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Welcome to SHE-POWER.

My name’s Kelly and you’ve come at the perfect time because I’m celebrating my 1 Year Blogging Anniversary, so read on to see where all the kooky and cool kids hang out.

SHE-POWER offers inspiration, everyday wisdom, personality and humor. There’s original fiction and the popular SHE-POWER Interview Series, which puts other bloggers under the microscope and tortures them with questions until they tell us their secrets.

This anniversary post also offers you the chance to score a $30 Gift Voucher from AMAZON if you can give me a fitting tagline for this blog. And if you want to see which articles have proved the most popular with readers, make sure you check out My Top 12 Posts.

Don’t be shy. Say hello. If you’re a blogger, let me know who you are and where you live and I’ll stop by so we can get to know each other better. The more friends in the blogasphere, the better!

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Happy Birthday to SHE-POWER

Roughly this time last year SHE-POWER was born. It was not a birth that was accompanied by much fanfare and to be honest I didn’t blog regularly or do any promotion of SHE-POWER until January, 2008.

When I checked through my stats this week (something I never do), I found that I only had 285 unique visits to this blog in 2007. Then in January after I joined StumbleUpon and started commenting on blogs like ZenHabits I jumped to 16,037 uniques, which was a huge thrill at the time. It’s amazing what happens when you actually tell people you exist.

So despite the fact that no one else was reading until 2008, I am going to be literal and celebrate the end of my first year in this particular creative journey. As of July last year I was here toiling away, building my first blog, learning basic code and generally pushing myself into unknown terrain. And that’s always something to celebrate.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank my readers, many of you who have been with me for some months. I may blog in a haphazard fashion with three posts one week, then only one the week after, but SHE-POWER has become a very important part of my life.

YOU have become a very important part of my life.

I have made some wonderful friends here and I find it liberating to share my journey through life and my stories – the words from my heart – with all of you.

Thank you for showing up each and every post. You make the work, the writers block and the time away from my family worth it.

What is SHE-POWER?

I was very excited when I first thought up the name for this site. Not only is SHE-POWER catchy and memorable, but it’s in line with my feminist creed and belief that you must claim your own power in life.

The problem has always been that as much as I love the name SHE-POWER, I have never been entirely sure what this blog is about.

I originally had a vague idea of an empowerment and personal development site geared towards women, but I hit a stumbling block when I discovered I don’t enjoy writing about serious feminist issues and doling out advice bores me.

I didn’t want this blog to feel like work. I wasn’t planning on retiring from its proceeds. I just wanted to kick the promotional copywriter’s voice I’ve lived with for years into the back seat and explore my natural writer’s voice. Get creative. Free up. Throw some of my fiction out there. Have some fun.

Many articles later I am still not sure what I write is worthy of a name like SHE-POWER. I don’t fit clearly into the Feminist, Women or Mommyblogger niches because I blog about pretty much anything.

Love, women, family, travel, music, my obsessions with certain reality TV shows, love of books, finances and goals, my quirky sense of humor, my assorted neuroses and even the embarrassing details of my personal life.

If there is a common theme for this blog, it is:

SHE-POWER is about the search for personal truth, inspiration, and wisdom. It’s about making the most of this adventure called life and having lots of laughs along the way.

The reason my lack of a niche bothers me is I want to re-design my site, but I need a proper tagline first and I can’t think of anything that fits. With my years of marketing experience, you’d think I could come up with a tagline for my own blog, but no. My talents came in handy for Chris at WatDaWat and Mary at GoodLifeZen, but when it comes to helping myself, I come up with NOTHING. Now, I need your help.

If anyone can give me a tagline for this blog that I like, I will give them a $30 Gift Voucher from AMAZON

I realise that’s not a kings ransom, but I have to be tight with my spending now that I’ve spent my son’s university education on a European vacation. So please, if you think you’ve got a catchy line to help explain and sell this blog, give me a shout. I am completely open to suggestions.

SHE-POWER Achievements

As I said earlier, I’m not one for stats. I did have the usual subscriber checking obsession in January, but this soon petered out when I saw how neurotic I was getting. Back then, losing even one subscriber (it’s always a weekend – have you noticed that?) was the end of the world. I’d be sobbing over the keyboard, sculling bottles of wine and generally feeling like I was a shitty writer. I took this to mean stats were not for me.

That said, a 1 Year Anniversary is a good time to check some stats and share some of SHE-POWER’s achievements. So here they are:

I’ve made the Top 10 Posts of StumbleUpon twice, and Reddit once.

