It’s time to do a Blog related review of the year so here goes…
Best Blog Discovery:
I use this heading every year but it isn’t really appropriate for this years selection. Simon’s Web Journal made a huge impression and it’s for that reason alone that it was “best”. The story it told, the feelings it shared and the eventual outcome of events were as far from “best” as it’s possible to get. It began as blog about Life, Linux and everything but tragic events changed that within days. I didn’t know Corwin before I read it, and sadly never will, but won’t forget sharing his journey. Best, worst, and unforgettable.
I got an email, not the usual spam but it was a “recruitment device”, suggesting I watch a video on a Agel. They use a very complex distribution structure to sell “Health Supplements”. I was somewhat skeptical of the product but even more so of the “business model” and it’s commission system. My resulting post has generated quite a bit of traffic and comment but the best came from Jon M. Taylor, MBA, Ph.D. His site has a wealth of information on Multi-Level Marketing.If you, or anyone you know is considering getting involved a MLM business do them a favour and have them read: http://www.mlm-thetruth.com/
Best Blog Event:
Well, it’s not really a blog event but Autodesk University probably brings together more bloggers than many dedicated events manage. I was fortunate to attend again this year and the real highlight is meeting fellow bloggers and readers. It was great catching up with old friends and meeting new ones I won’t name names for fear of leaving someone out but to all I met at Autodesk University thanks for reading and saying hello. I’m constantly amazed people all around the world invest their time in reading this stuff
It’s for that reason Autodesk University is again, as in 2005 and 2006, the best Blog Event I attended this year.
- The Triple j podcast page – SNS Podcast Feed: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/safran/podcast/safran.xml
A year later and I’m still called “the Paper Plane Guy” at Autodesk University!
Huge Top Gear related bump in December/Jan and mostly Auto related posts in August for the Personal blog. On the CAD blog it’s usual Autodesk launch related peak around March.
Best Blog Decision:
Might turn out to be a mistake but I’ve decided to stop using both Vox & Blogger and concentrate on my TypePad Blogs. Both were interesting to play with but I still find TypePad is the best mix of ease & power for me.
Blog Related Concern:
I need to do more for CAD/BIM related posts on my “Cad Blog”. If you’ve got any ideas for things to cover email me or leave a comment!
Best New Blog Tool:
Last year it was Camtasia, this year it’s SnagIt. It’s not new but recent add-ins for Blog Platforms (like TypePad & Wordpress), Flickr and MindManager make it a tool I use for virtually every post, including this one!
“Doh!” of the year:
Boring Blog Stats – Only here so I can look back at them
RobiNZ CAD Blog [2006 figures]
Page Views: Total 405,974 [284,009] | Average Per Day 298.07 
Subscribers (via Feedburner): Avg: 576  Max: 707 
Most visited post of 2007: DWG to [Google] Earth, do you read me? - Autodesk Labs AutoCAD Google Earth Extension (from 2006)
Most Popular Post from 2007: Align, the forgotten AutoCAD hero
RobiNZ Personal Blog [2006 figures]
Posts: 1,216  | Comments: 566  | TrackBacks: 14 
Page Views: Total 160,101 [128,072] | Average Per Day 156.20 
Subscribers (via Feedburner): Avg: 49  Max: 79 
Most visited post of 2007: The Top Gear Stig (Although from 2005 it still generates loads of traffic and comments!)
Most Popular Post from 2007: Is the "Agel phenomenon" a scam?
Thanks for visiting during 2007, Happy New Year for 2008!