Another year almost done, a new website and what I learned by blogging

Truth be told, I was hoping to launch our new website on the anniversary of our blog on December 14, 2007. My master plan was to launch the new site, provide a rationale for the new design and do a bit of a 2007 retrospective. But as it always happens, life and work chew up the available hours and the calendar caught up with me. I posted a short note to mark the occasion and moved on.

Then frequent commentor, Tony Mannor, left a comment that deserves the actual post I was going to do.

"Congrats Amigo, So do you have any insights that you would like to share? What kinds of posts got the most traffic or response in the form of comments? Did you get any personal satisfaction? I gripe sometimes and find it very cathartic. I look forward to another year of reading your stuff. Keep up the good work."

Do you have any insights that you would like to share?

What kinds of posts got the most traffic or response in the form of comments?

  • Between Nala and I, we wrote 66 posts that garnered 245 comments in the past year. I hoped for 50 posts with 50 comments, so we exceeded my goal!

Did you get any personal satisfaction?

  • For sure. Blogging has forced my to pick sides and really figure out what I believe in.
  • Unlike other forms of writing, like newsletters, white papers and magazine articles, blogging comes easier for me. I don't feel the need to solve the world's problems in one document. On the downside, proofing you own work does result in more than occasional typos!
  • I really enjoy the two-way conversation. Getting a comment is a thrill. It's like discovering that there is life in space—there is actually someone out there!

Full circle

This brings us to the new website design. As the blog has become more important to us, it was clear that burying it on a third level page wasn't giving it the profile that it deserved. Plus the old design was getting a little long in the tooth.

So there you go. That's the post I wanted to do on our blog's anniversary. Thanks for the nudge Tony!

Tim

P.S. If I have missed anyone on our new blogroll, let me know. And if you want to reciprocate with a link on your blogroll, I'd sure appreciate it!

P.P.S. If I met you and missed you in my list above, I apologize. I met a lot of people this year!