Exit Planet TW (you can subscribe via my RSS feed to keep reading)

Exit Planet TW (you can subscribe via my RSS feed to keep reading)

(image taken from Ade’s photostream – which is appropriate as he made the Planet TW aggregator what it is today)

The Build Doctor has been up and running for almost 6 months now. I don’t have a target for subscriber numbers or page view at the moment. This blog is about creating some useful advice for people who are trying to build software, and trying to form a community. I don’t need the gratification of immense numbers of RSS subscribers, but I do need some feedback. And feedback, if you’re reading this blog via the ‘ThoughtWorks Alumni’ feed or site, is what I want to talk to you about.

In January I had this blog added to the Alumni feed. It’s been a nice way to get the message out there, but I hadn’t counted on the effects of this: I don’t really know how many readers I have. Am I helping? Or I cause readers to yawn into their coffee? To try and resolve this, I did an experiment. One of last week’s posts doesn’t have the image hosted in the normal place. It’s on my web server, where I can read the logs. That gave me some indication of how much traffic I got to the post. 24 hours later, there had been just over 300 requests in my Apache logs for that image, but barely any page views for the post.

So I know that more pages are being rendered than what I know about. That doesn’t mean that anybody is actually reading, but I have a good feeling about it. So if you read this via Planet TW, you should know this: I’m going to mail ThoughtWorks IS and ask them to remove this blog. You can subscribe via RSS and Email from my blog. Details below. I hope you can come with me. I’m not nearly done yet.

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