I started this blog at the start of the summer in hopes of posting some Java articles and tips, thus the name "Espresso". It ended up diverging from this initial plan, which is okay because it gave me a place to just talk about whatever I was thinking about or working on at the time. But in the process I also learned some interesting tidbits about this blog system, you (the readers), and myself.
First, I quickly learned that certain topics gained more interest than others. If you look through the list of my posts, you can see that my interesting (in my opinion) view of the taskbar being equivalent to a tab bar got very little attention. My first post, What is a "Web Service"?, had over 200 views, not bad. Pac-Man had a decent amount of views, as did my tip on cleaning HTML from a broken blog post. But my Android articles were on fire! Each article gained several hundred views in a matter of hours; and I'm very glad for that, I hope I got people thinking about how IBM and individual developers should consider the Android platform. And my recent post about Considering a New Laptop comes in third with over 400 views; I was just rambling about my thoughts on getting a new personal laptop.
Finally, I learned about myself: I learned that I am motivated to continue blogging by the views and comments I get on my blog. I'm not good at one-sided conversations; I have more trouble talking on the phone compared to talking face-to-face, because even though the phone relays my voice I'm still talking to an inanimate object. And when this blog feels like a one-sided conversation, I lose the motivation to keep blogging. But when I get comments which keep the conversation flowing, or even just a large number of views, I feel a responsibility to keep blogging! Such was the case with my second Android post, which I wrote mostly because the first one was so popular.
Thank you to those who have read my posts throughout the summer, as few and far between as they have been! Friday (8/13/10) is my last day, and school starts next Wednesday. I plan to keep up this blog by linking it to the blog on my personal website but I can't promise I'll post weekly.