I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but today, ‘Sota turns two!
(Here’s hoping it doesn’t start throwing tantrums in the middle of the supermarket when I refuse to buy it Fruit Stripe gum.)
In honor of this special day, I’m celebrating by sharing my two favorite posts from the past year, along with two semi-major accomplishments, and two things I’ve learned. Let’s dig right in shall we?
Katrina Shaming - Like dog shaming…but with opposable thumbs! (And clothes from K-Mart.)
I got a check from Google!
Sure, it was for a mere $107, and took 14 months to earn…but you guys…Google wrote me a check! Obviously, the goal of this blog has never been (and never will be) to make money. Still, it only made sense to slap a few ads on my pages and turn somewhat of a profit from something in which I invest so much of my time.
Scott crunched the numbers, and pointed out that I’m earning approximately .03 cents an hour. (Guess who’s no longer getting a delicious slice of blog birthday cake?)
I’m kind of, maybe, just a little bit a real writer!
My writing is going to be published online!
By somebody other than me!
(I kind of have to pinch myself every time I say this.)
A good friend in New York, who reads the blog from time to time, asked me to become a contributor for Levo League – an online community for Gen Y women. Obviously I jumped at the chance! My first piece, ‘The Dress Code Dilemma’, goes up early next week. I couldn’t be more thrilled for this new partnership and hope to continue to write many more pieces for Levo League.
(This will also probably the only time my writing will be 100% error-free, as there’s an actual editor combing through it before it goes live. Talk about a first!)
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
Always update your WordPress theme
All in all, some questionable characters from Eastern Europe were able to completely take down my site on four different occasions. Thankfully, the people at BlueHost were able to completely restore things after every single incident. I don’t even think they rolled their eyes when I called back for the sixty-eighth time! (Although it was over the phone, so I suppose I can’t be entirely sure.)
After a bit of tech support sleuthing, we were able to determine that the hackers were using my outdated WordPress theme and plugins as a back door to wreak some serious internet havoc.
The moral of this story? Always stay on top of your WordPress updates.
It’s not all about the numbers
I had set a goal to reach 2,000 subscribers by today. Clearly, that didn’t happen.
But you know what? I’m celebrating anyway! The blog continues to grow, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that people I don’t know actually choose to come here and read my daily musings/first world complaints. It’s beyond flattering.
I’ve built great connections and–I hope this isn’t weird to say– feel like I’ve become friends with some of you frequent commenters! Sure, I make six cents a day in ads and only gained 100 new subscribers this year…but I don’t care! I feel like we have a great thing going, and I’m oh-so-thankful to every single person who is apart of this relatively small, but slowly growing community. Thank you, from the bottom of my Whirley-Pop lovin’ heart for reading my daily nonsense and not judging me when I fail miserably at litter box training my chihuahua or decide to compete in a beauty pageant. Your readership means the world to me.
*Side note: Scott has graciously volunteered to clean the bathrooms today in honor of my second blogiversary. Looks like he’ll be getting a slice of birthday cake, after all.
**Psst! Missed last year’s blogiversary? You can read all about it here.