Three Years of Writing and Blogging
November 1, 2013
In October 2008, I went to the Citrix Summit in Orlando. There I attended a XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 Hands-on lab taught by Jo Harder of Citrix. Later during the Summit I saw Jo standing in the hallway outside the lab and got up the courage to talk to her. I told Jo I was interested in writing a series of basic “How To” articles about XenApp. She thought it was a great idea and encouraged me to proceed.
On November 1, 2008 I created carlwebster.com and published my first article two days later. In January 2009, Doug Brown asked me to move my articles to his site and start writing for him exclusively. I was floored that someone of Doug’s stature would ask an unknown to write for his famous web site. In August, 2011 I moved back to CarlWebster.com.
In November 2009 I was nominated for the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. When I submitted my CTP application I had 33 articles which had been viewed a cumulative 243,526 times. I now have 90 articles written which is an average of 2.5 articles a month since November 2008. All my articles from both carlwebster.com and dabcc.com/Webster have been viewed 935,678 times! That is just simply mind boggling to me.
The most popular articles are on XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 which have been viewed 247,032 times.
The second most popular articles are on Citrix Secure Gateway which have been viewed 118,321 times.
My first book has now sold 289 copies as of October 31, 2011.
On another note, I spend a lot of time on Experts Exchange helping people with their Citrix issues and questions. As of November 1, 2011 I have 1,919,265 points making me #1 in the Citrix zone, have answered 1,272 questions, participated in another 703 questions and have made a total of 4,761 comments.
I want to make sure I continue to thank my friend Michael B. Smith (Exchange MVP) for his encouragement to get started writing and for Jo Harder not brushing me off when I met her at Summit 2008.
It has been a very busy three years! Thanks to everyone who reads my articles.
Consultant and Citrix Technology Professional