My previous Post #95, “The Open Source is a Dumpster Myth,” attracted a modicum of attention. I first made it as a
comment about an article or comment at one Linux site, and mentioned my blog in that posting. Soon thereafter the post
was noticed, in the form of a short summary posted on another, much more well-known site, NewsForge, as one of their
news feeds: http://newsvac.newsforge.com/newsvac/06/03/20/1616250.shtml .
This was the first-ever mention of one of my posts in a public forum, and I was keen to see the response. I had high
As you know I’m using WordPress (WP) to write this blog, and as an author when I log into WP I am given several options:
New Post: write a new post;
My Account: modify my account profile;
My Dashboard, which includes among its features reports on blog activity. As I recall there was a definite spurt of activity that soon — very soon — dropped off.
I just took a look at the blog stats as of today, several months after that post (I’ll discuss the reasons for the
hiatus in my blogging in a future post). The status includes a display of the activity over the last 30 days, along with
the number of total views to date, and the number of views of the Best Day Ever. Here are the current results as of
today, 17 September 2006:
Total Views, 407; Best Day Ever, 140; and the graph for the last 30 days shows an average of no views of most days,
with two views on two of those 30 days.
What is notable is that over one third of the reads of my blog to date were on just one day, soon after posting #95.
I had another brief flurry of attention. I’ll talk about that in the next post, and then on to describe some of the lessons about blogging I have learned so far.