Happy Birthday Inspiredology
Inspiredology’s first annual Birthday Bash has officially begun.. I am not sure how long it’s going to go on.. but we are going to ride it out as long as we can. One day is not enough.. so I am thinking maybe 2 weeks would be better….
I am so excited for the new redesign, I hope everyone likes it. I tried to incorporate a lot of your feedback that I collected over the past year. When I started Inspiredology this time last year, I just wanted to get a blog up and running, and see if anyone would enjoy my inspirations. It turned out that quite a bit of you have latched on to the Inspiredology train.
The Rookie Season
So after diving into a design last year, the blog basically offered the posts, some navigation within pages, and categories. I started getting some advertiser’s on board. I thought that I had something to be proud of. Everyone seemed to like the artistic paper theme, some people enjoyed the polar bears, some didn’t. I am still not sure where they came from, I just really liked them, they had no significance what so ever.
Throughout the year, Inspiredology has seen some highs and lows. We were down for 2-3 weeks in July to August with virus issues, not liked by Google. A very hectic time with servers, but we finally bounced back and are sitting on a new server which we are very happy with.
We were lucky enough to be featured on Smashing Magazine a few times (which was simply amazing, it’s my number#1 website) I hope to have some more good news revolving around Smashing Magazine in the near future as well. StumbleUpon users have been extremely good to the website, as we have received a whole whack of visitors from that.
For all you stat lovers out there… here’s how Inspiredology did last year.
1155 Approved Comments
63% Bounce Rate
2:00 Average time on site
Most Popular Posts
Another stat I am very proud of is that Inspiredology has reached 195 Countries.
With all those stats out of the way, we can talk about the awesome future of Inspiredology. As you all know, the redesign is out… so please look around, let us know if there is anything that isn’t working properly. We are working out the bugs as we find them, we hope there aren’t too many. You might have also noticed, that there has been a few new bloggers around here. Andrew jumped on board at the start of 2009, and I have been working with some other guest bloggers as well. I have also partnered with a few bigger named bloggers to guest blog on here and for me to guest blog on them. Jacob Cass from Just Creative Design as well as Steven Snell from Vandelay Design. I am also working on a few other guest post jobs that I am really excited for.
If anyone is interested in contributing to Inspiredology, we are always looking for some new ideas. So please don’t hesitate to email me muellerchad[at]gmail.com.
This week you should expect some new features being added to the posting schedule and blog. The birthday bash starts off today with the redesign debut.. and later this week we will be offering the same great posts we always do as well as a few new features. Next week we will be running our next contest. So far with the prizes I have you will want to be part of this… we have a lot of great give-a-ways lined up. Be sure to subscribe to the rss feed to stay up to date.
Last but not least, I have to thank everyone who has subscribed, commented, submitted bugs, issues and feedback. I would also like to thank the sponsors for Inspiredology, as well as everyone who has donated products or services for the giveaways we started late in 2008. This is something that I am looking to do more often in 2009.