A year of blogging
by Edward Z. Yang
Here is to celebrate a year of blogging. Thank you all for reading. It was only a year ago that I first opened up shop under the wings of Iron Blogger. Iron Blogger has mostly disintegrated at this point, but I’m proud to say that this blog has not, publishing thrice a week, every week (excepting that one time I missed a post and made it up with a bonus post later that month), a bet that I made with myself and am happy to have won.
Where has this blog gone over the year? According to Google Analytics, here were the top ten most viewed posts:
- Graphs not grids: How caches are corrupting young algorithms designers and how to fix it
- You could have invented zippers
- Medieval medicine and computers
- Databases are categories
- Design Patterns in Haskell
- Static Analysis for everday (not-PhD) man
- MVC and purity
- Day in the life of a Galois intern
- Replacing small C programs with Haskell
- How to use Vim’s textwidth like a pro
There are probably a few obscure ones that are my personal favorites, but I’ve written so many at this point it’s a little hard to count: including this post, I will have published 159 posts, totaling somewhere around 120,000 words. (This figure includes markup, but for comparison, a book is about 80,000 words. Holy cow, I’ve written a book and a half worth of content. I don’t really feel like a better writer though—this may be because I’ve skimped on the “revising” bit of the process.)
This blog will go on a brief hiatus for the month of January. Not because I wouldn’t be able to produce posts over the holidays (given the chance, I probably would... in fact, this was a kind of hard decision to make) but because I should spend a month concentrating the bulk of my free time on stuff other than blogging. Have a happy New Years, and see you in February!
Postscript. Here is the SQL query I used to count:
select sum( length(replace(post_content, ' ', '')) - length(replace(post_content, ' ', ''))+1) from wp_posts where post_status = 'publish';
There's probably a more accurate way of doing it, but I was too lazy to write out the script.
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