Today has been a massive day of blogging for me. While I tend to have full days with moments to relax – today was full steam ahead.
I woke up to find that Lifehacker had picked up the Blogging for Beginners series which was bringing in considerable traffic and quite a few emails from new readers wanting to know more. I designed the post that everyone was landing on a little to make it easier to understand and to capitalize on the traffic a little (highlighting newsletter and RSS subscription options).
As I was doing this I noticed that the post had begun to climb the del.icio.us popular page which was bringing in more traffic. It’s still got a way to go to get to the top but has been hovering in the top 10 most of the day.
After getting that post in order and posting a couple more posts to ProBlogger to keep the series fresh I started doing the rounds of my other blogs, only to find that three digital camera manufacturers all decided that today was the day to release their latest ranges in the lead up to the PMA show next week.
I was also excited to find that a camera that I’d announced rumors on a month or two ago had actually come to be a reality (the Canon EOS 30D – a new DSLR). This was a bit of a scoop as most of the other digital camera sites out there are under NDA’s with digital camera manufacturers and were not able to write about it. As a result I had managed to climb to a reasonably good position in Google for it (I didn’t quite get to top spot). The traffic as a result of this position today has been pretty amazing.
The rest of the day has been spent maniacally trying to keep up with digital camera manufacturers. This will be my 40th post for the day.
When you’re blogging in a competitive industry with new products coming out regularly you need to be very alert to the latest news. The difference between posting something as it’s happening and posting it 24 hours later can be quite large in terms of the number of sites that link to you and the end position you get in Search Engines (which can have a big baring on how well your blog goes for the year ahead in terms of traffic and earnings). On a day like today with so many new products coming at once it can be almost nerve wracking to be a blogger – but at the same time is a load of fun!
Anyway – most of my normal blogging has gone out the window so I’d best get back to it – it’s midnight and I feel like I’ve just started for the day!