I haven't posted anything for the last few months or so (my bad). So, I bet I should add one more New Year Resolution to my list and that is: "Blogging Effectively and Frequently this Year". The unfortunate thing is in the "following through" with such commitments; especially if your "sense of urgency" for matters like blogging is not quite high. So, there it is: blogging more effectively this year plus, may be, a little bit more frequently.
Here is another thought. Should we consider running a blog as more like running an open source project? I think so. Have you ever heard about the "Bus Factor"? Here is what this article on Wikipedia has to say about this (albeit it's more software engineering-centric):
In software development, a software project's bus factor (also known as truck factor, or bus/truck number) is a measurement of the concentration of information in individual team members. The bus factor is the total number of key developers who would need to be incapacitated (as by getting hit by a bus/truck) to send the project into such disarray that it would not be able to proceed; the project would retain information (such as source code) with which no remaining team member is familiar. A high bus factor means that many developers would need to be removed before the project would necessarily fail.
"Getting hit by a bus" could take many different forms. This could be a person taking a new job, having a baby, changing their lifestyle or life status, or literally getting hit by a bus: the effect would be the same.
Getting quite busy of late to post anything on this site (my bad). Now that is really being "hit by a bus". So like any open source project, starting and running a blog requires frequent updates for it to gain an audience.
Additional Resources for those who've Read this Post up to this Point
- http://www.problogger.net/habits-of-highly-effective-bloggers-reader-submissions/ - Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers – Reader Submissions on ProBlogger
- http://fitz.blogspot.com/2007/05/how-to-bus-proof-your-open-source.html - How to "bus-proof" your open source project on Confessions of a Digital Packrat
- http://www.serverwatch.com/server-news/if-linus-torvalds-got-hit-by-a-bus-would-linux-die.html - If Linus Torvalds Got Hit By a Bus Would Linux Die? on ServerWatch