Restokin’s First Blogiversary

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.

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26 Comments

  1. Posted March 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Lissanna!

  2. Posted March 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Happy anniversary, Lissanna. :) I’ve loved reading your blog, and hope to be reading it for a long time yet.

    (And we’re really sorry about any trolls who might have wandered your way)

    (Damn trolls)

  3. Lissanna
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    /cheer thanks guys

  4. Posted March 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Happy Blogaversary!
    Thanks for producing such a great blog :) You’ve inspired me :)
    <3

  5. Posted March 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary! :)

  6. Posted March 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary Lissanna!

  7. Bloodmalak
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Gratz Lissanna! Excellent advice over the past year.

  8. Posted March 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Happy blogiversary Lissanna!

    Thank you for all your hard work and quality articles! (Even though I’m no druid!)

  9. Aloix
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Non-Dru here (but my 1st toon was a Dru and I do have an(other) 80 Dru) yet I still subscribe/read your blog, and recommend it to Dru’s I know who need info/resources. TY for the great work!

  10. Posted March 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Happy Bday to Restokin and congrats on the first year Lissanna! I have more admiration and respect for you than I can express in words and I feel very fortunate that this blog exists because it makes my day reading your posts.

    Looking forward to the future. :)

  11. Posted March 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Ooops I meant this and not “his” and day instead of “dad.” Sorry, got a bit overexcited.

    EDIT: I fixed it for you. -Liss

  12. Lissanna
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your support everyone. :)

  13. Posted March 8, 2010 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    From one blogger to another, heres to another year of continued success. Keep up the good work.

  14. CTsmith
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 1:58 am | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversery! I always drop by everyday to see if there’s anything new, even if there isn’t. :) Thanks for keeping me interested in my druid!

  15. Posted March 8, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary :)

    Changing hosting services is great fun eh :) Due to various problems with a hosting company I had been with for about 5 years I have had to move Strayegg so far 4 times! Hopefully done with that now though :)

  16. Posted March 8, 2010 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    yay! grats on one year of awesome druid writing!

    also… that staff you have in your lvl 60 SS, is that the staff from the canon-master in Live Strat? it took me like a bajillion runs to finally get it…

    – Poras

  17. Tympanic
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Grats on a year!

    I am gonna correct one little detail, though. Your app to Conspiracy was in April of ’09, so you have another month before your guild birthday. We’re happy you’re with us, no matter how long it’s been.

  18. Lissanna
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    @Tymp – Ah. I couldn’t check the date on it, and I knew they were around the same time. ;) Close enough for me!

    @Poras – I think it probably is the staff from Strat. I ran a lot of 5-man dungeons back then…

  19. Posted March 8, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary, Lissanna! I really appreciate and enjoy the information and commentary you post here. I’m always saying to people, “Well, Lissanna at Restokin said,” or “Here, let me link you to this post from Restokin, it will be really helpful.” :D

  20. Posted March 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Happy Blogiversary. Wishing you many2 more druid (or non druid) goodness posts in the future.

  21. Dothraki
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    About a year ago I levelled a druid and stumbled across your blogas I was searching for resto druid info. Although i quickly found that healing as a druid did not work for me, I still read your blog because of the content as well as pickup some healing tidbits for my priest and shammy. I wish you another great year of blogging.

  22. scaresome
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Grats-a-rama!!

  23. Glacey
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Grats Lissanna! Thanks for the great blog – this is the one I always send the “newly interested”… when people aren’t sure they want to read up about druids and/or read blogs, Restokin has been my go-to to change their minds for the past year, and always with success. Thanks for all the great work, you are appreciated!

  24. Posted March 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Congrats Lissanna! I figured this blog had been around a lot longer! Your advice has been invaluable to me and, as someone who also did the blog thing (well, tried to at least) I know just how much work, time, and energy it takes.

    I hope you stick around for a very very long time.

  25. Posted March 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Grats! – 1 year is awesome

  26. Chezza
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!