According to my WordPress stats, April was my highest traffic month with almost 50,000 unique visitors. I have no idea whether this is ‘good’, but I think I get a lot of traffic for a blog that is only updated 1-3 times a week.

I made the list for the Top 100 Australian Female Blogs.

I went from an Alexa ranking of around 937,000 in February to a high of 197,000 in May.

Leo from ZenHabits approached me to write him a guest post after discovering my blog and reading How To Be A Super Mom. The article that he published, The Users Guide to Fabulous Friendships, was a big profile boost for me and brought in lots of new subscribers. The funny thing was I lost almost half of them within a month, probably because people were disappointed that I don’t write productivity and how-to articles here.

My post on Spirituality and Faith was controversial enough that it lost me 30 subscribers overnight. I take this as an achievement because I very quickly attracted new subscribers to replace them, and if you can’t make people think and feel then why write?

My fiction has been well received and I owe a big thanks to all of you who have emailed me and commented on my creative works. Many of you have been wonderfully supportive and have even linked to my fiction, recommending it, so thank you for that. It is very encouraging.

Despite my one month European vacation and a slack posting schedule either side, I have managed to maintain my subscriber numbers, though obviously my traffic did drop back quite a bit with all that inactivity.

There might be other achievements of note, but that’s all I can think of for now. My subscriber numbers in themselves are nothing to write home about. Except for a brief spike with ZenHabits, I have never hit over 200 subscribers. I’m not sure why, and it does seem strange when you consider 8,000 – 10,000 visitors in a week is not uncommon for me, but then again there’s nothing wrong with a small and loyal following.

12 Most Popular SHE-POWER Posts

Because Top 10 is such a cliche…

The 12 SHE-POWER Posts which received the most traffic, and in some cases the most comments, were:

25 Fast Facts About Women Around the World

A Little Funny – 9 Words Women Use

How to be a Babe at Any Age

Britney Spears is Toxic

How I Lost 9kgs and Still Ate Chocolate Cake Parts 1,2 and 3

What Makes a Good Husband and Father

Do We Need Religion If We Have Faith?

Why I Love Dr. Seuss

SHE-POWER Fiction: Dinner Time Blues

SHE-POWER Women: Vered from MomGrind

My Love Affair With EAT, PRAY, LOVE

Our First SHE-POWER Man Clay Collins from The Growing Life

My post about The Users Guide to Fabulous Friendships would have made the middle of this list, but I didn’t count it because the article was on Leo’s site, not mine. When I put this list together there were definitely some surprises. Shows how unreliable our memory can be. I thought my interview with Jemi had done very well, and it did in comments and on StumbleUpon, but the total traffic for other articles was much higher.

On the other hand, my Dr. Seuss article making the number 8 spot was a total shock. I think it ended up being a slow burner and got increasing page views over time. And of course, I was very happy to see one of my fiction pieces and two of my SHE-POWER interviews in the Top 12 as these are personally very special to me.

I think I have rambled on enough now. For the millionth time, thank you. I’ll be back with my next post in a few days. Hope to see you there.

Kelly :)

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1 Vered 07.25.08 at 2:17 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Kelly!

What Cath said today… that we can get away with writing about a variety of topics because of our personalities… I think it might be true! I’m trying to stop worrying about a niche and just have fun.

I also agree with something that you said in a comment that you made on my blog: “Personally I am sick of thinking “what kind of blogger am I?” Who cares whether you’re a mommy blogger or a chick blogger or a parenting blogger. I still think loyal readers come from people connecting with you as an individual, and if you write true to you and stick with it your blog will grow nicely.”

I’ll try to come up with a good tagline. I’m not very god at these things, but I promise I’ll give it some thought.

I also got new subscribers following the Zen Habits guest post, and I have absolutely no doubt that some of them will be disillusioned and unsubscribe. I SO relate to what you said, that writing an advice blog would be boring and feel like work.

Again, congratulations. I am looking forward to many more posts!

Vered’s last blog post..Who Cares About Truth In Advertising? Sugar Can Help You Lose Weight! (Wordless Wednesday)

2 Cath Lawson 07.25.08 at 2:33 pm

Congratulations Kelly. But did you have to put that cake on here? I can’t sleep and I’m so hungry but there’s nothing remotely unhealthy to eat. And who wants an apple at 5am?

The amount of traffic you’ve been getting is brilliant. And I honestly do think that you and Vered could get away with blogging on any topic and make it sound interesting. And not many people can do that.

By the way – where did you get that Twitter talkie thing at the side of the blog?

