As you’ve probably already guessed from the name of this post mwpreston dot net is finally in the books as being one year old. Honestly this is a fairly big accomplishment for me. It’s been a long ride since those first few blog posts (Hey, Who’s the new guy? and VMworld 2011 and the community that surrounds it) Before starting this blog I have tried on numerous occasions to start others, all sort of falling by the wayside and ending up with me just giving up! So what was my key to obtaining success with this one? I’m not really sure, I think just sticking with it and comitting the time to try to get at the very least one post a week out there. Finally I started to get some readers, then the sponsors came and its been a great ride since then!
So what has the first year entailed for this blog? Well, for starters I’ve had some great sponsors (Veeam, PHD Virtual, AppAssure, Starwind and BitRefinery) come on board. This definitely helps cover costs of hosting and gear that it takes to produce the content. I’m very grateful to have them on the site! Secondly this blog played a pivotal role in my reciving the vExpert designation for 2012. I can’t tell you how much that award means to me. To be recognized by the company who’s technology you have so much passion for is amazing and humbling. And lastly (but most certainly definetly not even close to least) this blog has given myself the avenue to share back any knowledge I can with the community that I love and have learned so much from! A community that has brought me from your standard sysadmin, to a VCP, to a VMworld attendee to a vExpert! Its truly awesome to be able to share, engage, and participate within this group!
And to close out this wonderful birthday I have a few tidbits of stats to share…
- There have been 91 posts over the last year along with another 48 pages covering the complete VCP5 study guide and practice tests (VCAPs coming, I promise :))
- During the first 30 days of its life this blog received 300 hits, during the last 30 days, 16000+
- Overall for the year mwpreston has received just shy of 100,000 pageviews serving just shy of 50,000 unique visitors.
- The OMG mwpreston.net VCP 5 Exam Blueprint Study Guide Dissection has recieved 3500+ downloads! WOW!
- mwpreston dot net placed 125th out of 187 on the vSphere-Land Top Virtualization blogs – also got the 13th best new blog.
- For the most part the top posts have been the VCP5 page, study guide and practice exams. Aside from those the next top 5 posts have been…
That’s really all I have for now. Although some of the numbers are low I’ve very proud of the success I’ve had thus far and very grateful for my readers and their comments they have left. Thank you all so much for reading and Ill do my best to continue to blog as much and as often as I can.