Don’t get excited. I came to realize, I missed it completely. It wasn’t until I was sitting at work last night just looking over a few things when I started to ponder just when I started writing.
I created the blog in January of 2009. I made my first post a month later. The facts are now…well, moderately still accurate. I do share my thoughts on all things World of Warcraft, though the gravitational pull of content is towards those three ideals up in the header. All I can think looking back at that post is, I was green. Despite a broadcasting career, several years of amateur blogging, and even a partial English background, the early days were rough. In hindsight I know it’s because I didn’t know nearly enough about the game that I thought I did (or conversely know now).
The first post I was proud of was three years ago yesterday. I really took a crack at the lore and content of the game and came up with something to this day made me feel good about writing. Sure, I was a little bit off, but back then it was very much within the realm of possibility. Plus, putting on the old gypsy helm and hauling out the crystal ball is fun.
For a while, though, I was still trying to find my feet. Then I took an overall hiatus from the blog, the game, and plenty more. When I came back a bit refreshed in April of 2010, I tried a different approach. I focused on something I’m actually quite good at: making gold. That was my meal ticket around here for quite some time. To this day, much of what I have written about in terms of generating currency in-game still holds up.
However, my numbers weren’t all that great as the content was clearly still mostly for me. 578 views in 2009, a whole 846 in 2010. But that was okay. I shared my writing with a few people and felt good about it on the whole. Coincidentally this Amateur started to drum up activity. Between October of ’10 and July of last year I was between 155 and 406 views a month. To me, that was special. I credit 20 Days of WoW and triggering results in Google for the boost in traffic.
I can’t overlook June 10th, though. That day I posted the start of my screenshots for Saz’s “Through Your UI” challenge. It loosely introduced me to the blogging community (more than just a couple gold making sites and WoWInsider, that is). It was the first step off the cliff into a whole new ocean. I remember jumping, and subsequently hitting the water, like it was yesterday.
Since November 1st I have received over thirty thousand hits. I can’t even begin to suggest what that feels like, other than incredibly humbling. For some that’s probably a week’s worth of hits and for others that may be a day or a lifetime. I don’t pretend to know what great traffic is. I only know what I know and that’s being incredibly flattered to have garnered that much interest.
Even if it’s a daily read, monthly, or you popped on here once because a Google Transmog search brought you this way, I appreciate it. Also, I thank you for joining me on this little stroll as I reflect on how I went from Eluney Toons (what was I thinking?) to an Amateur Azerothian.
note: over time I’ve had a few computer issues and as such, I can’t share any early screenshots. So this was my approach to the “Then & Now” topic that’s been bouncing around the blogosphere in recent weeks.