Happy first birthday

On the 19 Nov 2014 @ 14:21, I configured WordPress on my production server which resulted in the first post to be published.  Hence, I’ll take this as the official date garywoodfine.com was released to world.

I have to admit, that when I started my blog, I didn’t really have a defining strategy, I had some basic outlines  as defined in Whats the big idea behind Gary Woodfine .com? , but other than that I had no real idea what I was going to do or what people would find particularly interesting

Continuous Improvement

The main motivation for the blog was to provide me with a project I could use to improve a number of soft business skills. I also wanted to explore the world of digital marketing and give something back to the software development community.

I  am also constantly  seeking to improve on a number of hard skills which I have not always necessarily been exposed to during the course of my career such as:

  • Content Writing
  • Content Design Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • UI/UX design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • WordPress

Buried within those skills are a whole host of other skills required to effectively execute and improve the major ones. What I didn’t anticipate at the time of launching my blog, just how many new skills I needed to learn or improve upon.

I can honestly say that this past year of running my own blog, has certainly been a steep learning curve and one which I have enjoyed tremendously.

Traffic Analysis

I have to admit that I am impressed with the performance, that within 1 year, I have been able to consistently generate traffic within excess of 2000 visitors a month, and in recent months this has been in excess of 3000 visitors. 

BlogStats

My goal for next year  is to increase that traffic to beyond 10 000 visitors, which I believe is achievable.  This is in stark contrast to my belief when I first published my blog, that I may only get about 10 -15 people a month visiting it.

Future Roadmap

I have learned so much and I am sure there is yet a whole lot more to learn and I am quite excited about what the future holds.

I have now taken the time to plan my content strategy over the next few months and have a number of interesting articles planned.  I am also in the process of redesigning my theme in order to improve my visitor experience and content layout.

 

Gary Woodfine

Freelance Full Stack Developer at threenine.co.uk
Helps businesses by improving their technical proficiencies and eliminating waste from the software development pipelines.

A unique background as business owner, marketing, software development and business development ensures that he can offer the optimum business consultancy services across a wide spectrum of business challenges.

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