I just noticed that my blog had birthday #3 (Sep 30th) .  In tradition, some various stats...

384 posts. (~70 within the last year) I'm almost double the TV rerun mark. So I'm blogging less. Part of it is running out of things to say about .Net debugging services. But I've also redirected some efforts to the Building .NET Diagnostic Tools forum a little over a year ago.

 

Within the last year:

The 5 most popular posts by hits (both RSS + web views) were :

  1. Copying HTML on the clipboard 
  2. Catch, Rethrow, and Debuggability
  3. Making Catch, Rethrow more debuggable.
  4. Image Header vs. File Timestamps.
  5. 'throw e;' vs. 'throw;'

The top one (Copying HTML) is about a very useful thing where the FX is just busted. That seems to be a good recipe for high blog hits: find useful things that are broken and blog about how to work around them. However, I prefer having things not broken in the first place.

3 of those were about exceptions. I guess folks would like to see more blogging about exceptions...

And I have no idea why Image Headers / Timestamps would be so popular.

Older entries are at an advantage since they have more time to accumulate hits. I guess if I was really savy, I'd do some stat magic on # of hits vs. age.

 

The 5 most popular by web hits (excluding RSS) were:

  1. Viewing types with Reflection-Only
  2. Copying HTML on the clipboard 
  3. Binary Patching tools (mspatcha, mspatchc)
  4. Table of Cool .NET Tools
  5. Building and Debugging Powershell cmdlets in the VS IDE

These seem to be a smattering of topics, outside my usual staple of CLR / Debugging. That makes sense for web-hits. RSS hits would be skewed to people interested in my staple topics, so it's a biased sample set. Web hits would be more general.

 

The 5 most commented on posts were:

  1. Test what you Ship, Debug what you Test
  2. Catch, Rethrow, and Debuggability
  3. Number puzzle
  4. There are things worse than crashing
  5. LCG + Debuggability, and your feedback

It's interesting that there's not much of a correlation between hits and number of comments.  Common themes here are either requests for feedback (explicitly, or via a quiz), or commenting on general engineering topics that are inviting to everybody. My super-super-technical posts general don't get a lot of comments.