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Blog Blazers interview from 2008

Stephane Grenier is publishing an interview a week from his 2008 book Blog Blazers on followsteph.com. This week he published my interview from the book. It was interesting to re-read it 5 years on. I never did quite reproduce the success of my early software award scam post, but I am still posting – albeit not very frequently.

This blog’s sixth anniversary

diverI published my first blog post 6 years ago today. I didn’t even notice the fifth anniversary of this blog, so I am going to indulge myself today instead. 277 posts, 3459 (non-spam) comments and over 1.6 million page impressions and I am still here, posting sporadically as time and inspiration allows. Maybe I will still be writing in another 6 years. Maybe not.

Here are some of my favourite posts from the last 6 years, in no particular order:

It would be nice to break 2 million impressions. I calculate that this will take approximately another year at the current rate of progress.

I have lots of ideas for new posts. But if there is any subject you, dear reader, would particularly like me to write about – add a comment below. I don’t promise that I will write about it, but I will certainly consider it.

I’m a millionaire!

Well, not in pounds or dollars.  But, according to WordPress.com and to my considerable surprise, this blog has now had over a million impressions since I started it, 3 and a bit years ago.

OK, I know Joel Spolsky or Jeff Atwood probably wouldn’t get out of  bed for a meagre million impressions, but I still couldn’t resist crowing about it.

As you can see in the graph below the traffic is very uneven, dominated by a few posts that made it on to the front page of social news sites.

In fact over 40% of the total impressions come from just 5 (2%) of the posts:

Post Impressions
The software awards scam 234,909
10 things non-technical users don’t understand about your software 55,291
Lessons learned from 13 failed software products 51,676
Your harddrive *will* fail – it’s just a question of when 47,505
Where I program 47,075

Here are a few things I have learnt along the way:

  • As with many things in life, persistence is the key.
  • Choose your audience and write for that audience.
  • Pick a realistic posting schedule and try to stick to it.
  • Find your own voice.
  • The titles of posts are important.
  • Don’t expect lots of clickthroughs from social media sites to translate to lots of subscribers.
  • Get your posts proof read (thanks Claire!).
  • I am lousy at predicting how much interest a particular blog post will generate.
  • Don’t blog about blogging.
  • Be prepared to break the rules from time to time.

Although time is sometimes scarce for blogging I have lots of ideas for future blog posts. But if there is anything you would particularly like to see on this blog, please leave a comment.

planetmicroisv.com

planetmicroisv.pngFloyd Price of Code Spaces has taken over the day-to-day running of microISV blog aggregator planetmicroisv.com from Baruch Even. He has already given it a fresh coat of paint. I appreciate the efforts of Baruch and Floyd to maintain this useful resource. planetmicroisv.com is well worth adding to your RSS feed if you are a microISV (or aspire to be).