Outside today in Pittsburgh we have a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high of 10 degrees. The low tonight will be three with the possibility of a couple of inches of more snow. I’m glad I already spent my fun money for this month. If I had any left today I might freeze to death trying to make it to Armand’s Bar in Little Italy. Better to stay in my radiator-heated cozy little scrubby apartment and listen to the radio and work at my workstation and maybe watch some YouTube.
But I digress…
Here’s something that may surprise or shock or even amuse you. I consider myself a successful blogger. How much money do I make from this blog? This year (from an investment of between $360-$400) I should break even. But outlays and revenue are not decisive in every case and certainly not in my case. In my case I think visitors and page views are the decisive indicators of success.
In March 2015 this blog got 2,123 visitors and 4,927 page views.
In January 2016 this blog got 6,813 visitors and 19,550 page views.
These are not spectacular statistics; but what they do tell me is that the readership for this blog is growing at a nice, steady pace. This is what makes me feel like a successful blogger.
I’m retired. I have a small but secure income. I blog because for me being a blogger makes life more exciting. It makes me more interesting. It gives structure to my retirement. Will this blog ever return my investment and actually make a profit? I certainly hope so. The continued growth in the number of people who visit this blog and the continued growth of the number of pages they read are both good signs which give me hope that one day soon I’ll be blogging about my little girlie magazine’s margin of profit on a regular basis.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!