Last week I noted that it was one year since I began The lost outpost, and commented that I’d post something more later.
I’ve been running a weblog inside IBM since August 2005, and when I hit the one year milestone a few months ago, I wrote a retrospective which listed a few of the interesting facts and figures. Inspired by Aidy’s recent post about his first 10,000 hits, I thought I’d combine some statistics with some thoughts on my engagement in the blogosphere.
First of all, some background. I started this blog mostly through the heckling of Mr Richard Brown, a good friend of mine who also happens to be my frequent nemesis in all things business, economic and technological. Richard thought that I had some interesting things to say on my internal weblog, and encouraged me to move outside the IBM firewall. Little did he know that not only would I start an external weblog, but that I’d also end up contributing to eightbar, GameTomorrow and SOA Tips’n’Tricks (although I’ve not posted much to the latter yet, an oversight which I shall remedy in 2007).
I still maintain an internal IBM weblog. Why? Well, largely because some things I write about are more to do with the boring bits of my day-to-day work and are not of interest to a wider audience. Conversely, my photography posts are probably of less interest to an internal audience. Some content is cross-posted, but the number of posts that appear on both blogs has significantly gone down over the course of the last twelve months.
So what has happened this year? Here’s a summary of some of the major events:
- The T60 was announced. It took me 6 months to get one.
- I had an article published on developerWorks in February and another in August.
- I moved digital home back in March, a decision I continue to be happy with.
- Second Life appeared on my radar in April, and I’m really pleased that we’ve made so much progress since then. The growth of interest internally has been amazing. I’ve interviewed a SL celebrity and had my work published. I’ve also participated in an excellent media event.
- More and more colleagues started blogging during the year. It’s been great getting to know them all better, as well as making contact with old friends.
- I was interviewed for a feature on ibm.com.
- A photo was chosen for some online news stories, and I had some approaches about selling others. My first “real” assignment was last month. Hopefully 2007 will present me with more opportunities to develop my skills.
- I’ve made some great friends, and I never would have met them without blogging.
Now for the numbers. In general I’m very pleased. There has been gentle growth, particularly over the last 4 months. Looking at my blog stats graph, it has been nearly a month since I received less than 200 hits per day. Weekends are generally much quieter, which I attribute to fewer people searching for more technical topics from their work desktops. If you exclude weekends, I get anywhere between 300 and 450 hits per day right now.
- Blog stats: 419 posts, 708 comments… 11,321 spam comments…
- Most viewed post: TomTom 910, still waiting
I don’t understand why this one persistently comes out top, since it doesn’t really say much. I’ve written far more on the subject since then, so much so that I recently started a new tag for my satnav-related posts.
Competing strongly for the most views is Renewing car tax online, which seems to get a lot of hits from search terms related to the UK car tax system. Again, not my core area, but kind of cool to know that it was something interesting.
- Most commented post: TomTom 910, still waiting
I appear to be unofficial TomTom support sometimes…
One thing that would be nice is if more of my visitors who come in from searches would comment and communicate with me!
- (current) Technorati ranking: 50,368
Seems to hover fairly consistently around the 50k mark, sometimes a little higher. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, and link to me.
While I’m doing the funky statistics thing, a bit about Flickr. I’ve been active there since November 2005, went pro in April 2006, and I’m currently at 23,971 views. I was very engaged at the beginning – I actively commented, visited other photostreams, participated in groups. I’ve been less active in the past 6 months, and that is reflected in the much lower interest that I’m seeing in my photos. Social networking can take some effort, and I don’t always have the time 😦
- 504 photos (448 viewable to all), 328 contacts, 27 sets
- 5 photos currently in Explore
- Most interesting photo:
- Most favourited, commented and viewed photo:
- My own (current) favourite photo:
Finally, it seems that I’ve not done well enough in my first year to hit the Google Zeitgeist. Never mind.
 the man is frankly, far too intelligent and should allow the rest of us to try to keep up with him at least once in a while.