the hardest thing about blogging…

I first started blogging on February 6, 2004.  Back then I was a recent immigrant to Canada and still studying Music at University.  I was spending most of my time practicing classical guitar, my diet consisted of instant noodles and chicken fingers, and my blog very much reflected those times.  I like keeping it around to remind me of what my life was like back then.  Here are some of my favourite quotes:

I wrote a poem using lines from my junk mail… I’m dedicating it to all of my friends from the viagra company who just love sending me emails:

Become an Email Spy!
you are about to be taken to a world of 1nfinite pleasurez
These kinds of results are guaranteed or your money back
Lowest $$$ internet prescriptions!
Large size your fry
Women who know what they want

This one is from a post called “Back to the future in 30 seconds”:

Marty I made a time machine!
BACK TO 1955! wahoo!
OH MAN my mom loves me!
my arms disappearing

As you can see, the quality of my blog is incredible.  Actually, I’m surprised anyone read it to begin with.  To give you an idea of what kind of readership my blog had, here are some stats:

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Yes, I had a blog with over 10,000 pageviews!  I know that sounds like a lot, but over 5 years, it’s not actually that much.

Some of the lessons I learned in those 5 years of blogging I am really hoping to apply to this new blog.   First, I am not going to be as “random” as my previous blog was.  I’m going to try to stick to topics such as:

  • Web Development
  • Making the Web a better place
  • WordPress
  • Design
  • UI & UX
  • Music
  • The occasional personal blog about life

I am also going to try to blog regularly – make it a habit.  I’m going to try to share what I am learning and I’m hoping to learn something in the process.

But seriosuly, I have a confession to make.  This blog really only has one intended audience.  Myself.  Do you know how cool it is to read back your life and what things interested you?  It’s a gold mine.  It shows progression, it shows growth, learning, development, it’s like the google analytics of life.  So this blog is mainly for myself, and as a side bonus, maybe someone else will like something in it.

So what’s the hardest thing about blogging?
I think the hardest thing about blogging is writing like no one is reading.

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