Ok, so I changed my theme again. I kept that last one for a LONG time, but I got a little restless. I'm sad to say goodbye to the awesome cartoon that Kristen drew me, but I had to get this gangsta picture of me up here. I couldn't resist.
I know that there are a few minor issues with the theme (like the fact that I haven't tagged / assigned a category to any of my posts for the past year or so). I'll probably go back and fix that and make it look pretty for you.
The REAL exciting news is that I'm going to be writing features for Gadling.com. Gadling is a travel blog, and I think it's the most popular one on the net. I'll be writing a story every week for them. It's a cool site, so definitely check it out... my favorite posts are the ones by the pilot guy. Very interesting to see behind the scenes there.
It's interesting that I've become a writer of sorts. I used to hate writing papers and usually just failed to do it when they were assigned to me. I don't really consider myself a writer, though. I consider writing to be the necessary side effect of living a pretty cool life and wanting to keep other people in the loop.
Ok, time to get some sleep over here in the land of the rising sun. Thanks for reading!
Let's be honest: My blog is pretty cool. It's not nearly as popular at Boingboing, Tuckermax, or that weird housewife who writes about her kids, but I have a pretty steady readership who all post comments and get something out of the site. Since I started around a year ago, I've averaged 1200 unique readers a day (half of that is thanks to huge spikes from digg and such). My blog hasn't made me rich, but I've probably made a few thousand dollars, which is a nice side effect. More importantly it's made me a much better writer, and has helped me chronicle the past year of my life.
What I'm saying is this : I can't help you build the next Engadget or WWTDD, but I can help you get started to building a moderately popular blog.
First you need decent hosting and Wordpress. Don't mess with blogger - no one reads blogger blogs because they all look the same and don't have cool plugins that you need. I know you can customize it and all, but stop arguing and do it my way.
I've been writing in a blog for about a month now. Thanks to Tynan, one of my posts got a bunch of viewers right away, but since then, it's been only me. That's fine. I understand that most blogs don't take off until the writer becomes known or respected outside the blogosphere for something.
Why did I start when I did?
SETT was ready. I had been waiting for it to be ready before I started my own. Not for any particular reason. I'm not sure I'll stick with it- as a developer I can see a lot of stuff I'd like to add as far as customizations go- but I'm gonna stay with SETT for a long while and see what comes of it.
A couple reasons. For starters, a blog done right allows people a fuller picture of my life and thoughts. Facebook statuses and twitter updates aren't nearly enough to do that unless you're an MTV whore. Despite outward appearances I really doubt anyone is ADD to the point of having only the shallow thoughts with which they present themselves.