wolfgang ziegler

„make stuff and blog about it“

10 Years of Blogging

January 21, 2021

Holy cow! It looks like I have been blogging for more than 10 years now. It's time to do a little retrospective.

My First Blog Post

My first blog post from 2007 titled The Guard Pattern meets IDisposable was about a .NET programming design pattern. In retrospect, this fits really nicely since it set the stage for a whole slew of .NET, C# and programming blog posts yet to come.

I remember that I posted this on some hosted blogging platform, which I am pretty sure does not exist any more. Luckily, I still found a local copy of that post later which I had written using Windows Live Writer (now Open Live Writer) so I could re-publish it. This way I managed to unearth a few other posts (one per year from 2007-2010) but most of what I wrote in those 4 years got lost, unfortunately.

However, starting from 2011, all blog posts were either migrated to this current site or published on it.

Let's have a look at a few statistics.

Total Blog Posts

The total number of blog posts I have created so far is 304.

Gauge chart displaying a value 304

I'm not quite sure what to make of this number, it does not really sound like a lot for more than a decade, but then it comes down to around 30 blog posts pear year which is not terrible either.

Blog Posts per Year

Note: I removed the first 4 posts from the years 2007 - 2010 from the following statistics, since there was only one post in each year.

Let's have a look at how many posts I created in each of those 10 years.

Bar chart for the years 2011 - 2021

Apparently, in 2012 and 2013 I was really productive with 62 blog posts in both years (nice coincidence). To be honest, this high number also comes down to me being very active in Windows Phone app development at that time. And many of my posts were of the "hey, there's a new app of mine" kind. (e.g this post).

Blog Posts per Month

Another interesting statistic is which months would be my most productive ones in terms of blogging.

Bar chart for posts per month (aggregated)

Apparently, on average July is my most productive month when it comes to blogging (this surprised me) and November the least productive one.

Blog Posts for each Month

So, let's look at the number of blog posts in all individual months since 2011. This shows again the really productive early years (2012 and 2013) where a high amount of blog posts were created around July, which explains the previous chart. Since then, I have settled at around 1-2 posts per month, which is OK but could be better.

Bar chart for posts in each month

Categories (aka Tags)

I counted 154 different tags with which I marked my blog posts.

Gauge chart displaying the value 154

That's quite a variety ...

Word cloud of the tags I blogged about

Let's look at some statistics there.

Top 10 Tags

These are the 10 most frequently used tags throughout all my blog posts.

Tag Count
Windows Phone 45
Programming 32
Make 32
Web 32
C# 32
musings 31
DIY 28
Windows Phone 7 28
WP7 28
.NET 25

That's what I more or less expected. Posts about Windows Phone rank first since there was I time I was really passionate about that ecosystem and wrote quite a few apps for it. Windows Phone even makes two more appearances with Windows Phone 7 and WP7 in this top ten list.

Other top-ranked tags cover .NET Programming (C#, .NET) which is my passion to this day.

Also the tags Make and DIY rank high which seems about right, since I remember writing quite a few blog posts describing projects I did.

Let's take a further look, how these top ranked tags developed over time.

Top 3 Tags 2011

Little surprise there.

Tag Count
.NET 10
WP7 9
C# 9

Top 3 Tags 2012

A very similar picture to the year before.

Tag Count
Windows Phone 7 18
WP7 17
C# 14

Top 3 Tags 2013

Apparently, it was 2013 when I (re)discovered my passion for web programming.

Tag Count
Windows Phone 13
Web 12
Dev 11

Top 3 Tags 2014

Newport, my personal Windows Phone MVVM framework, makes its first appearances.

Tag Count
Windows Phone 16
Programming 16
Newport 6

Top 3 Tags 2015

First time, general musings ranked in the top posts.

Tag Count
Windows Phone 5
Musings 5
Web 5

Top 3 Tags 2016

Making and tinkering with electronics was the focus of most posts in this year.

Tag Count
Make 6
Arduino 3

Top 3 Tags 2017

The trend continues.

Tag Count
Make 9
Electronics 8
Fun 6

Top 3 Tags 2018

I had been down the rabbit hole of 3D Printing for quite a while already, but in that year I dedicated most of my blog posts to this topic.

Tag Count
3DPrinting 5
Make 5

Top 3 Tags 2019

2019 was a tie between Web and DIY topics.

Tag Count
Web 6
make 6

Top 3 Tags 2020

Finally, the RaspberryPi made its way to the top. I have a fan of this device and its ecosystem from the first hour.

Tag Count
RaspberryPi 4
Make 4


Looking back at all these blog posts is also quite fascinating from a personal perspective, it's like taking a step back and seeing (an aspect of) yourself developing in time lapse.

There are a few obvious journeys and transitions, where I developed new interests and hobbies or grew bored of technologies and adopted news ones.

In a nutshell

Recently, I discovered canva.com, an online tools for creating all kinds of designs and artworks. This is my first attempt of creating an infographic.

Infographic with my blogging statistics