Day 296 – Am I Winning Yet?

70 – Top 100 Australian Blogs Index

Sadly, my blog wasn’t anywhere to be found on the ranking list.

The fact the linked list was compiled in 2007 before this blog existed in its current form is an irrelevant detail. This kind of blogging ripples backwards in time and alters the past without altering the present. (I hope?)

Seriously though… I am still not sure whether the goal of this exercise is to end up on a list somewhere or not.

First and foremost I started my 365 challenge to get in a regular habit of writing to improve its quality. I haven’t looked back yet to see if I’m making progress, so I am going to declare that “yes, I have”. If needs be, I’ll go back to the earlier posts and make them worse so that reality conforms to my opinion. And you’ll never be able to tell… because maybe I already did it before I posted this. Nobody remembers 295 posts verbatim.

I think I might want to make this blog “successful” in some form.
I think I’ll need a more specific focus for my writing.
I think I’ll need to wait till I’m not trying to write every single day.

The most natural choices would be to write about either programming or managing. But those are very well-served segments and I’m not sure I would have as much success as more established bloggers.

I could go straight into NaNoWriMo mode and try fiction. That could be entertaining. From zero to novel. It’d have to be a journey starting at ineptitude which has potential. But I’m not sure how confident I feel that the result would be worth the time to an audience.

I could also try to do something with the video-production-cooking points in my list of goals. The visual medium is inherently more captivating. But maybe I need to get more interesting first πŸ˜‰

I can feel the shape of something floating in my brain, but it’s like it is out-of-focus blurry and amorphous. It feels like something worth doing, but I cannot put my finger on the details of it. It feels like it has something to do with what I’ve written today, either directly or tangentially. Have you ever felt like your thoughts are almost-but-not-quite perfectly resonating with a great idea. Like that.

Something.

Out there.

In my brain.

I need a mirror, a flashlight and a set of tweezers. STAT.

Day 29 – And the Crowd Goes Wild

I did my two presentations today, after much preparation both yesterday and on the weekend to get everything polished and all the tools ready in place to go.

I have to make a small correction on tools; CamStudio looked like a decent option, but it is incredibly tricky to set up so that it captures both the microphone and the system sound.

I can really recommend Microsoft Expression Encoder 4; there is a Pro edition, but I believe due to its cancellation the free download is now the full Pro version. Regardless, very much worth a try, because it is incredibly easy to use and integrates amazingly well with Windows. If you’re on Mac looking for free tools, obviously you came to the wrong blog πŸ˜‰

Other than a mad scramble this morning to get all the tools sorted, the sessions themselves were very successful. I did 10 minutes on how to present a 10-minute session (I love the meta), and another 10 minutes on basic operation of Confluence. Out of 35 invitees, at least 20+ showed up for the session and a number sent apologies requesting whether I could record the session and distribute. It always feels good when it turns out that I’ve managed to plan beyond people’s expectations.

There was a lot of enthusiasm afterward, and there are many more job-specific topics to get through. I think it has managed to set the right tone to easily keep this rolling though. And future sessions should not need nearly as much of my time to keep moving.

All in all, a good conclusion to this particular quest.