Happy Birthday Tyner Blain!

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Hooray Us

We’re taking the day off to tip back a cold one and celebrate a great year as a community! Tip a glass with us, and thanks for being here!

History

Tyner Blain was formed in May 2005, and we started the blog on Nov 24th 2005. New to the whole blogging thing, we started out with a free site on WordPress, realized that we had an opportunity to create a great community, and moved everything to our own domain in January 2006.

Since then, we’ve published over 300 articles, covering topics throughout the software development life cycle, with a common theme – delivering software product success. We hope you’ve enjoyed them, and thanks to all who have contributed to the fantastic conversations that have started in the comments on many of the posts. We’re not going anywhere, and hope you aren’t either.
Your Favorite Posts

When we look back at the stats, here are the posts that have received the most page views:

  1. Top Ten Tips for Preventing Innovation (thanks to Scott Berkun for the super-powers of your link!)
  2. Software Testing Series: Black Box vs. White Box Testing (thanks Yahoo for sending several people here every day)
  3. Death By A Thousand Cuts – Usability Problems Add Up (thanks to the spam-bot that hit this page thousands of times in July)
  4. Foundation Series: Black Box and White Box Software Testing (Google and Yahoo combined to make this a winner – thanks guys)
  5. Top Five Requirements Gathering Tips (pure organics at play. thanks to everyone who’s linked to this page)
  6. Foundation Series: Structured Requirements (almost everyone who read this came to it to get background info in support of another article – proof that the Foundation Series idea is working)
  7. How to Use Timeboxes for Scheduling Software Delivery (thanks to Pragmatic Marketing for publishing an extended version of this one last month)
  8. Requirements Vs. Design – Which is Which And Why (Our standard-bearer in the great debate)
  9. Foundation Series: Business Process Modeling (We’ve had a lot of attention, both supporting and criticising our BPMN series)
  10. Requirements Document Proliferation (the first of our attempts to describe the way-too-many-different-ways to document requirements)

Thanks to everyone who has read, commented on, contributed to, inspired, linked to, criticised, or otherwise been involved in everything we do here. You can’t imagine how appreciated it has been, is, and will continue to be. Thank you!

International

The top 10 (of 170+) countries from which our visitors read Tyner Blain:

  1. United States of America ( 63%)
  2. Republic of Korea (3%)
  3. Brazil (2.7%)
  4. India (2.2%)
  5. United Kingdom (2.1%)
  6. Canada (1.9%)
  7. Taiwan (1.4%)
  8. Thailand (1.2%)
  9. Japan (1.1%)
  10. Germany (1%)

If you want your country to make it to the top ten for next year, spread the word :)

Big Numbers

The surprising and humbling stuff…

  • Global reach with readers from over 170 countries.
  • Over 300 links from other bloggers according to Technorati.
  • Over 400 comments from the awesome people who are part of our community.
  • Over 500 subscribers to our RSS Feed (as reported by Feedburner on weekdays), 70 by email (Feedblitz)
  • Over 500 file downloads (presentations and bpmn visio stencils)
  • Over 750,000 page views, from over 300,000 visitors, from just under 50,000 unique IP addresses. Wow. That’s insane.

ConclusionSome ridiculously low percentage of blogs die in the first year. We haven’t – thanks to you! We’re not going away any time soon, so stick around and enjoy the fun!

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