I can still remember why I started this blog a few years back. I was heavily into the development of several web applications and I wanted a place where I could showcase the stuff I have written. So basically this blog was born and it has served its purpose ever since.
However, time doesn’t stand still and numerous events have taken place after the initial launch. I have had some make overs, added some features, upgraded old features and in general I found doing those things enjoyable. But times have changed, free time to spend on programming and blogging are getting more and more sparse.
The lack of free time is also the reason why I have searched (and found) another solution to display my images on the web (shameless plug: http://foto.schonhose.nl). I even started thinking about how I could change this blog into something more useful, something with more information and something more easier to maintain. I haven’t found that something just yet, so in the mean time I just keep this blog up and running. I do want to share some stuff that has drawn my attention.
My good friend Jay Williams has been blogging as well, but redefined the blog a bit. His blogging, a mixture between tweeting and real blogging, is really nice if you do want to share something, but don’t want to write a full pledge post. I really like the format Jay is using.
Perhaps this is why I have started using Twitter more and more. It allows for small messages to be posted for followers to see. It also allows for some interaction that is probably on a lower level compared to leaving a comment on a blog.
But writing is no fun if nobody actually reads the posts. So the real question is: who is visiting these pages and read my ramblings? My guess, based upon the comments, the majority of visitors are spammers, trying to spam their stuff at my blog. Secondly, there is still a group of people, using Pixelpost, who are downloading my addons. These addons are still regularly downloaded, with a couple of downloads a day. And third, there is this (probably small) group of people that are actually reading my ramblings. Sometimes there is some interaction using the comments, but most of the times I have no clue who is actually reading this. Since nobody is actually complaining about the lack of updates it is safe to conclude that nobody really cares about my ramblings.
Perhaps herein lies the solution for my initial question: “what to do with my blog?”. The focus now is on the blogging part, something that I haven’t done for some time. Perhaps I should move that part more to the background, changing the stuff people see when they open my website. Give people easy access to what they want (well, except the spamming part) by providing a choice to go to the Pixelpost addons, my photoblog or my textual blog. Perhaps I could even track how many people make a certain choice, to get more insight what they really want.
Or perhaps I should stop thinking about this.