Over the weekend Ben Hamilton has been extremely helpful in getting my new blog up and running. Very knowledgeable on WordPress intricacies, he has helped me sort out all sorts of issues, like plugins not working and so on.
One challenge he is having, however, is importing my old blogger.com posts into my new blog. He has been able to bring all of my posts, and their comments, across to my new blog database, but not get them to display. He’s working on it and no doubt all will be well shortly.
And I STILL think he should offer that expertise as a paid service.
But of particular interest to me was seeing all of my 186 posts in one toilet roll of a page. Scrolling down to the bottom I was fascinated to see that my very first bettercomms blog post was on 17th March this year.
What an amazing journey in the 5 months since then!
From a zero base I have tapped into a community of like-minded souls, started a little podcast that now regularly receives around 100 subscribers an issue, and about 130 total downloads per edition. I sometimes have 100 visitors a day to my blog. The blog is driving a significant amount of traffic across to my main website, leehopkins.com, where I laid out my stall over a year and a half ago.
And more importantly than all, I have developed relationships with some amazing people around the world, people that I would have never met in my normal day. People like Allan Jenkins, Heidi Miller, the aforementioned Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson, Constantin Basturea, Doug Johnston and the aforementioned Ben Hamilton. People like these blow me away with their skills and abilities, their passion and their commitment to their craft.
Kathy Sierra once commented about passion, about what makes the difference between a photoshop user and a photoshop maven. Like her, I believe it is passion – the inner drive that makes you WANT to master something. Because in that mastery comes a inner sense of control, which is fantastic for reducing stress. But also with that mastery comes a feeling of peace, of epiphany, of grace.
And so I feel it appropriate to say that it is through being brought into contact with those that I have just mentioned and many more besides that despite the pressures of business, parenting and just living I am daily reminded of what a wonderful world this can be.