In this short post I name some random conclusions I had after the first four months of blogging. I hope this will be helpful for people who are considering starting their own programming blog (which I fully recommend to do!).
Total number of views: 16 000
The number looks good to me although it gets interesting if we look at the distribution of views over different posts:
Total number of posts: 10
This is much worse than what I aimed for (which is at least one post per week). The primary reason is lack of time since writing a longer piece is at least 2 hours for me.
What I plan to do about it is to do more short posts explaining solutions to some interesting problems I encounter at work or while working on side projects (such as Accessing request parameters from inside a Future in Scalatra).
My opinion on Blogger
I chose Blogger following the advice on one of other programming blogs. So far, I’m not totally happy with it and I kind of regret that I did not choose WordPress.
I once had a blog on WordPress for a while and what I liked there is that some of the traffic came from other WordPress users thanks to its Discover and Recommendations features. I thought a similiar thing will happen here with Google+ but it’s not happening at all.
Additionally, the choice of free templates is much poorer, the built-in editor is not very convenient and the statistics module is less fancy.
Update: I decided to move the blog to WordPress because of the reasons mentioned above.