It is hard to imagine that I have been writing this blog for over nine years now. I certainly would not have predicted that when I started the blog on May 2, 2004 with three posts: Is KM the Killer App for Portals?, Some good articles on blogs and blogs on blogs, and Is RSS TNBT? How as I am spending more time on painting that technology this post presents a slight shift in content focus. There will be more on this shift later in the post.
I had recently learned about blogs and sold a free-lance article to Portals Magazine on them. I decided to start one as research so I might know a bit more about what I was writing about. I picked the title as I had recently led the knowledge management and enterprise portals practice in a division of a large consulting firm. The title got shortened to fit the space requirements for Typepad at the time. Now I was operating as an enterprise of one. I soon discovered that I generated more market awareness for this small enterprise than the PR people at my former firm had done for me.
I first wrote about industry stuff and blogs (ex. Blog as Filing Cabinet). These posts were so 2004. Soon I branched out to music with Sunday with Ray Charles and then music and food: Slow Cooked Ribs and Cajun Music and First You Make a Roux: Getting Gumbo Right, beginning with stuff from my hometown New Orleans. I started the practice that I still follow of doing work related posts during the work week and music, art, food, travel, etc. on the weekends.
I discovered how blogs could get you on the front page of Google and helped a number of firms and individuals with their blogs. I began several blogs on my family history to experiment with how to jumpstart a blog. They are still available and one still gets over 65 page views a day. Besides this Portals and KM blog, I am only still active with my Art and Photography Blog. I was excited to sell paintings through it and now I am devoting more time to painting and populating this blog. I now an artist with the Arts Council of New Orleans and participate in their monthly art market. Here is a post about the March 30 art market. Saturday May 25 is the next market and I will have a booth and offer paintings for sale.
I have been presenting my paintings and my travel photos on the weekends on this blog and I am going to expand that coverage, as well as writing more about my childhood, and current hometown, New Orleans. I will still cover emerging technologies but on a more part time basis.
The Portals and KM blog was posted at least once daily between 2005 and 2012 and five times a week since last summer. Now there are over 3,700 posts, over 2,400 comments, and over 785,000 page views with an average of over 240 page views a day. Thanks for your participation. Who knows how long this will continue. Blog on.