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Major Benchmark Today – My 100th Post

Congratulations

This is my 100th post on A Meaningful Existence. Yeah! I’m happy to mark this important benchmark because I totally missed the 6th month anniversary of the site. I guess I must have been too busy writing about personal development strategies for you to notice the date flying by :-)

My first post was something that I quickly put up to get over the fear of starting to write: The First Step and it quickly followed by some less-than-stellar articles during the first few weeks while I was trying to figure how it all worked. But, I persevered and have now wrote 100 articles.

In case you are curious (and I know just how curious most of you are) here are some of my stats so far:

  • first article posted on October 4, 2009
  • 100 articles (as of today April 28th, 2010)
  • 1150 comments so far (a fair bit are mine, but I’m really happy that my comment stats are more than my spam stats)
  • Alexa ranking 288,644 (back on January 3, 2010 it was 5,016,865 so I’ve come a long way baby)
  • #1 or #2 ranking on Google for the search term “a meaningful existence
  • #2 page on Google for the search term ”personal development strategies
  • 127 subscribers (thank you so much for trusting me with your email address and I hope you liked the ebook and the weekly communications)
  • 1 FREE ebook Just For Today Challenge – 31 Days To A Better You (which I’m very proud of because it’s over 120 pages and was a lot of hard work)

I’ve also had one guest-post on this site: From Homeless To The InfoPreneur – Guest Post which I absolutely loved because it was so inspirational. Thank you, James :-) Speaking of guest-posts, I am opening up the site to more guest-posts, so if you are interested in writing for the site, please contact me.

I’ve written 2 guest-posts, one for Ben called I’ve Won The Lottery and one for James called Top 5 Symptoms of Bloggers Behaving Badly. Only 2 guest-posts. Pitiful, I know. Guest-posting is something that I really need to do more of over the coming months.

I’ve joined James’ T.I.P. Team and am writing an article every Monday at The InfoPreneur. You should definitely check out the great articles that are being posted there by James, his guest-posters, and the rest of the T.I.P. Team.

What’s next?

Well, more high-quality articles for you, for one! :-) I am also working on creating more info products to help more people soon. I also want to network more with other bloggers. 

What have I learned so far? The top 5 are:

1. Blogging is hard work!!

2. People seem to want to hear what I have to say and like my writing. This means the world to me.

3. Blogging is so worth it.

4. Blogging is hard work!! :-)

5. There is a lot of sacrifice with writing quality articles for the site, but it’s all worth it when you get such awesome feedback and know that you are making a difference in people’s lives.

I have gained more from writing here than I ever expected back in October 2009.

I wanted to say Thank You So Much to all of the people who comment, tweet, and email me. Without you, I wouldn’t have any meaning for this site. You make it all worthwhile.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to my feed to have all the future articles delivered to your feed reader. Thanks!

40 comments… add one

  • Congratulations to you, Karen! I am glad I found your blog and also enjoy your writing over at The Infopreneur. I think I will eat some cake today in honor of your achievement :)
    .-= Jean Sarauer´s last blog ..7 Steps to Banish the Blogging Blues =-.

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    • Thanks so much, Jean.

      The time went by really fast but I’m so happy that the site has been received well.

      Hope you enjoyed the cake :-)

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  • Congrats Karen! Here’s to you. Cheers.
    .-= Hal Brown´s last blog ..Less Is More With Twitter =-.

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    • Thanks, Hal.

      And, thank you for all your wonderful and appreciated RTs :-)

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  • Congrats on hitting these mile stones. Its amazing to look back and see how far one has come from post 1 to post 100. Here’s to the next 100!
    .-= Gurl´s last blog ..7 Awesome Tweeple To Follow =-.

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    • Welcome Gurl!

      Yes, it’s hard to believe how far I’ve gone since the blog’s inception, and even since January.

