One Year Later…

This month I hit the one year anniversary of this blog. The first post was published on March 9, 2018, and I figured that to mark the occasion I’d do a little post about how My predictions about the blog turned out. But first, some awards:

Most viewed Post: Range Day & New Carry Piece– I linked to Pistol-Training.com and the ping-back brought tons of views to the sight. My Desert Brutality series combined beats it, but barely.

Most Expensive Post: Desert Brutality 2019 Results– Considering this one took a bit in match fees, ammo, and 4 days’ travel, food, & lodging, that’s a no-brainer.

Most Surprising Post: The American Watering Hole– This one kinda came out of no where. I saw a good idea, expounded upon it, got linked to in a couple places, and it’s now my #4 most viewed post.

Most Humbling Post: Gear Lessons from Desert Brutality– This is a guest post I wrote for Everyday Marksman. Matt over there runs a great blog and everyone reading this should check him out. He took an interest in my DB series and saw that I could provide some information that dovetailed nicely into his then-ongoing series about load carriage development. I was a fan of his series already so I jumped at the chance! I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to contribute.

Now, let’s see how my predictions from last March turned out. I’ll be inserting paragraphs from my first post and then discussing how they turned out over the past 12 months.

I don’t know how often I’ll post, it will probably end up being sporadic.  The topics of this blog will probably end up being as scattered as the timing of its posts.

I’m really proud of how I’ve kept to my self-imposed posting schedule. Once a week, every Friday, with occasional extras thrown in mid-week. I missed one Friday in February due to travel and a lot of video to edit (Desert Brutality), but other than that I think I’ve done pretty good! The scattered topics was pretty close, though.


I’ve got some ideas for some videos to make on YouTube and will make accompanying write-ups on here.  A series for people who want to know the basics of various kinds of guns, and a series surrounding a 5k night run/shooting contest.  I’ve got the first in the Guns for Beginners series filmed, but unedited (due to technical reasons and time constraints).

Totally dropped the ball on that one. My YouTube page has been pretty desolate for the last 12 months for numerous reasons, but they all mainly boil down to this: YouTube takes a lot of time, time that can’t be found in bits & pieces throughout the day. I just have higher priorities at this point in my life. I still use it to host video clips from my competition and such, but I’ve moved on from considering it my main platform.

I’ve never been great at finding time to do things that require decent amounts of effort, but ow that I’ve got a newborn child I need to figure it out.  For those of you who are childless, they suck every single moment of ‘free time’ right out of your day.  I’m not lying when I say my new little girl is totally worth it.

Yeah, that’s pretty much spot on. That last sentence especially so.

I’m giving myself a trial by fire in terms of time management, let’s see how I do.  Who knows, maybe I’ll end up doing better than I expect.  They say that boundaries and limitations actually spur creativity.

As you can probably tell, I’ve kept this thing going longer and more frequently than I expected. This will be my 60th post, and I’m proud of that. I’ve had some decently performing articles and a whole host of flops that have been viewed less than 5 times total.

Wrapping Up

In review, I’m happy with where this thing is headed. It hasn’t been as big a flop as I was afraid it might be, and it’s helped me make a friend or two. I don’t have any big, grand plans for the upcoming year for this blog, but I will keep my Friday morning posting schedule going for the forseeable future. Thanks for reading.

-S_S

*I do not own Batman, the Batman logo, the phrase “Year One”, nor am I trying to stake any claim to anything related to any of them.
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2 thoughts on “One Year Later…

  1. Congrats on the one year mark! It may not seem like much, but it really does matter. The fact that you stuck with it and maintained a consistent listing schedule already outs you far ahead of most people.

    Looking back at my old site, it was after that first year where I started seeing significant traffic increases. The new site is really just continuing to ride the wave and build on the four-ish years before.

    Keep it up, and thank you for writing the guest post!

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