Today, July 29th, 2010, is exactly four years after I published my first online entry on July 29th, 2006. I’ve done some navel-gazing when I posted my 2,001th and 3,000th post.
The following is an edited version of my reply to some friends today. My friends want to start an online publication to continue sharing their ideas and passion for democracy in China and Hong Kong (some months ago they stopped publication of their monthly free community newspaper).
Over the last four years, I have published over 3,000 posts. Some are shorter posts, some took me days and over months to plan and execute. Some are my personal comments. Some are simply things I find interesting. I’ve written about Science & Technologies. I’ve done many many interviews (audio or video). Some entries include video reports of provincial and federal ministers. This year, I even reported on Prime minister Harper’s visits to Calgary (twice). I have interviewed successful businessmen in Canada and I have interviewed Oscar winning director plus up and coming directors. I’ve even written food review because I love food.
I am not trying to brag, my effort over the last four years have allowed my site to gain enough “online reputation” and now for certain subjects/keywords, search engines (including Google) have put my work up on page one of their search results page. So people find my work via Google.
As I mentioned, I don’t have time to be part of your project, there are many things I need to do. But I will try to share my insight if and when I have time.
It took me over 1,000 entries (probably close to 2,000) for me to feel that I am getting the hang of what is good and what my “style” is. So I say before you have published at least 100 entries don’t make snap judgement too quickly. You are still learning. And I still consider myself learning by doing.
I think there are a lot more to be learn about online publishing for us all. And at the end of the day, we are as good as our content. If there are continue good content, then people will find you.
P.S. I almost forgot today is the fourth year anniversary of the first publication of my blog so I want to thank my friends for indirectly reminding me of the anniversary.