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And so we Move

We finally got the keys to our new home (the one that blogging built) and so over the next few days we’re in transition.

This means packing up my Blog HQ, relocating net connections, hauling endless boxes, cleaning and aquatinting myself with a new neighborhood.

I’m tempted to do a ‘blogging will be light’ post – but then I realized that even a light blogging day means posting only 4 posts here in a 24 hour period – and so I think its already been a heavy day.

Professional Blogging Frenzy – June 2005

Boy oh Boy do I have a treat for you readers in June when I go away for a month (we’re heading to Turkey for a few weeks and will have a little time in London also – purely holiday apart from one or two meetings in London).

I’ve just emailed some of my favorite bloggers asking them to be guest contributers while I’m away and the replies have just started coming in – so far there are some pretty amazing bloggers who are agreeing to post here over that four week period while I’m taking a bit of a break.

I won’t drop any names yet – but needless to say that these are people I read daily and am excited about having write all in the one place – even if its just for a few weeks. It could be quite the professional blogging frenzy around here in June. More news on who is coming over to ProBlogger to play as we get closer to June.

If there is a Blogger you’d like to see write on Pro Blogging in June – let me know in comments below and I’ll see if they are willing to participate.

April – Record Blogging Earnings

2005-So-FarApril has been a rather good month for my blogging business.

This graph plots my Adsense earnings (from all my blogs) since 1 January to today (without specific figures). As you’ll see, the last two days have been record breaking days. I’m not sure how long this growth can last – but April’s daily average is 40% higher than last month – for the first time I’ve broken into the five figures for a month zone from Adsense.

The amazing thing is that when you get to these sorts of figures a rise in earnings of something like 40% can be a pretty significant thing on overall earnings.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not in some virtual blogging dream. Its quite staggering to think that 2.5 years ago I started my first blog with absolutely no idea of what was ahead. The idea of sustaining even that blog would have been laughable for me back then – let alone the thought that blogging would be my full time job.

Today someone asked me ‘how does it feel to be a full time blogger?’ – to be honest its starting to all feel a little bit surreal and a touch frightening. What is this thing I’ve created and where is it all headed?

ProBlogger turns 33

I just turned 33 – that must put me in the upper age range of ProBloggers many of whom seem to be in their 20s.

Any suggestions on how I should celebrate when I wake up in the morning?

ProBlogger WordPress Upgrade Underway

Just a warning to readers that we’re currently upgrading WordPress for this blog to version 1.5 so there may be a few bugs for the next few hours. I’ll let you know when its complete so you can start letting me know if there are any issues.

I appreciate your patience as we improve ProBlogger.

Also I just sent out a ProBlogger Newsletter (week 2). If you didn’t get it you might need to re-subscribe. Let me know if you want me to email the last one to you if you missed it.

Update: The upgrade (from WP 1.2) is complete. It wasn’t a redesign – simply an upgrade of versions. Please let me know if you see any bugs – thanks.

ProBlogger Taglines

Thanks for all those who submitted ideas for a new tagline for this blog. As a number of your advised – the ‘Helping Bloggers Earn Money’ line is probably worth keeping – it sums the site up in so many ways and to change it would be to go against my own advice to make it clear what you’re blog is about to new visitors.

Having said that – some of the suggestions were very good and I’ll use them in different ways. I’m thinking of putting a rotating quote from readers on the side bar at some stage – also some of them would make excellent T-Shirts (but would anyone want to buy one?). I thought I’d highlight the suggestions made here – for a bit of fun. Feel free to add more in comments.

Here they are:

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ProBlogger RSS Feeds

Thanks to those who’ve emailed and commented to let me know they’ve had problems with my feedburner RSS feed. I know that so many of you access this site via RSS that it concerns me that some of you are missing my many daily posts. Whilst feedburner provides me with great stats and other options it is a bit useless if you’re missing every few posts.

So if you’re one of those missing posts feel free to use the default feeds supplied by WordPress – the RSS and Atom feeds.

ProBlogger – Helping Bloggers Earn Money?

This afternoon I’ve been spending a little time thinking about how to brand ProBlogger – ‘Helping bloggers earn Money’ is probably the most descriptive catch cry I can think of but I thought I’d throw it over to you my wonderful readers to see if you can come up with anything better.

Any ideas? What is ProBlogger to you? How would you describe it to another blogger?

It needs to be short, sharp and descriptive. I’m hoping to use it in some advertising as well as here on the site.

Feel free to have a bit of fun with it if you like.

ProBlogger Newsletter Edition 1

I’ve just emailed out the inaugural ProBlogger.net Newsletter. If you signed up for it and didn’t receive anything it either means that you:

  1. subscribed with the wrong email address (spelling mistake)
  2. are blogging email from my server for some reason
  3. havn’t yet confirmed your willingness to receive it (after you subscribed you would have been sent an email asking you to confirm your desire to receive it – a double opt in program).

If you didn’t get it simply re-subscribe and you’ll get the next one. If you want to see the first one contact me and I’ll send it to you.

For those unsure if they want to get it the first email included:

  • a summary of the hot posts on ProBlogger this week
  • an earnings update (readers have asked for updates on how my own blogging is going – I give an indication of how I’m going)
  • a ProBlogger tip (that won’t appear on the site)
  • a note about some recent posts and a mini preview of a post that will go up later today

If you are one of the hundred or so subscribers let me know how you found the first newsletter in comments below. I wanted to keep it simple (ie its not a html email), reasonably short and as helpful as possible. Your feedback on how well I did will be received with thanks.

PS – sorry about the spelling mistake – I really don’t want readers to ‘bare’ anything….