Cartography is One Year Old
Published Sunday, April 30, 2006 by CCAer | E-mail this post
Friday April 28th marked the one year anniversary of this blog. It started inauspiciously enough and was meant to be another forum for members of the Canadian Cartographic Association
to communicate with each other and keep abreast of new ideas and technologies in the field. It was meant to be a collective effort with members contributing items of interest but it didn’t quite turn out that way. For good or ill, this blog has primarily been an individual effort - in fact, all but one of the entries
has been written by yours truly. The only other person to contribute is still a mystery to me.
Nevertheless, this solo effort has been, to date, most enjoyable. There are a number of things I have learned as a result of my blogging, some of which I will share now:
- Blogging can be time consuming. I generally spend 30 to 90 minutes a day searching the Internet and writing blog entries. Sometimes that time is fruitful, resulting in a few interesting posts. Sometimes it’s not. There never seems to be a guarantee.
- Blogging requires perserverance and consistency. About 3 months after this blog’s inception I realized that if it was to go anywhere and be even remotely useful, I would need to post regularly, almost every day. Weekends are generally an exception and holidays have become a big challenge to regular posting (most camping sites do not have Internet access - thankfully).
- The geospatial blogging community is fairly small. Often I feel that I am covering territory that is too similar to someone else’s blog - the Map Room, for instance - but so far there still seems to be enough room for all of us. Nevertheless, I persist in blogging with the idea that it is always good to have another perspective on the field.
- There is never any way of telling whether a post will be popular or not. To date, my posting on Soviet Topographic Maps has been the most successful in terms of the number of visitors it has brought (18,000 in one day alone). At other times I have passed over items only to find them blogged about elesewhere.
- Most people seem to surf from work. At least, most of the blog’s vistors tend to stop by between 8 AM and 6 PM EST weekdays.
For those of you who like to see some statistics, here is a chart of the number of visitors over the past year, broken out on a weekly basis:
I hope the coming year proves to be as interesting and informative as the past year of blogging has been to me. I am always open to new ideas.
On behalf of the Canadian Cartographic Association
(who are always looking for new members), thanks!