      Thanks so much,
      Karen

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  • Awww Karen :)
    What a lovely round up post of the last 100. Top job on the Google results too. And I’m with Jean, pass us a slice of cake ;)

    Congratulations and thank you for taking the time to write :) And you’re only 6 months old? Wow! I feel like I’ve known you and some of the others for a lot longer than just 6 months. Can’t wait for Christmas 2010. We’ll have a blast!
    .-= Eleanor Edwards´s last blog ..Wednesday Warmer: Something to make you smile =-.

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    • Thanks so much, Eleanor.

      You’ve been with me almost since the beginning and I really appreciate the vote of confidence.

      I can’t even fathom where we will both be by Christimas – can’t wait!

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  • Congratulations Karen! This is a big one. Here’s to the next 100 posts!

    Have a GREAT night!
    .-= mark´s last blog ..5 Steps to New Motivation and Productivity =-.

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    • Thanks so much, Mark.

      Hope you have a fantastic night as well :-)

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  • Congrats, Karen! I know how much hard work it can be and how much of an emotional roller coaster watching the stats can feel like! I applaud you for your dedication, because in the end, that’s what determines success!

    I’m a new reader here, but I love your style and your content. I’ve subscribed and I look forward to your posts! :)
    .-= Raam Dev´s last blog ..Lessons from a Crab: The Right Path in Life isn’t Always Obvious or Easy =-.

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    • Welcome Raam,

      Yes, I try not to check out my stats too often as you’re right, it can feel like a roller-coaster sometimes. They’re up, they’re down :-)

      Thanks so much for the kind words and thanks for subscribing.

      Karen

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  • Hey Karen, congratulations on your 100th post! It has been good to see you blog grow. I remember when I hit 100; it was a great feeling. I like how you write that blogging is hard work… twice! It is but you do learn a lot from it. Good job Karen, and I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your work. Have a good day. :)
    .-= Hulbert´s last blog ..Obsession – Bill Gates =-.

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    • Thanks, Hulbert. On one hand it doesn’t feel like over six months and 100 posts, but on the other hand, it definitely does! :-)

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Karen

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  • Congratulations Karen! You’ve got some really great achievements under your belt. I’ve just realised I’ve not signed up for your newsletter. Remedying that now!
    .-= Matthew Needham´s last blog ..How to grow your business (part 3) =-.

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    • Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for your support! :-)

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  • Congrats Karen. We have almost the same exact amount of posts. Though it sounds like you’re way ahead on the networking aspect of blogging. Keep up the great work!
    .-= Steve Scott Site´s last blog ..From Google, With Love… =-.

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    • I can’t wait to read your 100th post, Steve. Sounds as if you’re having the time of your life on your travels. I wonder which country you will hit your 100th? :-)

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  • Your blog is one of my sources of positive and motivating ideas everyday, Karen. Thank you.
    .-= Julius´s last blog ..How Blind People Identify Color =-.

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    • Ahh, Julius, that’s so nice of you to say! Thank you so much for the kind words :-)

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  • WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! Congratulation – you’ve reached a milestone. I’m not to far behind, think I have another ten posts before reaching the 100 mark.

    But well done Karen, looking back you will see how far you have come and the achievements you have made, and that……….Sisters are doing it for themselves! :)
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Build Traffic With StumbleUpon ToolBar =-.

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    • Hi Maria,

      Thanks for all the support, Maria. We’ve both come a long way and I’m anxiously waiting for your 100th post as I’m sure it will be quite creative and totally unique.

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  • Karen it’s simply fantastic what you have created here, I loved guest posting here and I would love the opportunity to do it again.

    I also love having you part of the team too, Karen your freedom is just around the corner!
    .-= TheInfoPreneur´s last blog ..Admit You Can’t Do It And Create Your Own Market =-.

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    • Hi James,

      I love being part of the TIP Team, too. Thanks so much for the privilege of writing on your site every Monday. It’s certainly upped my writing skills.

