Year-end reports are starting to sprout like mushrooms already. And I bet more are to come before the year literally ends. On that vein and just so readers know what Career Mom Online had gone through in 2011, here’s my year-end report.
The year that was
August 8, 2011, I penned my first ever blog post, My BLOG-tism of Fire. Career Mom Online started with the aim of satisfying my penchant for writing. I used to be a novelist, but since writing a novel takes a whole army of concentration, effort and time (on my part, at least), given the fact that my hands are tied and time is a luxury I cannot afford, with the help of well-meaning blogger friends, I embarked on a journey to the blogosphere.
It was something I didn’t understand, the puts and takes, SEO, numbers, statistics – they all were so mind-boggling for a greenhorn like me, I decided not to give much emphasis on them. All I did was write to my heart’s content.
Choosing a template was a painstaking process. The incorporation of widgets here and there, I did from scratch. Learning the ropes was something that just couldn’t happen overnight. It required a lot of work, I didn’t even know companies that would be willing to setup my blog for a fee existed then.
Career Mom Online, as we know it today, is not perfect, I know. But what the blog has emerged into is sheer product of labor of love.
My mentors have all advised me to put ads into my blog as it was already getting a steady stream of visitors. I tried Google Adsense, but I guess the bots are sometimes too good to be true. For reasons ranging from page violation to non-compliance of Adsense or webmaster policies, I couldn’t get accepted into the program. Still, I continued to write.
Earning on the side through blogging, although something I seriously considered as well, wasn’t my #1 priority. No matter what others think, I think of myself a writer, and once a writer, always a writer. Besides, providing people with information about health, kid stuff, parenting, financial literacy with the help of this blog isn’t bad at all, in my opinion.
Three months later, from a page rank of 0, Career Mom Online moved up to PR 2, something I just couldn’t believe actually happened. If you ask me now, I have no idea how that came to be. I guess I can say I simply listened to Jomi Dasmariñas. The technical stuff I couldn’t fathom, he, alongside Marvs Correa and several other bloggers, took care of. For that, I am ever grateful.
For the year 2011, Career Mom Online has been awarded the Liebster Blog Award two times, thanks to One Pack Guy and Psychables. And once, the blog was nominated into the Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011. Thanks to ISP101 for that.
Last month, despite the Panda update, news of bloggers here and there being kicked out of Adsense for no rhyme or reason, I tried Google Adsense for the third time – no such luck. The reason? Unacceptable content.
But hey, that’s the way things go. Google can cite all the reason it wants, it has the last say anyway. After all, who makes the payment? Google. So no hard feelings at all, Google.
December 22, 2011, my post, LBC and JRS Volunteer To Ship Donations For Free, marked my 75th post. Not a lot, by some bloggers’ standards, but I only get to blog regularly on weekends and on days I’m off work. So that’s kudos to the inspiration you, my readers, give me on a regular basis. For that, thank you so very much!
And before I end this report, from the very bottom of my heart, let me just say merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year to one and all!
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