Boom! Broadside blasts past 11,000 readers

By Caitlin Kelly



I started this blog in July 2010, dubious anyone would ever show up. (I had been blogging for a year at True/Slant, paid, but it was sold from underneath all the writers who built it. Nice!)

But you did show up, and you keep arriving — readers from Ireland, England, Scotland, Australia, Canada, India (hi, Ashok!), several African nations, New Zealand and, of course, the United States.

I’m amazed and amused and grateful at the variety of people who come to Broadside: artists, teachers, students, business owners, consultants, singers, fashionistas, fellow journalists and writers. There are high school students, college students, fresh graduates and retirees — an unlikely but welcome mix of perspectives and life experiences.

I’ve published 1,650 posts, blogging usually three times a week.

I really appreciate those of you who make time to visit and comment so thoughtfully and consistently, including:

Steve, a contractor in Pennsylvania; Charlene, traveling the world taking photos; Leah in Arizona; Ksbeth, a schoolteacher in Michigan; Kathleen, a schoolteacher in Germany; Jonelle, a consultant in D.C., Katie, whose blog name (The Stories My Suitcase Could Tell) is perfect; Ohio State student Rami; fellow journalist CandidKay; artist/writer Emily Hughes; fellow athlete/blogger/journalist Caitlin, (who blogs at Fit and Feminist), MuddyRiverMuse, CricketMuse, Robin in Vermont, Michelle in Saskatchewan…

We’ve somehow managed to keep trolls at bay, to enjoy some lively, candid, civil and moving conversations. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, which makes writing here — which I also do for a living, for places like The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and others ––  the most enjoyable.

I’ve written two well-reviewed non-fiction books, “Blown Away: American Women and Guns”,  and “Malled: My Unintentional  Career in Retail”. I hope you’ll find time to read them!

If you, too, are a writer, I also offer individual coaching, editing and six specific webinars; I no longer schedule them for specific times, but find a mutually convenient time to work with you by phone or Skype. Details here.


Here are some of my favorite  — and most-discussed/liked — posts from the past few years:

Why I read obituaries and you should as well

What I learned by attending sleep-away summer camp for years

This post is now a bit of journalism history — in it I interviewed the late Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles in June 2013. This post is an interview with two terrific male journalists about the reporting that broke their hearts.

Here’s a fun one…how well do you speak Canadian?

The 12 things you should never say to a writer

Privileged white women telling other women how to be confident. Enough!

On the many reasons you really need to flee the country — even your area code — to learn about the larger world

Twelve tips for creative success

After 14 years, 14 reasons my (second!) marriage still thrives


37 thoughts on “Boom! Broadside blasts past 11,000 readers

  1. As a writer who dreams of being a whole lot more published than I am, I confess to being somewhat in awe of you 🙂 I am therefore very honored to have earned a mention amid your host of followers!

  2. Congrats Caitlin! I started following your blog after your trip with WaterAid and my lovely friend and fellow blogger Jennifer! I love your blog and maybe I can meet you if you attend the Social Good Summit in NYC! Last year I got Jennifer to go! 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Caitlin. Looks like we’re both celebrating milestones. Tomorrow the 2nd is the three-year anniversary of when I started my blog. Strangely, it feels like ages ago. Then again, ti was around the time I started at Ohio State, and that was ages ago!

      1. Thanks, I appreciate it. I’m getting reminders all the time that it’s my last year, whether I’m working on what will be my thesis or discussing where I will work or live after graduation. I’m going to miss school so much. It sort of became my life at some point, so changing it with graduation will be almost like stepping into a whole new world.

  4. Congratulations Caitlin. The steady build is a tribute to your blogging style. I’m sure it will keep going up and up in followers too.
    Wales was a little hurt not to be mentioned along with England, Ireland and Scotland. LOL.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  5. Your blogging is one of the reasons why I believe writers should consider it as a preferred platform versus Facebook. It’s a much friendlier and accessible format. Look at the rapport you’ve built!

  6. Enormous amount of readers. Congratulations on both the readership and keeping a truly great blog. Loved your blog when I found it, love it even more now.

    Viva la Broadside Blog!

  7. Caitlin, I’m just curious. When you say “Broadside blasts past 11,000 readers” what does that mean, exactly? Is that monthly? Weekly? Annually? Followers? I’m looking at my own stats and trying to figure it out.

    1. Followers. I do not have the stats of who reads it daily from their email, only those who arrive here via other sites (blogs, Facebook, WordPress) and internet searches.

      Every time someone new subscribes to Broadside, I am told by WordPress this is the action they have taken and the current count is 11,053 — according to WordPress. That’s all I can tell you. I don’t use Google analytics here since this is not a money-maker for me but more of a marketing platform.

      1. Thanks. 1) having blogged consistently 3x week for 5 yrs = 1650 archived posts = a lot of potential people finding me; 2) being a generalist so potentially (?) broader audience than niche; 3) Freshly Pressed 6 times (each of which brought 100s of new ones); 4) WPress recommends this blog under “culture” so people arrive that way 5) I leave comments on other blogs and occasionally promote my stuff on Facebook and Twitte; 6) quality? 🙂 7) being on other people’s blogrolls

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