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My blog is dead; long live my blog

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s been a long time since my last post, so at this point my blog is pretty much dead. I never was much of a blogger anyways, so I’m kind of surprised I posted so much last year. I started a new job this year, and sometimes things get busy and I disappear for a while… but the long and short of it is, my blog is dead 🙂

Looking back over my prior posts, I realized a few things that might be useful for other aspiring bloggers out there

  1. Think twice, three times before posting a blog entry to reddit/digg/etc. If you have a catchy title, you can pull down a few thousand hits per day easily, but you should really think “Is my post worth sharing? Or does it need some work before a few hundred/thousand people wander over?”
  2. Figure out “why am I blogging?” and stick to that reason. If you’re blogging because you’re bored, your posts will probably be boring. If you’re blogging because you’re genuinely curious about something, and you put in the time to make interesting posts… then you’ve got a great reason to blog.
  3. Blogging takes time. Especially for highly technical posts, or posts about a project/experiment/some code you wrote. You should expect to spend several hours writing, reviewing, and proofreading each post.
  4. Blogging to get hits is a crappy excuse for blogging. Blog because you’re passionate about something, heck with hits and link karma.

I don’t have much else to say right now, but while I’m typing, here are a couple of links for fun/profit:

  1. Bit hacks – best collection of bit hacks I’ve run across… need to know how to hack bits optimally? Read on…
  2. Jenkins CI – life without some kind of continuous integration is a pain. Everyone should always test code before hitting the ‘submit’ button, but reality != fiction, and CI makes your life easier. Check it out, Jenkins is pretty cool.


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