Nine years of blogging…

July 21, 2011 | Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

Glancing to the side bar, it appears that today in 2002 was the first post on my blog.

This should be post number 3,690. I’ve had 2,286 comments. I’ve used 110 category tags. Over the 12 months, Akismet has removed 193,915 spam comments, and there have been 798 pieces of “ham”. The peak month for spam was November, 2010, where I received 35,764. As the result of that pain, I installed a RECAPTCHA plugin, and spam levels decreased to around eight thousand pieces per month.

Those are the statistics.

So, what’s the state of brainwagon? I’m posting somewhat less than in past years, but usually with less recycled links. When I do post links to the blog, I’ve been better at adding some value by presenting links to similar projects or other information that might prove interesting. I’ve begun to try to do more of my own original projects, and trying to use YouTube video more effectively. I’m also using Twitter more effectively. I’m meeting more people online, and trying to engage more completely.

Overall, I think brainwagon is going rather well. At times, it seems like shouting in a dark, empty room, but there are at least signs that some of my neighbors are listening.

Happy birthday, BrainWagon.

Addendum: The WP Post Words plugin allowed me to count the words written in all my posts:


Comment from Shannon
Time 7/21/2011 at 1:21 pm

Happy Birthday!

Comment from Shannon
Time 7/21/2011 at 1:22 pm

Happy Birthday

Comment from Alan Yates
Time 7/21/2011 at 3:54 pm

Congratulations mate, you are most definitely not shouting in a dark empty room.

I see your site come up in many google searches I do too.

Comment from Rob
Time 7/21/2011 at 4:36 pm

Happy Birthday! While I haven’t been around for all 9 years, the last few I have followed via the RSS feeds.

Comment from Elwood Downey, WB0OEW
Time 7/21/2011 at 9:03 pm

Many good tips and leads, most appreciated.

Comment from Gordon / VK2UB
Time 7/22/2011 at 1:25 am

Nine years! I love the eclecticness of your blog and tweets. Here’s to the next nine.