ops$tkyte@ORA10GR2> select to_date( '17-apr-2006')
2 -to_date('17-apr-2005') "Days I've been doing this"
3 from dual
Days I've been doing this
It is one year ago today that I decided to start this. I distinctly remember the day – I was so looking for anything to do other than write my book – even writing a blog (which is – well – still writing after all) was more appealing at that point.
So, here we are – some 256 posts later. An amazing 4,500 plus comments (amazing to me) later. Here we are.
I thought I would list my favorite entries from the last year. These are my favorites based on content – not comments (but the number of comments on each are about average). In no order (well, ordered by date actually)
- Birth of asktom
- No Silver Bullet, April 1987
- Speaking out loud
- Ask Away
- Need for speed
It was hard to pick – I was going to do the “top 5” but it just didn’t fit. There are lots of others I will enjoy later – recollections of trips and other things like that, but those are the most “meaningful” ones for me. Entries that say something of general use.
Now for the obligatory statistics. As I write this (Sunday April 16th 2006, I usually do them in advance), I have had a grand total of 897,976 pages loads. This is “low” because I didn’t start tracking hits until the afternoon of the 22nd of April last year and I’ve noticed that every now and then statcounter “doesn’t work”. So, say it is about 900k and that is about right.
Here is a graph of blog hits by day for the last year:
The peak was almost 7,000 in a single day during Oracle Open World in September. The average during the week is somewhere between 2,500 and 3,500 – weekends drop down to 700-1,000.
It has been fun, a different way to interact. It hasn’t taken an enormous amount of time – which likely differs from other bloggers experience. For me – this is the hobby, I’m not researching a problem, providing a solution. Just talking. Asktom – that takes time, this is for fun.
And as long as it is fun, I’ll keep on doing it. Even if no one reads it. That is the point I think, this should be fun – not a task, not a job. I recently took a short hiatus in March where I didn’t post for almost two weeks (except to say “yes, I realize I’m not posting, thanks”). It didn’t bother me that I didn’t post, I wasn’t on a deadline, I didn’t have a schedule or commitment. I just do it when the mood strikes.
And so should you…