Cath Lawson’s last blog post..What Is A Blog And Will It Feed You Or Eat You?

3 Barbara Swafford 07.25.08 at 6:34 pm

Happy Birthday!

I just left Catherine’s site and it’s her birthday today too. Two great gals, both celebrating milestones. So glad I could be a part of it.

Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..Free ‘n Easy Friday Finds – Blog Protection

4 Blackhatseo 07.25.08 at 8:36 pm

Added. Nice work on this one. Btw, my blog is dofollow, stop by and grab a link. Bompa

5 Hope Wilbanks 07.25.08 at 9:08 pm

Happy Anniversary! I can’t believe I’ve never seen your blog before, but now that I’m here I’m digging into the archives. :) Here’s to many more wonderful years of She Power!

Hope Wilbanks’s last blog post..Make Time For Your Sweetums

6 Louise Pool 07.26.08 at 1:51 am

Congratulations, Kelly!

I, for one, only discovered your blog a couple of months ago and I’ve certainly become a loyal reader. I love the fact that you’re not in a niche and your posts are “all over the place”. Not sure about the tagline, but I think “enthusiastic” should be somewhere in there.

Louise Pool’s last blog post..What Dance Are You?

7 Shilpan | successsoul.com 07.26.08 at 2:19 am

Kelly –

Congrats! That cake looks yummy. I wish that She-Power will be around for a long time to come.

Shilpan

Shilpan | successsoul.com’s last blog post..6 Essential Tips to Turn Setbacks into Success

8 Monica 07.26.08 at 6:38 am

Happy Birthday She-Power! (and many more…, lol)

Kelly, I’ve enjoyed your posts so much since discovering you. Your fiction inspires me to write (now I just have to start posting my stories).

Monica’s last blog post..CNN’s Black in America

9 Urban Panther 07.26.08 at 7:29 am

Congratulations on hitting the 1 year mark, and on your achievements in that period! I have been blogging for almost 4 months, yet those 4 months have zipped by. Like anything, when you really enjoy what you are doing, even though it is hard work, it seems effortless. I am enjoying your posts and am definitely a dedicated reader.

Urban Panther’s last blog post..I just don’t get it

10 kailani 07.26.08 at 7:44 am

Happy 1st Birthday! My how you’ve grown!

11 Kelly 07.26.08 at 12:52 pm

@Vered
Didn’t Cath just pay us the highest compliment? I was so chuffed that she said I could be entertaining writing about anything because to me she’s saying I’m a ‘REAL WRITER’. That I can spin a yarn, grab an audience and that is pretty much what I have dreamed of. Praise like that not only feeds the ego it powers me on to keep writing. And I hope you do better at holding those new subscribers. I was happy half stuck around and maybe if I’d been strategic about my posting schedule and topics I could have kept more. But like I said, I don’t approach this blog that way. It’s gotta come from the heart with me, and it’s got to be fun.

@Cath

Sorry to torture you, but upon hearing it’s your birthday I say eat cake, lots of it! Diets are a no go zone on one’s birthday. Thank you again for the amazing compliment, and it means a lot to me to share my blogging life with friends like you. I’ll look into where I got the twitter thing from and email you.

@Barbara
Thank you for the well wishes

@Blackhatseo
Thanks for stopping by

Kelly

12 Kelly 07.26.08 at 1:00 pm

@Hope
Welcome to the SHE-POWER community. I love it when new readers stop to talk to me. I’m glad you like the blog and look forward to seeing you back here. I’ll come by to check out your blog too. One can never have too many blogging buddies.

@Louise
Has it only been a couple of months since we started chatting in the blogasphere? Seems longer. But then I feel like I have had SHE-POWER for ages so I think time and I must be out of kilter. It makes me relieved that people don’t think I need a niche. It’s hard to ignore all the advice out there that you have to specialize or no one will read you, but I always come back to the fact that I blog to BE MORE of myself, not less. I can’t change to be more popular. And I do appreciate your loyal attendance in the House of SHE-POWER and I look forward to us getting to know each other better. I still have my fingers crossed for your housing opportunity, by the way.

@Shilpan
Thanks for stopping by to wish us well. I hope SHE-POWER continues to grow too. I think this blog has a lot of potential and I’m only just getting started.

Kelly

13 Kelly 07.26.08 at 1:08 pm

@Monica
Thank you and it’s gret having you here in our commenting community. I’m glad you find the fiction inspires you to write. Not only does that make my ego feel good, but I love to encourage others to write as I believe everyone has stories to tell. So get those fingers cracking on the keyboard.

