The key to blogging for the long haul…

Even though I’m still relatively new to the blogosphere (I’ve been blogging since May 2006 – see my first post!) I have been journaling off and on for quite a few years and blogging and journaling share some similarities in terms of what gives lasting power. Of course, there are pretty significant differences between the two (the primary one being the “public” and journalistic feel of a blog vs. the private and diary feel of a personal journal) but for the purpose of this article I think I can write out of some modicum of experience! Another reason that contributes to a measure of insight found in this article is the fact that even though I haven’t blogged myself until recently, I’ve been an avid reader of other peoples blogs for quite a while – there’s certain things that are common among bloggers with lasting power that stick out to me.
Anyway, the purpose of this article is to answer the question, “What are characteristics that keep someone blogging for the long haul?” According to David Sifry’s, “State of the Blogosphere Report” for August 2006 Technorati tracked it’s 50 millionth blog! Now that’s a lot of writer’s out there – however according to a comment David made in response to Glenn Fannick’s article, “Technorati’s Active Blogs — Perhaps 1.4 Million?“,

A wordpress plugin I’d scramble to get…

Okay, I wasn’t going to post about the recent interview Matt Mullenweg did with Blogging Pro but there was an intriguing response to one of the questions asked that led me to leave a comment on Photomatt where Matt posted about his interview. The purpose of my comment was to try and tickle out more information – alas my comment was deleted for some reason and so I find myself writing this little blurb in my blog hoping (I’m not quite at begging yet hehe) that someone might have more information 😉

UPDATE: Mysteriously my comment reappeared on Matt’s site…dunno what happened there hehe 😉

Anyway, in the interview, Matt was asked,

What?s Automattic?s next move? I know you have been focusing on the next versions of WordPress, and your great Anti-spam service Akismet, but with the people in the Automattic now and your great eye for filling a gap in the marketplace, could you give out any hints on what we can expect next?

Tucked in his response was this reply…

We?ve got a few plugins and services we?ve cooked up internally that we?re going to provide to open source, including a little todo/project management app.

Been a bit quiet here…

Yeah I know, I haven’t posted in a while. It’s just things have been so busy everytime I visit thinking I’ll post something I’m just so tired – too tired to think let alone type :lol:! Anyway, what have I been up to that’s kept me so busy? Well aside from church stuff I’ve been working on a website for my brother-in-law in the evenings. He’s got a cabinet making business and asked me to design a simple website for him that’s easy to maintain. I just finished most of it last night – when it goes live I’ll post a link.

Another thing that’s been keeping me busy is cutting wood in preparation for winter. My house has a woodstove and it is by far the most economical way of heating our old house. So between cutting/splitting wood and preparing the house for winter I’ve been kept pretty busy outside as well. The upside to this is I’m getting lots of needed excercise and fresh air!
Meanwhile…other things that have been percolating in my brain in the last little while – get ready here comes a list…

My first plugin for wordpress! [cloudy-widget]

Plug[drumroll] yay! I’ve completed my very first plugin for wordpress! It actually isn’t something to get too excited over because I didn’t really do anything original but merely made a widgetized version of a plugin I really liked. It is based on Chris Compton’s plugin called…you guessed it, “Cloudy“! Anyway you can head on over to this page to find out more about Cloudy-Widget!

Launch of Eclectic Excogitation!

YAR! has morphed into Eclectic Excogitation and I’ve transfered it to my new domain www.unfoldingneurons.com. Why “Eclectic Excogitation”? Because I’m a nerd with a lot of different interests! Why “unfolding neurons”? Because it’s a unique way of describing what my domain is going to be about. For now, unfolding neurons is just hosting my blog but more things will probably come down the road. This transfer was quite an experience as in the process I also created my very first theme for wordpress which I’ve called Eclectic-Black. Though I’ve been testing it on both IE6 and Firefox I’m still uncovering a few bugs here and there and there are still tweaks I want to make to the color and layout. I’m a bit of a noob at coding and designing so feel free to comment away on the look of this site 🙂 I’m not releasing this theme to the public yet – but in few weeks I may. I just want to clean up a lot of the css and make it a little bit more user friendly before I do.