A Parting of Ways

Today I’m pleased to announce a parting of the ways. The blog you’ve known as “Technically Speaking” is splitting its two personalities into two separate blogs.

When I first started this blog in June 2004, salve I was a college student majoring in technical communication. Most of my traffic came from my parents, cialis 40mg my in-laws, medications my siblings, and a few cousins. I blogged about my family, and about technical communication. It was for fun, and I felt I could say whatever I wanted, because the only people listening were people who I trusted and liked.

Fast forward three and a half years. Yesterday I had 242 visitors on this here blog. In the last month, I’ve had almost 5,000 visitors. In 2007, I had more than 65,000 unique visitors make over 141,000 visits (with a total of 1.2 million hits). Most of these hits come from Google search results; the readers find an old post, and then they leave. I’ve become something of a repository of knowledge for various topics, which is nice. But this is no longer a quiet conversation between family members.

As my visitor count increased, my desire to keep certain information off my blog increased. I don’t think this is a good location to discuss the birth of our second child (which occurred last month). This doesn’t seem to be the correct venue anymore to discuss my “better living by doing it yourself” experiences. It certainly isn’t a place where I feel like I can post pictures of my family or talk about parenting kinds of things. However, I like doing these things, and I wanted a venue where I felt like I could do that. Thus the parting of the ways.

This blog, Technically Speaking, will continue to be where I blog about technology, technical communication trends and tools, grammar, and other related topics. If you are interested in my thoughts on software, Web 2.0 trends, or MadCap Flare, this is the place to read.

I’ve also created a new blog, pehrsonfamily.net, a personal blog that meets the needs discussed above. This blog is password protected; you won’t be able to see the blog unless you log in. This keeps Google and other search engines out, and maintains a certain level of privacy. (I know my images won’t be indexed on any image indexing service. I know people won’t find my content by searching through a search engine. They will only be reading if they’ve gone through the trouble of creating a user account; i.e: they are real people.)

When you get to the main page, click on the Register link. You will need to provide a username and an e-mail address. Your password will be e-mailed to you. The first time you visit the site, you will be see your profile page. Change your profile and set your preferences. On subsequent logins, you’ll be directed to the new posts page, rather than your profile page.

If you have any questions about this change, feel free to contact me. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy whichever version you choose. (Feel free to read both!)

3 responses to “A Parting of Ways”

  1. Hey Tom,

    You missed the post because I didn’t write about it. However, there is a post about it on the new blog. Hope you’ll join me over there 🙂

  2. I’m excited for this — I’ve missed hearing your thoughts on family life and so forth. Congratulations on the success of Technically Speaking!

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