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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Pen & Prosper Celebrates 13 Years in the Blogosphere!

 


Greetings, readers!

Glad to have you here. Glad to have you here particularly for this important anniversary celebration! Not to boast, but anyone who has been a blogger for any length of time can appreciate how much hard work and dedication goes into producing a successful blog---week after week, month after month, year after year. 

Choosing topics, writing posts, scheduling guest posts, scouting for images, responding to comments from readers; it's a tall order, my friends. 

In fact, many start and quit. Over the years I have sadly said goodbye to many of my blogging buddies along the way.

A New York Times article shares the following: " According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web." 

Here are some common reasons many abandon their blogs:

  • Low readership and engagements levels
  • Not enough return on investment (R.O.I.) in other words--too much work for too little return
  • Competing personal demands
  • Compensation/monetization is low
In fact, if you're still blogging (as I am) despite these obstacles, give yourself a pat on the back; you deserve it!

Here are some fun facts regarding my blogging journey (and my creative life) since 2009:


  • Pen & Prosper has received over 740,000 page views to date.
  • There have been 878 posts, with over 8000 comments collectively.
  • Pen & Prosper has been honored as a "Top Writing Blog" for almost 10 of its 13 years.
  • My efforts have been enhanced by many great guest post bloggers; including the famous author of War of the Roses, Warren Adler.
  • When I'm not blogging here, I love writing for other sites, cooking, reading and music.
As I close out this post and prepare for my summer break, I just want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your readership, support, comments, friendship, business relationships and energy!

In the words of famous rapper Tupac Shakur, "You are appreciated!"
Have a great week ahead.

Warmly,

Jen  


Feel free to sign my "Virtual Guest Book" by leaving a comment. :-)




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16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your blogoversery. I have been one of those who has considered giving up blogging. The top three reasons you listed are the ones that I have considered. But then I am reminded that I write because God has given me that gift.

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    1. Thanks so much, quiet spirit. Really appreciate your support over the years. Be well.

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  2. Congrats! Longevity as a blogger is a huge endeavor. Congrats on making it!

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    1. Hi Nicole,
      It is indeed! Thanks so kindly for your time and comment today.

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  3. Congratulations, Jen! This is a wonderful milestone, and you've maintained such an informative and authentic presence for your readers and adoring fans. :) Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, it's very much appreciated. Enjoy your break! It's well deserved!

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    1. Dear Karen,
      Your loyal support, engagement and friendship have helped to sustain me. You are da' best! :-)

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  4. Congratulations on 13 years, Jennifer. Your commitment is amazing; especially since you're a team of one. You, too, are appreciated for your contribution to the writing and blogging community.

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  5. How sweet! Thanks, Marcie. It has definitely been a labor of love. :-) Have a great week ahead.

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  6. Congratulations, Jennifer! You have accomplished so much!

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    1. Thanks so kindly! "And miles to go before I rest."

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  7. Congratulations. And thanks for all your guidance!

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  8. Hi David,
    Great to hear from you. And you're very welcome! :-) My pleasure.

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  9. Congratulations, Jennifer! Thanks for providing us excellent content, prizes, opportunities to publish, and great writing advice over these 13 years. Pen and Prosper is a great blog.

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    1. Yasmin,
      It's comments like yours that keep me going. Keep 'em comin' ! Thanks, dear. :-)

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  10. I discovered you through a writing magazine article and am so gald i found you/your blog so manty years ago. You are an inspiration.

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  11. Thanks so much for adding to the mix, Lin. Always love to hear from you!

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