Another Year of Blogging in the Books

My how time flies these days.  It seems like less than a year ago I committed to this little project but in reality the end of this month marks my third year in the blogging community.  As probably all commitments that take a time investment, the blog content has morphed and expanded a few times, but the theme has remained steadfast.  It may have more entries on wildlife photography and a few new topics like projects and What is This, but they are all things that still intrigue me and hopefully something you find interesting as well.  To continue a year end tradition, I’m posting this summary of the year’s output (data does include this post as it is the 6th post of the month to hit my quota for another month).

  • According to the WordPress Stats: To Date Total Posts 246 and 101 comments
  • According to the WordPress Stats: This Year Total Posts 81 and 52 comments
  • Total blog pages this year (according to MS Word): 340
  • Total number of words this year (according to MS Word): 82,252
  • Post topics (some posts had multiple categories) 2010 / Total
    • Birds: 13 / 33
    • Fail: 0 / 3
    • General: 6 / 25
    • Insects: 2/2
    • Observation: 62 / 172
    • Phoadtography: 3/3
    • Products: 7 / 9
    • Projects: 5/5
    • Ramblings: 1/ 10
    • Recollection: 6 / 16
    • Service: 15 / 41
    • Uncategorized: 0 / 0
    • Wildlife: 29 / 46
    • WIT: 1/1
  • Blogs this year by month
    • Jan: 6
    • Feb: 6
    • Mar: 6
    • Apr: 6
    • May: 7 (bonus month)
    • Jun: 7 (bonus month)
    • Jul: 6
    • Aug: 7 (bonus month)
    • Sep: 6
    • Oct: 6
    • Nov: 6
    • Dec: 6
  • Writing style: conversational (although some service posts took an angry tone)
  • Most common grammatical error: Continuing to leverage Firefox to catch the easy spelling mistakes, but there are still some mistakes getting through.  I also copy all posts to MS Word for backup which does try to detect any grammar errors.  I have noticed a passion to use Do for Due, the misuse of To for Too and my thought stream seems to be outpacing my fairly proficient typing skills causing some small words to be skipped.  This year I decided to re-read all my posts before submitting them (which I ABSOLUTELY hate doing because it feels like I’m back in school) and probably the most helpful, Linda started reading my posts and pointed out a number of mistakes (sometimes with a little too much passion).   Oh, and I do retain all rights to make words up (if Palin can do it, I can do it).
  • Number of WordPress uprades:1 in July – I need to upgrade again, but will make that a task for the new year
  • Number of reference links used: 59
  • Number of images used:  (note, all posts but one had at least one graphic in it hitting my goal – note, missing one was just an update saying my Internet was down and was part of a 7 post month)
    • Wildlife Photos – 206  (oh yeah)
    • Other Photos – 101
    • Custom Graphics – 48
    • TOTAL: 355 (wow)
  • Languages uses: 1 (unless you count Engrish and Brigrish)
  • Completed Life List Items: 6
    • Ran the Steamboat 4mile  – experienced a significant injury this year which held me back on some running goals
    • Ran the BIX7 – (another year another medal)
    • Blogging for a third year hitting my self-imposed 6 post/month quota including three months with an extra post
    • Transforming a portion of my woods into a park setting – including a new trail
    • Constructing a bridge – put the finishing touches on it this year and it is still holding strong
    • Establishing a photo website (http://eddiesoft.smugmug.com)
  • Maintained convictions: 5
    • Never giving Metallica a penny of my money (still not a dime)
    • Ban from RIAA backed musicians
    • Not giving Sprint a dime of my money
    • Lost 12 pounds
    • Made it back from a significant running injury
  • Posted 78 more items than my brother over at Dead Reckonings (he clocked in at 3 again this year) – Of course, this number is significantly skewed when considering quality where his posts make mine look like scraps of trash.  Maybe this year I’ll finally give him a run for the money… yeah, I laughed at that as well.
  • Personal Revelations:
    • My graphic output was definitely through the roof.  A lot of this is due to finally getting my photo website up and running.  From a progression perspective the shots are definitely improving but there is ALWAYs room for improvement.  Having this blog to document the technical aspects and feelings regarding the photos has provided an excellent way to put a historical perspective on the work.
    • My disposition is still on the sarcasm side and my political angst has shown through in a number of posts (there might be a brightspot in the coming year, but I’m not holding my breath)
    • My bad service experiences are still on the rise and the top of that list is my disappointment with BMW.  They have now officially lied to me 3 times (once to my face) regarding a payment they promised and at this point my relationship with the local dealership is all but destroyed.
    • Continue to leverage my elective psychology classes
    • Our woods provides a great amount of enjoyment – it is hard work, but the lot is beginning to resemble the grand plans I made for it after walking the lot the first time trying to decide if this was the right investment for us.
    • Track record for New Year’s resolution is going quite well, but need to fully recover from the running injury to keep meeting those goals

As was the case last year, I think it was a better product this year.  I would love to have more comments and hoping this year will bring in more subscribers and feedback.  I did hit the century mark for comments this month which was very satisfying.  Next year’s resolutions are still in the percolation stage but blogging will likely be part of it (not sure of the quotas yet since this year it was a struggle each month).   If there is one area that I’d like to improve on is decreasing the time when a blog topic occurs and when it makes it to this post.  Not sure how to do this yet due to the backlog, but I might decided to make my topic list a LIFO queue instead of a FIFO queue.

In closing, another big thanks to everyone that took the time to check in on my ramblings.  There is some definite energy expended to keep this site going but it is pretty cool to look back and see what had caught my attention during the course of a year.  This is the reason my posts started having a little blurb before getting into the subject matter in order to put a little context into what was going around me at the time.  There are a lot of interesting things (both good and bad) going on in the world and this blog forces me to be a little more aware of that activity.   The odds are this will continue so hopefully you will all make it back to my little space on the i-superhighway.