I want to thank everyone who visited. I hope that you find the content interesting and useful to you. This is just a quick post to thank everyone who visited and to give a July 2008 wrapup detailing some successes and what I have in the works.
July really was the first month that I worked "full time" on the site. It has been a slower transition than I would have liked. However, I have been getting everything in order so that I can put my full efforts into creating and publishing useful, interesting and valuable content. Finding the right balance between blogging, running a professional land surveying business and family is challenging, but I am enjoying every minute of it.
In a perfect world you could spend the exact amount of time on what is important to you with perfect balance and harmony in your professional and family life. But as you all know, you sometimes get pulled in directions you might not otherwise have planned for, or need to place more emphasis in one area of your life over another area.
Proper life balance is never about getting every minute right, it's about getting it right as a whole, with many ups and downs in between. Just remember, we all get the same amount of hours every day to work with-choose wisely.
In July 2008 our site visits increased by 170% over the preceding month for a total of 1,430 unique visits and about 35,000 hits. I'm sure that in the Internet/blogosphere world this is not huge, but it is very encouraging to me, as I want to develop a loyal readership focused on the professional land surveyor/GIS/Mapping expert and business person that is profit focused and technologically result driven.
By that I mean, those individuals in the land surveying and mapping communities who adopt and use technologies and methodologies to enhance their productivity to make themselves, or their companies, more profitable.
In my experience many surveyors are often the early adopters and implement advanced technologies earlier than those in the mainstream. I really don't think that we surveyors get enough credit in this regard. With that said, I will be the first to use and recommend any low tech, even "old", methodology and technique, if it works, provides good results and is, most importantly, an efficient way (process and cost) of doing things.
Technology for the sake of technology is not a solution, just a tremendous waste of resources (time and money).
Also in July, I have been looking into surveying and mapping solutions that I think are interesting. I have arranged for and I am in the process of reviewing the following products for you:
- STK Surveyors' Tool Kit
- Magellan® Triton™ 2000
- National Geographic TOPO!®
- Capturx by Adapx™
Thank you to these companies for providing their products and time so that I can learn and inform you about them. In the near future you can expect these product reviews and post concerning my review policies and other general policies; transparency, commenting, etc.
Again, thank you to everyone who visited and please let me know what you would like to see here and learn about.