A year ago to this day I was sitting in a cafe within the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and writing my very first blog post. I had just attended the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) for the first time and was inspired by seeing industry leaders in person to start being more involved within the developer community myself.
I decided that starting to blog would be a good initial step and it has been a challenging and beneficial experience since. In the year that followed I have managed to write 104 blog posts and readers (that’s you!) have contributed 202 comments.
The 5 top posts so far have been:
- Creating Managed Today Screen Items
- Manage soft input panel (SIP)
- Creating non full screen forms and custom MessageBoxes
- Custom soft keys for Notifications
- Free games for your Windows Mobile PDA or Smartphone
This clearly shows a preference for posts which include custom controls or frameworks that extend the built in capabilities of the .NET Compact Framework.
Complementing my blogging I have also been active in the Compact Framework newsgroups and the MSDN Forums website. In fact in the latter I have made 1386 posts in this timeframe and I am extremely close (perhaps tomorrow!) in gaining my 5th star within their member ranking scheme due to the number of answers I provide.
Moving forwards I would like your help in further shaping this blog. How best am I able to help you?
- How do you learn? Are short posts with small code snippets, longer articles, screen-casts or detailed sample applications best for you?
- Are you looking for many shorter beginner how-to information or less but really technical and in depth exposes?
- What kind of topics and technologies would you like to see covered?
- What’s the best thing about this blog?
- What’s the worst thing about this blog?
My immediate blogging goals will be to:
- Finish the improved version of my popup notifications class.
- Renew my effort to complete my 70-540 Study Guide.
- Continue to develop the today screen plugin framework.
- Continue to tidy up some loose ends on a couple of posts.
Many of these are sitting partially completed on my laptop and I just need to find the time to polish them up for general distribution…
I can’t wait to see what sort of opportunities my second year of blogging leads to. The first year has been a real hoot!