Today is the one year anniversary for Wangjianshuo’s Blog. The website was setup on Sept 11, 2002, which is exactly one year ago.
So on Sept 11, 2003 (just coincident to the one year anniversary of Sept 11 event), I setup MovableType on the desktop computer in my reading room (the computer has been selt out at 2500 RMB later), and wrote my first blog entry MovableType Successfully Installed on Windows XP. It turned out to one of the most valuable entry on the whole website. I am happy that this entry helped a lot of bloggers to start MovableType on Windows based platform.
From that day, I started to write daily on this blog. This is what Geo from Russianlegs.com told me when I asked how much time he used to maintain his blog: “Everyday, I spent 15 minutes to write the blog and 15 minutes to edit it”.
I followed the rule but some time I spent more than 1 hour on a long article and sometimes only take 5 minutes to note down what is happening.
Now one year has past, here is the statistic for the blog (as you can see on the right side of my home page)
Created: Sept 11, 2002
Page views/day: ~ 4K
Location: Shanghai, China
Author: Jian Shuo Wang
Update Frequency: daily
It seems I am doing pretty well in the last year that I created 316 entries in the 365 days, making write rate of 87%. This certain include the long week in Daocheng when there is no mobile signal, no electricity and let alone network. The second long absence in blogging is in February, when I was on busy business trip to Beijing. Besides that, I believe I ALMOS kept this blog updated everyday. Wow. What an accomplishment, I didn’t think about that I can keep doing something continuous for one year or longer. I typically would give up half way or earlier.
The reasons I kept the hard work (sometimes) are the feedbacks and comments on this blog. It is such an interesting place that people share the same interest gather and interactive with other. I got 2387 comments under 316 posts, making the average comment/post rate 7.55. That is impressive number, I believe. From the comments, I see people are happy either because I provided some valuable information about topics like Shanghai, SARS, Pudong Airport, OT715 or Windows Media web cam, or because I shared my personal life and experience like going to Daocheng, learn to drive, even to buy a mountain. Actually, I was really flattered by the good words.
In the previous year, the site becomes a little bit famous among search engines and media. My Google PageRank reached PR5 and become the target for some common term, like Pu Dong Airport. Meanwhile, it was featured on some local magazines like Shanghai Magazine. Thus the highest hit rate reached to 5K some time.
I also treasure the relationship I built within the blogging world. I have a lot of friends who monitors and reference to my site consistently but I never linked back. It is because they are all in Chinese and from my site log, majority of my readers cannot read Chinese. I felt bad not doing that. These sites are: Chinese Tea (by Christina), IsaacMao.com (by Isaac Mao), Joycode (by Joy Wang), Tiger Cafe (by Raymond) and lots of others sites.
I’d like to celebrate the one year anniversary and share the happiness with you. I’d like to thank Wendy for her support. Click here for a complete list of the 316 articles.