Here are some of the reasons why I have a blog and why I try to write posts more often than seldom. Many of the links are pointed to the blog of Scott Hanselman, and he was actually the one who got myself started 🙂
- By sharing your knowledge you give back to the community. I’m sure I’m not the only one who have gotten lots of help from others. Your Blog is The Engine of Community.
- By writing stuff down you create a searchable archive of your knowledge both for yourself and others. I’ve searched my own blog plenty of times to put it like that, and if you have read any of my posts you might have noticed they’re often of the “I keep googling for this. Writing it down now”-type.
- I’m pretty sure everyone explain things to others, and if you do this just face to face, through email or internal closed intranets, then you are wasting your words. Only a very small amount of eyes will get the opportunity to see it and in addition you’re basically giving your words away to someone else. By blogging publicly you own your content and your words have the potential to be read by many other people.
- By explaining something to others in writing, you get practice in writing and thinking more clearly and you learn it better. Read this → Write, Think, Learn (many pages, but few words, so it’s quick)
If you’re thinking about blogging, especially if you’re a developer, I highly recommend that you watch the two talks by Scott Hanselman about How to be a better developer through social media and How to make your blog suck less.
If you already have a blog, here’s 32 Ways to Keep Your Blog from Sucking.
When writing a post I sometimes find it difficult to choose what I should tag it with. I try reuse tags I already have to prevent a total mess, and sometimes I just don’t really remember what tags I have used so far. When writing a post in WordPress you can get a list of the most used ones, but once in a while I write a post on subject I haven’t written a lot about. So, instead of going to the Post Tags page and look through all the pages of tags, I decided to just connect to my blog database and run a query.
Continue reading SQL for listing all WordPress tags
Used Page Speed for FireFox the other day to analyze my blog. Found a couple of issues and a couple were very simple to fix. If these will work for you, depends a bit on where your WordPress site is hosted and what your web server does already. So, be brave and analyze your own site. Look through the results and see if you can fix some of it without too much hassle 🙂
Continue reading Some speedy WordPress fixes
Alright, we are doing this again. After having watched a very inspiring session with Scott Hanselman called Making Your Blog Suck Less: Social Networking and Your Personal Brand Online at the Norwegian Developer Conference 2009, I figured I should have a go at this thing again. I have had various websites before and a couple of blogs, however they all suffered from me wanting to program more than I wanted to write. That means I usually ended up programming my own stuff, having loads of fun designing, putting things together, forcing some text about myself and what I do out there, and then… well, then they pretty much died.
So, now I am going for WordPress and is hoping that I will manage to stick with it for a while. And hopefully get some stuff out here too. Will try out Scott’s advice on using drafts in Live Writer, etc.
Aaaaanyways, have a look around, drop me an email if you want, comment on stuff, subscribe to my feed, et cetera. Or just ignore me. That is fine by me too 😛
By the way if you are interested in seeing that very good session, you can find them here. I recommend downloading it using the BitTorrent file you find there. If you think it is a bit much, just use a decent BitTorrent client like µTorrent and you can select just that file. However I really do recommend that you download the whole thing cause it is a lot of really great stuff there. For example some very good introduction sections to Test-Driven Development with Roy Osherove.