One Year Anniversary
I made my first post on this blog one year ago.
The night before, I met Mena Trout, founder of Six Apart, maker of Movable Type and TyepPad, at a party at Nick Denton's place. Mena and her partner Ben were on a launch tour for TypePad in NY that week.
Mena suggested I try TypePad and I did. The rest is history as they say.
At the end of the first post, I wrote:
I read blogs a lot. And i think they are great. So i am starting a blog. I have no idea if i'll write a lot in my blog or rarely. I hope its a lot, because i have a lot to say. But we'll see about that.
I did write a lot. 593 posts in the first year to be exact. That's 50 per month, which is the magic number according to Jason Calcanis. I am not making any money on this, but it's been great fun and it's been good for my business too.
As for my personal life, its a mixed bag. On the plus side, my wfe, Joanne, aka The Gotham Gal, has taken to blogging as well. My girls are trying it out (no link to their blogs at this point) and they might get into it too. My brother Ted, aka Jackson, is into blogging now bigtime and his friend Pat, aka Tony Alva, is all over it. My other brother Rod reads all of our blogs and his daughter Julia (no link to her either) has been blogging for as long as I have. My parents and uncles read all of this stuff. So our family is really way more connected in this past year than we've been since we all lived together.
The negative is the time it takes to post 50 times a month. It's not a negative impact on my business because I don't blog at work. The place that takes the hit is my time at home. I blog early in the morning (its 6:40am right now) or after dinner. Josh said to me the other night, "why do you use your computer so much?" That's a hint if there ever was one.
We've got this New Yorker cartoon hanging on our kitchen bulletin board, "Step away from the laptop and hold up your end of the conversation". That's my new years blogging resolution. We'll see if I can live up to it and blog another 600 posts in the coming year.