It's hard to believe that this blog is 6 months old. When I started, I was not sure what I would find at this point. I certainly had hoped to have a huge audience and lots of traffic. That has not happened and I suppose there are a number of reasons why. One surprise has bee the Technorati rating (316 as of today) and the Google Page Rank (5 as of today) that this blog has achieved.
How did I get here?
I know that the Know More Media platform helps but that is only a part of the 700+ articles that have linked to this blog. I want to thank all of those that have linked to one or more articles. If I put a link to each of those articles here it would be very long, and it would probably get me in some sort of negative list on Google. I have tried to keep track of those who link to this blog and put a link to them as soon as I can work it in. I used to have a Saturday project to try to build the ranking but it seemed that I was mostly just spending all day on some meme game of little value to those who read this blog.
Having participated in the Age of Conversation project also helped. Being one of 102 contributors that then each linked to all of the others helped. I also got to know more about blogging by reading from those that took part.
I have tried to make comments as often as possible to posts on other blogs where I felt I could contribute. It helps when those blogs have high traffic: Seth, Guy, Krishna, and Chris Garrett being chief among those. Those comments, and a diverse array of subjects have helped to make this blog appear in search results I never had thought it would. These odd searches bring in about 25% of the daily traffic here. I don't try to do any SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or other traffic tricks very often. My posts get highlighted on Digg, StumbleUpon or Newsvine every now and then Perhaps if I wrote about more popular subjects or my style was different, things would be different, but I can only do what I know how to do.
The Squidoo lenses helped (Don't Eat the Steak, Charts for Captains of Commerce, & Modern Magellans), as did the book website. I even made a couple of YouTube videos - Don't Eat the Steak (800+ views) and The 5-Fold Way (80+ views). I posted a few maps and PDF articles on ScribD. I joined a few blogging carnivals and blog directories. The Mattel Toy Recall series also brought in a burst of new visitors. In addition to my LinkedIn membership, I also joined Facebook, MySpace, and Lijit to help people find me. (Some of these may require that you join to see them - that is your call.)
In the end however, what really made all of this worthwhile was the interaction I have been able to have. In addition to those mentioned previously, I would like to give particular notice to CK, Lewis Green, Liz Strauss, and Paul Paetz. I have learned quite a bit during this process and I hope to continue to learn more as things keep going. I have made many new friends and made connections that will be valuable and important for many years to come.
Mostly, I appreciate those who read and comment every day. Please let me know what you think I can do to improve and please continue to read and comment.