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ProBlogger Turns 4 Today!

Today is ProBlogger’s 4th birthday and I’m not actually going to ‘see’ it.

ProBlogger as a blog was born on 23rd September 2004 when I imported a series of 40 or so blog tips that I’d been writing over the last couple of years on my old personal blog to ProBlogger.net

At the time I had a feeling that people would find it useful to see these tips on a blog dedicated to the topic rather than on a blog that also covered photography, spirituality, culture and more. I’m so glad I made that move!

The reason I won’t actually see ProBlogger’s birthday this year is that I am about to board a plane to Los Angeles (from Vegas) and then after a 7 hour layover will board another plane to Melbourne. I leave LA at 11.00pm on 22nd September and arrive in Melbourne at 7am on 24th September – we cross the international date line and miss a day in the process.

It’s already the 23rd in Australia (where the time stamp of this blog is generated).

My Birthday Speech

I don’t have a lot of time to reflect upon the last four years as my plane will soon start boarding – but I did want to mark the occasion and say thank you to a few people.

Firstly and fore-mostly I want to thank you the community around ProBlogger. You inspire me, inform me, teach me and drive me to produce content each day that helps bloggers improve their blogs and find ways to monetize them.

Secondly I want to acknowledge the hard work of the ‘techy’ people that have kept this blog running over the years. Rachel and Regan in the early days were involved with the blog’s design and hosting and more recently the tech team at b5media (we launched a new home page design over the weekend and celebrated our 3rd birthday at Blog World Expo) have been wonderful. Thanks to to Ben for designing the last version of ProBlogger.

Also a thank you to Lara who looks after the never ending task of comment moderation and other administrative tasks here at ProBlogger.

There have also been a lot of others who’ve helped with design, support, hosting advice along the way. There have also literally been hundreds of guest posters, many thousands of commenters (there have been 114,620 coments on 4,637 posts to this point) and many thousands of participants in competitions and projects over those years – thanks to you all!

Looking Forward – Things are about to Get Fun!

4 years feels both like a long time but has also flown by. I’ve had a lot of fun on the journey so far and learned so much.

While looking back at the past is fun – it is what is ahead that excites me the most. Over the last few days at BWE I’ve let slip a few times that there are a few things in the pipeline that will hopefully be launched in the coming months that will see ProBlogger expand quite a bit. While I’m not ready to announce them fully I will say that it involves the ProBlogger.com domain (at present it forwards to ProBlogger.net) and will be something new and something (actually a number of things) that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ll share more in the lead up to launch and will probably give my newsletter list a sneak peak and chance to beta test it before going public with it.

Other than the new expansions ProBlogger will continue to go along as it has in producing the best content that I can on grow, develop and monetize blogs. I look forward to sharing that journey with you!

Thanks everyone again for making ProBlogger what it is. While I won’t see the birthday myself – have a celebratory drink and cake for me if you can!

My flight is being called – must run. I’ll update you on Blog World Expo next week when home and recovered.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Happy birthday… and here’s to a very bright future.

  2. hi Darren, wow time flies! Congrats on BDay # 4, I love the consistent quality of your posts, celebrate BIG time and thx for everything your do/share!

  3. J.D. Meier says:

    > grow, develop and monetize blog
    I like your distillation of your mission. I think your clarity is what helps your blog stay so successful.

    Thanks for sharing your journey so far and I think your road ahead sounds ripe with opportunity.

  4. Congratulations Darren! Here’s to four more years!

  5. Wendy says:

    Happy B-Day Darren – thanks to you I now have 3 to 5 blogs that I didn’t have 3 months ago. Three are doing very well and it is all because of Problogger.net. I won you book from another blog and have been reading and soaking in the “good stuff”. I enjoy your style of writing because you a a “genuine good person” and really care about your readers. Keep up the good work.

    Wendy (aka Swisher Sweetie)
    http://www.swishersweetie.com

  6. Congratulations…Its quite an achievement.
    4 years!
    I’m around halfway there!

  7. Jack says:

    Hi,
    Congrts for your 4rth B’day.
    __________________________________________________
    Jack
    Eksatt

  8. Happy birthday! 4,637 posts wow! Amazing!

  9. Hip! Hip! Hip! Hurray!!!

    Congratulations Darren,

    I’ve been an avid follower of your blog for just 6 months now and I must commend your versatile knowledge of professional blogging. I have learnt quite alot from you.

    Your blog is always power-packed and I rate you 10+.

    You should be proud of your achievements. Blogs like yours are very few – I’ve checked.

    Congratulations from your Nigeria fans.

  10. Rahul Bansal says:

    Dear ProBlogger,

    Wish u a very happy n rocking birthday… :-)

    Thanks Darren for this,
    -Rahul :-)

  11. Alison says:

    Happy Birthday Pro-Blogger…
    My site is also four this year and you continue to inspire me to aspire to greater things…

  12. Robert says:

    Congrats! Well done on a very good blog,

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now, and have found it very helpful and a great resource. It’s helped my blogging alot. Before I found problogger I was not really interested in blogging.
    So well done, and hope you make many more bloggers… and birthdays.

    Keep up the good work.

    http://www.gitui.com

  13. Tibi Puiu says:

    Happy bday, Problogger!

  14. Happy Birth Day to ProBlogger and Happy Birthday to Google Smart Phone which is about to be launched On 23 Sept which is today…

  15. ilaxi says:

    Happy Birthday Darren! You’ve provided quality contents and very useful tips. Congratulations! Incidentally, I’ll be remembering your Blog Birthday as I registered http://www.mjakbar.org on 23rd and officially launched on 28th September 2004!

