Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One year later...

Once apon a time, there was a bored girl named Paige. Exactly a year ago today, she decided to make a blog. She didn't think it would come to anything at all. She figured it would just be a little unseen sight where she would post random things, helping her become more experienced as an aspiring writer. A few posts were posted, and no comments were made. Paige didn't really mind, this was just a little hobby. Then she got her first comment, and it was someone giving her a Versatile Blogger Award. Paige was shocked, she never even thought anyone viewed her blog. 
She was wrong. 
And now exactly a year later, that little, meaningless blog has 102 followers and 16,160 page views. 

Yes, today The 828 turns one year old! Has it been a year already? Wow, they grow up so fast! *tear*

That story is completely true. When I started this blog, I was still totally into being a journalist ( and I still am, somewhat) But, this blog was going to be like my own little news blog, just to post about things I thought were exciting in the world. Which I do occasionally, but not really.
Now, I don't even really know what type of blog this is. Hm. I guess it's a little bit of a book blog, and a writing blog, and a blog for teen girls, random stuff. It's a mix of all sorts of things now.

Over the past year, I've met (well you know, met on the internet) some pretty amazing bloggers, and you all know who you are. Thank you all of you, for being my inspiration to blog. For always commenting. For putting my button on your sidebars. For even looking at this blog once and a while. Because without you guys, I would have stopped blogging a long time ago!

And I mean, it's a pretty beautiful blog isn't it? That's all thanks to Evie at Twin Butterfly Designs- go check her out!

This blog and all of you guys helped me discover my love for reading at writing. I found out about TONS of cool books from the blogger world, and learned a lot more about writing since I've been on here. Now, my main dream is to be an author.

So like I said above, I never thought this blog would amount to anything, but I mean look at it now! I never dreamed of even having 50 followers, let alone 100! Thank you so much, guys!
The 828 is also Global, look!

United States

United Kingdom









Saudi Arabia



Those are really spread out and I don't know why, BUT, that's amazing that people have looked at this blog all around the world! 

May 2011 was my most popular month, topping all the other months in page view numbers. May was also the month where I had the most posts. 
I've gotten a total of 1121 comments.
I've done a total of 302 posts.
The post that I got the most comments on so far is Why did you start writing?  I'm glad, because I really like that post. 
My most popular post was Dance Moms, really? I think that's because someone else on another site linked to me in their article about Dance Moms, but still. 

Thank you all 102 of you for all your support, and just following my blog. It means the world to me. 
But if I can ask you guys...
 What do you like about my blog? Why did you start following it? Do you enjoy my posts? What was my favorite post of yours, do you remember? Do you have any suggestions for me? Do you wish I did something more often? 

Tell me why you like my blog! Or why you don't like it, if you're a hater. 
Well, I think to honor my year anniversary and all of you guys, I'm going to do some "Featured Follower" posts very soon. So check back for those!

Anyway, thanks so much everyone. Happy birthday The 828! 

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Qui said...

Happy blogoversary, Paige!

Amaranthine said...

I love you and your blog cause you're awesome.

No, seriously. All of your posts are really honest and entertaining.

Happy Blogoversary!

i see you've surpassed me in followers..that seems to be happening a lot lately XD COngrats!

Sam said...

Happy blogoversary!!! :D

Devin said...

Congratulations! Finding The 828 is one of the best things that ever happened to me too. :) Your posts always make me happy and I consider you one of the greatest bloggers in my feed, partly because I'm glad I can consider you a friend. I'm proud of your blog, but I'm even more proud of you. Your a fabulous writer, and great at commenting on my depressing posts when I need it the most! Happy Blogoversary, Paige!

Converse said...

Happy Blogoverarsy!

I LOVE your blog because honestly, its the only one that keeps me interested 24/7!
Your post are the only things I can relate to, and it seems like every time I sad and I go on your blog you have a post relating on what I'm sad about!

I check out other peoples blogs, but yours I have a daily basis to check because I love your writing. Your posts are like the nice and understanding older sister I never had :)

I love everything about your blog, and let's hope its last for many more years than just 1 :)

Jedi~Chick said...

Happy Blogoversary Paige!!!!!!! :D Your blog is amazing, it inspires me and makes me laugh all at the same time. ;) Keep on blogging girl. :D

Amyrose♥Forder said...

Happy blogoversary! Your blog is, and always will be, one of my favourites on the blogosphere!

Also, you can Ireland to that global list! :D

Rebekah Brielle said...

Hey there!
I just found your blog, and I love it!
I followed you!
Check out my blog, It's a Love Story and follow me! Please :)

Anonymous said...

Happy (belated) blogoversary!

The moment you responded to my email (about the guest post) and saved my life by posting it (I'm slightly dramatic there!) - I knew you have to be fantastic! Turns out, I'm right! Love that you write about several different things, that you're honest in your writing and very sweet at the same time!

Paige said...

@Qui- Thank you!

@Amaranthine- Aw, thanks so much, that means a lot :) I'm surprised, I never thought I'd make it this far! I'm sure you'll catch up real soon :)


@Devin- Aw, I'm so glad you said that Devin! I consider you a friend too :D And thank you so much! I'm honored that you think I'm a fabulous writer! And I'm always happy to comment on your posts, they are awesome!

@Converse- Aw, I'm glad to hear that! It's good to know someone actually likes my blog that much to check it every day, so thank you <3 I wish you still had a blog! And aw, I wish I had a sister too. We are internet sisters!

@Jedi Chick- Aw, thanks so much! I'm so happy that I have inspired you in some way :D

@Amy- Thank you! I'm honored to be one of your favorites <3 yes! I need to do that! On my stats, Ireland wasn't on the list.. grr blogger!

@Rebekah- Hi! Thank you! I followed you also :)

@Amanda-Aw, I'm glad that made you think that :) I was happy to help out a fellow blogger! Thank you! <3

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Paige! Your stats are pretty impressive. :D I mean, over 16,000 views and more than 100 followers?! Not to mention 1000+ comments. :D How awesome!

I don't think I really have an answer to the question "What do you like about my blog?", because it's not really something I can name. It's just that whenever I see a post from you in my Blogger feed, I click on it because I'm interested to see what you have to say. And something about the way you write makes me want to keep reading.

Keep up the good work, Paige - and congrats again! <3