The Hot Iron at 2

By Mike Maddaloni on Friday, January 02, 2009 at 12:36 PM with 5 comments

Today, January 2, 2009, marks the second anniversary of my first blog post at The Hot Iron. Now 2 years later and this marking 420 posts, it has been an interesting journey to say the least.

Why I Blog

Many people ask me why I blog, which is a perfectly sensible question. I initially got into blogging in order to practice what I preach at my Internet consulting firm Dunkirk Systems, LLC. I use The Hot Iron as well as sourcegate and Out In The Loop as testbeds for ideas and functions to deploy for clients. As well, I have something I want to say, and as talking to yourself is still looked upon as strange behavior, what a better thing to do than have conversations with others?

Thoughts on 2008

Don’t worry, I will not do a thorough analysis of the 200+ blog posts I have written over the last year. The past year was a good year. I did well with in my business, but blogging took a backseat, especially at the midway point of the year after the birth of my daughter. Usually I would get up early and write a blog post as I was preparing my workday. In the latter part of the year, I blogged when I could.

The highlight for me and blogging was when I was asked to attend Nokia’s first OpenLab event in Helsinki, Finland. How else would have I had been found other than my blog? Through the blogs of the attendees I got to know who else was going, and I continue to follow their thoughts and ideas.

Thoughts on 2009

For the most part, I plan to keep doing what I am doing, hopefully with a little more frequency. Any changing in my blogging will more than likely be the result of any changes in my business.

I also invite all of you reading to comment. Maybe I have not compelled you to in what I write, or maybe you are shy. In either case, it’s always nice to hear who’s out there!

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Congratulations Mike on your 2nd anniversary! I also just celebrated my 2nd anniversary with my blog. I look forward to your great posts in 2009.

Picture of Jason Jacobsohn Comment by Jason Jacobsohn
on 01/03/09 at 09:43 AM

Thanks Jason!  Let’s hope our “kids” have terrific 2’s and not terrible 2’s…


Picture of Mike Maddaloni Comment by Mike Maddaloni
on 01/03/09 at 09:57 AM

Congrats on the anniversary.  You’ve done a good job of staying pretty consistent - more consistent than my every 3 months blogging smile

Keep up the great work!

Picture of Justin Chen Comment by Justin Chen
on 01/04/09 at 02:12 AM

Thanks Justin… I’ll keep working at it!


Picture of Mike Maddaloni Comment by Mike Maddaloni
on 01/04/09 at 10:04 AM

Well done Mike!  Sometimes I comment, sometimes I’m too busy, or sometimes my only comment would be to agree!  Regardless, you have taught me well with your blogs.  Looking forward to your comments on Atlas Shrugged!
Happy 2009!

Picture of Peter Alan Smith Comment by Peter Alan Smith
on 01/05/09 at 02:16 PM

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