Happy 1st Blogiversary to me

Today is my blog’s 1st blogiversary, Yay!1st blogiversary

On December 19, 2008 I made my first blog post ever, and the crappiest one too in my opinion. That was because at that time I had no idea what I should write about. I knew it had to do something with virtualization, but no particular subject entered my mind at that time. Now 1 year after I guess I found my twist and have lots of subjects I want to write about.

Before I started blogging myself I used to read other virtualization blogs frequently and learned something new almost everyday. At that time it came across my mind for the first time that I should start a blog of my own, but in the end it was Gabe from Gabe’s VirtualWorld who finally pushed me across that line and encouraged me to start blogging. Therefore special thanks go out to Gabrie van Zanten (BlogTwitter) for helping me out with a lot of  WordPress stuff and introducing me into the community and Brent Ozar (BlogTwitter) for writing a series of excellent articles on how to start a blog of your own. Brent’s articles were a really great help to me.

In my first year I wrote 47 posts, which is almost one every week and gathered 135 comments, which brings the average comments/post to 2.8. Although these figures are nothing compared to other great virtualization blogs around, I’m very happy with these results for my first year.

My top 5 posts are:

  1. ESX Memory Management – Part 1
  2. ESX Memory Management – Part 3
  3. New VMware Certifications
  4. ESX Memory Management – Part 2
  5. HOW-TO: Recover from failed Storage VMotion

In my first year as a blogger I learned a lot of new things. First of all blogging in English really polished my English, both written and spoken. It’s so much easier for me now to find the right words and expressions whenever I need to conversate in English. I also experienced the effort needed to write a decent blog post and this made me respect other bloggers even more than I already did. On the other hand my technical skills grew as well, because you need to do a more thorough investigation on the subject you are writing about. I really like all those experiences and I’m looking forward to a new year of blogging.

From this point nothing else remains me than to thank my subscribers and other occasional readers for taking the time to read my posts, leave comments and especially returning to my blog time after time.

Thank You!

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6 Comments on “Happy 1st Blogiversary to me”

  1. #1 LucD
    on Dec 19th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Happy anniversary !
    Keep up the good work.

  2. #2 Cody
    on Dec 19th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Congrats on the 1st year!

    -Cody
    http://professionalvmware.com

  3. #3 Gabrie
    on Dec 19th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks Arnim and keep up the good work !!

  4. #4 Vladan
    on Dec 20th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Arnim,

    Happy anniversary… -:) Keep writing… You’re doing a great job.
    I feel that blogging helped me to learn stuff and remember too. Blogging is sharing too, sharing the good stuff with others… -:)

    Best wishes and happy holidays…
    Vladan

  5. #5 Arnim van Lieshout
    on Dec 20th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Guys!

  6. #6 Brent Ozar
    on Dec 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I’m really glad I could help with the articles. That’s the best feedback I can get! Every time I see somebody pick up and start blogging, I’m really happy. I can’t believe it’s been a year already – seems so recently that I saw your blog. Here’s to another good year!

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