I stumbled upon the blog of Technorati's founder, David Sifry
, after reading this Marketing on a Blog
post. Being very new to blogging, I was struck by the fact that the conversation developing in blog comments was more interesting than the original blog post. Guess that's part of what this whole user-generated content craze is about. In keeping with that revelation, here are some resolutions for 2006 (I'm limiting these resolutions to business):
1. Blog early. Blog often.
2. Write some more open source software.
3. Build a free search engine marketing tool based on a web services API.
4. Grow client base so business becomes self-sustaining.
5. Continue to serve and anticipate the needs of existing clients.
Regarding #2, it's been rewarding to hear about people using the open source web analytics software I've cobbled together. The track search engine spiders
cgi script seems to be the most popular. I guess people like to be able to see how their sites are being crawled. A few months back someone called me up, thanking me for the time and money they'd save after installing the Google content ad tracking
code. That's cool. I like to write software that people find useful. That's why I enjoyed working at AOL when it was still quite small.
Regarding #3, I've found it interesting that the free keyword research tool
I wrote while dabbling with PHP is by far the most visited page on my firm's site. It should have been obvious to me that more people would find a tool like that more useful than having to download a cgi script and install it themselves on their own server. Still, I anticipate writing both downloadable, open source software for others to extend as well as making good use of my bandwith by offering free web tools. To that end, I'm determined to catch up with what's been happening on the web by writing code on top of a web services API. Maybe one of Google's Web APIs
. Perhaps one of Alexa's APIs
? We'll see.
My, 2006 is going to be a busy year! That's cool.Technorati tag: 2006resolutions