In part 1 of this post, I had talked about how I came into blogging, combined with my various coding ventures. This part, however, unlike other 'part 2s,' will not be a continuation of that, but rather on a linked, yet slightly tangential, topic, focusing on what I have learned from other bloggers, both near and far.
By 'near and far,' I mean bloggers I personally know and interesting bloggers I follow, but do not personally know, respectively.
For the non-(aspiring-)blogger/writer/author, this post might be slightly tedious for you to read, although I am not quite sure where this discussion will lead me, so I would recommend you stick around a while longer!
This post was inspired by the recent astonishing success, of DireThoughts, by Henry dyer, and TheAftermatter, by Ned Summers and Theo Caplan, all of which are good friends of mine. If you do not follow these guys on Facebook or Twitter (or have had your head firmly stuck in the ground for the past month and a bit), you will have missed the big commotion going on.
Let's start with Direthoughts. Henry's blog had been on a steadily growing trajectory* with a few thousand monthly views, much like TheCompBlog now (although I am in the early stages of this trajectory). Then, one day, he had a moment of inspiration at the Westfields Apple Store and exploited an information display iPad through a physical hack, and managed to stream a slightly inappropriate video onto a store Apple TV over the secured Wi-Fi network. This story made it onto a German site, a Portuguese site and many English-based ones to, even including CultOfMac! Hits to that one post exploded within a few hours and he was extremely happy (with being me slightly jealous...but still happy).
Let's move on to TheAftermatter, a physics and math-based blog. These guys are complete geniuses, as will become apparent if you read their posts, including explaining the physics behind music and the thought experiment of all people in China jumping at once. To add to that, both are very talented musicians, with one playing guitar in a band, to which I (believe) am the tech/PR/blogger for, even though I have not done much lately for them unfortunately. They are like the next prof. Brian Cox! Anyway, one of their posts got retweeted by Stephen Fry to 3.7 million followers, and on that day, a few months after they started the blog, they got 30,000 page views! That's a big jump from only a few hundred!
Following this, they managed to get a 5/10 minute interview on the BBC radio 6 morning show. For a blog that is relatively new, that is amazing!