Six Years of Ramblings

May 23rd, 2014 by · 5 Comments

A week or two ago, Ramblings had a birthday and I forgot to throw a party. Yep, this website turned six years old this May, and I needed folks liking the automated LinkedIn ‘work anniversary’ notice to remind me of the date.  Here’s a big THANK YOU to everyone who has helped this site survive and thrive, whether as a sponsor, as a reader and commenter, retweeter, etc.  

sixSix years, a.k.a. two tech lifetimes. I’d say I need to update things a bit this summer.

I have in mind a new theme with better differentiation between commentary, analysis, and news than I have done so far. I would also like to find ways to better blend the comments left with a forum kind of atmosphere to better foster conversations.

In terms of subject matter, I think I need to find some way to track the cloud services and data center spaces in a way that parallels what I’ve tried to do with fiber over the years.  And mobile is something I need to delve deeper into in many ways.

But I’m very much open to other suggestions on how to make Ramblings even better going forward.  So as you go off into the long Memorial Day weekend, speak your mind about where Ramblings should go next.  Leave a comment, or send me an email if you prefer to keep it offline.

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5 Comments So Far

  • Tom H says:

    Congrats on reaching that great milestone. Here’s to reaching many many more !.

  • Bo Gowan says:

    Congrats Rob on the 6 years and the great content you continue to create. I agree on your plans for comments, I’d love to see the comments section more visible to foster more of a forum and discussion atmosphere since you have such a great readership base to work with.

  • Anonymous says:

    Rob, I’m not entirely sure what you mean by a “forum kind of atmosphere.” Personally, I like the way TR comments are structured. Although each story creates a silo of comments, it restricts (most of the time) comment drift, where commenters meander into subjects at best tangentially related to the story and at worst completely unrelated to the story.

    It would be nice to see more active participation among your readers but not sure how or why a forum facilitates that.

    • Rob Powell says:

      I’m not thinking of anything quite that radical. My idea at the moment is to allow topics/links/etc to be submitted by readers, but with me moderating what actually gets posted. Something short of a full blown guest article, but more than a response to something I happened to write. That would let there still be some direction to ‘restrict comment drift’ as you put it, but increase the options for those with something to say that don’t want to wait for me to write something about it first. It’s not a fully formed idea perhaps, but that’s what I’m thinking.

  • schmuckinsurance says:

    i agree in concept w Anonymous. I think it would be helpful to be able to be able to follow certain posters though. Some Anonymous or named posters are better than others. Some like Carl or ABC are worth ignoring. That filter I think is additive. Congrats Rob.

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