News: A Milestone and You All Rock

Milestone - You RockA lot of blogs mark milestones. Generally it’s not something I bother doing. I’m a very quiet person who is very modest with my own accomplishments, whatever they area. However, this milestone is all about the readers of this blog.

Despite the above, I do need to give some info to qualify this achievement. I started the blog on June 30th, 2009 as a resource for commission work I was doing. On January 29th, 2010 I began ‘officially’ blogging and putting up various articles. So, for the sake of argument we’ll say the blog really began 17 months ago.

The top commenters here.

In the 17 months I’ve run the blog my authors and I have put up 391 articles; an article every 1.3 days. Now, the milestone is that the blog has now breached 1,000 comments! 1008 Comments to be precise, at least as I type this. That means on average every article receives 2.6 comments and that 2 comments are posted a day. I feel that’s pretty damn good for this small blog.

Most of those comments have come in the past 11 months when I really began putting a lot of time and effort into the blog and promoting it as much as I could. Anyone who has ever run a blog can tell you it’s a lot of work and the more you put into it the more you get out of it. It’s accomplishments like this that prove all the effort is worthwhile.

For me it’s not about how many articles I produce, or even how many views an article gets. Of course I enjoy when an article gets a lot of views and some exposure but if people aren’t compelled to comment and don’t find the material inspiring or thought-provoking enough to remark on it then the article has failed. The true measure of a blog is the community it creates. It’s about having an atmosphere that people enjoy returning to and discussing your articles with you. If you can succeed in that then you’ve succeeded as a blog.

So, a big thanks to all the readers out there and most importantly those of you who take the time to comment. I know I wouldn’t be writing articles if it wasn’t for the cool people who visit here.

  • Your very welcome,  it is really satisfying when someone leaves a comment more than if they just follow and not. It makes you feel like it’s a little more worthwhile. I’ve had my blog over just over a month and it is alot of work, I have put ALOT of time into it, being that I’m unemployed I can and it is paying off. It makes you feel all warm inside haha.

    • Agreed. I ‘follow’ a lot of blogs but the ones I comment on are few by comparison. Getting comments is probably the hardest things going for a blogger. I’ve had articles with a ton of views and no comments. I quickly learned that the reader to commenter turnover ratio is pretty damn low.

      Keep at it. Blogging can become strangely addictive, at least I found it strange to enjoy it so much, heh.

  • And a big thanks to me! Lookit that! I’m number two! I’m number two!

    Buuuut, seriously :) Awesome work. It is an excellent turnout, but I also find that commenting isn’t something you see too often.

    •  That’s why I always try and leave a comment on any article I read, even if it’s just ‘Great article’.

      • Anonymous

        Haha,  what you’re saying is, I can easily tell which of my articles you read and which ones you don’t, determined solely by your commenting or not?  :-p

        I’m just playin!  But wow… I didn’t realize I was your top commenter.  I don’t really comment on a lot of other blogs, to be honest- much of the time I find the subject matter unapproachable or difficult to find something to say about on other blogs.

        Yours tends to be better in that regard :)

        •  Actually, you’re pretty accurate regarding which of your articles I read :) Though, I do tend to read more than I comment on but do try and comment on most.

          Thanks for the compliment. Maybe it’s because I don’t preach and make all encompassing claims on all subject matter as a lot of other blogs do.

  • Well done mate, that’s a great result, and it’s because your blog is consistent, unpretentious and always has good practical advice.  That’s why I like it anyway :)

    It’s amazing how wide the views:comments ratio can be. I’ve been going for about four and a half months and have 210 comments, (which is a bit less than you comparatively), and a lot of them are probably me replying to people!

    • That’s how it should be. Most comments made here have a reply by me, as long as they ‘need’ one, not all do. So, yeah, I’d say a fair percentage of the comments here are made by me. However, it’s for that reason that the comments do come. People aren’t prone to commenting somewhere that the author isn’t responsive and just doesn’t seem to care they are there replying to his/her article.

  • Anonymous

    Dude its you. I really appreciate your time put into the hobby. Everyone is in it for-themselves but you are one of the few that naturally make the hobby better for everyone around them. Its something that I try to duplicate but you do it with ease.  

    •  I appreciate it.

%d bloggers like this: