Today The Wonder of Tech enters its third year of bringing you the most fun and useful tech I can find. Two years ago today I took a deep breath and hit the “Publish” button for the first time, launching this blog and changing my life.
Since that time The Wonder of Tech has changed its look but not its focus on helping you discover and learn about personal technology. During the past two years, I’ve covered new gadgets, apps, social media sites, and software designed to make your life easier and/or more fun.
The Wonder of Tech has been visited from people in 201 countries, from Tonga to Turkmenistan, with 38% of readers coming from outside the US. Wonder of Tech articles appear on The Philadelphia Inquirer website, as well as on other websites such as AdrienneSmith.net, Aha-Now, Start Your Novel, Seven Sentences and The Savvy Intern.
Here’s a report showing statistics for The Wonder of Tech for 2012 including traffic, most popular articles, top referring sites and other information about this site:
2012 was a critical year for The Wonder of Tech when the growing traffic to my site caused it to crash in April, requiring a major overhaul of everything from the ground up. Before the crash, The Wonder of Tech was hosted on an account owned by a dear friend who runs several websites. But the volume of my traffic required my site have its own account, resulting in a major move.
Moving gave me not only a faster site but also an opportunity to redecorate, and my new theme was launched in May with the The Debut of the New and Improved Wonder of Tech! Continued thanks go to Ashvini Kumar Saxena, friend, blogger, app developer and IT genius, for his tireless and continued help in keeping The Wonder of Tech going strong.
The growth of The Wonder of Tech would not be possible without the help of many people who have supported me through this blogging adventure. Fellow bloggers have supported me in so many ways, reaching out to me and guiding me with great advice and help behind the scenes.
Thanks also go to my friends and family who have constantly encouraged and supported me. Much appreciation goes to those who took the time to speak to me about their exciting tech products and services and to those who made those interviews happen. Thanks to those who loaned me gadgets to review so I could bring my readers information about great tech.
Most of all, thanks go to you, the readers who have taken the time to stop by and read, comment, and share my articles. Your presence here is the reason The Wonder of Tech exists.
I have been truly honored to win awards from fellow bloggers. These awards have meant so much to me, and they come with requirements of passing along the awards to other bloggers who are worthy of the honor.
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
I have been awarded the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Harleena Singh and Dee Ann Rice. The conditions of accepting this award are that I must pass on this award to seven other bloggers and reveal seven things about myself.
Here are the seven bloggers to whom I give this award, who have exemplified the sisterhood that bloggers share:
- Kim Castleberry of Just Ask Kim
- Hajra Khatoon of Life, Laugh and Me
- Sonia Winland of LogAllot
- Sherryl Perry of Keep Up with the Web
- Ruth Zive of Marketing Wise
- Sylviane Nuccio of SylvianeNuccio.com
- Jayme Soulati of Soulati-‘TUDE
I am breaking the rules by not revealing seven things about myself. I figure you would rather know about amazing bloggers than trivia about me, as I have revealed anything even remotely interesting about me in previous posts. But in the spirit of the award, I’m happy to answer your questions about me in the Comments section below.
Super Sweet Blogging Award
I was given this award by Aaron Brinker at DadBlunders. Thank you, Aaron, for this honor. To fulfill my obligations, I must answer five questions and name a baker’s dozen (13) bloggers to pass along this award.
The five questions:
(Note: I don’t eat sugar so the response to all of these questions is the sugar-free version of the food.)
1. Cookie or Cake?
Cake, so long as frosting is involved.
2. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, if you please.
3. What is your favorite sweet treat?
Hot Fudge Sundae with walnuts and whipped cream.
4. When do you crave sweet things the most?
When I see them, such as in the picture that accompanies this award…
5. If you had a sweet nickname what would it be?
My parents gave me one when I was very young. The first day of kindergarten, my teacher, Miss Beaujean, asked if we had any nicknames. When it came to my turn, I proudly announced the sweet name that my parents called me. It took the teacher quite a long time to gain control of the class after my revelation because my fellow kindergarteners were laughing so hard at me. Yes, most children don’t experience mortifyingly embarrassing experiences until their teenage years. I had my first of many on my very first day of school.
No, I’m not confessing the nickname here. If anyone who is reading this was in my kindergarten class at Greenacres Elementary School and remembers the incident, they can leave the nickname in the Comments section below and I won’t block it. But you’ll never get the name out of me no matter how hard you try.
My award winners are truly sweet people who support not only The Wonder of Tech, but many other blogs, giving of their time to help others with advice and spreading the news of bloggers’ posts on social media:
- Adrienne Smith of AdrienneSmith.net
- Ashvini Kumar Saxena of Thoughts on Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Motivation
- Harleena Singh of Aha-Now
- Bruce Sallan of A Dad’s Point of View
- Bill Dorman of BillDorman.me
- Mayura de Silva of Mayura4Ever
- Praveen Rajarao of TechIvy
- Kaarina Dillabough of Decide 2 Do
- Leora Wenger of Leoraw
- Barbara Klein of Late Bloomers
- Lori Gosselin of Life, For Instance
- Deone Higgs of Releasing Me Today
- Amber-Lee Dibble of Pioneer Outfitters
Inspiring Blog Award
I am required to pass this award along to seven other bloggers. I also am required to list seven words or phrases that are my favorites:
- You can’t say “can’t”
- No excuses
- Good, great or greatest?
- Triberr > Sliced Bread (see below)
rd winners inspire me both with the quality of their blogs and of their character. They lift up others with their words and their spirit:
- Jens Berget of Sly Marketing
- Mike Maynard of A Zillion Ideas
- Josh Wilner of A Writer Writes
- Thomas Nielsen of Techwork DK
- Carol Biederman of Let’s Get Deals Today
- Aaron Brinker of Dad Blunders
- Brian Meeks of Extremely Average
- Betsy Cross of What If Today…
- Stan Farina of The Unofficial Blog of Stan Farina
Thank you all for your inspiration.
A significant milestone in the life of this blog was my joining Triberr. Triberr is the brainstorm of two geniuses who deserve to be the very first inductees into the Blogging Hall of Fame (when it is eventually founded), Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo. They created Triberr shortly after the launch of The Wonder of Tech as a way of supporting fellow bloggers.
Triberr is a community of bloggers who form tribes to share each others’ posts on Twitter and other social media sites. Because of Triberr and my tribemates, my personal Twitter reach, currently at 2400+, has been expanded to 37 million. That’s right, 37 million. Now, not every one of my tribemates tweets out every one of my posts. But the exposure The Wonder of Tech receives due to Triberr is incomparable. Thank you, Dino, Dan and all of my tribemates.
As The Wonder of Tech continues to grow, I look forward to continuing to bring you the best tech I can find. I appreciate your visiting, commenting, sharing and sending me your questions and article ideas. Stay tuned to discover more exciting tech in the coming year!
Are you familiar with the amazing bloggers who received awards today? Were you aware of Triberr? Do you like chocolate or vanilla? Cakes or cookies? Did you have Miss Beaujean as a kindergarten teacher? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Birthday cake image from digitalart, courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net (edited)