Hard to believe, but this month I celebrate my blog sixth anniversary. Over 800 articles published about making, ham radio, shortwave listening, broadcasting and more.
I got the blogging bug in the summer of 2015. I was working with Frank VE6FMH to revitalize the Calgary Amateur Radio Association web site. We were groaning about the limitations imposed by Wild Apricot on our publishing ideas, and he started telling me about WordPress. The more I dug in, the more I realized how easy it would be to build and maintain a professional site with WordPress. So, I got started.
Around the same time, I had been using my retirement to focus on many hobbies. In addition to ham radio, I discovered “making” as a source of great enjoyment. My ventures including 3D printing, CNC, Arduino and so on. All of my activities provided a great source of content for the blog. You can explore past content through the menus above and listing of popular series to the right.
So, as I celebrate my blog sixth anniversary, I must reflect on what is a blog? A weblog is essentially a diary of activities and interests. Since there are more than 100 million blogs, you need to find your niche, as described in my About page. Like most, I attract readers through Google searches, links, social media posts and subscriptions.
My current publishing schedule is Tuesday and Saturday for new posts.
Blog Sixth Anniversary – How I Prepare Content
Most of my posts are about personal projects. As I do radio and other projects, I keep detailed notes about my activities and discoveries. Also, I take lots of pictures with my smartphone. Each of my projects get documented in a PowerPoint file. Many of my projects will result in a series of 5 – 10 articles describing activities in detail. Most recently, I have been writing about my flying saucer resonator vertical antenna.
My second most frequent source of content is achieved by researching areas of interest, usually relating to my core mission. I have always enjoyed writing and communicating.
Doing projects and documenting results is a great way to enjoy retirement.