Blogging Four Years: Playing With Words
I’ve been blogging four years, playing with words on the Cooke Cape May blog site. It will be fun, they said. Just do it, they said. Exactly four years ago I launched this blog, appropriately titled with my last name and the town I live in and love.
Blogging four years has introduced me to many people who have helped me to hone my craft, from the people who encouraged me to those who continue to copy-edit for me. Reading more than I write was the best advice.
Frequent readers know most of my posts center around Cape May and many others around Joy my golden retriever, who incidentally turns eight this Sunday. Expect more of Joy over the weekend.
News, human interest stories, and personal anecdotes are what make up the bulk of the most interesting posts. Occasionally blogging gets political, but largely it’s upbeat and positive news about tourism or promotional posts.
Over 16,000 of you have read or looked at 101 things-to-do in Cape May, a tall number considering we have about 2500 regular subscribers. 6000 have searched or read about new restaurants in Cape May, like Exit 0’s Cookhouse.
Still another 3000 found the blog post about the Wilsey Realty gang winning the lottery. Statistics are not as important to me as content. Considering one recent day in January where the blog had a record number of visitors on a day without fresh content, the Russians or the Chinese could have been hacking.
Content may be what led to freelance assignments with the Cape May Star and Wave. Blog photography led to my first photo exhibit in May at the Mad Batter Restaurant. All of the experience certainly contributed to me becoming a person to watch in 2017 in South Jersey.
One close adviser said recently the blog seems to be getting traction as evidenced by messages complaining about writing about one event over another. As she put it: “When people are pissed because they didn’t make the cut, you have arrived.”
Maybe it’s time to hire an assistant?