State of the Blog / Thanks for a good January!

I gotta say… I wasn’t expecting such a smooth transition to the new blog domain.blogstats2014While I make projects to learn and have fun, I couldn’t honestly say that posting to this blog and having an audience hasn’t helped keep my motivation up. It’s not huge or anything, but the growth is great. I’ve given up on blogs before because they start off slow, so I was worried the move would cause another slow start like the one you can see in the graph. The final view count for January 2015 is just over half of where we left off, which is more than I was expecting. Thank you for visiting!

I’ve been thinking of ways to improve the blog, from writing more tutorials, to adding new features outside of the blog (discussion forums, anyone?!). Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for tutorials. I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again! ūüôā

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200! (eBay update)

200

This is the 200th post on the blog!¬†Every time I hit some kind of milestone with the blog, I feel excited because it gives me a chance to step back and see¬†how far I’ve come with the blog. It doesn’t really feel like more than a year has gone by since I started posting, so it seems odd¬†looking back and seeing things like my Solidworks models or the¬†Arduino robots.

The project in the picture is¬†a project I did in April¬†where I made a counter with an Attiny85 and a couple shift registers on a perfboard. To program it to display 200 for this post, I used my Attiny85 Programmer/Breakout Board, which is a recent project. Like I said in a recent post, I love it when projects work with each other, even better when they’re that different in age.

I’ve listed a bunch of items eBay. For this 200th post celebration, I’ve¬†just dropped all prices. This sale will last through the weekend, though some prices will probably stay. I hope you’ll find something you like!

I’ve got some more PCB updates which will hopefully happen in the next week or two. I’m waiting on two designs in the mail which should be arriving in that time. I’m also continuing work on Rev B of the Attiny85 Programmer and Breakout Board. I hope to get back into the fountain show project soon too.

Thanks for visiting!

Happy birthday!!

aw5celebrateToday marks one year since my first post on this blog!

This is a major accomplishment for me. I have tried to run many blogs and websites in the past but have never kept up with any for this long.

The blog nearly started out like my other blogs, covering any and everything I had in mind. Soon after starting this blog, I decided to focus primarily on my electronics projects and experiments. I did make some amusement park related blog posts early on but that was it. A couple months ago, I dropped the amusement parks topic from the tagline so that the blog would officially be focused on electronics, even though it had been for months before.

One of my favorite things about running this blog is seeing the statistics page and how people are landing here. It pleases¬†me to see that people are visiting because of a project I’ve already completed, not just for projects that I’m actively posting about at the time. It motivates me to keep working on new projects ¬†so people have more things to see while they’re here. I love seeing the list of categories on the sidebar and seeing how much I’ve put out there, with more to come.

What’s next?

First thing’s first [resisting that song reference], I’ve applied a new theme to the blog. I also have a custom logo at the top even though it may not look like it. I’ve been obsessed with the Segoe UI font since doing the Electronics Engineering Reference program.

My most recent project is my Eagle PCB design which has been manufactured and is in the mail at the time of this post. I wanted to give a couple of these boards away for the birthday, provided that they arrived in time¬†and they worked after I do some testing which obviously hasn’t happened. I’ll have more details on this project and this possible giveaway when I have them in hand.

I want to continue writing tutorials. I just need to find some topics.

The Light Show is probably my biggest hit with people, but I feel like interest with it has been ramping down again, though that may just be me. I am on the fence about dismantling it as it’s been sitting collecting dust for a while now. I will be making two posts soon. One will¬†be a photo tour of the build¬†with photos I never got around to sharing before. The second post will touch on some of my techniques of programming the show. I get a lot of questions about how I program the shows. Some people don’t really like the answer, though.

Thank you.

Thank you¬†very much for visiting my blog! I love having an audience that’s into what I’m into so I hope you’ll come back for more soon!