While not a huge milestone in the big scheme of things, this year I actually remembered that DesignNotes started four years ago. I’m imagining that it was a cold morning in Edmonton when I signed up to blogger and started collecting links. I was always that type of guy to pass on links to others via email. After a while I figured it would be better to just consolidate those links into one place, and if someone wanted to check them out, they could on their own time. Back in the day I was also quite involved with the GDC (the Society for Graphic Designers of Canada) in a number of different board roles, so the blog allowed me to get out info pretty quickly to members without any hassle. Serendipitiously I also started doing interviews with other designers that I wanted to learn from. It’s been a constant evolution in both content and design. There are very few weeks when I haven’t tweaked something.
There’s a couple reasons why I still publish almost every morning – first reason is that I literally can’t stop. There’s enough interesting things to mention in a morning that why wouldn’t a person want to publish? I don’t know how true this next statement is, but I think I’ve learned as much from blogging as I did when I was in school. Between the writing and building on ideas, understanding how posts form the greater body of content and scale, understanding analytics to opening it up for people throw ideas into the discussion. There’s also he unintended consequences of a post. They trigger other ideas, experiments or discussion. For that reason alone I don’t understand why anyone would not want to blog from time to time. Any person that’s in the communication business and doesn’t blog – you have to wonder why? If your hands aren’t dirty in how people are communicating how can you make it better? If you get one thing from this navel gassing post, it’s that if you haven’t started a blog maybe you should. There’s a 50% chance that it’s not the thing for you, but if it does become a new learning device who knows where it will take you in a couple years.
In terms of growth I’ve just about had more people visit every month in comparisson to the previous month. That makes me happy, it feels like progress. I don’t make any money from advertising b/c I don’t advertise on the blog so the page click isn’t as important. What is important is the quality of people that visit and leave a comment, get in touch via email or put my site on their blogroll. That makes me happier than the growth b/c it lets me know that I have to stay on my toes – b/c you people are smart. Thanks again for visiting over the years or the past few days – it’s much appreciated. Any suggestions on things you’d like to see?