Four years ago today I began blogging. Four years may not seem like that long, but the online world is a bit like dog years so it puts me somewhere between an old crone and a young yet experienced hussy. I’ll take it.
In the past I’ve celebrated my bloggiversary with twitter parties, giveaways, blog carnivals. I created fun little graphics and gave away thousands of dollars in stuff. All kinds of stuff. House cluttering stuff. This year I forgot about my bloggiversary until just a couple days ago, which isn’t surprising since I’m middle aged in blogging years. No one wants to admit that they’re (their blog) is getting older.
Instead of a bunch of chaos creating hoopla, I’ve decided to take today to reflect on my blog by the numbers. I’m not talking about the blog subscribers, pageviews, or unique visitors that I can find via Google Analytics and StatCounter. Those numbers have never interested me that much, which is typical of someone with small numbers. Ahem. The numbers I’m looking at are these…
As I start into my fifth year of this strange world where I occasionally pour my heart out into a computer and kind and amazing people somewhere in cyberspace peak through a window into my soul via a screen on their desk or in their laps or held in their hands, there are other numbers I want to begin to focus on more.
I first launched the Resourceful Giving section of this site in February of 2009, and since then I’ve used it to do everything from raise $5,000 for the March of Dimes (go Team Emma!) to share charity campaigns created by the brands we all know and love to help find sponsors for the children of Tanzania.
Here is one more number – 74. This is the number of online “influence” I apparently have according to Klout. But unless that number plays a role in affecting the numbers above, it is completely useless.
When I started blogging in the summer of 2008, I could not imagine that even one person would read what I had to say. Now I cannot believe that I can continue to have a voice and not do more for others with it. Thank you for joining me on this strange journey over the last four years, and thank you in advance for sticking with me as my blogging path continues to shift towards wanting less and doing more.