One Thousand Blog Followers

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How the blogosphere has evolved since 2007!  WordPress.com logged 660 million blog posts in 2015, according to the Year In Review report, published this week. However, I often wonder if blogging, which was the big new thing in the first decade of the century, has peaked. Every year brings more online competition. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, podcasts, on and on.

 

I’ve written well over 1,000 posts since I began blogging on WordPress in 2007. More than 500 posts on this blog alone since it started in 2009. I’ve experimented with several other blogs, but this continues to be my primary blog. My first blog was http://marylandonmymind.com which is now an inactive archive.

Now, one-thousand people have followed this blog! Thank you WordPress. Thanks to all of you who follow and read. You are all welcome to comment as well.

My 1,000th blog follower was logged on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. Additional friends follow on Facebook and Twitter.

WordPress made major revisions to its user interface in 2015. Some minor inconveniences were experienced during the revisions, but for the most part it was not disruptive or even noticed by users. One of the best sources for up-to-date information about WordPress is One Cool Site, by timethief.  See especially this post on One Cool Site for links to other recent information about WordPress.

I personally miss the WordPress spellcheck feature, which now seems to operate like an invisible automatic transmission. I liked the old-fashioned stick-shift version, which required more effort on my part, but also seemed to give the writer more control.

It will be interesting to see if the WordPress changes have a significant impact on the blogging experience going forward.

I continue to wonder about the role of the WordPress reader, which makes following your favorite blogs easier, but also tends to be an intermediary putting the actual blog at arms-length from the person reading.

In the early days of the blogosphere, many people hoped to perhaps make a little money from blogging. Remember all the blogs offering advice on how to profit big-time? You don’t hear much about that anymore! I doubt if many bloggers have benefited from the WordAds program. WordAds opened with a bit of fanfare, but has been keeping a low profile lately.

I personally have not been posting as regularly as I should during the past year. I continue to be uncertain about a focus for the blog. Since my only real expertise is politics, readership tends to go up briefly with each election, but is quite low the rest of the time. I’ve never been able to nail down my niche in the blogosphere. My mind jumps from subject to subject.

Enough ruminating! As always, I hope to be a more dependable blogger in the future.

Are you a longtime blogger, or a newbie? What has your blogging experience taught you?

— John Hayden

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