This blog is one-year old

Happy Birthday. I want to share some stats about what’s happened over the year since launch.

First, part of the reason I started this blog was to experiment with search engine optimization (SEO). I started from zero and watched each post rise and dip according to the rules around search, particularly around Google’s algorithm and each page’s Page Rank.

Okay, the numbers (according to Google Analytics)…
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WordPress, so far.

So far, my experience with WordPress has been great. I installed it myself on an Apple PowerMac G4, running Apache, PHP and MySQL. Installing required unzipping it into my webserver’s root directory. I had to modify some of the directory permissions (chmod, etc…).

There are numerous WordPress themes and WordPress plugins available. I have installed a few of them so far, including:

  • All in one SEO Pack
  • Google Sitemaps
  • wp-cache

Here’s a link to the WordPress plugin directory

For my theme, I chose fourWPTP, by Moses Francis (he has some great resources too). UPDATE: I had to switch themes. After a playing with it for a week, or so, I found that it was laying out differently across, IE7, Safari and Firefox, browsers. Also, I thought I would need a 4-column layout, but a 3-column layout works fine for me. So now I’m using ‘xtn57’. Which like fourWPTP, installed easily. There is a great deal of info out on the web already on how to do this step at a time and I’m sure most people aren’t using MacOS X, like I am.

Why this blog?

I’ve decided to give give it a shot. A good friend and collegue of mine, thinks that the whole idea of blogging (both reading them and writing them) is ridiculous.

I’m sure she’ll be singing a different tune after she reads this! 😉

Her opinion is “Why would anyone trust what some nobody is writing?” I think she has a good point. There are plenty of people with no qualifications on a given topic, generating lots of misinformation on the web. So “educated web-surfers” should take that into consideration when reading anything.

There are a few reasons for this site:

  • After using Typepad and some other blogging platforms for work use, I wanted to check out WordPress. What the heck, I thought I’d give it a real world trial.
  • To test drive some of the plug-ins and enhancements are available for WordPress, blogs and plain-old web sites as well.
  • I want to see how I could promote/market what I expect to be a very modest blog. How can I get on the front page of Google.
  • As a place to share my thoughts about technology and more. My hope is that having to write it down will force me to think more clearly the topics.

That said, I hope that those who happen to find there way to this page can get something useful out of it. Please share your thoughts as well.