@Urban Panther
Thank you for joining not only my subscribers, but my commenting crew. I love talking to you guys and hearing everyone’s thoughts, so all of you taking the time to write me means a lot. And you’re right time does zip by on one hand. But then in another sense I feel like I have known some of my early commenters and blogging friends for ages. It’s hard to imagine that I haven’t always toiled away at this website trying to get articles written while warding off my son’s insistence I play trains or even cook him dinner! Children today are so demanding…

@Kailani
Thanks for stopping by to say hi. You know, your blog and Zen habits were the first ones I started regularly reading and commenting on. I really connected with your funny little stories and the way you have built such a strong community there at An Island Life. I’m so happy to have you as one of my readers.

Kelly

14 Rachel 07.26.08 at 2:27 pm

I had no idea you started this site that long ago. Happy Birthday to SHE-POWER. You should be proud you have kept up with this blog so long. I think your statistics are very impressive. I don’t know anything about blogging but even 200 subscribers sounds good. Aren’t there like millions of blogs? You should pat yourself on the back for getting your own loyal audience.

I loved your travel series. Is there more to come? Your photographs really make me want to go overseas. I haven’t read some of your 12 best articles so I will have a read of them now.

Another loyal reader, Rachel

15 Terence Chang 07.27.08 at 2:24 am

WOW! You are a new baby!

Congratulation! Keep up the good works. Love your blog!

Terence Chang’s last blog post..The greater challenge + The unique opportunity = The secret to the success

16 SpaceAgeSage 07.27.08 at 5:00 am

Well, Congratulations!

Just stopping by from Liz Strauss’s Blog Show, but I have seen your writings around the web.

Keep up the fun!

SpaceAgeSage

SpaceAgeSage’s last blog post..Favorite posts from SpaceAgeSage

17 Akemi - Akashic Reader 07.27.08 at 11:30 am

Oops, looks like I’m late.
Happy anniversary!!
Best wishes to you, Kelly.

Akemi – Akashic Reader’s last blog post..Use Your Prayer Muscle!

18 Kelly 07.27.08 at 3:20 pm

@Terence and Akemi
Thanks for the well wishes guys. I appreciate you stopping by. And Akemi, you’re not late. You know what I’m like? My posts stay up a few days.

@SpaceAgeSage
Thanks for visiting SHE-POWER for the first time. Hope to see you back here. I’ll have to check out Liz’s blog show and see if I can pick up some more material for my reader – not that I need it! I already follow too many blogs!

Cheers
Kelly

19 San Diego Momma 07.28.08 at 2:39 am

Happy birthday! (Is that a “1” on the cake? Because it looks suspiciously like a bent cigar. Or something smellier. Otherwise! Great-looking cake!).

Also, I love your retrospective. I wish I were smart enough to analyze my stats and do that myself.

Deb

San Diego Momma’s last blog post..Where’s Caylee?

20 mark 07.28.08 at 6:07 am

Hi Kelly! Apologies for getting to your party late. :( I haven’t had any time for blog reading lately.

I just wanted to say keep up the great work and I am really excited to see where your blog goes this year…And I am going to try to think of a tagline for you as a blog birthday present. :)

Also, do we get the novel this year??

mark’s last blog post..Don’t Let Anybody Tell You That You Can’t

21 Pat R 07.28.08 at 7:31 am

Hey Kelly – sorry I’m late in commenting – I wanted to congratulate you on your’s blog’s one-year anniversary and more congratulations on what you’ve accomplished in a year’s time. Wow!! You’re an inspiration. I can relate to what you’re saying on the diversity of what you write and the frequency and how it’s changed over a year. My one-year anniversary will be in November and I started out the shoot writing 5 posts a week and trying all the advice coming down-the-pike on what and what not to do with blogs. I diligently watched the stats and fretted and worried. But over time, even though I haven’t enjoyed as yet the success you have, I can see where it has evolved and has become a piece of who I am that I am sharing with the world.

I think this is what I’m hearing you say about how you feel about She-Power and I can see your voice in it and the reflection of who you are. I love your fiction and talent for writing. Even though I can’t get back as often to read I’m happy to be a part of your blogging world. I wish you many more months and years of success. Keep the writing coming.

