The end of March means it is blog’iversary time again. Eleven years since my first tentative post.
If anyone is to blame, and thank, for all this it is Shaan Hurley. I read his Between the Lines AutoCAD blog before I really knew what a blog was. It prompted me to think about doing my own and he suggested trying TypePad. It made blog management & hosting simple. I’d looked at other alternatives at the time and found them too limiting or complex.
I love not worrying about hosting, running servers, ‘web page coding’ or managing plug-ins and having support to fight the hostile aspects of web hosting. TypePad has been target to a few denial of service style attacks this year but as a blogger I haven’t had to deal with them.
While other platforms do get some of my attention — I like Twitter, love Microsoft Sway, barely tolerate Facebook — the content I really care about still goes on my blogs.
The main reason is its open — no login or membership to view — and I have full control of my content and presentation. Twitter is awesome for what it is, but very limited. Facebook is plagued with pesky (to be polite) algorithms deciding what your readers see (not all you post) and a dismal interface*. Sway is beautiful, elegant and delightful to use but compliments, rather than competes with, a blog.
Biggest change to my blogs this year was a recent update to ‘responsive design’ thanks to a beta TypePad theme builder. It meant I could maintain my design, with some refinements, and have a blog which works on anything from a smartphone to large monitor. I’ve yet to see it on a smart watch — my GShock doesn’t really qualify — but wonder if anyone out there has?
I away from the blog I have interesting challenging year ahead. It may see a change of focus, new impetus, for the CAD blog. It was rather neglected as I prepared, experienced and blogged about a month cycling across Tibet to Mt Everest (photo right) and Nepal. It wasn’t a sponsored trip but, by chance, was wearing an Autodesk cap at Everest so CAD wasn’t entirely forgotten!
I’ll be able to share more about my upcoming changes soon. I still find it amazing that thanks to this hobby I’ve made, and in some cases met, many friends around the world. To everyone, everywhere, thanks for visiting, reading and subscribing!
Some annual stats follow in the extended post if you’re interested.
* It amazes me how awful Facebook is to use and how broken, given the resources they have, it is. Basic stuff like photo/comment relationships and recognition of time zones are a mess.