This April, SEOno (this very blog) turned 5-years-old.*
Since my very first post on 1st April 2011 – the innovatively titled “My previous posts for other blogs and sites“, which wasn’t an April Fool (despite the date) – I have published 141 posts totalling 144,481 words (whaaat?!), an average of 990 words per post.**
…I need to get out more.
In all seriousness though, I’ve enjoyed running this blog, which I always only ever considered a hobby (I still do), and yet it’s helped me to learn a more about SEO as I work on it, and has even helped me to win clients for Morgan Online Marketing (my SEO freelancing business).
Here’s to another 5 years! 🙂
* Hilariously (to me anyway), I thought my first post was on 30th April 2011, so I was going to post this on Saturday and say “I posted my first post five years ago today!”… only to realise that it was actually 1st April. Oops. So much for that plan. Numpty.
** Kudos to Dashboard Wordcount for that quick little insight.
[Image credit – Andy Eick]
** Sorry, modelling industry! This was an April Fool. See my AF from 2014 here. **
The other day I announced the launch of Cardiff SEO Meet. It’s generated a bit of PR interest (due out next week), and in addition to being asked to pass on info about the meetup, I was asked to provide a photo. Rather than to simply pass on a picture of the logo and call it a day, I decided to get some proper photos done. Joe of Eyes Open Media kindly took some photos of me in Welsh ICE‘s courtyard.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate how I look in photos (this is one of the only photos I’ve ever liked, which is why it was my avatar on Twitter, LinkedIn and almost everything else for 5+ years…). Joe’s done an extraordinary job, but I’m a self-critical git who hates various facial features.
- Uneven eyes? Check.
- Crooked teeth? Check.
- Horrendous bags under my eyes? CHECK.
But then… from out of nowhere… one photo bowled me over:
Let me just zoom in on that:
That look – that Zoolander-style pose – made me realise something. I can do this. I can do this for a living. No more keyword research. No more inbound link building strategising. No more 301s, 404s, canonicals or hreflang. I am a born model.
Just so long as I do that pose. And only that pose. Ever.
…But I’m confident that I can.
So here I am, making this announcement via blog post – just like Jonathan Colman did years ago when he announced his move from SEO to UX. I hope that you will support me in my journey to modelling stardom.
UPDATE: Voting is now closed!
Just like last year, SEOno has been entered into the UK Blog Awards 2016 (#UKBA16).
Last year I made the shortlist of PR, Media, Marketing & Comms blogs in the Individual (non-Company) section. I didn’t win, losing out to industry peer Matthew Barby… who I’ve noticed is up for it again this year. Game on… 😉
As it says on my profile, I think the blog’s old design let the side down, plus my writing style – and blog topics covered – have improved this year in my opinion. So who knows… maybe I’ll do better this time around! I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
It takes less than 30 seconds to vote, so if you’re a fan of this blog or you’ve found some of its advice useful then I’d really appreciate a vote. Just go to my dedicated profile page (blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2016/my-entry/seono), scroll to the bottom, enter your name and email address, choose one or both* of the categories, and you’re done! You can even vote more than once (on different days) if you feel like it!
The first phase (the public vote) ends on Monday 25th January, so if you’re reading this before that date then please vote now!
Thanks in advance – here’s to a good 2016!
Over the weekend I finally got round to implementing a new WordPress theme on SEOno. The last time I did so was nearly three years ago (October 2012) and while the previous theme – SmartOne – had been an absolute pleasure to use over the years, it was starting to look and feel a little dated, so inevitably I felt that it was time for a change…
I’ve always liked the idea of using a plain, minimalist theme, so the new theme – Emphasize – mostly retains that feeling. In fact, I’ve gone as far as editing the theme’s colour scheme to mostly match the previous theme…! I’ll probably keep tinkering away and making the occasional tweak here and there, so what you see now might not end up being the finished product.
I also decided to get an official logo for the blog – the first time that I’ve done so. Previously I simply took a screenshot of the previous theme’s title (which was basic italic text in blue) and called that my logo, which was… naff. When I was asked to give a logo to the UK Blog Awards last year (I was shortlisted in a category), it felt a little embarrassing. So now I have something proper. Well, I say “proper”… It was generated using the Hipster Logo Generator. Say what you will… I’m happy with it. Besides, having a hipster logo kind of fits with the often tongue-as-cheek-as-f*ck style of the blog, don’t you think? 😉
What’s interesting is that I was recently chatting to a designer that I know via Twitter and it seemed odd to him that I was going the cheap/DIY route with this and not investing in it properly. I guess that I’ve always liked going down the DIY route – especially with the blog – even at the risk of aesthetics. I’m certainly no designer (saying so would be an insult to the design community!) so I know that it probably could be better, but for now I’m happy with keeping things simple.
I welcome any and all feedback – good or bad. Feel free to email me, tweet me or drop a comment below.
I am freakin’ excited to announce that I’ve been added to State Of Digital‘s Blogging Team as a regular contributor!
Here’s a link to my author profile, and here’s one to my first post: Repurposing Unsuccessful HAROs
A few years ago, StOD (formerly known as State Of Search) decided to stop allowing guest blog contributions and now only accept certain authors to write for them, so it’s a real honour to have been asked to contribute – and especially on an on-going basis.
So in addition to blogging here on my home of SEOno, expect to see regular posts from me over on StOD’s blog as well. I’ll probably save my more serious posts for StOD and publish my more off-beat, tongue-in-cheek and silly posts on here (but given what I’ve published on here before, that shouldn’t really be a surprise now, should it?) 😉