Yesterday was Elle MacPhereson’s birthday. Oh, yeah, it was Daily Dose of Excel’s birthday too. Can you believe it’s been five years? Feels like 20.
You know, they laughed at me when I named this blog Daily Dose of Excel. And they were right. I liked the way it sounded, but I didn’t really think about the pressure I was putting on myself. OK, I don’t really feel any pressure, I just post when I can. When I started, I would post three times a day – morning, noon, and night. That seemed like a reasonable schedule. :) Now I shoot for three times a week. In 2009, I’m trying to have a post for every weekday in the month, and thanks to the Euler posts, I’m pretty close to that.
I get advice from family and friends all of the time to change the focus of the blog. “It’s too advanced”, they say. “I read your blog. I didn’t get it, but I read it”, they say. I keep saying I’m going to add a couple of less advanced posts a week to see how it goes, but it hasn’t happened yet. In the last month, I haven’t had time to post about the stuff that interests me, much less a post on the IF function. Oh well, I’ll keep dreaming.
I’ve learned a couple of things over the last five years, and here are two of them: Don’t make ironic, sarcastic, or misleading post titles. For example, don’t title a post about your blog’s birthday “Elle’s Birthday”. That’s just stupid. Maybe for these non-Excel, throw way posts it’s OK. But for the Excel stuff, I should make the title meaningful. In the beginning, my titles were “clever”. That’s about as hard to maintain as a daily posting schedule. And it makes it really hard to find stuff later.
Another lesson I learned is to include pictures of hot chicks in my posts whenever possible. Everyone likes hot chicks; dudes, other hot chicks. But of course I keep it tasteful. Finding an appropriate photo of Elle is not as easy as you might think, as a Google Image Search will quickly tell you.
Bonus Lesson: Check your spelling. I wrote a post entitled Doppleganger. That misspelling will be with me forever. It doesn’t even rank high on Google for the misspelled word, which is the only advantage of misspelling a word.
In addition to the first post, here are some other highlights of the past five years:
- November 2004, Move from Typepad to WordPress
- November 2004, Added authors
- First Birthday, You guys talk me out of a name change
- September, 2005 Changed domain from dicks-blog.com
- February 2006, My favorite post even though it caused some problems, I still think it’s the best post to date.
- April, 2007 April Fools jokes
- March, 2008 Australian Excel Conference