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Archivematica is 1 year old!

October 27th, 2006 · 4 Comments · News

Exactly one year ago today, I launched this Archivemati.ca website and posted my first blog entry.

According to a survey conducted back in 2004, 66% of all blogs are abadoned after two months. This means that Achivemati.ca has beaten the odds and is already in middle-age by blogging standards (time to buy a Porsche or, in the case of the blog middle-age crisis, time to add a Google map mash-up or Jabber IM server).

Of course, that survey was conducted in the very distant blogosphere past of 2004 when having a blog was as cool and complicated as having a mobile phone was in 1990.

If you believe Techorati.com, there are at least 50 million active blogs sending their feeds of chatter, anecdotes, thoughts, ideas, insight, news, gossip and otherwise mindless drivel into the cyberspace black hole. Everyone has one. My cat has one.

Anyway, I’ve been happy to claim my blog soapbox here at Archivemati.ca. It turns out that some people in the Long Tail of the InterWeb are actually interested in some of the same things I am. For the past six months I am averaging about 700-900 page downloads per day (of course a fair percentage of that is bots).

My most popular post by far is Drupal as a MVC framework?. It has received 5000 page downloads since it was first posted back in January 2006. It continues to get hits today. I suspect, though, that this says more about the lack of good Drupal architecture documentation than the quality of my article.

I started this blog as a way to organize my PhD research notes and links. However, the PhD is a part-time pursuit and I’ve got to pay the bills as a full-time consultant. Therefore, many of my recent posts have been related more to my consulting projects. Fortunately, the two are intentionally related.

I expect the ratio of consulting to research related posts to remain relative high so I recently changed the blog tagline to “digital archives research and consulting” (from “researching access to digital archives”).

The blog has been a great way to let people know what I’m up to in my professional and academic life. I hope I can maintain it for at least another year.

Thanks for stopping by and have a piece of cake on your way out!

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeanne // Oct 27, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! May you have many happy returns of the day!

  • 2 Peter Van Garderen // Oct 27, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks Jeanne. You yourself have really raised the bar for archives tech blogs over at the SpellBoundBlog.com. Great articles. Keep up the good work!

  • 3 Patricia Foster // Oct 27, 2006 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Peter:

    Happy Birthday to your blog from UBC

    Cheers,
    Patricia

  • 4 Jen // Oct 31, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Happy Bloggin’ Birthday!

    Jennifer
    SAB, Regina