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  Posted December 18th, 2013 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

5th Anniversary

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Dear visitors, ‘Zdenko’s corner’ blog is celebrating 5th Anniversary!
I have now been writing on this web site for almost five years. How time flies! Sometimes it feels like just yesterday that I started tinkering with blog stories. Other times it feels like I’ve been a blogger forever!

Since I started blogging many people asked me why I am doing it. I like to say that I blog first for myself and second for everyone else, and that’s still true. Five years doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but it’s fascinating to read the crazy things that I wrote only five years ago. I really have changed quite a lot in that time! That said, it certainly is nice to have readers. Not only do you keep me motivated (and correct me when I get things wrong), you have also taught me an awful lot over the years. I have met so many people and learned so many things that I just don’t think I would have without this blog. I really appreciate all of the relationships and opportunities that writing here has afforded me!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

About Zdenko’s Corner
Keeping track of my 800+ blogs and stories, emailing my contributors, designing graphics, editing stories and answering emails/comments from my growing readership of 30,000+ monthly loyal fans – while at the same time maintaining regular job, family and bike riding, it’s sometimes too easy to get stuck in the trenches. So as I am approaching “Zdenko’s Corner” 5th birthday, this is a great time to up-periscope and take stock of just where the heck am I, how far I’ve come, and where I’m headed with this blog site.

DSCN2691Zdenko in Las  Vegas: Cycling is Zdenko’s passion!

DSCN1375Zdenko on duty as photographer in Zagreb (Croatia)

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Yearly Stats

Unique visitors

Number of visits

Number of Visited Pages

 

Total for 2009

26,037

35,349

137,350

 

Total for 2010

77,346

106,490

311,552

 

Total for 2011

151,663

247,613

751,166

 

Total for 2012

176,756

283,998

937,804

 

Total for 2013

185,117

443,719

1,212,824

 

Total number of visits to ‚Zdenko’s Corner‘ grows consistently.

November_usage2013 – Awstats produces visual statistics about visitors on my site.

Future
This will be an awesome year at Zdenko’s Corner – I promise to bring you more of the content you won’t find on other sites – and if you see me somewhere, please say hello or at least leave a comment after reading and viewing my blogs.

I’m going to continue to use my site for travel blogging, writing about sport of cycling (my passion), and writing about my family and my heritage. This will include memories about my home town Zagreb and Croatia – country where I was born. This is fun for me, like biking. I take it seriously, but it’s still fun, and for me fun usually means dumb, so I can’t guarantee that anything here will actually be worth reading. I can promise to ramble, preach, moan, whine, comment, brag for no apparent reason, and normally not say anything of too much importance. So yeah, hope you enjoy and THANKS for reading.

DSC_2885Summer of 2013: Zdenko with the group of Croatian girls called Mažuretkinje.

Milestones – Some Highlights of Zdenko’s Corner

  • January 2009 – Zdenko’s Corner Launches
  • April 2009 – For the first time reached more than 1,000 monthly visitors.
  • December 2009 – After slow but steady traffic growth, readership reaches 5,000 monthly visitors and almost 200 published blogs.
  • January 2010 – Site was split between Canadian (English) and Croatian blogs.
  • September 2010 – Number of monthly visitors went over 10,000.
  • December 2010 – Site continues to gain on popularity and by the end of the year I have record number of monthly visitors: more than 17,000 for two months in a row. I have published total of 378 blogs so far.
  • January 2011 – Google AdSense was implemented as a first step to commercialize the site. In addition links to Facebook and other social sites were added to every blog, for visitors to select “Like” button and share the blog with others.
  • January 2011 – Implemented Translator application on both web sites for more international audience.
  • April 2011 – Commercial Ads were added to the header on the main page(s).
  • April 2011 – Photo slide show of “Daily Distractions” Gallery was added to the main page on English side.
  •  May 2011 – Gotta comment? Was added to each blog template.
  • May 2011 – Contact tab was expanded with information how to become a sponsor and RSS feeds.
  • May 2011 – Set up the daily distractions box on the Croatian side.
  • December 2011 – Site continues to gain on popularity and by the end of this year I have record number of monthly visitors: more than 22,000 for several months in a row. I have published total of 378 blogs so far. Remember: this is still a one man operation!
  • December 2012 – No new changes, just some new sponsors and more blogs!!
  • December 2013 – No changes in web site design, instead I posted a lot of new stories!!

WWW_Number of visitsRecord number of daily visits in December 2013

DSC_1843Zdenko with his wife Vera; his biggest support!

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