It’s day 3 of celebrating the 2nd blogiversary of PDB! I promised a Meet & Greet on Monday and I thought it might be fun to share a little more about our family and the blog. Those of you that are not family or friends might appreciate a bit more insight, and we’re cool with a little transparency over here. If I don’t mention something that you’re specifically wondering – feel free to ask!
So… grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. Let’s officially meet & greet.
A few things you may not know about us…
Married: 4.5 years (more about the big day here)
Homeowners: 3.5 years (more about that journey here)
Renters: 5 years (Morgan), 4 years (Kevin – do military barracks count?)
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California (Morgan) Tempe, Arizona (Kevin)
Alma Mater: University of Southern California to study Business Ethics & Leadership (Morgan), New School of Architecture (Kevin & in progress)
Dying to travel to: Machu Picchu (Morgan), Ireland (Kevin)
Favorite nightcap: White Russian (Morgan), Crown and coke (Kevin)
Favorite room in our home: the cozy living room (Morgan), kitchen (Kevin – king of the kitchen)
Pets: 4-year-old yellow lab, cockatiel (I’ve had this little birdy since I was 9!) and two chickens
And just for fun…
Olivia: 10 months old (today!)
College: TBD (I reinforce my suggestion with a USC onesie in each size)
Renter: 9 months (does mom’s belly count?)
Dying to travel to: Down the street to the local park
Favorite nightcap: Mom
Favorite room in our home: any room with low cabinets and easy to open drawers, please.
I know it’s not too common for blogs to reveal the behind-the-scenes of visitors, pageviews and who’s clicking around where, but I thought that a yearly sneak peek at PDB’s stats might make this blog a bit more transparent for our readers – and PDB wouldn’t be anywhere without you.
So, here it is. Here are the digits:
Average daily readers: 4,400 (SiteMeter.com shares that PDB has somewhere in the 2,000+ range of daily organic readers (aka those that read the blog directly on the internet) + nearly 900 email subscribers and over 1,500 who check out daily posts through their Google Reader)
Monthly visits: 132,000 (the above numbers equal roughly 60,000 monthly blog readers who visit via the web and a total of 72,000 visits from those who check in on a post through email and Google Reader). Anyone know how to check stats on readers other than Google? I’ve always been curious…
Monthly pageviews: 200,000 (of those 60,000 organic visitors, the average pageview is 3.9 – so that leaves us with just over 200,000 total per month)
Facebook friends: 1,719 last time I checked. Join the love here.
The Business of Blogging is a crazy one, and I’m no expert, but if you have any blogging questions that I might be able to help with, I’d be happy to give it a shot. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the Comments section.
Our little Spanish bungalow is nestled in a cozy, walkable neighborhood in San Diego. Liv and I walk down to the library for story time once a week, we have a teeny two room cinema that plays the best foreign films, a delicious Mexican hot chocolate can be found at our local coffee shop on the corner and we adore our neighbors. We found a gem.
Age of home: She was built in 1935 so our home is 76 years young
Rooms before: kitchen, dining room, living room, den, two bedrooms and one bath
Rooms currently: kitchen (in old den), dining room, living room, three bedrooms (one is a guestroom/office that’s now in the old kitchen), two baths (one currently being built from three adjoining closets)
Room makeovers to date: kitchen (from den), nursery, living room, outdoor kitchen
Room makeovers in progress: guestroom/office (from old kitchen), new bathroom
Room makeovers in the pipeline: dining room, master bed & bath, outdoor deck
A glance back at before we moved in:
A few pics from how the house looks today:
Check out more ‘before’ pictures here!
First, I want to thank you for taking the time to check in on this little blog. I feel so honored to have you guys as readers. Thank you for the opportunity to grow this blog with you, and thanks for hanging in there through these past two years. Here’s to many more.
IF you feel so inclined – I would love to meet you! It’s already been SO cool to hear your answers to the giveaways from Monday and Tuesday. Feel free to share in the comments any of the following!
1. A little about you: first name, your family stats (married? single? kids? grand kids? bun in the oven??), your blog (if you have one!)
2. Q’s about PDB: how long you’ve been reading, where you found us (giveaway question from Monday ), what you tune in for – it’s a hodge podge of topics over here! (giveaway question from Tuesday )
3. Feel free to ask anything else… the business of blogging, home info, why Kevin always wears the same green jumpsuit in all pics, when Liv took her first step…(you can always email me at: morgan at pepperdesignblog dot com, too)
4. And just for fun: If you could travel anywhere? and what’s your favorite night cap!
There you have it! The backstage of PDB is revealed. It was so nice to *meet* you.