It’s hard to believe, but a full year has passed since I wrote my first blog post on vswitchzero.com. My first post was something very simple just to get used to the authoring process – suppressing shell warnings – written on June 3rd, 2017.
When I started, my goal was to share my knowledge with the community and to share some of the other things I enjoy as well. I really wasn’t sure if I’d keep up with it or enjoy the process, but it has turned out to be a great personal and professional experience for me. I find myself digging deeper into problems and technologies, and looking for new ways to share, challenge and educate. It’s also been a great outlet for me to share some of my hobbies – like building and restoring retro PCs.
To date, I’ve written 76 posts for an average of about a post and a half per week. When I was getting started, it took some time to get in the swing of releasing regular content. Now, it seems I never have fewer than two or three things on my mind to write about, which is great.
Over the last year, I’ve seen a steady rise in my visitor and view counts and have seen many of my posts work their way up in the google search rankings. Some of them have been surprisingly popular – like my post on VMXNET3 buffer exhaustion and the beacon probing deep dive. I’ve also gotten some really positive feedback on my ongoing NSX Troubleshooting Scenario posts, which I hope to continue with. Being recognized as a 2018 vExpert was also a big milestone for me and I look forward to applying for the 2018 NSX vExpert program as well.
I’d like to take a moment to thank William Lam (@lamw), and Matt Mancini (@vmexplorer) who were a big help in getting me started. They provided me with many great tips. Some of which I have embraced, and others that I still struggle with – like trying not to write 15,000-word posts. They also encouraged me to get on Twitter, which has proven to be an excellent tool to share my posts with the greater community.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement! I look forward to the many posts ahead.