Tech – for Everyone

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A Noteworthy Achievement

Folks, I can tell you you that being an Internationally Renown 6 days-a-week Tech Blogger is a challenging, difficult, and often unrewarding endeavor. Coming up with fresh topics, properly doing your research, writing and rewriting, etc. is time consuming, and it’s work.
On an ad-free site, such as this one, there is no (read $0.00) financial reward.

So why do people blog? Or, maybe a better question is, why does the number of blogs double every six months? Can you earn a living blogging?
(an absolutely wonderful in-depth article looking at these questions can be found here, http://alexiskold.wordpress.com/2007/11/15/who-is-blogging-and-why/ {yes, it’s a bit dated, but still accurate.})

The fact is: something like 90% of all blogs fail (or, “go inactive”) within just a few months. Or sooner.

One thing that that keeps me going is the support I’ve received from fellow bloggers.. and another is stats.
(https://techpaul.wordpress.com/2008/03/29/nobody-reads-me-on-saturdays/)

My Website statistics show me all kinds of interesting things about you, the “site visitor” — the most important one (to me, anyway) is how many of you are there?
If I went to all this work and trouble, wrote 400 How-To’s, and only six people read them (total)… well, even a dim bulb like me would figure out that I could spend my time more wisely.

Which brings me to today’s title:
There are some rewards to being a member of the Tech Blogger community, and one closest to my heart is the support I’ve received and friendships I have made since starting Tech–for Everyone.

And so I would like to point your attention to a man whose Tech Blog Bill_Mullins was the very first one I put on my “Blogroll”, and ask you indulge me while I acknowledge what to me is a remarkable achievement.

Bill Mullins launched his Website, titled, Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech ThoughtsSecurity and System Tools and Tips. Software Reviews, News, Views, Downloads and Links on January 1st of this year. It has not quite reached its first ‘birthday’.

Since I discovered his site, I have referred my readers to several of his articles, and generally recommended it every chance I had– but most especially when he would share his security expertise with his readers, and/or warn of a new cyber-crime threat.
I consider his site an invaluable resource, and wish every web surfer would read it (and follow his advice).

Today, when I looked at his site, I noticed that his StatCounter showed over 500,000 visits. Wow! Remember when I said 90%+ fail within weeks? Well, there’s also another factor… most blog viewers land on a handful of “popular sites”.. and bloggers like me get the crumbs.
500,000 readers in less than a year is remarkable!

So I invite you to join me in congratulating Mr. Mullins on a job well-done, and suggest to you that you click here and take a look-see at his site if you haven’t done so yet.

PS– No. Mr. Mullins did not pay me to write this (and is probable unaware that I have). Remember? $0.00?

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  1. TechPaul,

    As I do your blog, I visit Bill’s blog daily. Both of you have been an inspiration to me… As a matter of fact, I’m a blog baby, due I just started blogging and it is you guys that have got me going with the blogging. The stats are a factor; but, it is what and how I am learning and sharing new information.

    Congrats to Bill…

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    Comment by whatsonmypc | November 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. whatsonmypc–
    I don’t care that you’re a “blog baby”! Your topical, helpful, and interesting articles are so well written that if you didn’t confess it, a viewer would think you’ve been doing it for years and years.

    It is my pleasure and privilege to post your site in my Blogroll.

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    Comment by techpaul | November 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. “500,000 readers in less than a year is remarkable!”

    Hey Paul —

    Does your comment above mean 500K unique readers (IP addresses?), website hits … or what? Also, what constitutes a “hit” and what criteria do websites use to determine success and/or ad rates? I know I could Google this but you have that gift of making everything easily understandable.

    Thanks, as usual. :)

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    Comment by bryan | November 8, 2008 | Reply

  4. Well, I’m no expert in this area by any means, but my understanding is that there are several different ways of counting.. and tools for doing so. (And no, your own visits aren’t counted, which is noted by IP address.)

    WordPress.com uses the quite common “page loads”, which is a request that a specific URL be displayed by a browser. Each of my articles has its own URL (the /2008/11/08/title), and so my “Visitors to date” widget is really displaying “articles requested to date”. A single person, looking at several of my articles, is counted several times.. once for each article they browse.
    (Oft referred to as a “hit”)
    My ClusterMaps widget uses unique IP’s, as it is more interested in locations.

    Now, the whole ‘how much to charge for ad space’ deal.. well, in simple terms, Mr. Mullins could ask twice as much per ad than I could because he gets twice as many page loads.. and Hotmail could ask 1,000 times as much as Bill could because millions use Hotmail.. for example.
    But then, because both Mr. Mullins and I are “Tech”, we might be able to charge some advertisers a little more because we have a highly targeted audience.

    Uh, I almost started to get into how Google’s AdWords and AdSense work, and “partnerships”, and CRM.. but, quite literally, books have been written about that.

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    Comment by techpaul | November 8, 2008 | Reply

  5. I first visited that site when you refered to it in an article about spyshredder whiched totally messed up my machine.
    I have added both of yours to my bookmarks.

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    Comment by Pete B. | November 8, 2008 | Reply


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