I used to post about every GIS or map blog that I found, but there are so many these days that I’ve kind of gotten off the habit of doing so. Well this isn’t a new blog, mapz librarian has been around for awhile, but it is now on Blogger. I’ve been subscribed for some time but I’ve never posted about it which is a shame because he’s a GIS Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington and has a very different take on GIS than most of us GIS bloggers. Joshua’s been a good blogger before, but now that he’s off of Bloglines and on to Blogger, I’m sure everyone will be reading more of him.
In case you don’t already subscribe to his RSS feed, Jeff Archer posted a small bio about himself and how he ended up as the Product Manager for ArcGIS Server. I’ve never met Jeff as unfortunately our workload hasn’t included much ArcGIS server beyond a few projects, but if you do use Server you should definitely bookmark his blog as I’m sure he’d be a great resource to any ArcGIS questions or any wish list items you’d have.
I have one big wish Jeff, combine ArcGIS Server and ArcIMS into one product. Two server solutions just confuses the marketplace. Much like ArcView became the “low end” of ArcGIS Desktop, ArcIMS would be the entry to ArcGIS Server. It seems silly to at least me as a developer to keep them split anymore.
Rob Shanks, the President of GlobeXplorer has been blogging since July and for some reason I haven’t seen or heard about it. Probably not a bad read if you want to keep up on the satellite/aerial image industry as a whole. I’m subscribed.
While I can’t believe it, many people aren’t totally on the RSS bandwagon. I’ve gotten a couple emails from people wondering if there would ever be a weekly email summarizing the weeks news from me. I kind of thought about it (it wouldn’t be hard to do with Movable Type), but then I realized that the news wouldn’t be too timely as much can change in the course of a week. A couple weeks ago I started giving people the option to subscribe to individual entries so I wondered how hard it would be to allow people to subscribe to the whole site. It turns out it was much easier than I thought. Now right below the RSS feed button on the right sidebar, you’ll now see a place to subscribe to the site via email. Whenever I post a new entry, you’ll get an email right in your inbox right away with all the details. If you ever decide you don’t want the emails anymore, just click the unsubscribe button and you’ll be free.
I’m just amazed at how this blog has really taken off during the past 3 months. In that time the traffic has soared and in turn advertisers have begun to take notice, much to my chagrin. I got an email from one who wanted to buy some banner ads on my site. He sent me some graphs showing me how popular the site has become in relationship to existing GIS or mapping blogs.
First of all, to compare this site to The Map Room is laughable. Anyone who pays any attention to the internet knows that Jonathan’s site is cited by more users than almost any other GIS or mapping website out there. Plus anyone looking at that graph the advertiser sent me can see that The Map Room has had high traffic levels for much longer than I have (6 months to a year). I think he added that graph in there to make me feel better about the site.
AllPointsBlog is a little different, but I’d guess they are still much larger than this one. Something happened to the site when they changed their URL. Somehow it became less compelling than before, but maybe they are still trying to figure out what the blog should be. On top of that, changing their URL probably affected the results. This blog compared to Directions Magazine probably shows a more accurate picture of AllPointsBlog.
I’ll say here what I told this advertiser, I view this blog as a hobby, not a source of income. His choice of graphs, using Alexa and the time period he picked was all part of a plan for him to try and make money off of my site with ad. The whole advertising thing is suspect anyway. When I was involved with previous sites, they would always give good reviews to big advertisers and I got so sick and tired of it I left and created Spatially Adjusted. (I’m not saying every site that accepts ads has an agenda by any means)
The cost of this site to me is very low (I pay about $5 a month for hosting and my copy of Movable Type was paid for over a year ago). I don’t like ads on websites (I block most of them using FireFox anyway) so I’ll never have them here in any capacity. I also will always have full RSS feeds so you don’t have to even visit my site if you don’t want to. Also by the end of the week I’ll have an email subscription set up so you can follow the news via email if you don’t like RSS.
Oh, MapInfo better watch out because I’m about to pass them in traffic! (rolleyes)
I posted back a couple weeks ago that I changed the RSS feed from FeedBurner to hosting my own. This was supposed to be seamless, but it seems like some readers are not grabbing the new feed url. I know Thunderbird is having trouble with it so if you use it, make sure you update your feed url to the following. Sorry about all this, but FeedBurner wasn’t updating all the time even though I was pinging it. I promise it won’t change again.