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People may find it weird, but every time one person reads my blog I am thrilled. It is why (when I have the time) I follow the hit counts on both The World According to Mitch and the Canadian IT Pro Connection religiously. It isn’t about ego (although I do suppose it is a bit of a boost to that!), rather it is about knowing that I am able to influence, educate, enlighten, and touch people, mostly within the IT Pro community.
While I started blogging in 2002 (it was called something else back then) I only launched The World According to Mitch in July, 2007 – and re-launched it in November, 2010, which is when my current counters were reset and I essentially started with a blank page (replete with a lot of content). In that first month back up I had 1,567 hits, which for several months would remain the high point (bottoming out in February, 2011 with 746 hits).
I don’t know if I got a lot more serious about blogging at that point, or if I just got better at it, or if frankly I just got better at self-promotion. However the hits started coming, gradually at first, and the more hits I got the more I was encouraged to post. I remember teaching a Windows 2008 boot camp in Virginia Beach last July, and while the students did their labs I dug up old posts that I had written and had somehow not made the move to the new site. For the first time ever I started scheduling posts rather than simply hitting ‘Publish’. Because I had so many such articles I put them out for 8:00am and 1:00pm daily, a trend that I have more or less followed – I found traffic much better when articles are published at 8:00am, and if I do need to post twice in a day then it is first thing in the morning and first thing after lunch.
Although I got plenty of comments from friends and students, the first official recognition I got for the blog was in September, 2011 when my blog was recognized as one of the 50 Must-Read IT Blogs by BizTech Magazine. I had read their articles before but did not realize that they read mine as well. I was thrilled to find out in September that I was recognized on this list for the second year in a row (see article).
This week I was humbled yet again to find out I was included on Evolven’s Power35 Insightful IT Bloggers. According to the article, this is a handpicked list of insightful bloggers focused on IT. It means a lot to me because I know there are a lot of really smart people in this industry and I work hard just to keep up with them. I started blogging because I wanted to share my insight with my peers, and being recognized for that is absolutely heartwarming.
For the month that ends today (October, 2012) the hits on my blog will exceed 14,000 – close to (if not more that) it had in the first 10 months combined (14,099 from November 2010 through August 2011). I hope that this is an affirmation of the fact that I continue to listen to your needs and wants, and continue to pay attention to the industry. That is my goal – to remain current, to remain a resource to all of my readers (old and new). I hope that my students see the blog as an extension of my classes, and that you all see it as a resource to use, reference, and share.