Hello All 89 of My Friends: I'm Now on FeedBurner

I apologize for the duplicate posts that appeared in “all y’all’s” RSS readers; I signed up with Feedburner a few days ago and it slightly changed the content of the feeds.

I’m surprised I signed up with FeedBurner, honestly. As someone who’s hosted my own mail/dns/web/database/everything since 1998, I’ve always been a proponent of “do it yourself” when it came to technical feats. Now, however, I find myself starting to outsource services more and more. I think this is because not only do I have less time, but because the services are more useful and reasonably priced (or free).

A couple years ago, I saw people flock to FeedBurner but thought I’d be happier just keeping the stats myself and dishing out a few SQL queries when I wanted to find out more about my visitors. That takes time, though, and I never actually took the time to look. Up until today, I had no idea how many readers actually subscribe to this blog’s feed. I was pleased to see I had 90! Well, 90 minus one since I subscribe to my own feed to ensure the formatting looks proper. It’s a modest number but it’s my number.. and I appreciate your interest in my blog.

So, other outsourced services I now use are: Google Analytics, Gmail as an anti-spam ASP (I’ll blog about that next), flickr pro and soon enough, mozy pro. I also use WordPress instead of building my own blog engine. Oh, oh and recently, I decided to hire a real graphics designer to redesign RealCajunRecipes.com (“RCR”). It won’t be cheap but thankfully, Google Adsense and our cookbook sales are going to pay for most of it. Out with tables and images and in with CSS! Out with that 2002 design too. That will give Brandon (my best friend and co-creator of RCR) and I time to focus on backend development instead of stressing over something we’re mediocre at like graphics design.

Speaking of development, I have a couple questions for you, my #1 reader.

1. Are any of you ASP.NET developers and if so, do you use the user controls that come with ASP.NET? If so, are you happy with them? If not, why not? We currently have a user database that can be easily imported into ASP.NET’s built in user database but I don’t know if that’s the best way to geaux.
2. We’re going to use ASP.NET 2.0 (Longhorn & Orcas) to redevelop RCR and are considering setting up parts of the site to be written in both English and Cajun French. I’m familiar with localization but I believe that looks at the encoding info that the browser provides. I’d prefer that visitors just click a link that says English or Cajun French. Do you know how to best do this in ASP.NET?

Also, a bit off topic but I’d like to write about more personal things (dealing with a 17 year old seizuric cat, general stuff about living in San Francisco) sometimes, but I often don’t. The posts about D-Pie and my cold, blue legs were exceptions and I ended up removing one (and pondering the other). There’s something about netnerds.net that often prevents me from talking about non-tech stuff. I noticed that a lot of people have personal blogs and technical blogs. Do you think I should create a new blog or should I just talk about non-tech here?

And finally, I have a poll on the blog that I’d like you to answer if you haven’t already. I’d put it in the post itself but I don’t think that the AJAX will work in the RSS readers. The question is What’s Your Job Title? So far, the top 3 answers (of 151 total) are: Sys/Net Admin (23%), App/Web/DB Dev (15%) and Douchebag (12%). Just as I suspected!

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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8 comments on “Hello All 89 of My Friends: I'm Now on FeedBurner
  1. Corey says:

    a) re asp.net 2.0. If you find Orcas too buggy, you can still do asp.net 2.0 with VS 2005.
    b) check out the subsonic project http://www.codeplex.com/actionpack. You can save yourself a huge amount of dev time if you use it. It is best to to do from the very beginning of the process if possible. I can’t recommend it enough.
    c) technical versus personal. My vote would be to leave everything in the one blog and set up a “non-personal” rss feed for those folks that are just looking for tech info.

  2. Chrissy says:

    You are awesome, Corey. Thanks! I will totally look into actionpack this weekend. Thanks for the recommendations. Have you used Orcas? If so, how do you like it?

  3. Cory says:

    I agree with the other Corey…include both tech and personal. I enjoy reading both and Categories/Tags make it easy enough for someone to view one or the other.

  4. Richard says:

    Out of the box, ASP.NET 2.0 will localize based on the client locale, but with just a couple of lines of code you can take control of this–using a user selection, a querystring parameter, etc. Implementing the localization framework is pretty straightforward as well. The challenge you’re going to run into is dealing with those actual resource files–they’re XML, so you have some options, but they don’t integrate very well into most content management schemes (least of all MCMS, which I was dealing with at the time). Microsoft claims to have addressed this in Sharepoint 2007, but I haven’t had time to cycle back and check it out.

    If you have 13 minutes, there’s a video that takes you through the ASP.NET localization process very succinctly (including taking over the localization programmatically). Search for “localization” on this page:

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/asp.net/aa336576.aspx

  5. Mark says:

    I came across your blog a few months ago when searching for some CSS info, since then I have been regularly visiting to see what new info you have posted. This is the only blog I have every found that I actually care to make an effort to read.

    You should keep both personal and professional in one site. It is obvious that technical subjects are a big influence in your life, so they might end up bleeding into the personal blog anyways.

  6. Chrissy says:

    Corey,
    Long time no talk :) Thanks for the input!

    Richard,
    Thanks for the link! And the explanation. You mentioned content management.. is this for internal stuff only or do you have a CMS for external sites as well? If so, which one?

    Mark,
    That made me smile, thank you :) I will definitely keep your input in mind.

  7. Legolas says:

    Don’t you already have (or had) a non-tech blog @LJ?

  8. Chrissy says:

    Yar, I tossed it though.. too much pressure ;)

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