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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: Blog Created - Statistics
Date Sun, 10 Jul 2011 04:33:07 GMT
I looked at the Apache blogs with most hits for the past day (being Saturday I think although
it is Sunday on Blog time).

Only 6 of them had more than 10 vists or whatever the counter cunts.

1. Foundation (at 423) is essentially press releases on foundation matters.

4. infra (at 33) is notice oriented.  There is about one per month.  These are often useful
things that Committers and others need to know about changes that are happening.

5. conferences (23) is press-office sort of stuff about Apache-related events

6. click (15) has lately been about releases and their content. 

3. openejb (36) has a mix of events, releases, and tips, including links to material elsewhere.

2. ooo (75) that's us and *before* there was anything at the blog address too.  I see the
stats just rolled up to 86 so I have no idea whether this is a sliding-window count or what.
 There seems to be some pent-up interest or else the stats are just wacky.

I don't know what to make of this.  Interesting though.  The numbers are going up across the
board for the top 5.   Europe is awake?

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [] 
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2011 20:09
Subject: RE: Blog Created

Ah well.  I've seen those kinds of blogs, that are essentially announcements.  So it is  a
notices mechanism with a syndication feed.  I will have to go look at one of the ones that
seems to get lots of hits according to the headline/summary aggregator.  Wonder if they get
much by way of comments apart from spam.

I'm from the "Naked Conversations" school of blogging, so I may have to take my crayons to
some other place where I can ponder the fright, frustration, and outright fun on an Apache
project, the podling in particular.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Gavin McDonald [] 
Sent: Saturday, July 09, 2011 19:39
Subject: RE: Blog Created

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Brown []
> Sent: Sunday, 10 July 2011 12:18 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Blog Created
> Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
> > Dang!
> >
> > Well, I just jumped right in.
> >
> > So, we want the blog to be the official voice of the project in some way?
> >
> > Is that a requirement?  Is that what we want?  I thought that is what web
> sites are for.  Blogs have a different kind of voice in my experience.
> >
> > I have lots of outlets for blogging, and I could always create an Apache-
> oriented RSS feed for aggregation, although probably not, since it doesn't
> seem like that much fun.
> >
> > Ah well,
> >
> >  - Dennis
> I would not say "official" but at least semi-official in that it would show, in a
> faster way, what we are doing and how things are going with the project.  I
> think what you did was a good indication of the way it should go.  That is my
> personal opinion and I my be off base here.


All blogs at are official in that they talk about the project, they don't
wander off talking about some developers own thing etc etc...

They can talk about releases as extra exposure - folks often subscribe to RSS feeds
etc rather than keep looking to a website for an update. They can talk about what's
happening currently, they can announce a new committer, a new up and coming 
feature or long awaited fix,etc etc..

What Dennis blogged IMO was spot on and a great start to the Apache OpenOffice[.org]

What Dave mentioned is also something some but not all projects do, and not all the time -

that is to draft a blog announcement for something, then post a 'preview url' to the (this)
dev list for opinions on changes/tweaks/etc before it goes live. That is ideally a tool on

improving, extending and typechecking the blog post rather than opinions to veto it .



> Andy

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