I started blogging in July 2010, and after less then 16 months I’ve written 100 blogs (the one you’re reading right now is number 100). Did I reach the goals that I’ve defined when I started blogging? Have I delivered any value, and which benefits did I get from blogging? It’s time for a retrospective!
When I started blogging, I defined two goals that I wanted to reach:
- to reach people that I haven’t reached yet.
- to build an archive of knowledge and experience.
Did I reach these goals? It’s time to take a look, and see what my progress has been. So I examined my data (nothing but the facts 😉 ), and did an analysis to see the value that my blogging has delivered, and the benefits I’ve gotten from it.
Let’s take a look at the first goal: to reach people I haven’t reached yet. Some data from the last year, collected with Google Analytics.:
- Roughly 1000 website visitors per month
- Over 4500 unique visitors since december 2010 (1 year)
- Visitors from 102 countries, of which 49 countries with 10 or more visitors
- 73 comments, from 23 authors, on 25 different articles
- 27 subscribers
I didn’t really quantify my goals when I started blogging, because I didn’t know what a realistic target level would be, and how to measure it. But I think that the above figures are quite good (that is, for a blog), I’m impressed by the number of visitors and the responses I’m getting. Though I already had an extensive network when I started blogging, it still has increased significantly during the last year, partly due to blogging and sharing my blog on my twitter page and LinkedIn profile. And there are still a lot of readers which I don’t know (yet), but keep coming back to read my articles. Thank you!
So did I accomplish my first goal, reaching people with my blog? The number of new visitors is still increasing, so I’m not there yet. But it will probably never stop increasing, so I’m happy with the results that I’ve reached with 100 blogs. Goal met :-).
Building an archive
Some data on the second goal: to build an archive of knowledge and experience. What’s available on this website?
- 100 blog, on subjects like Agile, Improvements, CMMI, Quality, Root Cause Analysis, Business Value, Customers, and Feedback, in English (66 articles) and Dutch (34 articles).
- 10 “classic” blogs, that were reworked, extended and keep getting new readers
- 7 tools (CMMI Process Areas, Review Benefits, Root Cause Analysis templates)
- A list with more then 100 publications: workshops, tutorials, articles, presentations, papers, keynotes, columns and book reviews, from which 72 can be downloaded
- 19 banner pictures, with links to the full picture in Picasaweb
Not bad, huh? Given the data on visitors, the number of downloads, and the reactions I get from people, there is a significant amount of valuable information on this website that can be used to improve software quality, the way to develop and manage your software, and to continuously learn and develop individuals, and your organisation. So also this second goal is met :-). But you’re never done sharing experience. So if you miss something, let me know. Might be a good subject for a next blog!
What’s the value of blogging?
Several readers reacted on my blog, showing that they value it:
And I’ve got lot’s of good ideas and additions on my blogs:
Given these reactions, I’m assuming that there is value in my blogs. And several people have added value, by reacting and providing their views or additional information on the subject. Great, thanks!
Why I’m Blogging?
I’m blogging to share my experiences with Software Quality, (Process) Improvement and Organisational Development. Many of my readers also shared their experiences on my website. Blogging for me is a way to continuously learn and improve myself, by capturing my knowledge and experience into articles, and reacting upon the feedback that I get. Also blogging (combined with Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media) has brought me in contact with many new people, resulting in an extensive high quality network. It happens often that people come to me with a question, and either I can help them directly, or connect them to people who can. Feels great, and it’s also highly appreciated by my customers :-).
A big thank you all! to the readers of my blogs, to those who commented on them or reacted to my personally, and to the people that shared my blogs via their websites, facebook, Google+ or twitter. You make it worthwhile for me to continue blogging, and I’ve learned a lot from your reactions. Let’s keep in touch!