It’s hard to believe, but on September 29th, 2009 the first post went up on on this website and now three years later it’s still going! When I first launched the website, I had no idea what was going to happen. The internet is an infinitely vast place and by the time this website went up I wondered if I was already too late. There’s already so many blogs out there, how on earth is anyone going to connect with this website I wondered.
Well, thanks to the very easy to use administrative side of WordPress that allows me to tag, categorize and add key search words for every post combined with the power of Google, people find the website. It never ceases to amaze me when I receive comments on posts that went up months ago and sometimes years ago.
Another key strategy is using very obvious titles. Google does not like creative headings, which is why I use a lot of boring titles. At first this was really annoying because I love thinking of whacky titles, but now I’ve come to appreciate this limitation because otherwise I would spend as much time coming up with a title as writing the post. (This is just something to keep in mind if you happen to have your own website.)
It has been great connecting with ocean fans across the globe! Writing about the Adelaide Port River dolphins was a blast and connecting with a researcher in Greece who found dead sperm whales full of plastic bags provided another crucial puzzle piece to the ongoing plastic plague.
In the beginning, I used to worry about finding enough topics, now I don’t have enough time to write about all the ideas I have. I look forward to plugging away, connecting with new people and expanding Ocean Wild Things’ presence on social media websites. Right now you can follow @oceanwildthings on Twitter, but it’s time to add some more places, so stay tuned. I’m also in the process of reorganizing the website to make it easier to find different topics, so check back for improvements.
Thanks to all my readers who subscribe to my website and regularly visit for updates, you have made it a truly wonderful three years! And the moral of the story is: If you are thinking about starting a website, just go for it. Magic awaits you…