1,000 Daily Posts

Yesterday I hit 1,000 days in a row of posting on this blog. Wow! It’s crazy to think about. Have you ever done something for 1,000 days straight that wasn’t a human function, like eating, sleeping, etc?

My streak started on November 10, 2016 on a work trip to Iceland. I remember thinking I would keep it going for a little while, but never expected to reach 4 digits. Over the streak I’ve published 1,136 posts, which included 139,371 words, 2,674 links, 1,571 images, and 272 Videos. You can also check out my posts when I hit 41 days79 days100 days, 1 year, and 2 years.

This post will extend the streak to 1,001 days, which could be the end. Over the last few months it has become a chore to make sure I publish and some of the enjoyment has disappeared because there have been days when I’ve had to find something for a post at 7 or 8 at night. Going forward, I’ll publish when I have something to publish and I’ve deleted my daily reminder to remove the pressure.

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I couple of days ago I noticed it was the 8,000th post on this blog, which is also a pretty big milestone. Any bets on when I’ll get to 10,000?

1 Year of Daily Posting

A year ago I started my blog post streak, which made yesterday the 365th day in a row I’ve published something here on nick.blog!

We’ve been testing posting streak achievements/notifications internally for WordPress.com and hopefully they’ll be ready for a public launch soon.

During the streak I’ve published 473 posts containing 61,776 words, 1,399 links, 509 images, and 137 videos! (code)

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Previous posts about the streak:

 

Blog in a Box Paparazzi

wapi-512Happy Pi Day! I figured I better post something Raspberry Pi related today…

This weekend I played around with Blog in a Box which was recently released by our Tinker team at Automattic.

A quick and easy way of putting WordPress onto a Raspberry Pi.

BIAB ships with modules to use the Raspberry Pi camera and SenseHAT. I hadn’t used my Pi camera yet and had a fun idea to hack around with.

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The camera module allows you to take a photo on a schedule by setting a period of minutes, hours, or days between each photo. I wanted to have a little more fun, so I wired some other electronics up to a Raspberry Pi Zero and wrote a little Python program.

The first electronic element was a simple button. Press it and a picture is taken. Next up was a photocell (light sensor). When the room quickly changes from dark to light, it’ll take a picture. Since the Pi doesn’t have analog inputs, I went with a neat technique of measuring the sensor as a resistor used to ‘fill up’ a capacitor. The last element was an ultrasonic sensor I haven’t used yet either. It measures the distance to an object in front of it, so I’m kind of using it as a motion detector. Walk in front of the sensor and a picture is snapped. Due to mismatched voltages on the PI’s GPIO and the output signal of the rangefinder, I had to use some resistors to create a voltage divider circuit.

To create visual feedback I wired up an LED for each of these 3 components. When one of the components triggers a photo, the associated LED lights up until the process is complete.

I named it Blog in a Box Paparazzi. Of course the code and wiring info are available on GitHub. Should be easy to adjust if you have other sensors, buttons, switches, or whatever you want to trigger photos. Let me know if you try something different.

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dot-blog

When we purchased the .blog TLD (think .com), each Automattician was allowed to select their own domain.blog for free. We had to promise to use it as the primary domain of a site and post at least once a month. Piece of cake.

I have the most years of any Nick at Automattic, so was able to get nick.blog! Not sure if I’m prepared for the Internet fame. Due to a trademark I had to wait through a grace period after the .blog public launch. It didn’t get purchased so it’s finally mine and active as my new domain.

You can still type in nickmomrik.com and it’ll properly redirect, becoming part of a growing list of domains:

  • nickmomrik.wordpress.com
  • nickmomrik.org
  • nickmomrik.net
  • nicholasmomrik.com
  • mtdewvirus.com
  • momrik.com
  • momrik.blog
  • nickmomrik.blog

Streaking

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I’ve been on a nice publishing streak here. It all started with a food post in Iceland. After a few days in a row I decided to keep it going. When I hit 14 days I was curious how it compared historically so I wrote a little script. The code is on GitHub. Here’s the output before publishing this post.

Posts published: 6,909 since 2003-11-22

Longest streak: 78 (2009-01-26 – 2009-04-13)
Longest slump: 90 (2007-01-01 – 2007-03-30)

Currently on a 41 day streak, since 2016-11-10. Post today to keep it going!

This post did keep it going, so the streak is up to 42 days. Can I break my record? I think so.

This renewed focus on blogging has helped to fuel some new hobbies. It’s also a reminder of how blogging changed my life years ago. I started programming PHP after setting up WordPress to run this site. Eventually I was creating plugins and contributing back to WordPress, which of course led to me getting hired at Automattic. Maybe blogging can pay off for you too.

With the rise of social media, many of you have become content creators, but almost nobody owns their own content. If Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram disappear what happens to all of your words, pictures, and videos? Probably gone. If you use your own domain and push content to other services, you’re in control.

Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed.

– Andy Baio

Maybe you don’t care. If you do and would like to give blogging a try, head over to get.blog. Can you match my posting streak?

CrossFit & “The Blog”

I’ve pointed out similarities between the communities of CrossFit & WordPress before. Came across this video posted in 2011 of CrossFit’s founder, Greg Glassman, talking about blogging and their use of it on crossfit.com (known as “main site” in the community).

It seems like several times a year, we run into articles forecasting the death of blogging. Guess what… we keep seeing more and more activity. You can find all kinds of people and articles claiming “CrossFit is only a fad” or “the downfall is coming soon.” Guess what… the number of affiliate gyms around the world keeps increasing and the Open, now in year 6, has seen a 10x growth in participants.

A lot of CrossFit’s success can be attributed to the fact there has been a free workout posted on their blog every day since 2001. A lot of gyms and home gym athletes follow main site for workouts instead of doing their own programming.

If you’re running a business and you don’t have a blog, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to connect with a lot of people and possibly create a community of your own. Not everyone uses Facebook, but everyone can visit your web site.

Busy Busy

New postings have been few and far between here at MDV for the past few months and especially during the last month. I’ve been extremely busy and having a lot of fun. The big secret (I sold pokerchiptricks.com) is out, went to Cedar Point, bought a black MacBook, have golfed a ton this summer, and just recently took a 5-night trip to Las Vegas. Detailed posts on all of these will be making their way to a NICKED Up blog in the near future. This post will help serve as a reminder of what I need to get done. Maybe I’ll even get started on a new design for MDV, which I’ve had visions of doing for far too long.