Q1

In both the business world and in government, recent years have seen an increased emphasis on accountability. Part of that emphasis includes the setting of goals and objectives, the development of work plans, and quarterly assessment of actual progress vs. targets.

Considering that I’ve now been blogging for slightly more than a quarter of a year, I believe that it’s time for an assessment of the 1st quarter (Q1) performance of Philgrim’s Blogress.

Goals:

#1: … Well, I guess I never really stated a goal. I just found a website hosting service (HostPapa), registered a domain (philloseth.ca), installed the blogging software (WordPress), and jumped in.

Results:

  • 51 posts (not counting this one) since kicking off on 2007-06-22;
  • 61 comments (several of them by me in response to other people’s comments);
  • 133 spam comments caught by the Akismet Spam Filter, and several more slipped through and removed by me;
  • Webalizer Usage Statistics show the number of “visits” increasing from a daily average of 3 in June (159 “hits”/day) to 91 in September (575 “hits”/day);
  • Times I’ve asked myself, “what have I gotten into?” – Too many to count;
  • Times the above question has been answered – Zero;
  • Biggest mystery – How many of the 91 visits per day are real people, and how many are robots?;
  • Second biggest mystery – If real people are reading my blog, what do they think of it, and why do only a couple of people comment?; and
  • High point – A private email from a co-worker who stumbled across Philgrim’s Blogress. I’m still feeling good about her sincere compliment.

Looking ahead to Q2, I am setting some goals that I believe are realistic and attainable while still stretching me:

  • Aim for at least 20 posts per month;
  • Do something about the bland physical aesthetics of the site (I’m still using the default template since installation);
  • Express my opinion about some “unsafe” issues;
  • Don’t get discouraged when my posts generate zero comments; and
  • Let people know that they are welcome to express other views (politely).

6 Responses to “Q1”

  1. Marc says:

    For what it’s worth, I’m a fan of Philgrim’s Blogress and I look forward to the coming quarter.

    If our history is any indication, we’re bound to disagree on some of these “unsafe” issues, whatever they may be, but I enjoy a good discussion when there is one to be had.

    Cheers to Philgrim’s Blogress!

  2. Phil L says:

    Thanks Marc, I’m a fan of The Eagle & Child too. I think you’re a good example of someone who can discuss/debate issues while avoiding personal jabs.

  3. Randall says:

    Yup, keep blogging Phil.

  4. Shirley says:

    I’m with them, little brother. Your blog is usually the first thing I look at when I turn on this frequently (make that usually – I have dial-up) irritating machine. You have some really interesting posts. I never realized you were so smart!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving, do you have to cook the turkey with Janet gone?

  5. Phil L says:

    What! I thought you always knew I was so smart!

    Yes I’m cooking the turkey, but I wasn’t smart enough to know how to do it so I asked Janet for directions. It’s thawing out as we speak.

  6. Shirley says:

    Good for you. Was it edible?