If you run a blog and have reached 1,000 posts, you’ve accomplished something.
A thousand posts says you’ve passed the honeymoon phase of blogging, and still love it enough to keep going.
If you’ve done 1,000 posts, you’ve figured out how to make it a satisfying endeavor for yourself, keep readers entertained, and maybe even made it a bankable enterprise.
If you’ve hit 1,000 posts, you’ve mastered the technical side of blogging, whether that means knowing how to lock and load a post in WordPress in under 10 minutes, learning the mechanics of Blogger or tinkering around with Tumblr enough to know what you’re doing.
Once a week, I’ll be sharing the success stories of long-time bloggers in a series called a series called Blog Stories. You can read the first installment here: 1,000 posts & counting: Long-time bloggers share milestones, advice.
Here are the stories of two more superstar bloggers:
Blog: Portland Architecture
Description: Design, architecture, planning and urbanism in Portland, Oregon
Blog birthday: Februrary 2005
WordPress, Blogger or something else: Typepad
Blog theme, or website designer (or both): Designed by yours truly
Advertising networks: Newstex and Blogads
Posts to date: About 1,350
Most popular post of all time: The most popular of the past four years is Return of the Hung Far Low sign.
Favorite posts: Riding the Eastside streetcar, and considering its impact, from March 2013 – I enjoy the chance to consider how architecture, transit and urbanism influence each other; A conversation with Brad Cloepfill from March 2013 – I like being able to interview Portland’s best architects, and Cloepfil is at the top of the list; and Commitment not brainstorming: Memorial Coliseum on the eve of its restoration, from June 2011 – The biggest advocacy effort of my career has been saving Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Why you blog: It’s the chance to take control of my own writing, how and when it’s published and how it’s edited. I also view blogging as an entrepreneurial opportunity, the chance to make money directly from advertising.
Blogs you read regularly: PORT
Advice: Post often and consistently but only when you have something substantive to say
Description: Food, travel, collections, decorating, gardens, books, organizing and my life.
Blog birthday: 2009. My blog started with another name and URL and I made a big change a couple of years ago and renamed it.
WordPress, Blogger or something else: Wordpress
Blog design theme: Cap with custom modifications
Ad networks: None
Total posts to date: 1,377
Most popular post: One-pan pasta. I think it’s popular because it’s so easy and no one would ever think you could do it. It got a lot of shares on Pinterest, which helped.
Your favorite posts and why: I’ve been doing a series where I write about one item in one of my collections and tell where it’s from and why it has meaning to me. Here’s an example: Lightship baskets.
Blogs you read regularly and why: MyItchyTravelFeet.com: The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel, because she’s making money doing travel writing. I also read Living Large in Our Little House; I just like Kerri and find her posts kind of comforting.
Advice for beginning bloggers: You have to be relentless and post continuously. Don’t stop even if you think no one’s listening. Post every single post to social media for added traffic.
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If you blog and have hit the 1,000-post mark, I’d be happy to consider including you in an upcoming list in this series. Answer the questions above for your own blog and send them to me at email@example.com.