KM on $365 a year (or one year of blogging)
I hadn’t realized it, but I’ve been blogging now for just over a year.
I started blogging because I was having a lot of interesting conversations on Twitter – but wanted to expand on some of the ideas I came across in more detail than the medium allowed. I had been blogging internally for several years, but was curious to see how it would feel to share ideas externally and whether the reactions would be different. They were – people react to quite different things inside and outside an organization – inside an organization there are less people interested in ideas about knowledge management or development – they are keener on practical tips and hints they can use in their work, as they should be – but sharing outside allowed a kind of “peer review” of my thoughts, and links to other ways of looking at an issue that I might not get by staying within the comfortable circle of my colleagues.
This post more or less explains why I blog. I still don’t know if blogging has any real impact, but it’s a good medium to help me clarify my thoughts and sometimes get independent feedback on them.
As is traditional, here is a brief recap of the year, with some statistics.
- Over the past year I’ve written 91 posts (slightly less than 2 per week) which have generated a bit over 25,000 views, and 493 comments (this doesn’t count views from my blogs facebook page or via rss feeds which I have no idea how to measure)
- My first ever blog post was: Policy advice versus implementation: reflections from the first UNDG Knowledge Fair which brings me full circle since now I’m working for UNDG on inter-agency knowledge sharing. It didn’t get many views at the time.
- The most popular post (by views at least) was: Yammer: lessons I learned which got 1,154 views.
- The most commented post was: The development ideas hype cycle with 18 comments.
- The most common search term reaching my blog was “barriers”. I’m not sure what that says about me, or the people who find my blog.
- Twitter was by far the biggest referrer to my blog. Not surprising since it was twitter exchanges that led me to blogging.
- The biggest outgoing link was to the Ignite conference site from my post a few thoughts for conference organizers.
- Some of my personal favourite posts (which were not always yours) were “The truth is out there“, “Working and living out loud“, “I want to be where everyone knows my name“, “Will I spoil it for you if I tell you best practice don’t exist“, and if only for the excuse to include a Buffy Video: “I’ve got a theory (of change)“.