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As some of you know, I got married last October. Budgeting was a difficult thing to do, so I’ve decided to try to help out newly-engaged couples with a UK focused wedding budget blog.
Now, I know that’s not really the kind of thing most puremango readers will be interested in, so in this post I’m going to talk about the process of launching a new blog in your spare time. At the moment it’s too early to say whether weddingbudget.co.uk will be a success or not – it’s been going for less than 2 months right now (814 visitors to date), but hopefully you’ll get some idea of how much (or little) time and effort it takes to put something like this together.
I’ve had over 1.5 million visits and over 2 million page views, I’ve earned nearly $3000 in adsense, and been linked to from W3C and xkcd, and I look to the future of puremango with optimism. But it wasn’t always this way. The journey started with all the counters on zero.
Six years ago today I registered my first domain name as a place to dump my code and generally show off my spare-time projects, silly little pieces of code that had no real business traction and so wouldn’t see the light of day at work. I wrestled with a few cringe-worthy domain names (stuff like PHPPro.com? Leetcoder.com?) before I decided that going abstract was the way forward, and PureMango.co.uk was born.
So I thought it would be interesting to review the lessons learned over the last six years as a blogger. If you’re a blogger just starting out, or you’re thinking of starting a blog, or even if you’ve got a blog that you don’t really keep up with, I hope you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes, and perhaps even be inspired by my moderate success.