Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Quote, Unquote!
I’ve been saying that for a long time. In fact, October 1 marks the two-year anniversary since this website–yes, this one you’re reading right now!–was launched.
I originally started this blog on October 1, 2020, because I felt like I needed to be building my platform for when I was an author. I felt behind, and so many people my age and even younger than me were starting blogs and email lists and posting with various frequencies. In a way, I felt pressured to be just like them.
I had already read several books on website coding–I was the ultimate geek when I was younger. Armed with the knowledge that WordPress was for professionals and thus notorious for being difficult to navigate, I set to work selecting the perfect theme, trying to figure out what my tagline would be, and thinking about what I wanted to post.
I still remember sitting on the schoolroom floor, growing increasingly frustrated with this gosh darn website–why wasn’t it working?! But eventually I wrangled my way through it and came up with the name “Quote, Unquote.”
And boy, am I glad I did.
This blog was born out of comparison. It was born out of envy and jealousy and a sense of urgency to get my life started. Quote, Unquote didn’t have the most positive of beginnings. There were several times when I felt like I would never be able to pull just the launch off, much less maintain it.
But here I am. It’s been two years. I’ve never missed a weekly post–and I pride myself on that.
Let’s take a look at how much this little website has changed, shall we?
Quote, Unquote: then and now
This blog launched with a theme primarily using a bold red, cool grays, and the curly font Niconne I found on Canva.
It proclaimed the tagline “Living Intentionally through Wordplay,” which I still cringe about, because I never ever tied that in to any of my posts. I just kinda thought I had to have a tagline to have a website. Not sure why.
Then, around last year, I changed my theme while I was in my light academia phase to a mostly brown and white palette, also dropping lots of capitals in an attempt to make it aesthetic. I also let go of the tagline, because by then I knew enough about blogging to know that I didn’t really need it.
Now it appears as what it is now–a special second anniversary sunflower theme! I loved the red and the brown themes, but I really wanted to make it more upbeat and bright, a little more happy and welcoming, with kind of a vintage vibe. And I love how it turned out.
My content has also changed a lot over time. When I launched, I was planning on posting a lot of writing-, faith-, and book-related posts. I’ve come to realize since then that my niche has changed, and from now on I will be changing it to still include a lot of posts about authorship and books, but also posts about productivity, time management, and personal improvement. I’m passionate about these things and teaching authors, especially young authors in their formative years, to use what they have well and be good stewards of it.
Quote, Unquote by the numbers
One of my favorite things about WordPress is how it gives you all of your stats for everything. Of course I will be sharing those, because I love stats. Here are my stats for two years of blogging:
163 followers | 110 posts | 582 comments | 7,605 views | 2,856 visitors | 82,527 words | 1,847 likes | 742 average words per post | 5.6 average comments per post | 10.1 average likes per post
Those…are big numbers. I never dreamed I would get this far. Holy cow.
a survey + giveaway
It’s time for another blogging survey! *jazz hands* I’ve done one once before, but I want to do a simpler one now.
Besides, this survey provides an exciting opportunity–you might win a $15 USD Barnes and Noble gift card by filling it out!
Here’s how it works: You fill out the survey.
That’s it. You’re automatically entered to win the gift card, and thus, free books. (Also, you’ll be added to my email list if you weren’t already on it, which is another plus for you.)
But here’s the catch. Send it to a friend, too, and they’ll be able to fill it out and enter the giveaway as well. But if they put your email in, you both get an extra entry. So if you send it to five friends and they all fill it out, you’ll get five extra chances at free books!
The best part: You’re allowed to send it to as many friends as you like. (Limit one survey answer per person, though.)
Disclaimer: You need to be 18 or over OR have a parent or guardian’s permission to give out your email in this survey!
This giveaway will close on October 12, 2022, a week from the day this is posted, so hurry!
Here’s the survey–have at it. I’ll wait while you fill it out.
You’re back? Good. Now I can tell you why I’m deciding to do a giveaway.
You see, two years is a long time. 163 people is a lot of people. (Well, it’s only a tiny, tiny portion of the world’s population, but to have that many people reading your work every week? That’s scary.)
I couldn’t have done any of this without you guys. I really, truly mean that. So I wanted to thank you in some little way, and I decided that free books was the way to do that. Because, I mean, if you’re here, you probably like books, and you probably like it even better when they’re free.
So if you haven’t filled out the survey yet, here it is now.
You done? Cool.
Thank you all so, so, so much for making my dreams come true. When I say that writing my posts is one of my favorite things to do every week (or most weeks, anyway), I mean it. I really enjoy writing these posts, and I really enjoy that you enjoy it.
So thank you, thank you, thank you.
Until next Wednesday,