Celebrate!Pro Blog Design had its one month anniversary this week, and so instead of the usual weekly wrap-up post, I’m going to do something selfish. I’m going to write about Pro Blog Design’s first month. And what a month it has been!

The Milestones

I have a document on my computer, where I save a list of all the milestones Pro Blog Design has passed. I wish I could list them all, but there have been so many!

The statistical ones are a nice start. After just 30 days, we’re on the verge of breaking into Technorati’s top 40,000 and we’re ranked 150,000 in Alexa (We only have 3 Technorati fans though, so if you’re up for it… ;) ). But those are just stats. The real milestones are all about the readers.

Readers. At the time of writing, we have 206 subscribers. 206! The idea that two hundred people find the articles here worth reading every day is quite astounding to me! Personally, I think Feedburner have tweaked my counter just to keep me happy. It’s working.

Better yet, the comments! The very best thing about Pro Blog Design is the comments. Liz Strauss awarded us an SOB because of the conversations here, and she was just right. We have 36 posts, and 604 comments. That works out at an average of 17 comments per post. Quite the articulate bunch, aren’t you?

So, the Pro Blog Design milestones that I’m going to list aren’t stats, or guest posts, or anything else, they’re my favorite comments from the past month.

  • The most thought provoking conversation must have been on the post, Does Valid Code Help Your Blog? I’d like to name the best commenters there, but I just can’t. Each of the 39 comments were fantastic.
  • In the Tools for Choosing a Color Combination guest post, we had one great set of tools recommended to us by Steven Snell. Then in the comments, we had a whole new set of great tools suggested by the commenters!
  • We’ve had comments left by some of my favorite bloggers, including David Airey, Liz Strauss and Lorelle VanFossen.
  • We’ve had hundreds of fantastic comments left all over the place! Sorry that I can’t name everyone, but if you look to your right you’ll find a list of 5 of the most active lately, whom I’ve enjoyed talking with tremendously!

The Future

It has been a great month. It really has. But the point of this post isn’t to bask in the past month, it’s to make the coming one even better. I’ve already told you how much I enjoy hearing your views on each topic here, so you already know how much I’d like to hear your views about the blog itself.

What topics would you like to see covered? Anything you’d like to change?

PS – I’ve added the RSS counter to the sidebar. I think we’ve earned that!

PPS – I couldn’t write this post without giving a special thanks to Darren Rowse. Never mind the invaluable advice he gives; he allowed me to write a guest post on his blog and has linked out quite a few times. Thanks Darren!

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