My blog baby, that is.
For any parent, that first birthday is something to celebrate. When my daughter turned one, we had two parties and two cakes for her–one for family and then a bigger one for all the people at church, a little cake-and-punch fest in the basement.
It takes a village to raise a blog.
Now that I’ve done both blogging and parenting, I realize that hosting a new blog is a lot like having a new child. The day your blog bursts from the WordPress womb into the light of the blogosphere, you send out birth announcements via email, Facebook, and Twitter because you want your friends to share your joy: “Hey, I have a new blog. It’s called Operatoonity. Stop by. Let me know what you think,” that kind of thing. Anyone who’s ever blogged knows how vulnerable new blogs are, so they may go out of their way to encourage others to visit your new blog.
Meanwhile, some friends might think, Operatoonity? That’s a dumb name. Why spell it that way? But they won’t say it to your face. I guess I could have named this blog “Operatunity,” but I wanted to use opera and humor as a major theme, and Operatoonity seemed the better choice to accomplish that.
In a short time, the new-baby buzz dies down, and it’s just you and the baby blog. It’s up to you whether your blog thrives or founders. While tending to it in the short run, you have to keep the long run in mind at the same time. What might be good for a day might not serve the life of the blog. So, you keep striving to make good long-term choices for your baby while you watch it grow–more posts, more comments, more visitors–one day at a time.
Look how the baby has grown!
And before you know it, it’s one year later. I’ve charted the baby’s growth:
In the past year, “Operatoonity” has had 231 posts, more than 300 (publishable) comments, and a whopping 16,000+ visitors.
- First post — “Are You Too Smart for This Blog?” (4 views–hardly anyone reads your earliest posts)
- Post with most traffic — “Opera-lovin’ Supremes?” (778 views)
- Post with most comments — “Puccini’s Best Opera?” (13 comments and 130 views)
- My favorite post — “Jane Austen and Opera” (39 views)
- Most controversial post — “If It’s Tuesday, Ask Richard About Rigoletto Filmed in Mantua” (365 views)
- Most fun to write — “Oscar Loves Opera” (67 views)
And I’d also be remiss if I didn’t thank my readers, especially my subscribers and other loyal readers. Thank you all, village.
Here’s to another growing year.