One year ago today, I took a bold leap into the present and signed up for a WordPress blog. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know the difference between a post and a page. I didn’t know how to insert a photo. I didn’t even know it was possible to change the title of my first post, which is why it has that stupid “Hello World!” heading.
On July 3, 2010, my inaugural effort garnered one whole page view. (Thanks, Dad!) When I got my first (legitimate) comment on July 16th, I was thrilled to realize that someone was reading my words without being obligated by either blood or marriage. (Thanks, Judy!)
Since then, the number of eyeballs hitting my site has grown. WordPress gave me a boost by selecting “Oh, the places you’ll go!” as one of its featured blog posts on Freshly Pressed. That made March 2nd my most successful day to date, with 3,672 views. The runner-up, “Become an Ugly Expat in 12 easy steps,” has had almost 2,000 hits. To someone who went all aquiver when her page views climbed into double digits, these stats are like manna from heaven.
Today, on the occasion of both my one-year blogiversary and my 100th post, I’m feeling so grateful for the journey of the past 365 days. I’m looking forward to whatever the future holds. But before I begin Year Two of I Was An Expat Wife, I’m taking a week — maybe two — for some sorely-needed chill time. The first half of 2011 has been my family’s semi-annus horribilis and I need to jump off for a moment and catch my breath.
Thanks to all of you for reading, commenting, tweeting, and otherwise engaging in this, my labour of love. See you soon.