#MyFriendAlexa, BLOG HOPS & CHALLENGES

#MyFriendAlexa, @Blogchatter and Me

I have been blogging for almost a decade now but being an older blogger and a technophobe I find myself much like Alice in Wonderland.

  • For years I struggled with traffic.Even my friends and family were reluctant visitors . They preferred to read my email rather than actually access my blog .
  • For years I struggled with content , voice and niche . Do I write about myself and my bumbling journey through life ? Is my niche food, travel, parenting or just blah blah blah?

Well, I just bumbled on through this journey and came across so many interesting blogs and bloggers that I became more and more hooked .

Making friends with Alexa

Sometime last year, I came across a campaign #MyFriendAlexa hosted by Team Blogchatter. I wondered what these bloggers were talking about and bragging about their Alexa Rank dropping every day.

I was intrigued. Who or what was Alexa?

So this year I signed up with Blogchatter and its campaign #MyFriendAlexa.

My experience

To be honest I find myself a dinosaur in the world of social media . Tweeting and Twitter was even more alien than FB and Instagram and Pinterest. Till the end of the campaign I couldn’t understand what my group (group 2) was tweeting about . They all seemed so gung ho and with it that my inadequacy and unfamiliarity with the medium became quite obvious.

I must admit that the conversation went way over my head and I was a silent spectator for the most part.

I was a pretty diligent participant and foolishly thought that one only had to post 8 posts in toto. Since I was traveling from the 20th with limited or no access to the Internet, I posted 6 posts in the first two weeks only to find that I should have scheduled them instead .

Ashwini Dodani who was steering our group had made an excel sheet where we were supposed to drop our links and use this resource to share, visit and comment on others’ posts . Regrettably, I couldn’t manage this and only visited the few who visited mine. It was no wonder then that the traffic on my blog was desultory and dismal.

My visitors in August were 807 with 1715 views while my views for September were 1840 with 820 visitors .

As mentioned earlier, the generation gap between me and the other bloggers was getting markedly wider and there were just a few bloggers with whom I could identify and I assume who could identify with me .

But all in all I learnt a lot about blogs and blogging.

My Alexa Rank when I began this exercise was

1,860, 351 Globally

And 119,089 in India

Today it is 1,026,044 Globally

and 46,056 in India

My major learnings

As with every campaign I found myself getting more and more conversant with different aspects of blogging . Concepts like voice, niche and content became clearer . I began to see the shortcomings in my own blog and realised that I would have to drastically change my strategy if I need to increase traffic, viewership and of course improve my Alexa Ranking.

And of course , I learnt how to blog on the go, use features of my mobile that I didn’t know about and of course using the WP mobile App!

So all in all, it wasn’t a bad experience !

Thanks Blogchatter for introducing me to Alexa and many other interesting bloggers.

This is my round up post for #MyFriendAlexa with @blogchatter .

10 thoughts on “#MyFriendAlexa, @Blogchatter and Me

  1. Being relatively very new to blogging personally It was a great pleasure for me to connect with you and many other bloggers who were in that little group and also few outside that group. I loved many posts yours be it how you bid farewell to lord ganesha with a unique prasad as offering, how you expressed your heart out on being alone but together, be it about Miss manners where we agreed but disagreed yet respected each others opinions…or how you refreshed my memories with a post of Chattering girls and made me feel nostalgic with a post of yours where u talked about wine…and making me remember the days when my brother nags about his illness! Also not to forget that majestic tree which has an aura of Protective shade! There were some great reads you offered for read and it was indeed a pleasure to connect with you!

  2. Stop berating yourself Sunita; you are not a dinosaur! 😉
    Its always about learning more and incorporating it in your mode of work, which you are doing with leaps and bounds! Hang in there. Blogging is not all about ranks and views- its primarily about writing. So content and niche is key but writing from the heart is and will always be the most important thing! I enjoy reading your posts and interacting with you! 🙂
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  3. That’s an awesome drop you saw with your India rank! Kudos! I think blogging really is about YOU – what you love to write about, the things that matter to you – could be anecdotes from daily life, things you think about, anything, really. The satisfaction that comes from that trumps any rank, IMO. And despite all you say about being technologically challenged, I think you’re doing a fine job with your blog here! Hugs!
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    1. Thanks Shinjini. I’m glad you think the drop was awesome . I was only disappointed that overall participating in this campaign was not as fruitful as it was during the A to Z challenge or even the Write Tribe festival of words. I think the Write Tribe is a more cohesive group ( or at least I’ve connected with more like minded bloggers) than the ones I met on Blogchatter.

  4. What an honest roundup.I am impressed that you managed so much while traveling.I insist you stop thinking you are a technophobe.I am sure none in your family knows about the WP app and how to use it.

    1. Thanks Dr Amrita . You are right about my family not familiar with WP App . But I was comparing myself with you young people who are so tech savvy! In fact I have begun to live the WP Zapp so much that I actually enjoy blogging in the go….

  5. Amazing progress Sunita! And I am impressed at your diligence and efforts despite your hectic schedule. It has been a pleasure interacting with you despite the fact that the comment box swallows my comments 🙁 Hope this one escapes its clutches…

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