Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Moving Public posts to a new blog

Moving my public blogs to http://astartupguy.blogspot.com/. Decided against using quora at this moment for programming posts as its more suited for theoretical knowledge but not really pasting code samples.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thinking of moving the blog to Quora or starting a new public blog

Reading a book on inbound marketing http://www.amazon.com/Inbound-Marketing-Attract-Delight-Customers/dp/1118896653 by Hubspot founders and it clarified some of my concepts. I intend to finish the book, its just that in the age of Quora, Twitter and Techcrunch you can get easily distracted so I am reading at turtle's pace. Even Netflix and cable TV has lost its charm for me. One reason I had ordered a hard copy instead of kindle so I don’t get distracted and can read it with focus, but now a days I feel like Quora is much more interesting than reading books. But books have their own importance, Quora and blogs are random reading with no pattern and you get some pointers whereas books are more structured reading so on any day I would prefer book over blogs if I have to read a concept in detail and call me old school but I still would prefer paper copy over ebook.

Anyway coming back to the topic I still get close to 50K hits per year on this blog, so thinking how can I apply concepts of book to the blog.

On Quora in past 6 months my content had 31.6K views

In terms of hits it doesn’t makes much difference to switch but earlier I used to think that you write blogs and search engine would scrape it and you would get find(which happened for a rabbitmq post I wrote which get linked to rabbitmq site and is the most visited post on this blog). Apparently I was dead wrong the book says you need to not only need to write content but you need to market it also on social sites like facebook, twitter, linkedin and retweet it and what not so people would link it. I don’t feel comfortable sharing all the posts from this blog as is due to various reasons so I am thinking of moving to Quora for posts that I feel comfortable sharing and I can share them on twitter/linked and leave the private and more technical posts here (the idea is not to market myself but just compare stats and see if same concepts in book can be applied and I can see them in action. I had applied Google analytics first on my blog and then in the my employer startup the same way. Alternatively another idea is to start a new blog on blogger for public posts and leave semi private posts here.

Still debating and will probably reach some conclusion soon.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Using email to manage work queue can be deceptive

I loathe on emails that have been replied more than 5-6 times. I am sometimes copied on emails where there are 20 replies. Today I have an email about post commit reviews which has 20 replies, Grrr.  I procrastinated whole day to read it and looks like I am not goint to read it today.

Problem with 20+replies email is that by the time you end up reading all 20 of them you have lost context of what is the final picture.

I saw this infographic from 2012 http://mashable.com/2012/11/27/email-stats-infographic/  that 28% of time is spent on reading emails.  I think for me its may be 50% or more as I work from home and most communication is over emails except very few which happens  over skype or phone calls.


Would love to explore tools to save time.  I found 2 new tools in gmail so far, "Canned Response" and "Mark as Read" button, lets see if it helps.

For e.g. I would be copied on email "23.7.3 CL- 120157 on all Appnodes and EOS nodes in SJC, AVL and AM2", now I don’t want to delete it as I may need it in case there is an issue in prod. But I also want to move it out of my Unread queue as I am using email to manage my work queue. I am hoping now I don’t need to open email and mark it as read, a one click would do it.

Also thinking of adding more filters to just sweep some emails I care less to trash as other members are taking care of dealing with them.



But this got me into thinking should I use email to manage my work queue, I used to use a task list before but problem was that some items would never get done. Then I switched to gmail and all pending work would be in emails  marked as Unread, I would have read it but if any action is required I would mark it as Unread.  I am almost at a tipping point because it takes me almost from 9-4 to talk to my team and deplete the email queue. That leaves sometimes 1 hour or sometimes 2 hours to write any kind of code. Sometimes it feels like I got rid of all emails that came to me in the day but I got nothing productive done. So was I just pretending to work?

Also gmail is deceptive, when I come in morning it shows me I have 76 unread emails but daily there are many emails that have between 3-5 replies and some are suckers with 10+ replies. So really its almost 150+emails to deal with and this is after sending lot of emails to trash directly.

Need to find some other way to manage the work queue, I had  tried using JIRA but that also hasn’t fared well.