Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my site survey from last month. I had almost a hundred responses and I thought I'd share the results with my readers.
Here are my resolutions for the new year. It isn't a long list so I have some chance of achieving my goals but I reserve the right to pretend like I never wrote this post approximately five minutes after posting it.
These types of blog entries (best of year X) are admittedly kind of lame, but I was curious myself to see what my top entries were over the past year. So without further ado, here are my top entries for the past year. (Yes, I know it isn't over yet, but as I'm vacation I doubt I'll write anything more of real interest between now and New Year's Eve):
I've run this blog for a little over ten years now, and from time to time I ask my readers to give me feedback about the site. I don't necessarily always follow that feedback, I write about what excites me, but I do want to get an idea of how I'm doing, what could be done better, and what really works well for my readers.
I've created a little Google Doc form that you can fill out in about five minutes. Feel free to tear me apart if you wish - I can take it (ok, I can't, but I'll pretend). At the end of the day I'd rather have honest feedback than just a simple pat on the back. (Although that's kinda nice too. ;)
Just a quick note for those of you with a bit of OCD. Visit http://santashelper.dvs.com/ and play the little gift building game for a few minutes. Get up to 5000 gifts and the company behind the game (DVS) will donate a buck to Toys for Tots. This won't take more than a few minutes, and you can stop playing whenever you want, honest.
Just a quick note to let you guys know that I'll be working on a project over the next two weeks that will occupy about 200% of my time. I expect there will be no blogging at all during this period and I will not be able to respond to many emails. See you at Thanksgiving.
Chalk this up to a bug that probably will never hit anyone but me, but I thought I'd blog it on the off chance others encounter it too. This weekend I picked up the new Nexus 7 (as to why, see the end of the post) and was going through the process of setting it up like my old model.
Sunday seems to be my day for blog updates (see last week). Today I pushed another minor update for comments. If you wrap text with an asterisk, it will be bolded. If you use an underscore, it will be italicized. Nothing too exciting but I like it so to me it is an awesome addition. ;)
So that's a good thing. On the other side, I'm considering getting more strict about people posting code. Even with the warning to use Gists or Pastebin, I still have a few people every week who insist on posting large code blocks. I've considered adding a simple client-side check that counts the number of < elements.
Finally - I'm also considering another change to handle posts with a large set of comments. I'm thinking of doing something where once a post passes 50 comments, I load the first 50 via Ajax.
I don't typically blog about "editorial decisions", but I thought I'd put this out there in case I'm really wrong about it. I've decided to no longer post job openings on my blog. On one hand it was easy enough to just cut and paste and I like the idea of helping folks find jobs, but on the other hand... I just don't want to post them anymore here. There's other places to do so (and I'd be glad to hear people discuss where and how they search for jobs), but I think simple postings just don't make sense on this blog.
So yeah - that's my decision. Feel free to argue about it over lunch. :)