Last night I discovered that I had just written my one millionth word. Or rather, Adam discovered. I was too busy eating heath bar blondies and researching cake flour varieties online.
But one million words! It’s sorta a big deal, I guess, since I’ve been blogging now for pretty much every day now for almost three and a half years. And even though I’m rather embarrassed of how my blog appeared back in December of 2007, it’s me! My words, my blog. Even if it started out as something totally 100% different than it is now, it’s still me.
I like to think ELR has come a long way but then I realize there’s still so much more I want to do (hint hint: a super fun redesign being launched in the near future!).
I get a lot of questions from people who are just starting out blogging. Usually, they want to know my best advice on how to gain readership and get their name out there. Whenever I get asked questions like that I am severely humbled because, really? I really don’t consider my blog to be a “big blog” at all! There are so many more successful and “bigger” blogs out there that I look up to on a daily basis, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside that some of you feel the same towards me.
But, my best advice for new bloggers is this.
1. Keep at it.
When I started blogging, I had two readers. My mom and dad. When my first comment came in, I was beyond thrilled and didn’t sleep at all the night fifty people commented on one post. Fifty people?! Reading MY blog? It seemed unreal. I couldn’t believe that there was anyone out there who really cared that much about what I was saying.
(note: I never knew what I was talking about back then. I still don’t know what I’m talking about).
2. Invest wisely.
You’ll want to invest in your blog if you really are looking to keep at it long term. The first thing I did three years ago (or actually what my dad did), was buy me my own domain name. I was a thrifty student and didn’t have the $160 to pay for two years of BlueHost hosting (note that I now host with DreamHost) and to be honest, it seemed ridiculously expensive and unnecessary. My dad, however, thought otherwise and gave it to me as a Christmas present. Thanks, dad!
3. Learn about photography.
Invest in a good camera if you are able to. Great photos make all the difference and (again) I turn bright red and cringe when I look back at my old photos! You definitely don’t need some super expensive camera either. You can get wonderful photos from those small Canon Powershots—I used one for years and actually want to get another because they are so handy and small. Those who think you don’t know squat about photography….guess what? Neither do I. Like, at all. I’m lucky to have a supportive (and very talented) boyfriend who has helped me a ton with my photography, but the real best way I’ve learned is by just keeping at it. Take way more photos than you ever think you’ll need and eventually, you’ll learn by trial and error.
4. Get involved.
Get involved in the community! I’m in love with how supportive, caring and passionate the blogging community is. Comment on other people’s blogs, get hooked up with Twitter, Facebook and Stumble Upon. Ask questions, be friendly and get involved.
Some fun stats:
- I started blogging on December 9, 2007. It has been 1151 days or 3 years, 1 month, 25 days.
- 1151 days is equal to 3 years, 1 month, 24 days and can be converted to 99,446,400 seconds, 1,657,440 minutes, 27,624 hours and 164 weeks (rounded down).
- There are 2,602 post within 36 categories.
In terms of comparing 1,000,000 words to some of my favorite works of literature (book nerd alert!), I thought this was interesting:
- The Bible only has 774,746 words.
- The Grapes of Wrath has 169,481 words.
- Little Women has 183,833 words.
- Gone with the Wind has 418,053 words.
- The average word count for a novel is anywhere from 45,000 words to 150,000 words! Woah.
If you think I’m crazy for calculating all that, you’re right. I didn’t. Adam did. Lord knows where he found the time to do that but I love him for it and just fed him a cupcake to prove it.
Read my very first post here!
I know. I know. How much more different could ELR possibly be?
My absolute favorite stat is the fact that over a span of 1,000,000 words, you all have left 137,732 comments!!
I have read every one and y’all are totally the reason why I blog. Your comments never cease to make me smile even on the worst of days and I love reading them as well as your emails.
So thank you! And get ready for 1,000,000 more.