It’s been a year since I wrote my first blog post on Cyde Weys Musings, back on December 15, 2006. That blog post was a tutorial on installing WordPress on Ubuntu GNU/Linux. And yes, those were the exact steps I took to get this blog installed on my server. That tutorial has remained fairly popular over time. Even a year later, everything in it is still correct, and lots of people are finding it through Google and using it. I love figuring something out and then giving back, because I use online GNU/Linux tutorials all the time and I find them incredibly helpful.
I no longer host this site on my personal server though. In March 2007 I started another blog, Supreme Commander Talk, and I bought hosting through a hosting service. That turned out to be a very wise decision. They can handle much more traffic than my residential cable Internet connection at home, and their stability is much better too (at home, I dealt with the occasional flaky power and flaky net connection). SupComTalk was only using a very small fraction of my storage and bandwidth capacity with the hosting service, so I gradually transitioned the rest of my sites to be hosted there, including Cyde Weys Musings.
I’ve written 380 posts on Cyde Weys Musings thus far, averaging out to a little bit more than one a day. I’m pretty impressed with that rate of posting (as you may have noticed, I don’t do small posts with little substance). Amazingly, I don’t feel burnt out at all. I rarely force myself to write for the blog. I just write about whatever interesting topic comes to mind, and that’s usually good enough to write about one post per day. On days when I can’t think of anything to write about, I simply don’t. Admittedly, it may be too unpredictable for the reader who craves steady content, but at least the content is never uninteresting. If I were to get more professional at this, I would build up a backlog of time-insensitive posts and publish one on every day in which I could think of nothing else to write about.
At this point, I’m asking myself, where do I go from here? Traffic is way up from when I first started this blog, but it’s still nothing stellar. The trend is going in the right direction though, so I’m just going to keep amusing myself with writing here and see what happens. I have learned a lot about writing in the interim. It’s been worth it, even if no one was reading this blog. The feedback from you, the readers, has been icing on the cake. So please do continue commenting; I love hearing what others think about the things I write about. Writing to a vacuum isn’t encouraging, but writing for a responsive audience most definitely is.
I definitely plan for this site to be around for at least another year, so I’ll look back on everything that’s happened with the blog on December 15, 2008, the two year anniversary. I bet a lot will happen in the interim.