Two years of blogging
Knowledge Tester blog turned 2 last week!
As I wrote about my experience as a blogger in the first year, I mentioned that the momentum keeps on building. The second year experience is more rewarding and exciting than the first one. Let me share some of these moments.
First, if the first year was a year of contribution then the second year was certainly a year of collaboration. About one third of blog posts were either guest posts or they were about tester meet up or tester survey. One of the regular contributors Huma Hamid has now started her own blog and I’m so happy to have facilitated that process. Another regular contributor Arslan Ali along with other testing friends including Faiza Yousuf is conducting regular sessions on software testing via Outtabox. Through these blog pieces, I made many new testing friends which I could have never made without Knowledge Tester platform. Such is the power of having a platform.
(the original photo is at: http://www.teemagroup.com/newsletter/collaboration-technology-needs-collaborative-humans/ )
Second, the reach kept on expanding. I mentioned blog being visited from 53 countries last year and now this number has reached to 90+. Testing is really a global community. And the number of hits keep on increasing. Though last year it was on a scale of 1:8 which is difficult to maintain, yet there was almost a double increase in the traffic. More importantly, about one third of the traffic is coming from search engines which again means that blog is being hit by people who didn’t know me personally. Now I hope they do.
Third, I am now being approached for more coaching/training sessions than ever. One of the recent examples was a person visiting Pakistan from the UK and needing a quick start on software testing. Along with the other trainer Sohail Sarwar, we spent one fine evening at a coffee shop talking about software testing. That person is looking in a very good shape to become a successful tester. And another example is Skype coaching sessions for a Software Engineering student who is also sharing her experiences about this learning.
Finally, the best moment of the year was when my blog on software testing standards got featured on International Society for Software Testing site and I was so happy to see my name listed along the gurus of the field.
Before I start the third year, I have lot of thanks due to all of you: those who read it regularly and share their thoughts here, those who just read, those who came to the Knowledge Tester events, those who wanted to come, those who keep on supporting me on the mission of making this world a better place through Knowledge Testers.
I am reviewing the popular topics and would focus more on what matters more for you. Do you have any suggestions for me to what to write about?