I am happy to mark this small milestone on a something that has become a clear part of my life. I have been writing for blogs for quite some time. I had my website since 1997, and I use to host it on Tripod.com which I shared content and informed those people close to me.
The primary purpose of creating RaúlColón.net was being able to take all my thoughts and share them with you. On many occasions I found myself writing at Twitpuerto.com, which focused on Twitter, limited me from expressing thoughts and ideas on a variety of subjects. Buying a domain with my name empowered me to share even more with useful information to my readers.
After coming back from @chirp (1st and only Twitter Developer Conference) in San Francisco last year, I knew I had to consolidate my efforts online in a central place. I wanted to share my experiences on using an app, reading a book, or talking about the awesome people I meet and what they do. A few days before I took off for the @cmsummit (Conversational Marketing Summit) last year I decided to set up the blog with the purpose of covering that first event on my new domain for others to benefit.
My life was about to change completely. I had just found out that I was going to be the dad of a little girl who we decided to name @danielalcolon (she turned five months two days ago). My mom traveled to help @lucymfel while I was on that business trip. While on the trip, things started to go south. My Mac died the night before the conference, and my mom got extremely Ill on that same day. I spent most of those days trying to absorb as much information from the @cmsummit, trying to get my laptop running, and staying up to date on my mom’s sudden illness. I have to say that all those issues (especially the most important one My Mom recovering) where resolved in weeks and I ended up moving my big launch of the blog for a later date or another event.
Going to another conference such as Inbound Marketing Summit, SXSW, and Hispanicize taught me that keeping the blog up to date is not as easy as you would think. So maybe trying to launch my blog at that @cmSummit was my first big mistake. If you go over my first posts, you can see the many errors I made and some of the successes. Just thinking of the whole year of this domain, I did the exercise of going back through a few posts, and I realized how much I have learned in only 12 months.
These last 12 months have been full of new lessons from learning how to write content that might be of interest to my small community, to quickly picking up on being a first-time dad (and enjoying every second of being @danielalcolon’s dad).
I have used many of these experiences to fill the white screen. From complaining about terrible service with some companies to expressing gratitude to the many people that keep me motivated, and directing you to resources that I think might be of helpful.
At approximately 3,500 unique visitors per month (these last few months) I am very happy that many of you decide to stop by periodically and read what I have to say.
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Thank You for reading my blog and visiting me. Here is a list starting from June 2010 of my favorite post for each month:
- June 2010
- July 2010
- August 2010
- September 2010
- October 2010
- November 2010
- December 2010
- January 2011
- February 2011
- March 2011
- April 2011
- May 2011
photo credit by by ewan traveler