Saturday, August 13, 2005
Welcome New Readers
According to FeedBurner, the number of people subscribed to my blog feed has leaped from 10 to 16 in the past few days. A 60% increase is nothing to sneeze at, but with such small numbers, I'm not sure whether it is "real" or not.
Determining an exact number of readers for my blog is problematic. I don't know how many of those 16 readers are real people reading my feed, which are bots, and which represent the same person reading from multiple computers. I also don't know how many people are subscribed to the Blogger-supplied feed instead of FeedBurner feed, and I don't know how many people read the blog via a web browser instead of a news aggregator.
Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome (or re-welcome) everyone reading my blog. I'd appreciate any comments telling me who you are and why you are interested in this blog.
The main reason I read your weblog is because of the detailed posts about your flying lessons. I've always dreamt of becoming a pilot, and your journal gives me a better picture of all things involved. Thanks a lot!
I'm primarily a "fan" because of your Ward Wiki page about "Developers turned Managers" - I'm a wandering programmer/sysadmin/being-forced-to-be-manager, and can sympathise about being slightly adrift in the bitstream.
(And I had to chuckle about your slow-blow fuse problem; I fell over that trap in the mid-80's, and thought hw-engineers would have been more cluey to that by now :-).
I don't cotton to those durned-fancy RSS aggregators. I like blogs served up in their full html+css glory.
I'm also one of your new readers. I don't really remember how i found my way here... However, I'm also a programmer of embedded systems. I once started taking flying lessons, but had to stop when the Swedish Aviation Authority decided that my vision was to poor :-( On the other hand, I work with full mission trainers for multirole fighters, so at least I get some quite nice simulated flights every now and then.
I just wanted to see how you're doing.
jared: Yes I probably will go for an instrument rating. The immediate plan, after getting my certificate, is to build up cross-country hours for a few months. If flying stays fun, then I'll get instrument training.
aviatrix: I think you found my description of my discovery flight. I didn't know about you until you linked to me.
I have been the lead programmer on DTC's DUAT system for about 18 years, so I found a certain affinity for reading your blogs. I am interested in both your programming comments (I have some of the same issues) as well as an interest in following your flying pursuits. Of course, my particular interest is in your comments about using DUAT, the FAA's cryptic weather data, your use of flight logs for flight planning, etc.
I saw you already know about the flight service specialists are losing their jobs to Lockheed Martin. Did you know the FAA was planning to give the DUAT service to LM too?
Good luck on your flying lessons and your recently modified job plans!