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Today Is My Fourth Blog-Iversary!

This blog turns four years old today.  That’s four years of foresight, insight, moanings and groaning about the real estate marketplace and the practice of law.  That’s also four years of having a soapbox from which to share my life’s delights as well as my various complaints, tempered with enough observations, it seems, to make my writings relatable and interesting enough to keep my readers returning time after time.

This blog is a disciplined act on my part that yields no financial reward.  I write five days per week, with few exceptions, so the responsibility of needing something to write sometimes causes me to expand on the initially trivial (dumb ad on a diner placemat) or share  a private moment publicly (such as the passing of a friendship torpedoed by a buddy’s intolerance). I find writing blissful; I hope that even when I share that I’m seething, you can tell that typing the words on the page make me elated. 

You’re a valuable part of my blog experience.  I want to thank all of you who read, and the few of you who comment here (my inbox is filled on some days with remarks, observations, and criticism about what I wrote, but hardly anyone wants to make an anonymous or attributed comment here).  I am grateful to you, and appreciate the gift you bestow each time you return here.


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Jun. 21st, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
Happy Blog-Iversary
Now you have a comment. And a positive one, to boot!
Jun. 21st, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Blog-Iversary
Jun. 23rd, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats on blogging for 4 years. I only learned about your blog about a year ago, but I've been following it since. You have a very nice writing style.

If I may suggest, you may benefit from adding a picture to your posts. give them a better feel. To be quite honest, and please take this in a positive way since I only want your blog to grow and continue since I enjoy it, it's a lot of text.

What I mean by this is that when you first view the main page, it's a lot of text. You have to scroll a lot. It's a bit overwhelming to new people. But if you add some pictures here or there to posts, even just one picture, it breaks it down much easier. Since I follow through my RSS reader, it won't affect me much, but it may help you get more subscribers.

As well, something I noticed is that you don't have a way for people to subscribe to your blog by email. I initially didn't offer this, but I can tell you from experience it helps grow your blog. Again, since I'm subscribed by RSS it won't affect me, but it may help you.

Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats
Thanks! I will explore the subscription suggestion. But what kind of picture do you suggest on most of my posts? I rarely put in photos as I write about people whose privacy I wish to protect (not that I have snapshots of vexing adversaries anyway), so I'd appreciate your elaborating on the photo idea.

And you should provide info on your blog if you think my readers would enjoy it.

Thanks again.
Jun. 24th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats
By pictures, it could be just as simple as a stock photo to set the mood. I personally use iStockPhoto.com, but there are a number of great sources. The photo doesn't have to perfectly match the post, it just either has to set the mood or be in the same domain.

Plus it's a nice break from text. It's almost the same reason magazines include pictures where novels don't.

And as asked, my personal blog is http://www.FollowSteph.com

I also published a book called Blog Blazers which you can find at: http://www.BlogBlazers. It's basically a book where I interviewed 40 high profile bloggers for their advice on blogging. I'd describe it more, but it's not really the topic of your blog (unless want me to that is).

And if you wish, please do feel free to contact me directly.
Jun. 25th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats
Thanks again. I derive no income from this blog, and don't use it for promotion, so I'm not anxious to buy stock pictures (I utilize istock for my magazine and like their offerings.

But I'm going to keep this is mind and put in pix as opportunities arise.

Jun. 28th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
It's not necessarily for making money. It's more just to grow it. I don't directly make money from my blog either, but I do leverage my expertise in my niche and direct some traffic to my company. I don't do it aggressively by any means, but when appropriate I'll mention it.

To give you an example of the power of your blog, which you may not yet realize, if I was located in your local area or even just in your city, I would probably call on your services when I needed them based on what I've read on your blog alone. That's not direct monetization, but the authority and credibility you've built are worth something!

And what you'll find honestly is that most high profile bloggers don't directly generate income from their blogs. You can, but that's not the most common reason for having one anymore.

Btw, you can get free photos at different sites. I just haven't looked at it since it's quicker for me to spend a dollar then find another source and dig through their photos. I just like the simplicity of it. But you definitely can find free solutions that have just as good photographs, it's just more time.
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you again for your thoughtful reply. I have more thinking and investigating to do!
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