It might surprise you to find that I’ve been writing a blog for more than nine years. But I’ve only owned my WordPress blog, austinsacre.net since September 2011. In September of 2011, I made a decision: I was going to write every day, hone my craft and develop my skill. Over the course of the past year and a half, I’ve turned what was once an occasional hobby into a daily practice. And it’s beginning to pay off!
In less than two years, my web site has received more than 17,000 views. As you can see from the picture above, this past December was the highlight of my on-line career with nearly 3,000 views in one month’s time! This includes views of my stories, videos and pictures.
Austin’s Acre also boasts 95 follower who receive an email when a new post appears and that number is growing with every passing day!
Amazingly, these numbers don’t even reflect the visitors who come to the other blogs and pages that I write: Study Along With Me, Prayers of a Fool, Austin’s Acre Page Turners, and My Journey to 50 Blog. Between these five blogs and my contract work, I spend a large portion of my time crafting words and posting blogs.
The most exciting part of this writing journey is the news I received this February. Last October, I submitted an edited version of a previous Austin’s Acre story, Homecoming to WritersDigest.com’s 13th Annual Short, Short Story Competition. With more than 7,000 submissions to the competition, my story earned a Third-Place award! Along with a modest cash prize, the honor comes with publication of the story in the WritersDigest winner’s book this summer and my name and story title published on-line.
There is no doubt that I’m putting in the time and if Gladwell is right and 10,000 hours is the demarcation line for reaching expert status, I still have another few years of word-crafting to reach that point in my writing career…And I’m okay with that!