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January 13, 2009

Six Years of Blogging, Who's the Audience?

Today it's been 6 years that I've been writing on this blog. There have been more prolific years, and some more lean, but it's still the same old me at the same old domain.

I've been asked recently who is my audience, and I think I've finally answered that. It's people who are looking for something on the web and can't find any information about it. More specifically, people who are looking for information that I once was looking for, and now have filled in that space on the web. This kind of blogging isn't terribly timely, it's more like putting a stake down so as time moves forward there's a destination for searchers.

Here are a few examples:

Experience with NewPro windows

When we were looking to put new windows in and NewPro came by there wasn't a single stitch of information on the web about those windows, buying, and the quality. Over the past 3+ years a single entry on this blog has been a top ranked page for people searching for "NewPro windows"

iPod Dock Hacks

I've had a bunch of these, which came out of a need to solve a problem with my iPod/iPhone setup. Thousands of folks looking for information on modding their Apple music device mount have found one of a handful of pages.

Technical Conference Session Notes

I've been fortunate enough through work and associates to be able to speak at and attend various technical conferences around the country. Not everyone is so fortunate. As I've attended and written notes about the interesting points of different sessions I'm delighted at how many people come upon them and refer to them for their work. These posts have been mentioned to me in job interviews, by strangers I've never met, by long time work associates who didn't realize I had a blog, the list goes on.

Just a few examples. I'm nothing special, but when I can't find something online I like to post about it so those that come after me will have better luck.

Here's to another 6 years...

Posted by mike at January 13, 2009 10:35 PM