Yesterday, I linked to my favorite "back pages" posts. Today, the last day of 2007, I'm taking a look back at the entire year of blogging. This has been my biggest and best year ever. On a personal note, I realized my dream of living in Asheville, NC. The move was 17 years in the making, but it has been everything I dreamed it would be. (For those interested, I created a photoblog called a-year-in-asheville to capture what it is like to live here.) From a blogging perspective, the growth of the ephemera blog has exceeded my wildest imagination.
- Posts: 370
- Comments: 350. This doesn't include the hundreds of spam posts I receive.
- Visitors: 76,900.
- Page Views: 133,800.
- Subscribers: Currently sitting between 180-195 most days. This is up from a few dozen or so last year.
Picking the best posts you've written in a year is virtually impossible, so I've picked posts that received comments or were notable for the recognition they received from other bloggers.
- Glenn Beck Postcard
- Bob Dylan Tickets
- Ephemera Mystery Box
- Coolest Ephemera Contest Winner
- Friends of Bruce Springsteen Special Collection
- Tom Waits Song Pairing Menu
I've learned so much about blogging, communications, community, and life. A big part of that learning is through the readership of this blog. Your comments and emails inspired me and encourage me to continue the work. Thank you for your interest and support. It's truly a blessing.
2008 and Beyond:
My plans for the ephemera blog is to continue to improve the design and content. The mission of the blog is to explore the world of old paper, but truly, I am are exploring the world through old paper. Meaning, I'm on a journey to both showcase interesting ephemera and the small histories suggested by these remarkable and wonderful pieces of raw, unedited history, and at the same time, bringing my own personal experiences to bear on the topic at hand.
There will be continued development of this site in the year to come. My top priority is to continue adding useful content. And encouraging readers to add their comments to posts that inspire them.
So, please continue to join me as we explore. I look forward to you being here with me.