      You’re welcome to guest post anytime, James. Just send it over :-)

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  • Congratulations Karen. You have certainly achieved a lot in only six months.

    Your ebook is the next on my list to read. It’s a long weekend this weekend so hopefully I’ll get time to read it and give you some feedback.
    .-= Mark | The Business Mindset´s last blog ..6 Reasons to Run a Competition =-.

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    • Welcome Mark,

      Fair warning that the book is quite large at over 100 pages so I hope you read fast – wouldn’t want you to spend all long weekend indoors reading :-)

      Let me know what you think of the ebook.

      Thanks so much for stopping by,
      Karen

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  • Congrats Karen. This is a phenomenal accomplish… and in such a short time.

    You will be an inspiration to many. I look forward to more articles, keep up the great work

    Justin
    .-= Justin Popovic´s last blog ..Expanding Your Comfort Zone in Social Settings =-.

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    • Hey Justin,

      Yes, writing 100 posts went by so fast and I’m really happy with the site’s progress so far. Thanks so much for all of your support.

      Karen

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  • Congrats Karen!

    Would love another guest post from you anytime you want to write something.

    I’m mulling over a post for you at the moment.
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..5 Easy Happiness Hacks =-.

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    • Hey Ben,

      Would love to have you guest-post here. Send it over when you have it ready,

      You are on my list of guest-posts that I have to write (right after one for Maria!).

      Thanks for all your support over the months,
      Karen

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  • Congrats on your 100th post, Karen! You’ve done quite a bit here since October and have made some amazing progress in a short amount of time. Keep up the good work :)
    .-= Kiesha @ We Blog Better´s last blog ..Enter to win a Copy of Purpose Driven Life & Join me for the 6th Annual Reading =-.

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    • Thanks, Kiesha. You’ve made some amazing progress, too. I’m seeing your name everywhere it seems :-)

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  • The second hundred seems to go much faster.
    .-= Dave Doolin´s last blog ..Blogging Business – You Gotta License For That? =-.

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    • Yeah? I hope so? Thanks, Dave

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  • Hi Karen,

    Congratulations on writing your 100th post! I think the first few months of blogging is the most difficult, so hopefully the next 6-7 months will be easier with all of the momentum you have already built up. And it’s indeed so special to connect with readers.

    Keep up the good work!
    .-= Greg Blencoe´s last blog ..Relationships as mirrors =-.

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    • Welcome Greg,

      Thanks very much for the kind words and I’m hoping that the momentum carries me through to the next milestone.

      Thanks very much,
      Karen

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  • Hi Karen,

    I am a very new blogger. You inspire me. Thanks for sharing your life. I will definitely subscribe. Take care. ….beautiful blog !

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    • Welcome Andrei,

      Congratulations on having the courage to start blogging – it’s a lot of hard work, but very rewarding as well :-)

      Thank you for your kind words and for visiting. I hope you continue to be inspired here.

      Karen

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  • way to go karen,
    how are you?
    it’s great to read and see all your achievements. how did you bring that alexa ranking down please? i have been dancing round 600k on alexa
    anyway i rejoice and celebrate with you in all that you’ve accomplished. more grease to your hardworking fingers palms and elbows.
    your schedule seems a bit tight but do fit me in for a guest post and article for the life skills magazine please. could we look at june or may(pushing my luck lol!!!)
    have a lovely week
    .-= ayo´s last blog ..The Secret To Personal Growth =-.

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    • Hi Ayo,

      Thanks very much for the kind words and the support. It’s been a long road so far, but very rewarding as well.

      I’m not sure about the Alexa ranking, may be you need people reviewing your site and getting it indexed more often. Also, may be because your site is not a .com one, it’s not getting the traffic juice. It’s probably ranked very high for UK though.

      Yes, you’re doing wonderful things with the monthly magazine and it’s definitely something that I want to be a part of. The June issue, for sure!

      Thanks,
      Karen

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