Location: Northern Saskatchewan
So today/tomorrow marks one year since I started this site.
|Where it all began...|
A lot has changed since that first post.
In fact, so much has changed from that first post, it's not even relevant anymore; even my twitter handle has changed (it's @mattrevors, if you don't know already).
But, change is a good thing. Isn't it?
Before we go any further, just in case any of the traditional fly fishing types are reading this & they don't find the dog with the birthday hat to their liking, maybe something a little more reserved is up their alley.
Now that's outta the way, we can begin my year in review.
Number of posts: 140 (that's a post every 2.6 days, in case you're wondering)
Most visited post: 13 fly fishing blogs & e-zines to get you through winter
Most commented post: Same as above, with most comments by the guys in that list (thanks, fellas!)
2nd most visited post: FredRock 2011 Lineup!! (mostly due to my unintentional awesomeness at SEO; that thing stayed in the top 3 of Google searches for FredRock since it was posted)
Post with the most hate mail I moderated: A lowly bartender fixes New Brunswick - I don't dive into politics too much, but when things start f**king with my Qi, I can come out with guns (typing fingers) blazing. This one raised some hackles (fly tying pun not intended)
Post(s) I regret writing: None. A few early ones I'm slightly embarrassed about, but I'm sure it's part of that 'growth process' people talk about...or something like that. I am what I am, so deal with it.
Post(s) I wish got more traction: meh, I figure if my posts had have been good enough, they would've been noticed. That being said, I wish the shale gas post from two weeks ago was shared a little more locally...and nobody ever really asked me what hanging out with Pauly Shore was like.
Thing I find hilarious: Once in a while I check what search terms are getting people to 411#3. And, well, I use variations of the expression 'fish porn' once in a while (like in "Lazy fish porn post: Striper Madness"). This ends up with hilarious results.
One thing about doing this whole blog thing: it has introduced me to some of the most supportive people in the fly fishing (& conventional fishing) world. I have almost 200 people in my fishing circle on Google+, plus dozens more on twitter and facebook.
The frequent users are always giving support, sharing posts, offering tips and just all-around good folk...even that Owl Jones fella, who won't give me a hat-tip on his new website, probably because I argue with him about politics on Twitter... (just kidding, Owl; you're one of the good ones...even though I wholeheartedly disagree with your politics :) ).
So, that's been a really brief overview of my life as a fly fishing blogger for the past year.
What's coming next?
A lot of fishing. A bunch of travel. Hopefully some good tunes & nice pics.
That's what I'm offering here, and the price is right, don't you think?
...as a few of you have been following along on G+ with what I refer to as my "Eff It! Chronicles," I'm starting a guiding outfit. More details will be coming soon...with some prize giveaways, too.
You can sign up for updates on the landing page at waterworksguiding.com; those of you who use the email subscription option will have your name entered to win some stuff (I won't ever, ever spam you, btw).
In case you thought this post needed another picture of a dog, here's my dog, Awesome.
Enjoy some music.