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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