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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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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