The First Four Months of Journalistics

I can’t believe it’s only been four months since my first post. While I’ve helped a lot of people launch blogs in the past, this was my first serious attempt at blogging to date. I really wondered if anyone would care about the posts I was writing. In February, 156 of you did. Now that might not sound like much, but considering we did zero promotion of the blog to friends and family, I was pleased by the results. I kept plugging away, trying to determine the editorial focus for the blog (something I continue to do on a daily basis), while many of you early readers provided support and feedback, while suggesting the blog to others. Thanks to your generousity, we saw close to 800 visitiors in March.

For many reasons I won’t get into, things slowed down a bit in April, with only a little more than 500 visitors to the blog. This was a wake-up call for me. I realized I had to make a committment to the blog if it was going to be successful. We made some much needed aesthetic improvements to the blog (thanks for your feedback on the changes), and continue to look for new ways to improve the overall look and feel of Journalistics (like switching to the best WordPress Theme in the world, thank you very much). I kicked things up a notch in May, cranking out even more posts, and you rewarded me for it. More than 3,000 of you stopped by in May.

Now most people keep their traffic numbers to themselves, but I think it’s valuable information for those of you thinking about starting your own blogs. I’ve had a lot of ideas about topics I wanted to write about for sometime, but I figured other people were already writing about them. This isn’t really the case with most of our posts. So many of you have taken the time to send me personal notes on how much you like this blog; and to date, I haven’t received any hate mail (thank goodness). If you’re thinking you’d like to start a blog, just do it. It’s so rewarding to hear from people who read your posts and keep coming back for more. As for this blog, we’ve only just begun.

So, where does this leave us? Over the course of the next couple of weeks, you’ll see a steady inrease in content on the blog. We’ve invited other journalists and public relations professionals to contribute their thoughts on current topics in our collective industries (if you’d like to submit a guest post, let us know). We’ll be expanding our advice articles, and hope to provide some insightful Q&A with industry leaders. Several of you have taken the time to suggest topics for us to cover on the blog, and we’re gradually working to fullfill those requests. I hope you will continue to read Journalistics and share our content with your peers. I hope too that you enjoy the content of provided by our guest bloggers just as much as you’ve liked the posts I’ve done to date.

I can’t thank you enough for helping me get things rolling with this blog. Please feel free to drop me a line at jporter [at] journalistics [dot] com if you have any suggestions for how we can serve you better. Thanks for stopping by.

About Jeremy Porter 214 Articles
Jeremy Porter has been passionate about the intersection of public relations and journalism since studying both Public Relations and Journalism at Utica College of Syracuse University in the late 90s. Porter launched Journalistics in 2009 to share his ideas and insights around both professions and how trends and developments in modern day marketing, communications, and technology impact those working in these fields. Porter also values the traditions and history of both professions and regularly shares his perspective in these areas - and related topics geared toward the next generation of journalism and public relations professionals.

5 Comments

  1. I actually love this blog. I have an RSS link to it that I check each morning. We have a small marketing department, and not everyone has a journalism background, so it’s hugely useful to have well-written commentary on strategies and ideas.

  2. Congrats on your accomplishments to date. I’ve really enjoyed your blog and frequently tweet your posts to my own network. I also started my blog just a few months ago and also use the best theme in the world. While I’m blogging on slightly broader communication issues, you’re addressing a subject that’s near and dear to my heart. Keep it up!

  3. Congratulations on your first 4 months. In no time you’ll be looking back and saying, “Wow, we’re into our fourth year,” as we are here at CompanyofPrayer.com. Keep up the good work, and we’ll keep you in our prayers.

  4. And I can’t believe you thought up the domain journalistics.com before I did…

    But seriously, keep it up. You got a great practical angle that manages to steer clear of the social media circle jerk.

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