2009 In Retrospect

As we’re now getting a bit more touchy and feely about 2010, I’ll give a short update on the blog itself like I did at the last day of 2008 (and even the title has been recycled! again! The big trend of 2009!).

Key statistics (last year’s number in paranthesis) (2008 was the first year I blogged, so 2009 is the first complete year of data):

  • Posts: 54 (161)
  • Comments: 81 (89)
  • Hits: 399084 (242781)
  • Unique: 30561 (18882) (since the start)
  • Spam caught by akismet: 11828 (2596)
  • Most spammed month: May, 4123 (November)
  • Technorati Authority: 99 (13)
  • Technorati Rank: 78.215 (454.532)
  • Reactions registered on Technorati: no idea how to find this now! (51)
  • Incoming links (to e-mats.org) on Google: 187 (29)
  • Incoming links (to e-mats.org) on Google Blogsearch: 30 (23)

Most popular referers:

  1. google.com
  2. search.live.com
  3. google.co.uk
  4. google.de
  5. google.co.in
  6. google.ca
  7. google.fr
  8. en.blog.wordpress.com
  9. google.nl
  10. google.com.au
  11. google.pl
  12. google.se

At least two weren’t Google!

Stats I didn’t include last year, but decided to include this year (the numbers for last year in paranthesis as above) from Google Analytics:

  • Page Views: 49.403 (21.997) (+125%)
  • Visits: 38.537 (16.082) (+139%)
  • Search Engine Referers: 85.4% (70.8%) (+20%)

Most popular search terms (and some of the most popular posts):

  1. solrj
  2. svn external
  3. ssh_exchange_identification: connection timed out
  4. solrj example
  5. tortoise svn externals

And then we look ahead for the same post in 2011. Keep your pants on!

A look back at the plans for 2009 – and a few for 2010

A couple of days ago I remember that right after the year started back in january, I made a small post to the blog where I summed up a couple of plans for 2009. The year has passed, so let’s have a look at how everything went..

Listen to more amazing music

I’ve spent a lot more time listening to music I didn’t have a prior relationship to – but actually the increase in new “old” music came through the release of Spotify. I’ve discovered loads of new music through their most excellent service, and got myself an upgraded account just after the summer. Probably the best 99 NOK I spend each month.

Attempt to keep up on my reading habits, which has dwindled a bit in the last months of 2008.

This has also mostly worked out – but my reading habits are quite on/off. I’ve travelled less to Oslo during the last year, which means less reading on the train. There’s still quite a stack of books in my office waiting for a bookshelf – both read and to be read.

Grenserittet and Birkebeinerrittet

I did both and got to the finish in both. In Birkebeinerrittet I actually managed to finish 24 minutes better than last year, even when the weather was completly awful. I still have nightmares about it – but this year the weather’s going to be just average with the temperature just right! For Grenserittet I finished in about the same time as last year, it seems mainly because I were way too defensive at the beginning of the race. Just seven months until we’re good to go again!

Keep the updates of my blog running, but attempt to start a more focused blog together with Christer.

The updates on the blog took a more technical turn during the year, and the trickle of new posts slowed down a bit. We did not launch a separate blog, and currently it isn’t one of the plans for 2010.

Take more responsibility.

I’ll leave that up for this year too, as that’s something I’ll always have to be better at. Not sure if I did any better this year, though.

Launch at least one new product concept and idea.

While I didn’t launch a separate product, 2009 brought with it a publishing platform written for the relaunch of Gamer.no. The product has been developed and suited for Gamer.no’s operations, but I maintain ownership of parts of the platform I’ve written myself. Hopefully 2010 will be the year were I’m able to get another customer up on the same platform and maybe launch a public service based on the platform. We lost the old Gamer-platform on friday morning and had the new platform running and handling requests at monday evening. It’s still the same – just vastly expanded – platform, which I’m quite proud of today.

Launch three new areas of content on pwned.no.

Didn’t happen, although I released a large update for pwned.no yesterday. The update attempts to increase the social aspect of the site, as gaming is an inherently social activity. This does not mean it’s going to be a social network – just that it’s going to be easier to keep track of who’s doing a good job.

Still have the three new areas of content on my todo-list.

Finish more games. I’m really good a starting games, but not really good at finishing them.

This actually changed during 2009. I’ve picked up several old games that I never finished back in 2006 – 2008, and managed to play them all the way through. The worst experience was trying to finish Rainbow Six: Vegas on Realism Mode (.. which I had started a couple of years back).

During the christmas holidays I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed 2 – hopefully finishing it before going back to work in three days. A good way to start the new year!

And with that – a happy new year to all of you!

2008 In Retrospect

Christer inspired me to have a look back on what happened on the blog during 2008, so I’ve compiled a list of numbers, posts and other (non-)interesting information around the blog. The most significant thing is probably that I actually started the blog in April 2008, so I’ve just finished the first year of actually blogging.

Key stats:

  • Posts: 161
  • Comments: 89
  • Hits: 242781
  • Unique: 18882
  • Spam caught by akismet: 2596
  • Most spammed month: November
  • Technorati Authority: 13
  • Technorati Rank: 454.532
  • Reactions registered on Technorati: 51
  • Incoming links (to e-mats.org) on Google: 29
  • Incoming links (to e-mats.org) on Google Blogsearch: 23

Most popular referers:

  • google.com
  • search.live.com
  • en.blog.wordpress.com
  • google.de
  • google.co.uk
  • google.co.in
  • dagbladet.no
  • google.ca
  • google.fr
  • blog.vincentlaforet.com
  • cogo.wordpress.com
  • google.nl

Most popular posts:

I have no idea why the 77 things post is the most popular. The Tortoise post solves an issue people are using google to find information about, the same with the ssh_exchange_identification post. The WordPress post got some publicity in the comments on the WordPress blog (and a trackback or two from my other WordPress posts). An intersting thing is the popularity of Swoooosh, which I made as an exercise in programming with Flex. There seems to be a great demand for another free, completly open source flash file uploader, so I’d suggest that someone took the project further — and hooked up a Google Code page for it.

The year ended with the release of Keepitclose – a PHP based caching solution, which was my first project on Google Code. It was a fun project to do, and we’re putting it into production during the first weeks of 2009.

Other important things of 2008 was the library that Christer and I’ve been developing. We’ve not released any products based on it yet, but it has been a great exercise in developing and structuring code for reuse. Hopefully we’ll see a release during 2009.

I’ve spent the last week updating the pwned.no code base, and I’m planning an updated release during this week.

The biggest thing of 2008 on a personal note was that we finally got ourselves a brand new house, which we moved into at the 30th of november.

I’ll leave you with wishing you a Happy New Year (if you’re following the same calendar as I am), and hopefully the new year will bring loads of interesting projects and great news!