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Reflections 2006

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I started this blog. From its inception, my intention was to give a little something back to the massive Internet community from which I’ve acquired a wealth of information on subjects ranging from professional to personal. I also knew that I’d get a deeper knowledge of the technical subject matter by simply writing about it.

Blogging also allows me to scratch my writing itch. During the first month or so, I wrote several posts a week. Over time, that was simply not a pace I could maintain. I’m down to one or two posts a month now primarily because each post takes several hours since I usually prototype what I’m discussing and try to be very thorough.

I also thought that Google AdSense income would cover my hosting costs. Let’s just say that part hasn’t panned out. 😉 If you plan on starting a technical blog and want AdSense income, pick a subject that has broad appeal. Also keep in mind that technical websites tend to attract corporate workers who are behind ad-blocking software such as WebSense so many of your viewers won’t even see the ads. Fortunately, hosting is cheap these days.

Top 10 Posts for 2006

In case you missed them, here are my top 10 most popular posts:

  1. WebLogic Embedded LDAP
  2. The Fifteen Minute Guide to Mutual Authentication
  3. Common Problems with Authentication Provider Configuration
  4. The Mysterious CLIENT-CERT
  5. WebLogic Security Framework Overview
  6. Authentication Methods in Web Applications
  7. WebLogic 9.1 Authorization Gotcha
  8. WebLogic Auditing
  9. Security Realm Logging in WebLogic 8.1
  10. Mutual Authentication in Action

Yes, I’m also surprised that a post on WebLogic’s embedded LDAP takes the top slot. While most of its traffic is subject-specific, it also gets a lot of hits for a Firefox error message that I included in the text. Hmm, I wonder if “Britney Spears” is still the top ranking search phrase. I’ll have to start sprinkling such terms around! 😉

Another thing to note from this list is that all of the posts are WebLogic-related. I had intended to cover generic J2EE security but the reality is that there’s only so much J2EE security you can cover before getting into specific implementations of it. With this in mind, I hope to expand somewhat into the security aspects of WebSphere and JBoss in 2007. Hopefully, I’ll be able to provide meaningful content related to these servers while expanding my horizons at the same time.

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Have a great new year!