Blog Update: Cool Milestone, April review and a few other bits

So I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who has come by and spent some of their time on this blog. We recently passed 10K hits! I know that’s actually not a lot, some of you have blogs that get that many hits in a month. It’s a big deal for me. I am a one man show, I produce all the content on this blog and it’s just a great milestone, thank you.

April was a tough month for me personal and for the blog in terms of visits and views. It’s funny how when things in life permeate into all aspects of what you are doing. April was really the first month in a long time where I was just stuck in a serious anxiety rut. I was hiding in my “office” at home, exhausted from the winter (we had bad weather here all of April basically). Stressed about work, had medical issues it was just bad.

The content here reflected that and so did the visits and views. As this is my little corner of the blogosphere it’s all on me. I am hopeful that May will bring the renewal spirit that deep spring should. I still enjoy blogging and I am committed to “A Gen X Point of View”. Thank you for sticking by me and the blog. Your continued support and willingness to share my blog with others has really helped the site grow, I sincerely appreciate it.

A few other bits….

So it’s no secret that the content here varies, I am breaking a cardinal rule of online content creation. I am not honing in and focusing on a niche. I understand that, it’s part of the evolution of me as a content creator. There are a lot of things I would like to write about and while I am committed to continuing my work as a good resource for anxiety issues, I have and will continue to expand on the subjects I cover. I realize many people are here because they consume posts on anxiety, stress and depression. I am committed to writing about those subjects, I hope the other topics I cover will interest you as well.

This blog was never meant to be a commercial endeavor, meaning I am not, and don’t intend to sell you anything at any point. Sure I want lots of followers, yes I want more likes, you bet I want more interaction but those are hoped for outcomes here. In the end this blog is my outlet into the larger world, from my small rural New England town. I always hoped that people who read these pieces did so because they appreciated my perspective and “take” on the subject matter. I still hope that is the case going forward.

I am so thankful you are here, and thankful that you are on this journey with me. For now, the “A Gen X Point of View” blog will continue on much as it has for the first few months of 2021. It’s funny to say this now but 2020 was an easy year to blog, there was A LOT of material to talk about. There still is, but it’s less targeted in my view. Simply put, as a content creator I find it challenging to adhere to the “script” of successful blogging. Find a niche, become an expert. I am interested in so much more and while doing that would have propelled this blog to higher statistical counts in many areas it would have become another job.

I don’t know where the blog is going to land and thats a good thing for me as the creator. I know I want to talk more about men’s issues, finance, anxiety, weight loss. Where ever this journey takes me, thank you for sticking with me and this blog, I truly appreciate it.

Karac Avalron

An honest look at my Blog & looking ahead to 2021

So as a finance professional I have lived, and died (figuratively of course) on statistics. The statistics for this blog are encouraging yet there are notable issues that need to be addressed. All endeavors often have positives and negatives, so it’s not something I am overly worried about.

So I am coming to the end of my 2nd full year of blogging. This isn’t a commercial endeavor, you’ll notice there are no ads, there are no asks for money etc. Will there be? I don’t know, but what I can say is 2020 was a tremendous year for growth for the blog. Considering where I started and I have not done the full court press of growth (Instagram, Facebook, twitter) I mean some people grow their blog to commercialize it. I basically worked on organic growth hoping people found it based on the content not on the volume.

To mixed results to be blunt. As I write this I am sitting on total 225 followers. Again the aim of the blog isn’t to grow for growth sake, but I do have goals. One of my big targets was 500 followers by the end of the year, that isn’t going to happen unless there is a rush. I am okay with that but one of the main things that is happening is, month over month I increase in visits and views but “likes” have flat lined. This tells me that I am reaching people but they either don’t like what they are seeing, aren’t compelled to tell me they like it, aren’t reading the content, or found the content accidently.

Of course there are plenty of people who do like the content and participate regularly. I want to be clear I am not complaining I am just trying to understand statistics and make a good judgement, as the title says. I have started contributing to other blogs that will eventually drive traffic to this blog. I have worked on SEO as well, that is a long term project. I think in 2021 I will need to branch out on subject matter and cover some more current events. I will always do Anxiety pieces here, it’s the reason I started the blog and it’s my way to put out positives on the subject.

That said I do want to grow, I think that is a natural desire regardless of endeavor. I never had monetary goals for this blog, all of my growth focus was and is followers. From there other things fall into place. For 2021 I want to expand my growth a lot more. I am missing my target for 2020, a year in which many people were home and online. I grew but I thought it would be much higher.

I know it takes years to grow a community and I am committed to it. However this can’t be a job for me, it has to be an outlet. That is my struggle as I look at my goals I fear the only way to reach my goals is to really go all in, I don’t know if I can do it but I am going to try.

Thank you so much for reading my semi rant/private thoughts. I appreciate your continued support of my blogging journey, take care.