Ten observations on five years of blogging

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The end of August is filled with anniversaries of various kinds for me. Some are happy, such as birthdays, and some not so happy, such as deaths in the family. Yesterday was a good anniversary and I celebrated five years of blogging, starting with the very first entry “How do people start using Web services and SOA? Step 1”.

I won’t make any profound statements about the significance of half a decade of blogging, but just note a few observations:

  1. I didn’t start using WordPress, but I’ve ended up here and it’s the best blogging platform I’ve seen. That said, WordPress plus all the other content management aspects of Drupal would be a killer app. The open source nature and third party plugins/modules for both platforms are extraordinary.
  2. While I’ve blogged on sites owned and controlled by others, I much prefer having my own site. This means that I’m the maintenance guy every once in a while, but that adds to the fun.
  3. Every attempt I’ve made to have other blogs beyond this core one has failed. I just don’t have the band width or interest to keep a lot of them going. That means that this is eclectic and streaky in its coverage of topics, but so be it.
  4. I definitely have times when I have nothing much to say, so I try not to say it. Having the Daily Links entries being published on a regular basis helps keep my momentum going.
  5. I don’t set aside time to blog, I do it in the gaps between the other things I do when inspiration, if you want to call it that, hits me.
  6. I should never state that I’m starting a series of entries because I almost always get blocked or lose interest when I commit to such things. It’s better to write a few entries on a topic and then call it a series after three or four postings.
  7. Some times I certainly feel as though as I can either do something or blog about it, but not both, because I just don’t have the time.
  8. Often the things I link to in Daily Links are just bookmarks for myself, and don’t have any particular message for others. Other times I use the links to assemble pieces of an argument that points in a certain direction.
  9. It’s hard sometimes, but generally staying away from world politics as a discussion topic seems to have been a wise choice.
  10. Ultimately the blog content is for myself, and serves as a personal journal of what I’ve done and thought about.


  1. Three things stand out in that list for me: (1) If I don’t have anything to say, then I don’t say it. That keeps the noise down often found on other blogs. (2) Staying away from politics. Discussing politics with regard to tech policy is fine, but otherwise, it’s so much easier to post replies on political blogs, since that ‘world’ is such a time sink. (3) I enjoy it when you detail the garden, trips, or home repairs, and yes, that Robert Zimmerman fellow you mention once in a while.

    Finally, one thing I can say is that I’ve learned a lot from this blog. It has expanded my idea of open source. Looking back, you (and namely, IBM) have been ahead of the trends on every count.

  2. Thanks for 5 years of sharing!

  3. I’m glad you blog because you lead me to many very interesting articles and I share them with others in my own network. I agree on both WordPress and Drupal. Both are great platforms.

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