Happy Guerrilla Explorer Day! It’s hard for us to believe it, but Guerrilla Explorer has now been in operation for a full year. We thought we’d take a break from our normal routine to tell all of you a little about where we’ve been and where we’re going. So, let’s get started!
Guerrilla Explorer – Year in Review
Guerrilla Explorer launched on June 29, 2011 with our first two articles, A Manifesto and The Hunt for Bin Laden’s Corpse. Over the last twelve months, we’ve published over 360 articles on a wide variety of subjects, most recently on the Baltic Anomaly late last night. Our monthly traffic has grown ~1,600% and our average daily traffic is now in excess of our entire traffic for the month of July 2011. In addition, we fulfilled our goal of annual traffic in the six figures by a wide margin.
On the publishing front, we released our first novel, Chaos, on October 17, 2011. Although it’s been out less than a year, we have it on good authority that across all channels, Chaos ranks in the top 2% of all books sold, including both self-published and traditionally-published books. We’re quite proud of that success. Hopefully, the upcoming sequel will do even better. If you haven’t picked up your own copy of Chaos yet, we encourage you to do so and tell us what you think.
What’s Next for Guerrilla Explorer?
Going forward, you can expect the same high-quality articles on the topics we’re so fond of here at Guerrilla Explorer. There aren’t a lot of on-line magazines devoted to things like mysteries of history, lost treasures, monsters, and strange anomalies. So, we think we’ve carved out a unique niche for ourselves. With that being said, it’s become apparent to us that some changes are necessary. Here’s a few of them in no particular order…
- A New Format: For most of this year, we published Guerrilla Explorer as an ordinary blog. Recently, we’ve begun experimenting with magazine-style looks to better display our content. Our current format is a step-up, but we’ve got a ways to go. So, expect at least one more change in the near future.
- A New Home: It’s become apparent to us we’ve outgrown our little home on Blogger. Blogger is an excellent, easy-to-use service. However, it doesn’t really offer the same type of freedom and personalization found on WordPress. We’re not exactly eager to transform our library of content, but we think the upside outweighs the downside. There will probably be some hiccups along the way, so please bear with us.
- A New Community: While our content and repeat traffic has grown substantially, we have yet to fulfill one of our key goals…establishing a true community for all you Guerrilla Explorers out there. So, we plan on making some tweaks this year, which will hopefully change all that.
Those are just a few things we hope to improve here. Of course, none of it will happen right away but we hope to have made major strides by this time next year.
As far as our book publishing segment is concerned, a sequel (not a direct sequel though) to Chaos is underway. The first draft was completed several weeks ago and the second draft is about 30% done. This book is actually the first of a three-part miniseries, starring archaeologist-turned-treasure hunter Cy Reed. It’s similar to a serial novel, but each installment will be long (300 to 400 pages) and self-contained (i.e. they will have their own beginnings and endings).
We’re also considering publishing some of our non-fiction content here on Guerrilla Explorer in book form. If there’s any interest in this, let us know!
Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis
Well, that’s all for now. Thanks to all of you for your support thus far. If you wish to contribute to Guerrilla Explorer, our doors are open for individual guest posts and articles on the various subjects we cover. Just drop us a line.