The Blogathon is over. And so is may. I am depressed, because it has been so much fun. Fellow Blogathoners, you've all been great!
Tomorrow is the wrap party, which I won't be attending - first, because I will be working at my day job when the party takes place (oh well) and second, because I still haven't signed up for Twitter, where it will take place. However, I've done a little research on my blog statistics and:
1. I received 31 comments on posts posted during the Blogathon. For the entire two plus years of my blog previous to this May, I only received 7 (not counting the spam I had to delete before Blogger increased its blog filter. As a result of the spam, I turned off commenting for a couple of months.)
I hope some of my Blogathon readers stay with me. I will try to make it worth your while.
2. Traffic to my blog increased. Although the top two viewers are people who knew about my blog previous to the Blogathon, I did get increased traffic overall. (and yes, I know who has been viewing, and I thank each and every one of you for reading.)
3. I got the opportunity to guest blog post on two blogs - one person I knew beforehand (although I've only met her once) and the other was on a blog I had never heard of before the Blogathon.
4. I got to stretch myself, blogging alongside several professional writers. These professional writers leave me breathless, by the way. It is obviously a LOT of hard work - work I'm not sure I am ready for. Yet, if the worst ever happens and I find myself unemployed, I have an idea now of directions that I can go.
And, to those people, thank you for being gentle with me.
5. I know now what people are interested in when reading my blog. The gardening and weather posts seem to be getting the most attention. Although, my #1 post ever (to my amazement) was not Blogathon related but a post from last year concerning dinosaurs that briefly invaded Binghamton, before vandals put an end to their reign.
My "to do" list
1. Give thought to where I want to go with this blog. Should I dedicate it to gardening and perhaps local food? Or, as an alternative, have "theme days"? (I don't think I am going to keep posting 7 days a week!)
2 Improve my proof reading skills. (also see #3)
3. Perhaps buy a style book? Or learn something about grammar? Do more editing? Sometimes, after I post, I find sentences that made sense in my head, but not on screen. I have to go back and edit the posted post.
4. Play less FarmVille? Would you believe, I didn't take the cheap way out and blog about FarmVille, not once? (Also, I played Angry Birds for the first time this weekend - I'm staying far away from that)
5. Continue to visit, and comment, on other blogs. This is something I did very little of (the commenting part, anyway) before the Blogathon. I now realize how important it is.
6. Mine my blog a little more - now that I have over two years of material, I can revisit some of the older material and see if I have grown in my writing.
7. Keep that momentum going! I'm not one for "new year's resolutions" but hey, it's May!
And, last but not least-
8. Look forward to Blogathon 2012.