19 may 2006 was the day I blogged for the first time; the platform was blogspot and I was unsure of what direction my blog will take and whether I will be able to make a difference and convey my thoughts and learning to a broader audience.
A decade later, with more than a million page views, I am decently satisfied with having found a niche for myself and for creating some positive impact.
But one lament I have is that I have slowed down considerably. In the first 3 and half years, while the blog was hosted on blogspot, I wrote about 360 blog posts; in Oct 2009, I had moved to self hosted blog, and since then (in the last 6 and half years) I have only written about 120 posts. Which means I have slowed down by about a factor of 6 the frequency with which I post; more importantly I’m not sure the quality of the blog posts is still that high. I would love comments from long time readers of this blog as to what they see as the evolution of the blog and what they can advise me regarding its further course.
For those who may be new to this blog, I would like to share the top 10 posts on The Mouse Trap (I have combined data from the blogspot as well as the self-hosted blog) :
- Maslow’s eight basic needs and the eight stage developmental model
- Schizophrenia: 4 a’s and ABCD
- Ego Development: the nine stages theory of Loevinger
- The Five Core Social Motives
- Different stages of pretend play and how they relate to language development
- Robert Kegan’s stages of Social Maturity/ orders of consciousness
- Theories of Intelligence : Entity Vs Incremental theory
- Allport’s eight stages of self (proprium) development
- Bipolar Phenotype: Excessive self-regulatory focus
- Five kinds of self/self-knowledge
Honorary mention: Goals of Psychology and major personality theory groupings, which just missed the boat!
That’s it for now, happy (re)reading!
Continuing the tradition of other good psychology blogs getting a presence on Facebook, I have created a fan page for The Mouse Trap blog on Facebook with an easy to remember vanity URL http://facebook.com/TheMouseTrapBlog . You can click right here to go to the page and become a fan.
Also if you feel so inclined, you can spread the word about the mouse trap blog amongst your Facebook friends by suggesting the mouse trap blog FB page to them.
Also for those who might not be aware I also tweet and you can follow me at @sandygautam on twitter.
And please don’t forget to actively use the FB page/ twitter stream to create more conversations amongst the mouse trap community and to know me and each other better!
I attended the BlogCampPune2 last Saturday and it was a fun event – bringing diverse people , all driven by the passion of blogging, in the same room and providing them an opportunity to get to know each other well.
Special thanks go to the unorganizers, Tarun, Bhavya et al. for unorganizing it and to all others who showed up at the event and participated. It was my first blogcmap/tweetup/ unconference/ any offline activity and I met many of my online friends in real life, for the first time.
I was already looking forward to meeting Navin Kabra, Amit Paranjape,Meeta Kabra, Dhananjaye Nene, Sneha Gore, Vishal Gangawane, Tarun Chandel and many others and was gratified when that happened; but the icing on the cake was to find other unexpected contacts like Mahendra Om also present there, or making new and interesting contacts like Annkur of Only Gizmos.
Some of the sessions were really interesting- Annkur with his ‘Mistakes were made
(but not by me) (but by me)’ presentation ; or Navin with his ‘What blogs can learn from newspapers’ presentation provided some good food for thought and something to take home with you and apply to your blogging later.The informal talk by Meeta and how her dependence on third-party marketing backfired provided new insights. Thakkars’ impromptu session stressed the importance of humor and fun and how presentation matters. The only regret form the blogcamp was the fact that due to some last minute rescheduling, I and Dhananjaye had to take sessions at the same time and we ended up missing each others presentations. I had already gone through Dhanajaye’s presentation , which he had loaded prior to the event on his site, and was really looking forward to his talk.
To those of you who missed the event, search for #blogcamppune on twiiter or go to this FriendFeed page to get a sense of real-time excitement and reprting. I am sure , the post-blogcamp blog posts and tweets and press covergae would be aggregated at some place and I’ll link to it soon here.My own persentation can be found here.
Thanks again to all who were there!