It was a special occasion for me this week, the DN Architecture blog celebrated its first birthday! One year ago I launched this – my new website, a platform to allow me to share my projects, and tell people about my architectural practice which specialises in creating dream homes on difficult blocks, the only firm in Australia to do so.
A website is todays equivalent of a shopfront, displaying your wares, or what it is you do and how you do it. It’s not until undertaking this task that I realised how much thought, planning and information goes into building a website. It was quite a challenge. Whilst I had a website prior, it was just a basic portfolio of my work. The new website was designed to be much more: a means of sharing what is unique about my services and approach to designing homes.
Another major reason for the new site was to have the framework for a blog. It began with just a few ideas of what I would actually write about. I just knew that the only way to get noticed in the vastness of the World Wide Web, was to share my knowledge, experience (16 years as an architect and the nearly 12 years of DN Architecture) and opinion in the hope it would be found in the Google searches of those embarking on designing a new home; and more importantly that my information would be helpful.
So began the posts every Monday night. I quickly found my groove, the ideas began to flow and I was surprised at how much I looked forward to sitting down each week and writing. I still do one year on. I was equally surprised at the speed with which my posts were being liked and shared on Facebook, and so happy to see comments starting to come in too. My audience grew each week; it was so exciting to see my efforts and knowledge being of such interest and relevance to so many. I experimented with video blogs amongst exploring varying topics within my field. Some interested people more than others, but there is only one way to find that out what works and what doesn’t– put it out there and see what happens.
What has happened has exceeded my expectations. The number of visitors to my new website has grown from close to 300 in its first month, to now 1,200 visits per month. I could not be prouder; my passion for designing great homes has interested so many more than I thought it would. Sometimes I stop and reflect on how lucky I am to make my living from what I want to do each day anyway – designing homes. I feel so grateful.
As well as continually updating the new website, designing houses, and blogging each week, I also completed my book – A Block in a Hard Place. A copy sits on my coffee table and despite it having been out in the world for nearly five months now, it’s so hard to believe I did it… The new website also providing the means to tell people about the book. I’ve had great media interest on both the book and my practice, which is icing on the cake.
Thank you to all of you for your continued support, time and contributions. Thanks to my new clients who found me from these pages and have chosen me to work with them to realise their dream home. It is such a privilege. Also thanks to the cafes around Melbourne where much of this content was written. Lastly thank you to the wonderful team at 5×5 Marketing who took my plans and drawings for this website and built it just how I imagined.
I have learnt and continue to learn so much from this new website, and one year on, I’m still so proud of it. As I start year two of the blog, I would love to hear what topics you would like to know more about that I have not yet covered, in the comments section below. I do this to help and teach you about this wonderful world of architecture, which since the age of 10 is still my favourite place to be.