Blogging review and intention

2005

About a year ago, I acquired the “craigrandall.net” domain and set out to employ WordPress as my blogging foundation. Both moves have paid nice dividends. My domain has been easier for contacts to recall and WordPress has allowed me to focus on creating content rather than maintaining infrastructure.

Looking at the year’s content creation, I’m pleasantly surprised but also motivated to change my emphases a bit in 2006. I benefitted greatly over the past year by the writing of others, averaging over a solid read a month. I had more inspirational posts than posts about my site. Still I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time posting about my site.

Seventy-four posts in 2005 is an OK pace. There were only two months where I didn’t average a post per week. But I’m less interested in quantity and more interested in quality. Compared to 2004, I did post more about my thoughts in 2005 and less about aggregating the thoughts of others. However, in 2006, I intend to carry this trend further by writing more from the gut and perhaps somewhat less in quotes.

2006

“Resolution” is a bit strong; so, I’m going with “intention” instead… Having just reflected upon 2005, I intend to focus moving forward on the following subjects (in no particular order):

  • Areas of personal expertise and/or passion
  • More reflections on the books I read
  • Services and SOA
  • WinFS – Microsoft’s next-generation integrated storage
  • Enterprise content management (ECM) – including email archiving, identity management, basic content services (BCS)
  • Open source projects of note

I’m sure that I’ll still take some space to share aspects of my life outside work and to describe how my site continues to evolve. However, I intend to tip the balance in favor of professional content. Perhaps in the process I will benefit from more interaction with my readership, but I know what is in my control and what I can only hope to influence. :-)

My intention stated here is motivated in part by my recent read of The Success of Open Source. That is, open source credits its membership based more on creation (evidence of skill) than it does on credential. It’s still always a good idea to have an up-to-date resume and to leverage tools like LinkedIn, but blogging is living and evolving evidence of being “fit for purpose.”

More on The Success of Open Source in a subsequent post…

-Craig
http://craigrandall.net/
@craigsmusings