Meta: One Year of Blogging

I’ve been blogging for a full year now and since the calendar year is coming to an end, too, it’s time for a tiny bit of reflection. One of the main premises of this blog is to keep meta blogging low, so this article is going to be a rare exception.

My blog has been registered in December 2006 at wordpress.com. Their free offer has some limitations, so I can’t make changes to the style sheets but otherwise I haven’t regretted the choice (other than my ugly looking code examples, that is). The website’s availability and speed is pretty good and the admin interface works well, but that’s probably true for all wordpress-based blogs.

Throughout the year I managed an update frequency of about two posts per month. I still have a huge backlog of topics I’d like to cover, but my time is limited and there’s not much hope on improvement. Postings consisting of one short paragraph plus a link to this week’s hottest tool, language, or framework (“everybody, look at X”) is not what this blog should be about.

Since I made no attempt to get articles submitted to dzone or others, resonance through comments has been rather low (though higher than expected). Most of the traffic seems to be coming from search engines where people look for solutions to their specific problems. I covered a rather wide range of topics, so it’s no surprise that the regular readers are mostly friends and colleagues.

Blogging helped me to focus a bit more than usual when playing with new technologies. I often asked myself: What are the key points, what are the important things I want to remember in case I get back to it later? More than once I used one of my own articles as a quick start intro when I had forgotten syntax or concepts of a tool. Now, if that’s no reason to continue ;-)

Alright, enough meta talk for this year. Happy holidays and an interesting, successful 2008 to all of you!

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2 Responses to Meta: One Year of Blogging

  1. skywind8 says:

    I came across your blog while searching for Hibernate configuration tips (and found what I needed – thanks!). But then I saw the wide variety of really interesting topics, and stayed around for a while to read a lot more. You’ve got a fascinating diversity while circling around the same general themes.

    I’m adding you to my blog roll bookmarks to come back later, too.

    • mafr says:

      Thank you very much! I guess most of my readers are friends and colleagues, so I’m glad there are some readers out there who follow my blog voluntarily ;-)

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