4 years on

*Breathe deeply. Think.*

Has it really been that long?

Four years have passed since I started writing this blog. Since then I have written 88 posts (including this one) with 89 tags in 23 categories. There have been 94 comments, 31 of which were on the CSS3 Bookshelf. The site has been through four designs under three different names on two different hosts.

For many years, the site went unnoticed, getting less than 10 page views a day. With the latest iteration, a conscious effort to drive more traffic by writing good articles every week, and a bit of help from Twitter, this improved to 30 visits a day. A few good tweets from Bruce Lawson increased this to 50, with the odd spike around the 250 mark. Then I write about a technique to make a bookshelf with new CSS technology. A lot of pushing gets a spike of 300 visits. Then, whilst on a day off, Smashing Magazine posts it twice as part of a “what you can do with CSS3” compilation, which sends me 1000 visitors a day for the weekend. That’s more visitors than I’ve had in the last 3 years put together.

So, what’s next? Well, I’m going to keep writing. There’s so much more that interface design can help us accomplish and good design becomes more and more important every day. I’m going to blog more about design itself, and things that inspire me. At the moment, a lot of those thoughts are limited to my twitter stream, so I want to expand that. I’ll talk more about my after-hours tech activities, the interesting stuff that I don’t always get to do during the nine to five.

I’m also going to get more involved in the community, discussing more issues and attending more group events. London Web Standards is fantastic and I’m going to try and make it to every one from now on.

So, there’ll be more of the good stuff, some more tutorials and more discussion. If there’s anything else you’d like to see, please leave a comment.

Thanks for reading,

Steve

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Steve Workman

Steve Workman is the Head of Web Engineering at Yell. He is also an organiser for London Web Standards is an occasional public speaker, talking about web performance and web standards

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