Wow! Â That’s basically all I can say. But since no one wants to read a one word blog post, I guess I should say more.
With 2015 safely behind us, Mike’s Bloggity Blog is celebrating something I didn’t ever think was possible. Â I’ve done the calculationsÂ (Thanks, Google Analytics) and I can now officially say that more than one million different people visited the blog in 2015!! Â I include the word ‘different’ so that you don’t think I mean that my mom visited the blog one million times. I say the word ‘different’ because it means that one million different people around the world took some time to see what was happening on Mike’s Bloggity Blog last year.
I can keep typing it, but I don’t think I’ll ever actually believe it! I’m definitely obligated to dole out more than a million thank yous, which is definitely the plan.
The milestone is both a professional and a personal one for me. Â Professional because Mike’s Bloggity Blog is now my full time job, and it has been for more than two years. Â That milestone tells me to keep at it. Which, when writing is your profession, you need to tell yourself every now and then.Â Â And personally, the milestone is almost too much for me to really comprehend. Â The blog turns ten years old in 2016 (another milestone I can’t really believe), and I can tell you that I love writing it more than ever. Â I’ll be the first to admit to say that sometimes I go back and read the more than 4,000 blog posts. Mike’s Bloggity Blog is really a big year book of my life, my loves and my travels. I feel incredible lucky to have it. Which is why that even if the blog ever stops being my job, I know I’ll never stop writing it. Writing is in my bones, my DNA. If I don’t write, I get antsy. I feel weird. Which is why I write it. That’s what I tell every single person that tells me they too want to start a blog. Â If you like you write, then you’ll like to blog. Start by writing something you love, the rest will hopefully work itself out.
Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t love talking about blog numbers, but it’s part of “the biz.” Â Movies report box office gross, TV networks tout ratings, as do radio stations. And blogs are no different. But I won’t be doing it all the time, because that’s really only interesting to blogging nerds like me. But this one was a big one, so I hope you don’t mind that I shared!
So here we are 2016. Â I’m not sure what this year will bring, but I’m so excited to find out. I hope it includes more travels, amazing stories and yes, hopefully another million readers. But even if there’s just one (hi mom!), I appreciate that you swung by. Whether it’s once or a million times. I see you and I appreciate it. Â So here’s to an amazing year. Ready, set, go!