A wise man once said, “If you build it, he will come.” OK, maybe it wasn’t a “wise man”, it was a mysterious voice from the sky in the movie “Field of Dreams”. I would like to think, “If you make it, they will come” is a more fitting description of what happened in Blogtober: Tech Edition 2017. The campaign (borne from a Twitter conversation) was about as successful as I could have dreamed.
As I have said in the past, #Blogtober is not my idea. If you look up the #Blogtober hashtag on Twitter, you will see that it pre-dates this effort. What we have done with #Blogtober is nothing less than a fantastic showing from the community that I know, love, and one I am proud to be a part of.
Now, for the good stuff!
Blogtober by the numbers:
- Total posts by Blogtober bloggers: 340
- Total posts by those bloggers in September, perhaps the most prolific blogging month of the year: 206
- Blogtober Bloggers completing the challenge of 5 posts in October: 41
- How many countries were represented by Blogtober bloggers? 12
- How many continents were represented by Blogtober bloggers? 5
Awesome job! To give you an idea how a campaign like this can impact a blogger’s visibility and traffic, I wanted to show you how it affected my blog, www.vmatt.net (which by the way is a redirect to www.tcwd.net/vblog).
Blog posts with over 50 views during October 2017: 28
As a comparison…
Blog posts with over 50 views during October 2016: 10
OK, enough about me. Let’s talk about you! First of all, I would like to address all 79 participants in Blogtober: Tech Edition. Congratulations! If you didn’t know, you are now valued members of the tech / virtualization community. The content you have published will help more people than you know.
Those of you who are new to blogging, here is what I recommend. Keep it up! This is just the beginning. Taking your status in the community to the next level is there if you want it. Even if you didn’t participate in Blogtober, the community will always value your contributions. Jump on board! For those of you who have a blog, here are some options:
- Keep blogging. Submit your blog to the vLaunchPad for increased visibility. At the top of the site, you can fill out the “suggest a link” form to submit your blog. Based on this site, nominees for the top vBlogs will be decided upon. Here are the results from 2017 for more information on how this is calculated. One thing to know is that a minimum of 10 posts during the previous calendar year were required in 2016 to be eligible for the rankings. Rumor has it that number will be increased to 12 for 2017. After a 5-post October, you are almost halfway there!
- Take your blog content and share it with the community in other ways. VMUG is always looking for more community presenters. Last year, our VMUG UserCon had a ton of great community content. Being a VMUG Leader, I know that the highest rated presentations are not from vendors, and they are not from VMware engineers. They are from the community! Find your local VMUG and volunteer to do a presentation. If you don’t know where your local VMUG is, let me know and I will find out for you, and introduce you to your local leadership team myself!
- If you can get to Minneapolis on June 12th, and you haven’t presented at our UserCon before, I will cover up to $400 of your hotel or airfare expenses to get you here to present! (those of you who have presented before, you’ll probably be hearing from me too)
- Now that you have a great blog, and are willing to show what you know by presenting at a community event, you are ready to apply for VMware vExpert (coming in early 2018).
Now, for the final #Blogtober rankings! As we have said for the past month, the following bloggers have successfully completed #Blogtober! I will be adding these blogs to the permanent blogroll on www.blogtober.net. We will try to come out with a custom blog badge for you proudly display should you desire. VMUG has also agreed to randomly select three of the bloggers that have completed Blogtober! The announcement is at the bottom of this post, for added drama!
Without further ado, these bloggers have completed Blogtober!
