A comment on my earliest blog post (thanks, Henrik), made me realize that this post will mark 10 years of blogging. Yes, my first post came out on January 14th, 2006. This will be my 1,200th post (I forced one in yesterday to be the 1199th so I could say that ;), yow! That’s 120 a year, or just under every 3rd day. And, I am happy to add, 2,542 comments (just more than 2 per post), so thanks to you for weighing in.
It’s funny, when I started I can’t really say it was more than an experiment. I had no idea where it would lead, or how. It’s had some challenges, to continue to find topics, but it’s been helpful. It’s forced me to deliberately consider things I otherwise might not have, just to try to keep up the momentum.
I confess I originally had a goal of 5 a week (one per business day), but even then I was happy if I got 2-3. I’m gobsmacked at my colleague Harold who seems to put out a post every day. I can’t quite do that. My goal has moderated to be 2 a week (very occasionally I live with 1 per week, but other weeks like when I’m at conferences I might have 3 if there are lots of keynotes to mind map). Typically it’s Tuesday and Wednesday, for no good reason.
I also try to have something new to say every time. It’s hard, but forcing myself to find something to talk about has led to me thinking about lots of things and therefore ready to bring them to bear on behalf of clients. I think out loud relatively freely (particularly with the popularity of Work and Learn Out Loud and Show Your Work). And it’s a way to share my diagrams, another way to ‘think out loud’. And I admit that I don’t share some things that are either proprietary (until I can anonymize them) or something I’m planning on doing something with.
And I’ve also resisted commercializing this. Obviously I’ve avoided the offers to exchange links or blog posts that include links for SEO stuff, but I’ve even, rightly or wrongly, not allowed ads. While it is the official Quinnovation blog, it’s been my belief that sharing my thinking is the best way to help me get interest in what I have to offer (extensive experience mapping a wide variety of concepts onto specific client contexts to yield innovative yet practical and successful solutions). I haven’t (yet) followed a formula to drive business traffic, and only occasionally mention my upcoming events (though hopefully that’s a public service :). There’re other places to track that.
I’m also pretty lax about looking at the metrics. I do weekly pop by Google Analytics to see what sort of traffic I get (pretty steady), but I haven’t tried to see what might improve it. This is, largely, for me. And for you if your interests run this way. So welcome, and here’s to another 10 years! Who knows what there will be to talk about then…or even next week!