Thursday, January 10, 2008

Summing up 2007 and moving ahead into 2008

A new year. New blog posts to come.

As I didn't end last year with a summary of impressions from the year I thought I'd start with such a post.

The reason

This blog has existed for about half a year now. Why?

To publish things and expose yourself on the internet might be scary to some. I believe it is not that scary. And so does Annika Lidne in this post.

I have found that keeping a blog of this nature is good for several reasons:

  • It is a proactive way of interacting and participating in the discussion.
  • It is an alternative to write an email and send around to make your point. Of course given that the content is of an open and generic nature.
  • It is a way for me to structure and document my thoughts around specific topics. Great to look back to if needed.
  • It is a good exercise in writing.
  • It is fun.
  • And finally - it is rewarding to notice that people actually read it. Like you do!

I covered some other aspects here.

The content is intended as my "personal blog about not-that-personal stuff". I do have a number of other blogs (some visible here) which are more personal in their nature.

During the year I wrote about several topics that caught my interest. Quite a few hoovers around Social Media and related areas. Also other areas have been, and will be brought up. Have look in the archive to see what I covered so far.

The metrics

Since the start of this blog I have published 47 posts.

So, is this blog successful? Depends on how you define successful I guess.

As expected I don't make any money on blogging. Or actually I make some - so far my AdSense ads have generated $9.40. But I can't cash out until I reach $100 - I'll let you know when (and if) that happens...

What is more rewarding is to find that you and others visits this blog. Although I use several tools to measure the traffic it is hard to get a single digit that measures the traffic. A few things can be said though:

The trend is positive. There is an increase every month so far, except for the number of sites (~unique visitors?) in December.

In December this blog had over 5000 visits, and over 1000 visitors (unique hosts):

All in all, this is more traffic than I thought I'd get when I started.

Now, the number of visitors is not that important in itself. It is the reactions I get from you that is the real reward. So please drop me a note, add a comment or just drop by.

Finally, this blog was quoted in a Swedish newpaper last year. Fun!

The platform

I am using for this and other blogs. I know that there is other platforms available that might be seen as more capable. But so far has proved good enough for my needs, and more important, simple to manage.

The blog is published on my own domain name (rather than on For a while I considered to use my family name domain, but went for the current one instead.

This post is however the first one I write using Google Documents rather than the built in editor of Google Documents offers a better editor, and seems to integrate nicely when publishing with - let's see how it works out. (Update after post attempt - didn't manage to publish this post directly from Google Docs. Worked for blogs, but not for this one. Why? Any ideas?)

The RSS feed is delivered via - you can subscribe here. Currently I have noticed an issue with the feed - embedded items (like graphs and videos) sometimes does not show up in the feed. Do you have any idea on why? Please give me a hand!

The future

What's next? Follow this blog to find out. At least what the next post will cover.

I will continue to post about things that I believe is fun and interesting. And especially things that is related to "There's no killer app - only a killer attitude ".

Have a great 2008!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
And you et an account on Twitter?

December 26, 2009 at 6:29 AM  

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