    - All the best wishes….

    -ilaxi patel

  16. Dilip Shaw says:

    Happy Birthday ProBlogger.net!

    I am following your posts since the last six months. In fact this is one of the first things I do before going for my tasks.

    I must admit ALL your posts are of great quality.

    One of my friends (a blogger) told me it’s hard to maintain quality and quantity.

    Well as far as ProBlogger is concerned – he has gone horribly wrong!

    Here is some statistics Darren:

    4,637 posts / (4 years * 365 days) = 3.1760274 QUALITY post per day!

    Wuf… too much – if that’s maintained for 4 years!

    Wishing You the Very Best in Your Future Endeavors!

    Dilip Shaw
    http://www.DilipShaw.com/

  17. Happy Birthday Darren!

    Keep up the good work

  18. Another Happy Birthday wish! great work, great inspiration, great motivation….

  19. Infinitus76 says:

    Happy Birthday! Keep up the great work!

  20. Mario Chase says:

    Happy Birthday. 4 years.. is a long way to go. And there was a very good brand building.. that happened here on ProBlogger, so I have to say: Congratulations for the blog.

  21. Congratulation to Problogger.net…

    Darren, your writing inspire me alot…

    I hope I will found my own path of success…

  22. Happy 4th B-Day!!!

    And thank you as well for all of the work, resources, ideas, information, tools and inspiration you have supplied over the years.

    Keep on keepin on.

  23. Sean says:

    Congrats on Problogger’s 4th Birthday!

  24. Alex D says:

    Happy birthday, Darren! I wish you all the best in the world. Keep it up!

  25. Angel Cuala says:

    4 years and this big?! You’re a really big inspiration to us and looking forward for another 4+4+4+4+….years!

    Just hope you remain as humble as you are and as helpful as you are now.

    Always keep your feet on the ground and let us (your admirers) do the lifting…

    Keep rolling…

    Happy 4th Problogger day!

  26. Congrats on the 4th, Darren! Nice seeing you at BlogWorld.

    Chris Jacobson
    http://www.moneymakingscoop.com

  27. sahassa says:

    Great! Happy Birthday, You are(blog) is Great! Yeah! mean blogger team is Great too.

  28. Llama Money says:

    I know everyone else has already said it, but happy birthday to this site. Without PB, I never would have started blogging… it’s the first site I found about blogging, and it inspired me to start my own.

  29. Happy Birthday, and looking forward to many more.

  30. Jay Thompson says:

    79th!

    Happy 4th Blogiversary!!

  31. Dyimz says:

    Happy Birthday! More power!

  32. Patrick says:

    Congrats, Darren.

  33. Sueblimely says:

    Congratulations to you and your team on your birthday and the success you have achieved over the 4 years. I look forward to the next four.

  34. I’ve enjoyed your blog immensely and it has helped me no end. Thanks so much and look forward to the next 4 years!

  35. Davina says:

    Happy 4th birthday! Welcome to year 5.

  36. Krissy says:

    Congratulations on your 4th Blog Birthday! I can’t wait to see what comes next! Have safe travel.

  37. Nicole says:

    Happy Birthday to Problogger!
    Darren, your blog is a valuable source to bloggers and I am glad that it has grown and become a source of both direct and indirect income for you. I am also glad that you still enjoy blogging because it can be easy for many bloggers to get tired of blogging after a while, so I am glad that you are still doing it because that means you are one of the few who actually get paid to do what they love.

    I am also glad because as long as you are blogging, that means that I can still learn new things on how to optimize, promote and grow my blogs.

    Thanks again for doing what you do!

  38. Happy Birthday! Or anniversary as the case my be. 4 years! I sure hope it doesn’t that long always to get to a “Pro” standing with traffic as regular as the Colorado River.

    You’ve certainly dangled a mystery draw out there for the coming whatever. For sure when you win at a game you have to have a new game. Am looking forward to what that is.

    Robert
    WhoWoluldWrite.blogspot.com

  39. Ranita Sinha says:

    Many Many Happy Returns of the day..

  40. Prasanna says:

    Hi Problogger, Wish you many more happy returns of the day. You are a great inspiration for the lack’s of bloggers around the world.

  41. Lindsay says:

    Four years!

    I remember when you were blogging over at livingroom.org (or something like that). You’ve come a long way. Congrats on your success!

  42. Ben Moreno says:

    Congrats! Your blog has helped me a lot in the blogsphere. Thanks!

  43. dee yan says:

    Happy anniversary, congratulation for Problogger.netand keep moving..

  44. charles says:

    Happy Birthday Darren Rowse!! Oopps… I mean Problogger.net

  45. Aira Bongco says:

    Man I missed this!

    Happy 4th Darren!

    May you have more blog birthdays to come!

    Lots of love,

    Aira

  46. Takumi86 says:

    Well, geez i can’t say more but to say congratulations darren

  47. CoolProducts says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Fours years old! That’s pretty awesome, I must say!

    Here’s to another four years, Darren!

  48. Happy Birthday Problogger. Wishing you many more bright days ahead. Cheers.

  49. Melissa says:

    Happy Birthday.

  50. untreatable says:

    Congrats on the anniversary. This blog is such a wonderful resource I am sure there will be many more birthdays to come