Right before I started this blog in Santiago, Chile, I had no idea what a blog was. I was a few years older than the other CIEE study abroad students and was envious that they were already using mysterious devices like Flash Drives and there was talk of something called Facebook. I did not use either of those two things, but I was curious as to how my peers were spending such insane amounts of time on the computer. One of them took the time one day to show me his "blog." He explained that it stood for "web log" and acted as a public online diary for his friends and family to see while he was abroad. I was immediately intrigued and asked him to help me set up my own that same day. Six hundred posts later I like blogging even more than when I started and hope to keep going at least for awhile yet.
Here's some interesting statistics that Blogger provides related to page hits and popularity:
- Currently there are 464 published comments on the blog
- So far I've made a whopping $66.92 using Google AdSense (since when I started in 2009). Looks like I don't get to quit my day job to blog anytime soon.
- My total view count for the blog to date is 128877
- The most popular post by far was the one about "Matching Couples T-Shirts." I've even seen my pictures on that particular post show up on other blogs about lookalike couples as well.
- Most people stumble on the blog simply by searching for key words on Google
- My first post was written on February 2, 2006 when I was studying abroad in Chile. Quite a bit has changed since then!
One of the most fun (and addictive) parts of blogging is that you get to know other writers in the online community. I really enjoy following other friends and family; it's particularly special when I'm far away from home. Thanks to anyone who reads the blog - I always appreciate the support and comments. Please let me know if you write too as I'd like to follow your adventures as well! My future goal for blogging - to try and get Sean to write at least one "guest post." Here's hoping!