My first posting "Firstly what this isn't" was my self-conscious attempt to justify the existence of this blog. It took 2 weeks before I posted again, this time to give a few clues as to what software I was writing. I also introduced the code name for the project, Sydney. At this point I started publicising my blog in my email signature and a few friends and other programmers started to come and take a look.
Spurred on by the fact that I had 2 regular readers I embarked on an ambitious 3 part series, "Balancing your new venture with your day job" Parts 1, 2 and 3, explaining how I'd been working at both my day job and on Sydney for the past few months. I also came clean that I was in-fact still at my day job but planning to leave soon.
I received my first inbound link from one of my readers, a fellow programmer from Adelaide named Emlyn. Thanks for the link Emlyn, sorry I haven't returned the favour but if it's any consolation I haven't linked to anyone else's blog yet either.
In "Beer and movie money" I asked for suggestions as to what I could do for money instead of my day job that wouldn't take up much time. The resounding silence from both of my readers was an clear signal that I should go with my suggested options of either home computer help or bar work.
Towards the end of May I was surprised to receive a comment from someone who was keen to keep up with the XML news feed but was having trouble reading it. Seeing a chance to increase my readership by 50% overnight I contacted the good folks at FeedBurner who had the issue sorted just a few days later. My regular audience now stood at a grand total of 2 complete strangers and Emlyn.
Undeterred by my failure to attract a larger audience I forged on with a semi-convincing post titled "Time to go". In it I proclaimed my determination to leave my day job in the next few weeks.