4 years of empfire.info

31st March 2015

4 years of empfire.info

I registered empfire.info sometimes in March 2011. I can’t remember the exact date, but now is as good as ever to celebrate 4 years of empfire.

I initially set up empfire as a photoblog. I finally had a bank card and enough money to buy a domain, but I was a little bit too attach to my adopted domain to make a full move to empfire, hence why it was a photoblog for a year (and that’s why the copyright says 2012 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

My adopted domain was called Imperfect Angel. It shared the name with a lesbian porn site (according to Google) but I loved it anyway because it was my first domain, even though I didn’t buy it.

I moved to empfire when my image host at Imperfect Angel (TinyPic) decided to delete all my images, and my host forgot to renew the domain. I was lucky to have empfire as a backup.

As you can tell from some of the past layouts featured above, empfire once featured visitors content and tutorials. I first got rid of the visitors page, because I honestly don’t think people cared for icons and blends anymore. I then removed tutorials, and I’m still not sure why. It seemed like people didn’t want them any more. But now bloggers are getting into coding and Photoshop, it seems like they’d be pretty useful again. Maybe this a feature I will bring back.

If you take a look at my archive page you will see that a lot of the older posts have interesting, non SEO friendly titles. Fun fact: they are almost all titles of song or lyrics. If you can guess which album that 90% of the song titles/lyrics are from you can have a virtual pat on the back [1. Answer: Quadrophenia.].

I started getting serious about my blog about a year ago. By serious I mean posting more than once a month and writing more than just about my life and sharing all my moans and groans with my visitors. It’s been a really change for me, and sometimes finding inspiration hasn’t been easy, but I’m glad I changed the focus of my blog.

I love what empfire has done for me. Empfire has given me opportunities to go to blogging events, which in turn has made me more confident as a person and has helped me to deal with my anxiety issues. Empfire is one of the reasons why I landed my current job. Empfire has taught me that you should follow your dreams in life, and don’t let anyone try to stop you, or tell you what you are doing won’t work.

I don’t want to be a full-time blogger, but I do want to develop my coding/design skills further, and maybe one day start my own web design/consultancy business.

Who knows what the next 4 years of empfire (or my offline life) hold for me. I’m looking to what the future holds.

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  1. Elena

    Congratulations! It has been fun watching empfire grow! I am so happy that you feel like having this blog has given you new experiences and taught you to follow your dreams ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congrats on the blog anniversary! ^.^

  3. Congratulations! I loved seeing see how far you’ve come. ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s great that blogging helped you land a job too!

  4. Cat

    Happy birthday to empfire! I’m not sure if I’ve seen that first layout, but I’ve been visiting your site for the other 3 ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s always interesting to hear how people started their site and what they’ve done before. That’s awesome that empfire has done so much for you! It’s been fun seeing it grow!

  5. Happy anniversary! It’s amazing how much a blog can change our lives, isn’t it?
    btw, I like Imperfect Angel too, sounds deep ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Same as Cat, I’ve been visiting Empfire for the last three layouts. Congratulations on blogging for 4 years! It’s great to see how much blogging has done for you, and I’m always really impressed when people manage to land a job because of their blogging skills! Here’s to many more years! x

  7. I have been following your blog for ages now! Happy Bday, Empfire!

    I hope you won’t give up on blogging!

  8. Grace

    Oh the days of “icons and blends” ๐Ÿ˜€ Back in the day when MSN groups still existed, I was a “designer” in a few of these groups. Making layouts and blends for people’s groups, where have those days gone!

    Congratulations on your anniversary though! And maybe offering premade or partially premade templates could be a part of your visitor section!

    xo Grace

  9. Kya

    Congratulations on four years! It is really wonderful that you have been able to do so much because of it and I hope you will be able to do much more! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. I remember Imperfect Angel! I canโ€™t believe I remember that far back… I mean I canโ€™t believe we knew each other that far back. I actually even remember when TinyPic deleted your stuff, we had a huge chat about this, if I remember correctly!

    Happy birthday to Empfire. I have loved seeing your blog grow and shape, and in a way I think we have some parallels with what content weโ€™ve eventually brought onto our sites. I also had random song titles as titles of posts, and I think a lot of us (by โ€œusโ€ I mean our little group of blog friends) did โ€“ but now I just want the title to reflect what the post is about, which garners more organic traffic. Itโ€™s interesting how we think of things and see them now. I remember having โ€œvisitorโ€ content as well, but I realised it was my blog that people came for. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think I am where I wanted to be with blogging, I do want to blog more regularly though. I donโ€™t think you or I have the same dreams/aspirations, and I have found that working freelance alongside my 9-6 job is a bit stressful. But I do want to keep expanding my blog and keep writing.

    Party on! xx

    • Holly

      I think I remember that chat! It only seems like yesterday that I moved to empfire. It’s crazy how time flies.

      I love that we had a little friendship group of bloggers. About 6 months ago I met a blogger who knew a lot of people from that group and it was so nice to talk about it.

  11. Happy 4th Birthday to Empfire! I’m glad this domain/blog has been such a positive influence on you! It’s good when you have a hobby that allows you to gain confidence and also give you a chance to meet new people. I wish Empfire a long, fulfilling life! ^^