At this time of year I allow myself a little introspection. Why do I write this blog? In part because I enjoy it; in part because it lets me write what I want to write, rather than what someone will commission; in part because I need to be visible on the Internet as an individual, not just as an author writing for various publications; in part because I highly value the feedback I get here.
Running a blog has its frustrations. Adding content here has to take a back seat to paying work at times. I also realise that the site is desperately in need of redesign; I’ve played around with some tweaks in an offline version but I’m cautious about making changes because the current format just about works and I don’t want to make it worse. I am a writer and developer, but not a designer.
One company actually offered to redesign the blog for me, but I held back for fear that a sense of obligation would prevent me from writing objectively. That said, I have considered doing something like Adobe’s Serge Jespers and offering a prize for a redesign; if you would like to supply such a prize, in return for a little publicity, let me know. One of my goals is to make use of WordPress widgets to add more interactivity and a degree of future-proofing. I hope 2010 will be the year of a new-look ITWriitng.com.
So what are you reading? Looking at the stats for the year proves something I was already aware of: that the most-read posts are not news stories but how-to articles that solve common problems. The readers are not subscribers, but individuals searching for a solution to their problem. For the record, the top five in order:
Annoying Word 2007 problem- can’t select text – when Office breaks
Cannot open the Outlook window – what sort of error message is that? – when Office breaks again
Visual Studio 6 on Vista – VB 6 just won’t die
Why Outlook 2007 is slow- Microsoft’s official answer – when Office frustrates
Outlook 2007 is slow, RSS broken – when Office still frustrates
The most popular news posts on ITWriting.com:
London Stock Exchange migrating from .NET to Oracle/UNIX platform - case study becomes PR disaster
Parallel Programming: five reasons for caution. Reflections from Intel’s Parallel Studio briefing – a contrarian view
Apple Snow Leopard and Exchange- the real story – hyped new feature disappoints
Software development trends in emerging markets – are they what you expect?
QCon London 2009 – the best developer conference in the UK
and a few others that I’d like to highlight:
The end of Sun’s bold open source experiment – Sun is taken over by Oracle, though the deal has been subject to long delays thanks to EU scrutiny
Is Silverlight the problem with ITV Player- Microsoft, you have a problem – prophetic insofar as ITV later switched to Adobe Flash; it’s not as good as BBC iPlayer but it is better than before
Google Chrome OS – astonishing – a real first reaction written during the press briefing; my views have not changed much though many commentators don’t get its significance for some reason
Farewell to Personal Computer World- 30 years of personal computing – worth reading the comments if you have any affection for this gone-but-not-forgotten publication
Is high-resolution audio (like SACD) audibly better than than CD – still a question that fascinates me
When the unthinkable happens: Microsoft/Danger loses customer data – as a company Microsoft is not entirely dysfunctional but for some parts there is no better word
Adobe’s chameleon Flash shows its enterprise colours – some interesting comments on this Flash for the Enterprise story
Silverlight 4 ticks all the boxes, questions remain – in 2010 we should get some idea of Silverlight’s significance, now that Microsoft has fixed the most pressing technical issues
and finally HAPPY NEW YEAR
One thought on “A year of blogging: another crazy year in tech”
Very good blog I have to confess.
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