A year ago, one year ago today, I stopped joking around and settled down to blog. I’ve said before that it started with a wail and a whisper. I had been writing a blog for months before that, taken a break, but it was just a bit of dalliance on my part, nothing serious. This is the real thing. My friends, when a girl blogger loves words so much… she goes from being a blogger to being a wr-wr-wr-wr (this is really difficult for me) wr-writer.
I wanted this blog to be a green space for people to commune, chat, care for one another and come to an understanding of who they are in Christ. My one-word, from one-word 2011 blogging challenge by gritandglory.com has been worked into nearly every post since then. It’s more than just a throwaway word, though, I want a common, here, where people can add their voices.
* In the past year, I have had 9,877 page views, the vast majority of those since October.
* The most traffic I received on a single day was David’s birthday, when I published “What’s a single mom to do?”
* The three most popular posts I’ve made have been:
1) Where were the Christians with 333 views and 17 comments.
2) My Christmas Wish: A World without Slavery with 170 views and 3 comments (and I would still love for you to share this one if you read it)
3) To Die Daily with 169 views and 19 comments.
What floors me the most are the relationships I’ve made through blogging, with other writers, with my readers, with people who email me to tell me that something touched or ministered to them. I’m constantly flummoxed. I love meeting the people that I’ve “met” online, people whose words I read everyday. I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends and, it seems, daily, I’m making new ones.
How in the world does this happen? What are your tips for building/maintaining relationships online?