Blessings,

Pat R’s last blog post..Defining Words

22 charlotte (charmed life) 07.28.08 at 1:44 pm

hello kelly! the transistion my family and I are experiencing right now and our vacationing has made it difficult for me to blog-hop that right now, I am still catching up with my blog readings. but i won’t pass this opportunity to greet you –

congratulations on your first year! you are such a great blogger and i am one of your fans (really)! more power to you and wishing you more blogging years!

charlotte (charmed life)’s last blog post..Back in Florida

23 charlotte (charmed life) 07.28.08 at 1:45 pm

by the way, what a great photo – you look so happy, stunning!

charlotte (charmed life)’s last blog post..Back in Florida

24 Marelisa 07.28.08 at 4:36 pm

Happy first anniversary Kelly. So women named Mary can’t be prostitutes in Sienna and there are places in the world where women keep male harems? Now I have two great conversation topics for my next cocktail party :-)

Marelisa’s last blog post..Inspiration Sunday: Classical Music with Shining Eyes (July 27, 2008)

25 Lillie Ammann 07.28.08 at 4:37 pm

Happy birthday and congratulations on the success of your blog.

Lillie Ammann’s last blog post..Develop Your Social Skills: Read a Novel

26 Shamelle @ TheEnhanceLife.com 07.28.08 at 4:52 pm

Hi Kelly,
I am an ardent fan of your writing.
Congratulation! Wish you all the best for the future.

Shamelle

27 Kelly 07.28.08 at 6:43 pm

@Sandiegomomma
I would be embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out the stats, so I’m glad they finally came in good use. And the only reason I quote the Alexa ranking and not Google or Technorati is I have no idea how the other ranking systems work or where to get that information! There’s a good reason I ignore stats and part of it is I see numbers and my brain freezes over and I fall into an instant coma.

@Mark
A tagline would be a GREAT present. I was thinking about it again over the weekend and I am still coming up blank. Everything sounds blah and not spunky enough. As for the novel, hmm, the answer varies according to my mood so ask me another day…

@PatR
Pat, wonderful to hear from you. Thanks so much for the well wishes and coming to say happy birthday. I know you are crazy busy with your new job now so I do appreciate it. The fiction will be a regular appearance now so just keep your eyes peeled for it. As for our blogs changing with time, I think it is inevitable. As they say, life is a journey so blogging is too. I wonder if you approach it with a cool, calculated plan for subscriber domination whether you would get the same joy and sense of connection and friendship out of it. Make sure you do a birthday post in November so I know when to come help you celebrate.

@Charlotte
So good to hear from you again and I see you’re in the USA now. I’ll have to pop over and catch up n your news. And thanks for the compliment – I actually like this photo of myself as well. It was taken canoing in Thailand last year.

@Marelisa
Thanks for stopping by for my blog birthday. I am glad to hear my frivolous news could prove good cocktail party fodder. God knows the real facts of this article are too depressing to be fun conversation.

@Lillie
Welcome to SHE-POWER and thanks for saying hi. Hope you found something interesting to read and we see you again here.

@Shamelle
Thank you for the high praise and I’m glad you’re a happy reader. Hope to chat with you again.

Thanks again everyone.

Kelly

28 Roz Mitchell 07.29.08 at 3:33 pm

Happy first birthday Kelly ,I love to visit she-power and read your writings you are a very talented person and yes I do look forward to reading your writings you have the ability to transport me to where ever you are writing about Im in there with you.So I look forward to many more.Good luck not that you need it.

29 Ribeezie 07.29.08 at 3:43 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! It must feel awesome to be celebrating your 1 year blogiversary! You even brought the cake out and everything :-p (I can tell this place is going to be fun already)…

Well, in the endless world that is the blog-o-sphere I author my own site called “Ribeezie;” my real name is Ricardo Bueno. Feel free to call me what you’d like: Ricardo, Ricky, Ribeezie, Rick B., Ricki-Ricardo…just please, PLEASE don’t call me Richard. Lol.

Anyway, nice to meet ya! I’ll give the headline some thought though sometimes I’m slow at these things :-/

30 natural 07.31.08 at 3:17 am

congrats on your one year, i hope not to be a stranger around here….

natural’s last blog post..A Fish Out of Water, Literally

31 Kelly 08.01.08 at 9:50 am

Natural, Ribeezie and Roz

Thanks for the birthday wishes.
Roz, thanks for being a regular around here.
And Natural and Ribeezie, hope to see more of you.

Kelly :)

32 Gunfighter 08.05.08 at 4:04 am

Happy Blog-birthday, Kelly!

(and I’m still waiting to be interviewed)

Gunfighter’s last blog post..Stuff

33 Kelly 08.05.08 at 8:45 am

@Gunfighter
Don’t worry. You’ll get your turn. We have a SHE-POWER Man up this week.

Kelly

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