That’s a picture of my elder son’s first birthday party back in 2000. This blog isn’t quite as old as Cameron but today is its 9th birthday! The first post appeared on June 10th, 2003. Over the years, the focus has shifted somewhat with this blog now essentially acting as a repository for long-form posts and tutorials that wouldn’t fit into the format of my daily photoblog. It’s also a place that I enjoy sharing videos I’ve found (see yesterday’s post for an example) and quick links to other helpful or amusing sites.
Over the 9 years, I’ve written 596 posts and received 487 non-spam comments. On days when I don’t post, the blog doesn’t get a lot of traffic but occasionally a post gets linked from a popular site and I see a huge spike in views. The highest spike to date occurred on January 14th, 2010 when my “Best of 2009” post was linked from DPS and just under 1500 people clicked through the link.
Here are the top 10 posts in terms of views since I moved the blog to the WordPress platform in February 2009:
- Best of 2009
- Best of 2010
- HDR Tip #7 – Magic Blue Sky Halo Removal
- Real Photographers Shoot In Manual Mode (or not)
- HDR For Real Estate Photography
- Shooting Skylines at Night
- Cracking the HDR Noise Problem
- HDR Tip #1 – HDR From A Single RAW
- Hamilton Pool
- HDR Notes for PhotoNetCast Listeners
All being well, I have every intention of keeping the blog running for the foreseeable future. Thanks to all of you who take a little time out of your day to read my scribblings!
This blog is 8 years old today. I posted my first entry on June 10th, 2003 and have added a total of 548 more since then, averaging one post every 5 and a half days. My posting rate has gone down over the last couple of years as I’ve started concentrating more on my photoblog but this site has become a great vehicle for long-form posts and tutorials that don’t fit well with the photoblog format.
Looking back over the early posts, it’s clear that a great deal of water has passed under the bridge since I started writing. I’ve posted goodbyes to my mother and my wife’s step-father, news of the construction of our home, a job change, first days at school, trips to Guatemala, hints at my first forays into HDR and reports after teaching HDR workshops, pictures at an exhibition, news of our family vacations (and here, and here, and here) and umpteen other unrelated, though interesting or topical, snippets.
Although the focus has definitely shifted very much more towards photography over the last 3 or 4 years, I’ll try to keep the content varied moving forward. The older the blog gets, the more I am delighted I started it all those years ago since, as my memory becomes increasingly unreliably, it’s great to have this continuous stream of family history to look back through and refresh the neurons with.
Another 4 hours work this evening has convinced me that moving to WordPress was a good idea. The administration panels are so easy to use and the online documentation so extensive that I managed to figure out how to edit the site style sheets, add appropriate widgets and plug-ins and get my masthead back to normal in the space of one evening. I had one shock which was likely self-inflicted when I mistakenly changed the root URL of the blog and caused me to have to manually edit the database to get things back to normal, but, aside from that, things were pretty much plain sailing.
The only outstanding problem I now have is that I can’t add the blog to Flickr for some reason. I used to be able to post directly from Flickr to the old blog but when I enter the details for the new one, Flickr tells me that the userid and password are not correct (they definitely are). More research required here but, in the meantime, I can just cut and paste HTML chunks from Flickr into the WordPress editor window.
Now to set up my wife’s new blog too…