Startup Advice: Demo yourself

Basically, the open-source project became a simple “demo” of not only my code, but also myself. It’s more than testimonials. People in the community get to know you, so you stop being a stranger behind a website. This can change the whole relationship with your customers. It doesn’t have to be focused on price, anymore. It can be built around trust. Compare this to doing work on Elance, for example. 

I really like this story. In fact, I stumbled upon this blog from a link to the open source project. For some one starting out, building something useful and sharing it with others may be a great way to establish credibility and gain customers.

ThinkLog: Instant Kinship

I was a typical science-and-math geek. I enjoyed writing, but I suffered from math-and-science machismo. Real thinkers, I believed, thought with math, not words.

Once in a while you see a sentence or two and it instantly strikes a chord and establishes a feeling of kinship towards the author.

I started out hating writing because, I was no good at it. I always envied people who could write well. I am getting better (the liking part and not really the writing part).

ResourceLog: Free Inbound Marketing Kit

A Gift from WordPress on How My Blog Did In 2010

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 98 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 812 posts. There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 4th with 188 views. The most popular post that day was How Will Cloud Computing Impact Software Industry?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, en.wikipedia.org, facebook.com, congruentsolutions.com, and linkedin.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for innovation process, dorai, teacher attributes, knowledge economy, and dorai thodla.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

How Will Cloud Computing Impact Software Industry? October 2010
17 comments

2

Implementing an Innovation Process November 2006

3

Attributes of a Great Teacher November 2009
7 comments

4

What is an Ontology? August 2004
18 comments

5

About January 2006
32 comments

Tag Cloud of Tweets in 2010

I probably started tweeting a bit earlier but the bulk of my tweets were in 2010. Here is a tag cloud of those tweets:

Nice to see that retweet (RT) was one of the largest. That is one thing nice about Twitter. It does not take a lot of effort to share information and knowledge.

Meta

I used an open source python program to dump all my tweets into an sqlite database (for further analysis), wrote a small python program to read the db and dump to  a text file and use Wordle to generate the tagcloud.