It’s my blogoversary! One year ago I registered my very first WordPress.com blog. VictoriaBCRealEstateBlog.com [which is now imported and viewable in the archives of this blog] was originally intended to be a resource for REALTORS® about technology and web 2.0 stuff that I thought they’d like to know. However, I soon realised that not many REALTORS® in Victoria and surrounding areas actually read blogs or are as enthusiastic about tech as I am. So I started another WordPress.com blog, TimAyres.WordPress.com which then became Blog.TimAyres.ca, which focused on consumer issues and of course the Horrible MLS Photo Of The Day. Eventually I grew out of the limited (but still totally awesome) writing environment of a free WordPress.com blog and made the move to my own self-hosted WordPress.org installation this past June. The current revision focuses more on hyper-local content for Sooke. “642” for those that have asked is the telephone exchange prefix for Sooke. Most local numbers here are 642-xxxx.
Over the past year I feel I’ve come a long way as a blogger. I first started out regurgitating content that I’d found elsewhere on the web, or just linking to other articles. But I think now I’ve found my voice and my niche in the blogosphere. The addition of videos to my blog a few months ago has also contributed to the growth of my blog.
I’ve come to realize a few things about what’s popular on the blog. Sadly, the most popular entry I made was a list of safety tips for REALTORS® following the tragic murder of Lindsay Buziak in February. A post I wrote about a creep in a truck skulking about Sooke is also one of the most viewed, as are my recent musings on the marketing “genius” that went into Bell’s new -er campaign.
I blog because I enjoy it, and it’s a way for me to connect with not only local Sooke residents, but a worldwide audience of like-minded people. I’m constantly borrowing ideas from other bloggers and incorporating them here for you. I know I have about 30 regular subscribers, but if you’re out there reading this, why not drop a comment at the bottom of the post to say Hi!
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