of this.


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11 Responses to “By the Numbers: A Month of Daily Posting”

  1. Julia says:

    I love numbers summaries! Great recap — congratulations from a fellow finisher! Great job!

  2. Thanks for the shout out, and congratulations for finishing the challenge. I think that journalists typically do well in this challenge because they’re already used to writing on a regular basis – what’s another 300-500 words a day, right? I loved getting to know you and your blog, and hope that you’ll continue to check in on the Google Group. Good luck with all your blogging endeavors.


    • Haley says:

      That’s a good point — when daily writing deadlines are already part of your routine, adding in another one isn’t much of a stretch.

  3. Alison Law says:

    Congrats, Haley! Glad you saw such tangible results. Cute photo. Best, Alison

    • Haley says:

      Seeing the traffic increases really was a motivator. And thanks for the comment on the photo — my mom says I look 16 in it and thus shouldn’t post it. :(

  4. Jan Udlock says:

    Kaaa-uute picture of you! Beautiful job using numbers on your post and very impressive. I’m trying to stay away from blogs for a few days…and I’m not succeeding. :) Great work. Are you getting the I did it badge?

    • Haley says:

      Thanks, Jan! And thanks for the reminder that I need to go collect my badge. It is tough to break the blogs habit now that it’s been cemented this past month.

  5. Harry Marks says:

    Congrats on making it to the end! It was a hell of a ride and I thought of saying, “Screw it,” on several occasions.

    Love the site and added it to my RSS reader – you are officially my only non-tech RSS feed :) Maybe one day I’ll get to go places that don’t end in “NJ”, but for now I’ll live in the exotic location I lovingly call “Piscataway”.

    I’m intrigued by your percentage increase in readership – other than social media and posting great content, did you take other avenues to promote your work? Just curious (pun slightly intended.)

    Anywho, can’t wait to read more about your travels – keep up the great work!

    – Harry Marks

    • Haley says:

      So honored to be the lone non-tech entry in your RSS reader! I have to say that the jump in traffic was largely due to abysmal numbers pre-Blogathon. Social media helped a lot (days that I posted to the Google Group and Twitter were usually better than days I didn’t) and I tried to comment on lots of people’s blogs, but otherwise, I didn’t do anything special. I did find that my most popular post was about a timely event that most people found through googling the name of the event. That’s a good lesson for me in the benefits of writing about something newsworthy.

      And hey, NJ has plenty to explore — if you enjoy the beautiful Turnpike landscape and suspect smells. (Kidding! There are lots of travel-worthy places in New Jersey.)

      Looks like you’re still going strong with daily blogging! I feel guilty, but I’m already taking a break. :)

      • Harry Marks says:

        Ah, the Turnpike – New Jersey’s cholesterol and smoke-filled aorta. Those smells are a combination of swamp land and shame. Mostly shame. ;)

        I agree – the newsworthy stuff brings more traffic to my site, too. And I need to comment on more blogs…I always forget that.


        – Harry

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