Wednesday, August 1, 2012

E Cig Werks celebrates first anniversary of vaping coverage

Exactly one year ago today, I took the plunge and began the E Cig Werks blog, followed by a Twitter feed and Facebook page. To mark this milestone, here are some thoughts and numbers on how things have gone in the blogosphere so far.

First, as you can see from the blog banner, I am simply looking to comment on and analyze the electronic cigarette industry, write brand reviews and profiles, and provide some affiliate links or advertising to help support the site. Believe me, this last year has been a labor of love toward electronic cigarettes and certainly not a profitable one.

The electronic cigarette industry is relatively new, but rapidly expanding with a plethora of brands, companies and others competing for a growing customer base, as well as monitoring government regulation and a volatile economy and marketplace.

This is my 26th E Cig Werks post in the last year on electronic cigarette topics ranging from entertainment, celebrities, sports, politics and more. E Cig Werks has attended vaping events in Chicago while personally visiting with brands like Bedford Slims and Johnson Creek Smoke Juice, and profiling or reviewing several companies and brands.

The E Cig Werks blog has totaled about 12,500 page views in the first year or an average of about 34 per day. While 70 percent of the traffic is from the U.S., other countries with the most visits include Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Russia and India. I’ve received more than 200 comments from readers with some being much better or more coherent than others, but all are appreciated.

While the blog page itself only has three follows (thanks guys!), the E Cig Werks Twitter feed just passed the 400 mark for followers, most of which are related to electronic cigarettes, marketing, business or writing. Twitter seems to be the best form of social media communication these days as E Cig Werks recently started Facebook page and only has about 10 friends (sniff, sniff).

Over the last year, I’ve placed countless comments on other websites, forums and blogs attempting to generate interest. That practice is certainly open to debate, but I don’t really consider these comments as SPAM since I’m always attempting to make relevant comments about electronic cigarettes or smoking-related topics.

I enjoy working with the Blogger site to create and promote E Cig Werks. I also appreciate the design element paying tribute the Tubes’ Completion Backwards Principle album cover from 1980.

Since E Cig Werks started a year ago, electronic cigaretteshave become increasingly more accepted and popular, but still have a long way to go before we’re enjoying them in more traditional settings like business meetings, family functions or sporting events. However, you can count on E Cig Werks to keep you informed and feel free to let me know your thoughts while I go enjoy an electronic cigarette.