Perelincolors is now half a year old and since the past six months have been filled with many firsts -first post, first reader, first everything- it is time for a short review.
My first reader and critic was of course Mr. Colors. It turns out that he also was my first follower; before he told me that he started following the blog, I did not even know that this option existed. I also did not know about that thing called tagging when I published my first post, and I did not realize that the piece in question was far too long.
That first post was about the Annapurna Base Camp trek. After only a month of blogging, I felt embarrassed enough about this first attempt that I replaced it by a series of shorter articles: Climbing more stairs than ever was rewarded with the first comment anyone ever left on this blog (at least if I don’t count the spam). It was only two words long but it made my day. The post was accompanied by an overview about accommodation on the trek and a packing list. Strangely enough, the packing list is the single most often viewed post on this blog.
The first mildly popular post I wrote was about Vietnamese food and came out in July, about a month after I started this blog. Why this post received more attention than others is still a mystery to me. Is it just because it is about food? I wrote two more posts about Vietnam, but neither of them turned out as popular – even though I think that they do have the nicer pictures.
Not being able to predict my reader’s response is a trend that has continued all the way through these first months of blogging. Why are my readers more interested in German breakfast than in Tibetan food and the beautiful Labrang monastery? And why are pictures from San Francisco more exciting than pictures from the South Pole?
September brought the biggest changes. I finally settled on the layout, ending my sleepless nights of worry about everything that just did not look right. The Daily Post‘s awesome Blogging101 course has helped a lot to improve that new look and feel. The course was also my first introduction to the blogging community, again something that I didn’t know existed only a few months ago. In September, I selected the first recommended article as a way to share what I enjoyed reading on other blogs. While I am very fond of this section in my sidebar, it has not received a lot of attention, and this roundup is a great opportunity to highlight that all the links are collected on this page.
October brought an early snowstorm to the Annapurna region and with it serious doubts about blogging to me. My packing list for the Annapurna Base Camp trek kept receiving the same, if not increased, amount of traffic from search engines after several people died in this area. I went back to the post, added warnings about the possibility of cold and snow and published my my first serious post.
At the end of October, I also made my first definite commitment to this blog: I announced my first regular feature and promised to get a little bit better at taking pictures each month. The first edition of this feature took me almost a week to write and was published in November. It was worth it however; the post received more feedback than any other before.
Encouraged and a little stupid in the head, I took the plunge and turned the feature into my first blogging event. The first post open for your submissions is up this month. It would be great to see others take out their cameras to use aperture priority and depth of field in a creative way – I am still looking for the first participants!
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