2012 review and resolutions for 2013

I don’t tend to do these resolutions posts because resolution posts are things you do when you can’t set your own goals and feel the need to announce publicly something you plan on doing to act as an impetus for actually doing it (by shaming you into doing it since it’s out in the public). But I recognize that stating your intentions publicly can help to make those things happen and also it provides easy blog-fodder and one of my resolutions is to freaking blog more.

2012 Review

Between posts originally authored on this blog, my Kickstarter campaign for The Signal, posts on Museum Themes and Plague Music, and my Tumblog wht.the.fsck, I wrote a total of 99 posts with a grand total of 25,269 words. However, out of all those posts there were only 5 comments.

(all yearly stats came from my Updated Blog Metrics plugin that’s a fork of Joost de Valk’s Blog Metrics plugin)

In 2012, my most popular blog post was still my Gun Porn (Borderlands) post, which is just evidence of how much you can draw traffic if you use “porn” anywhere in your post title, regardless of actual content. Second place went to my now 3 year old post on MusicIP vs. WinAmp’s playlist generator. I don’t even use WinAmp anymore, am not even on Windows anymore, so that tells me that not much has been done on WinAmp in that time, which is also pretty sad. My third most popular post, though, was actually written last year. It was this post on getting Sublime Text 2 to run on older versions of OSX. Considering most of my popular posts are a few years old and my most popular post is solely for the “porn” in the title, this is actually pretty cool and emphasizes the point that when you write good content, people come. So write more.

Goals for 2013

I’m breaking this down into various, topic-based sections. Here we go.

Blogging

  • Write more posts
  • Do more food blogging (also: cook more)

WordPress stuff

  • More WordPress tutorials
  • More WordPress documentation

(I’m already planning on doing WordPress videos for @pluralsight and I’m going to be working on the WordPress Theme Development handbook, so I’m already in a good position to do this.)

  • Go to (and speak at?) more WordCamps
  • Get (more) involved in the community
  • Update Museum Core
  • Update Hello Ziggy and finally add it to wp.org
  • Update and release the various CPT plugins (artists, releases, reviews, products…)
  • Finally build and update the new theme for this site
  • Do more WordPress themes, both for Museum Themes and WordPress.org (1/month, goal)

Music

  • Make it.

Not make it like “make it in music”, just make more music. Been on a major hiatus after my PC died. This year there’s no excuse. Whether that means I’ll be doing RPM this year, I’m not sure, but I’m at least planning on being available for collaboration projects.

  • Convert all CDs to digital and archive in boxes

Other stuff

  • Move sites to a new host

As much as I’ve been happy with the support at my current host, I can’t help but notice that my sites all load slowly. Need something faster and/or more able to take the load.

  • Go to more RSL games
  • Follow and post crazy stuff to WTF Soccer?
  • Cook more (see also: do more food blogging)

I’ve actually found a few things I like making and have made changes that weren’t awful. Also:

  • Start a pinboard on Pinterest for food stuff

I should probably stop now before this list gets too long. I think that’s enough for one year. Maybe one more thing:

  • Have more fun.

Post a Week 2011: Blogging year in review

This year, I participated in WordPress.com’s Post a Week Challenge.  Well, how’d I do?

I was using Joost de Valk‘s Blog Metrics plugin, but that only tells you how you’re doing overall and how you’ve done in the last 30 days and, while I could have logged how many posts there were on January 1 and compared it against how many there were on December 31, I, uh, didn’t.  So, instead, I forked his plugin and modified it to use a ‘year’ query instead of a ‘month’ query.  It seems to have done the trick, although the results are a bit inconsistent…

According to Blog Metrics, I’ve published 200 posts this year.  This is across all blogs/sites (not including the super-secret blog I started over the summer) and also includes 3 posts by my wife on our kidsblog.  When I went through the posts and manually added them up, I got 196, so, we’ll say that I published 193 posts over the last year and assume that maybe the Blog Metrics plugin is including posts in the trash or something like that.

77 of those posts came from this blog (which covers the 52 I would have needed to create to “pass” the Post a Week challenge), and 62 came from my Tumblr blog (which aren’t really posts, so we could, feasibly subtract those from the total, but, according to the rules of the Post a Week challenge, photo blogs/posts still count, so we’ll include that stuff).

This is still quite a bit higher than I expected.  Let’s look at what I wrote about in the last year. I:

…and that’s not including stuff that I was writing about on my WordPress theme development site, web design studio site, or netlabel site.  So, I guess that does count for quite a bit.

Next year, I plan on not being subscribed to the Post a Day updates, and doing much of the same sorts of stuff I did this year.  For anyone who stuck with this blog this year, despite it’s complete lack of focus in any one particular area, thanks for hanging around, see you next year.