Happy Blogiversary to me!
A little over a year ago, I decided to start a blog. A year ago today was when my boyfriend finished setting it up and I posted my very first posts! The first day, I posted 4 mini-posts, mostly analyzing the 3.1 PTR patch note changes. This also means that I have been in my current guild, Conspiracy, for almost a year, too!
Since I was already pretty well known amongst druids from my long time posting (& stickied leveling guide) in the druid forums, this blog really started out with a bang and has continued to pass my expectations every day. On March 24th (Only a short time after starting the blog), I got linked on Wowinsider, and my first huge jump in hit #’s (4,300 visitors in 1 day). Then, every other large jump in my analytics is usually either a patch day or another day I was linked on wow.com. I even had to change hosting services in my first month (that’s the strange dip at the beginning of April that analytics didn’t pick up readers for that day). Good times!
Here is the analytic break down by day across the last year:
And my hope is that over the next year, these numbers are going to get even bigger. With Cataclysm coming, and so much changing for WOW and the druid class, I can’t wait to see what Restokin will bring over the next year! I have slowed down my posting speed a little bit compared to the rapid pace that I was pushing out articles in my first couple months of blogging. However, I have also worked to increase the quality of the posts that I release, and I frequently work to update my leveling and healing guides.
I really just wanted to say thank you to all the druids AND non-druids out there who read my blog. I wouldn’t be who I am today without all of you. I love being part of the WOW community and the blogging community. Even with all the fancy charts and numbers, I still take the time to respond to people who talk to me in-game, on twitter (@restokin), in comments on my blog, on the forums, or by e-mail. I’m here to be part of a community and I enjoy playing (and writing about) world of warcraft with all of you.
Here’s one of the early screenshots of my druid, back when I was a newer level 60 (in 2005). It really feels amazing that I’ve been part of this community for so many years! It’s so nice to take the time to remember where you came from, and to think about how far we’ve come. Unfortunately, in all that time, I’ve still managed to have a lot of dead animals on my head… Oh well.