It’s time for an anniversary: the oldest blog post on my blog is ten years old today. Hooray! =D I’d like to take the opportunity to write down some thoughts about the blog itself.
First I should clarify what the anniversary is actually about: I blog for more than 10 years now. But the oldest blog post still in existence is today exactly ten years old. Older blog posts were on the platform blogger.de and there was no way to take the posts with me when I moved over to blogspot.com ten years ago. Btw., as you might notice I also left blogspot.com behind me a year later when I migrated over to wordpress.com. The first published post there was Partitioning with Linux, the first written, processed and published post on wordpress.com was APT-RPM lives.
Ten years ago I blogged in German – my native language. At that time my English was, well, not the best. I you want to get an idea of my English skills back then, have a look at my earliest attempts: The desktop of tomorrow. That’s a looooong time ago… 😀
Actually my poor language skills were the reason why I decided to post all future entries in English back in August 2005: I had just moved to Scandinavia and needed to improve my English drastically. And nothing is better than practicing all the time. Thus beginning with a screenshot tour about KDE 3.5 Alpha 1 I wrote all my entries in English.
While I am at screenshot tours: these always drew attention. The most successful blog post in regards of visits in one day was the screenshot tour of KDE 4 Beta 3: 74.000 visits in one day. And even in these days screenshot tour are a visitor magnet: for example the screenshot tour of the web based Systemd server management tool Cockpit got thousands of views on one day.
In regards to success the probably most successful post of all time was Short Tip: Get UUID of Hard Disks. It generates hundreds of visits each day. Tenth of thousands each year. For 8 years now. Actually it still seemed to be such an important topic day after day that I wrote an update post with all possible details about uuids on Linux some years later. But still the short tip is the most visited post ever.
However, success and many visits are not always positive: a short blog post about the then new Dolphin turned out to stir quite some reaction about the future of KDE so that even official KDE developers had to make comments about the ongoing development and make clear that Konqueror is not going to die (back then). That taught me to be more careful in the future with my posts.
Over the years the time I had for blogging varied. Particularly in the last years I blogged less and less, due to my job at my current employer credativ – I even thought that I had to stop blogging as such in March 2010. But only few months later I missed it already, so I re-started again in February 2013. And while there are strong and weak months, I still love doing it.
So, as a summary: quite some interesting ten years! I’d like to thank everyone who supported me in the last ten years, who accompanied me during that time. First and foremost thanks to my friends, but also to all people who helped me with suggestions and also all the readers of my blog who payed me a visit and/or left comments. Let’s see what the future holds for the blog and also for me =)