Today I am celebrating 4 years of blogging! It has been an incredible journey. I never thought I would enjoy writing as much as I do. Writing this blog has been a great creative outlet for me and it has helped me grow in many ways.
Throughout these 4 years I have met a lot of great people and I am so thankful for everyone who takes the time to read and comment. You are a great encouragement to me.
My purpose for writing this blog still remains the same: To share what God is teaching me and whatever else is on my mind. I am looking forward to another great year!
Some highlights from this past year:
1. I monetized my blog.
Over the last year I have experimented with several different monetizing programs. I have been using Google Adsense (I get paid a small commission for ads that get clicked) and recently I began to sell ads through Beacon Ads.
I am also an affiliate member of Amazon, Christianbook Distributors, Safe Eyes Parental Control Software and Newbloghosting (if you click on these links and purchase something I receive a small commission).
I have managed to make a small amount of money from these different sources (around $150 to date). My purpose in monetizing this blog has been to help with the hosting costs and to help raise money for upcoming family trips.
2. I moved from Blogger to WordPress.
On February 1st, 2011 I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress.This has made a huge difference for my blog! I am loving WordPress! I would like to thank Peter Pollock again for all his help in this process and John Saddington for providing a killer tutorial on Migrating from Blogger (Blogspot) to WordPress without Losing Any Valuable SEO and Link.
3. I passed 200,000 visits.
This was a huge milestone for me. It took me 3 years to hit 100,00 visits and it is hard for me to believe that I had over 100,000 visits this past year! This is quite humbling for me. I never expected this type of traffic when I started this blog 4 years ago. I don’t write for the visits but it is definitely encouraging to know that people are reading what I am writing.
4. Most viewed posts.
6 ways to practice the presence of God throughout your day
2 ways to get out of our comfort zone
Following Jesus is easy?
The greatest pain in life is not to die but to be ignored
5 characteristics of a hero
What is your personal leadership style?
Insecurity destroys relationships
7 benefits of confrontation
Lessons from a Leper
Finding emotional rest
To celebrate my 4 year blogiversary I am giving away an awesome book! I am giving away a copy of Richard Swenson’s book “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives“. I am doing my book club posts on this book right now and I am loving it!
Here’s how you can win a copy of this awesome book:
1. Tweet this: To celebrate his 4 year blogiversary @KevinMartineau is having a #giveaway! Clk here 4 more details: http://su.pr/6hwVSW
2. Leave a comment.
You get 1 entry for every tweet/RT you make (you can tweet/RT as many times as you like) and for 1 entry every comment you make.
For BONUS entries: Digg, like on Facebook, Google +1 and/or Stumble this post with one of the sharing buttons to the right. I will assign every entry a number and then use Random.org to choose the winner.
This giveaway is only open to those who live in Canada or the USA.
Come back here on Friday (August 12th) to find out if you won! Contest closes at 9 pm PST, August 11th.