Behind the Scenes of this Blog
In March 2013 I started this blog, which means it’s now three years old!
Over time I’ve made good friends and celebrated marathons, marriages and moves. I may not have the biggest run blog on the planet, but that’s okay because I like the people I connect with on my blog a lot.
Here’s Kristina Running by the numbers:
- 3 years and 2 months old
- 664 posts (as of today)
- 11,514 approved comments
- 170 spam comments (go away spammers)
- 1 rude comment (go away Internet troll)
- 1 mention on GOMI
- 165 subscribed readers (THANK YOU)
- 10,000 visitors per month (avg.)(THANK YOU)
- 3,212 video views on the Kristina Living youtube channel
- 51% repeat visitors (all time; was lower in the beginning and is higher now)(THANK YOU)
Who Reads Here?
On average I get about 10 comments a day, but hundreds of people visit this blog in a day. #humblebrag 🙂
So, aside from fellow run bloggers that frequently comment, who else reads here?
According to Google Analytics readers of Kristina Running are:
- Predominantly female (83%)
- Between the ages of 25-35 years old (53%)
- Followed by 35-44 years old (24%)
- Living in the United States (73%)
- Followed by Canada (7%) and then the UK (5%)
- Interested in: running, celebrity/entertainment news, recipes and travel
Basically you are just like me and if we met in person there is a high likelihood that we would be real life friends!
Blog Costs and Affiliate Links
My hosting costs $180 per year, and that’s basically my only recurring expenditure. I’m lucky that the cost of my hosting is actually offset by the times I include affiliate links in my posts.
I know some readers are put off by affiliate links, but I link to things I have actually bought myself and truly recommend so I have a clear conscious about using them. I try and remember to always include a disclaimer in posts that include affiliate links to help out those who are against them.
Thank you very much to the readers who click-through, I really appreciate it.
I personally like using other blogger’s affiliate links when they recommend something cool that I want to buy. If they took the time to write a review, take pictures and share their experiences, they have basically acted as a sales person or advertiser and I want them to earn a few pennies!
Sponsorships and Reviews
Up until now I’ve take on very limited sponsorships and have only written a handful of reviews from companies that contact me.
On a typical day I get between 1 and 4 offers but if I’m not intrigued by a product I won’t review it. Also, 90% of my offers are from compression sock companies and I don’t know what else I could tell you about them that you don’t already know!
– An Update –
However, for the next couple of months you may see a slight uptick in the number of reviews I do. That’s because I’m currently partnering with several companies to try out their products in exchange for a donation to my Team PAWS fundraiser for the Chicago Marathon. I need to raise $1,000 to help save the lives of homeless cats and dogs and I’m happy to work with running companies that also care about animals.
I will definitely still be selective about who I work with, and you won’t see four reviews a day or even a week. I promise I won’t do more than one review per week (if that). I also won’t do full blog posts reviews in most instances like I did with Physiclo yesterday. I’ll always let you know when a review is in exchange for a donation and will be honest in what I say.
I also won’t review compression socks :). I’ll stick to companies with products that are new or different!
What’s your favorite part of the online running community?
Bloggers, did you read blogs before starting yours?