Looking back at 2011 here on the blog, I feel like it’s gotten some traction, if things didn’t exactly go as I thought they would in January. but then, who could plan for a CEO to take a shotgun to your organization mid-year, and then get left in suspended animation until someone could figure out what to do with you?
Overall, pageviews and blog traffic were up about 15%. All in all, a good year for the blog. I went into the year trying to get my writing going again; all in all, given the unforeseen complications in life this year, I think I give myself a passing grade, and hope to do even more as we move into 2012. I wanted to write some meaty, more in-depth pieces, and I think I succeeded at that. I wanted to write more consistently, and I think overall, I’ve done that as well. There are still times when life trumps blog — but I see that as a feature, not a bug.
- Once again, my piece Some Thoughts on Lightroom Keywords was the most popular entry on the blog by a wide margin.
- My writing on backups continues to be popular; hopefully, it helps people avoid losing data. I’ll likely be updating it again in 2012, and I’d like to turn it into an e-book.
Other popular writing in 2011 included:
- So you want to be a nature photographer
- The ever-changing social landscape
- Thanks, Steve
- What’s been going on (where I talk about my decision to leave HP)
- Losing a Friend (on the loss of long-time house partner Archie to cancer)
- Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
- Canon EOS 7d Autofocus Modes explained
- On filters and echo chambers
- Google+ – Lots of win, not perfect (and since then, continuing to evolve in good ways, especially for photographers)
- In defense of Gil Amelio
So as I close out 2011, I have to say, overall, I’m about where I should be, given how things ended up and what went on that was outside of my control. That’s not a bad place to be. And as I plan my way into 2012 and try to figure out what the next steps are, I think this is a good foundation to build from. But there’s plenty to do….