October 3, 2011 was when I officially launched my blog. Today is the one year anniversary of that first post, so I’d like to mark the occasion with some cake! Actually, I’d like to devote this post to sharing a few statistics and thanking those who have helped and inspired me over the past year.
As of this writing, my site has received over 7,800 visits in the past year. My most popular post has been 6 Ways To A More Contact-Friendly LinkedIn Profile (Part 1). My post on The Lost Art of the Thank You has generated the most comments to date (so, thank you!). I’m still on a quest to have the country visits map completely filled in. I’ve had readers from 86 different countries visit my site at least once since February 2012 (when this metric became available).
When I first launched my consultancy business, several people recommended that I blog as a way to demonstrate my expertise. I’d like to sincerely thank Greg Taylor, Chris Bigelow, Dorothy Johnson, Bill Griffin, Kelly Mullaney, Luis Martinez, Rob Ewanow, Fred Kopp, Ed Ritter and Deb Mourey for their advice and encouragement to start blogging. I’m sure there are others who provided similar sage advice who I’m inadvertently leaving out (my apologies to you if I did).
I’d like to thank those who have subscribed to my blog. There are literally millions of blogs out there, so the fact that you find mine worthy to subscribe to is both flattering and inspirational to me. I’d also like to thank those who have shared my posts along the way via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and via email. Thank you to those who have taken the time to comment on one or more of my posts.
Last but not least . . . I’d like to thank my wife, who is my confidant, cheerleader and proofreader when it comes to my blog. I regularly run ideas and draft posts past her for feedback. Her suggestions for improvements and corrections are always spot-on. Without her support and help, my blog would be half of what it is.
Thank you all for a great first year of blogging! I look forward to year two and hope you’ll continue to join me each week!