- http://vstellar.com by Manish Jha (@alex_hunt86 on Twitter) – 19 posts
- https://www.tinkertry.com by Paul Braren (@paulbraren on Twitter) – 14 posts
- http://vinfrastructure.it by Andrew Mauro (@andrea_mauro on Twitter) – 13 posts
- http://penguinpunk.net/blog by Dan Frith (@penguinpunk on Twitter) – 10 posts
- https://jorgedelacruz.es by Jorge De La Cruz (@jorgedlcruz on Twitter) – 10 posts
- http://storageioblog.com by Greg Schulz (@storageio on Twitter) – 10 posts
- https://blog.mwpreston.net by Mike Preston (@mwpreston on Twitter) – 9 posts
- http://techstuff.napiza.org by Rob Napiza (@robnapiza on Twitter – 9 posts
- https://www.d8taDude.com by Richard Arnold (@d8taDude on Twitter) – 9 posts
- https://thevirtualboi.wordpress.com by Stephen Owens (@thevirtualboi on Twitter) – 9 posts
- https://www.letsv4real.com by Chestin Hay (@letsv4real on Twitter) – 8 posts
- http://virtualg.uk by Graham (@virtualg_uk on Twitter) – 8 posts
- http://www.vgemba.net by Colin Westwater (@cwestwater on Twitter) – 8 posts
- http://blogs.arielsanchezmora.com by Ariel Sanchez (@arielsanchezmor on Twitter) – 7 posts
- http://www.vmatt.net by Matt Heldstab (@mattheldstab on Twitter) – 6 posts
- https://virtuallyuseful.wordpress.com by Ray Olander (@virtuallyuseful on Twitter) – 6 posts
- https://thecloudxpert.net by Christopher Lewis (@thecloudxpert on Twitter) – 6 posts
- https://www.homelaber.com.br by Valdecir Carvalho (@homelaber on Twitter) – 6 posts
- http://blog.linoproject.net by Lino Telera (@linotelera on Twitter) – 6 posts
- http://www.explorevm.com/ by Paul Woodward Jr. (@explorevm on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://www.sysadmingirl.blog by Mackenzie Meier (@MackenzieKMeier on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://community.vmug.com/browse/vmugvoice by Brad Tompkins (@VMUG_CEO on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://vzilla.co.uk by Michael Cade (@michaelcade1 on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://42u.ca by Matt Crape (@MattThatITGuy on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://snoopj.wordpress.com by Jon Hildebrand (@snoopj123 on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://www.snurf.co.uk by Ian Sanderson (@ian0x0r on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://pascalswereld.nl by Pascal van de Bor (@pheldoorn on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://www.thehumblelab.com by Cody De Arkland (@codydearkland on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://vninja.net by Christian Mohn (@h0bbel on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://www.lukaswinn.net by Lukas Winn (@lukaswinn on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://www.running-system.com by Andreas Lesslhumer (@lessi001 on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://www.dougdefrank.com by Doug DeFrank (@dougdefrank on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://www.theaaronstrong.com by Aaron Strong (@theaaronstrong on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://www.vmspot.com by Matt Bradford (@vmspot on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://www.digitalvspace.com by Tony Reeves (@importcarguy on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://www.raoconnor.com by Russell O’Connor (@raoconnor on Twitter) – 5 posts
- http://virtubytes.com by Ryan S – 5 posts
- https://www.mueller-tech.com by James Mueller (@JamesMuellerIT on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://virtualvt.wordpress.com by Scott Driver (@VTsnowboarder42 on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://virtualtassie.com by Matt Allford (@mattallford on Twitter) – 5 posts
- https://m1labs.co by Wences Michel (@wmichel on Twitter) – 5 posts
An honorable mention goes to these bloggers that posted three or more times! Great job, everyone.
- https://www.thevirtualhorizon.com by Sean Massey (@seanpmassey on Twitter) – 4 posts
- http://www.8bitvirtual.net by Jason Davidson (@jasonbdavidson on Twitter) – 4 posts
- http://www.askaresh.com by Aresh Sarkari (@askaresh on Twitter) – 3 posts
- http://vgyan.in by Sujith Surendran (@sujithsn24 on Twitter) – 3 posts
- https://www.vhojan.nl by Johan van Amersfoort (@vhojan on Twitter) – 3 posts
- https://www.technicloud.com by Rebecca Fitzhugh (@rebeccafitzhugh on Twitter) – 3 posts
- https://www.quirkyvirtualization.net by Jeremy Ey (@kayakerscout on Twitter) – 3 posts
- http://joehoughes.com by Joe Houghes (@jhoughes on Twitter) – 3 posts
Others that posted at least one blog during Blogtober include:
- http://www.vmjock56.com by Jason McMinn (@vm_jmcminn on Twitter)
- http://notes.doodzzz.net by Abdullah Abdullah (@do0dzZZ on Twitter)
- http://www.CustomNet.com by Eric Allione (@vNetworking on Twitter)
- http://www.nigelhickey.com by Nigel Hickey (@vcenternerd on Twitter)
- https://www.itdiversified.com by Bryan Krausen (@btkrausen on Twitter)
- https://www.iannoble.co.uk by Ian Noble (@iannoble on Twitter)
- http://www.thevirtualvillage.net by Chad Roth (@chaderoth on Twitter)
- http://childebrandt42.wordpress.com by Chris Hildebrandt (@childebrandt42 on Twitter)
- http://www.vtimd.com by Tim Davis (@ALDTD on Twitter)
- http://www.cragdoo.co.uk by Craig Dalrymple (@cragdoo on Twitter)
- http://blog.thenetworknerd.com by Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_ on Twitter)
- http://www.vbrain.info by Manfred Hofer (@Fred_vbrain on Twitter)
- https://blog.edmorgan.info by Ed Morgan (@mo6020 on Twitter)
- http://frankvanegmond.eu by Frank van Egmond (@fvegmond on Twitter)
- http://vthinkbeyondvm.com by Vikas Shitole (@vThinkBeyondVM on Twitter)
- http://FullStackKengineer.com by Ken Nalbone (@kennalbone on Twitter)
Many of you have asked, will there be a Blogtober Tech Edition 2018? Let’s leave it up to the magic 8 ball.
Now… (drumroll please)… here are the winners of the 3 – $100 Gift Cards!