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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