I have recently decided to redo tags on my blog. This effort required me to go back in the archives and view some of my posts of old. As I viewed one post after another, I realized I have used the blog for various reasons. Here is a list of how I have "purposed" my blog:
- Provide technical content via samples
- Provide opinion based on technical content or industry
- Provide a link to a tool, resource, or technical content
- Journal a technical event (classroom experience)
- Announcement of technical event or release
- Ask a question
- Write something totally personal
Personally, I believe the weight of a *technical* blog should be in the order above. In other words, I would assume the readers of this blog would be more interested in #1 versus #7. Well, if I go by the facts, I would be wrong. In examining my highest viewed blogs, I was startled by my discoveries. Note the list below of my top 5 highest viewed blogs as of this date (July 24th 2007):
based on #'s above
|Backstage at American Idol||47169||7|
|.NET Love Story||19555||7|
|Getting the Absolute Path in ASP.NET||8181||1|
|Virtual PC Memory Issue||6445||1|
I figure that my highest ranking blog post to date is due to Google or Live searches. What surprises me more than anything was the second listing - .NET Love Story. These views are primarily from the technical community. I am surprised because there is no value in the blog other than a cheap laugh. In fact, based on the comments I have received, some have challenged my sanity.
With all that said, I want to end by asking a question (#6 above). Do you consider it a violation of a blog for the blog author to ask a question (as I am doing now)? Should a blog author use a forum for such questions? Or do you see the benefit by viewing the variety of comments that get posted to his blog?