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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The direction of BIM and the blog

I received an anonymous comment today from a reader that he was
unsubscribing from my blog because it was becoming less and less about
Revit. I read his comment and had conflicting thoughts about what he
said.

So here are my thoughts. For the past two years, I've come close to
having 1,000 blog posts each year. There's no way to do that on just
Revit without becoming completely redundant. Next, ever since I got
my iPad last May, I've never done so much reading and I have over
1,400 blog posts that are sitting in my drafts folder. I just don't
have the time to catch up and get them all published as I encounter
more information every day.

Then there's the whole issue about having fewer Revit related posts,
or is it that I'm putting out more BIM related posts. My very first
domain name for the blog was BIMwit.com. My actual blog is called
BIMboom.blogspot.com. The Revit3D title came after I got REVIT3D as
the license plate on my car. Yes, that really is my license plate.
So, my blog was from the very first day, all about BIM. Revit is a
BIM authoring tool. BIM ties in to designers, architects, engineers,
contractors and subcontractors. BIM is much bigger than just Revit.
That doesn't even include everything about LEED, sustainability,
retrofits and FM.

My blog is a work in progress. It has definitely changed from its
inception and I have completely gone into 20 different directions.
But, guess what. My company made a profit last year. I've been
hiring people. I don't have enough sales people or BIM for
construction technical specialists. We have a backlog of modeling
work. I'm learning every day too from my blog, and I'm using that
knowledge to grow my business. If you don't want to read those posts
and you're just looking for Revit technical tips, I could point you in
the direction of some other blogs out there.

Whoever you are anonymous commenter, I can't apologize for where the
blog is going and how it's meandered from the original track. I've
just hit 1.8 million views of the blog. I'm close to 3,000 followers
and subscribers. What do the rest of you think? Are you happy with
the breadth of the blog? Do you learn anything from these alternative
posts? Do you want to see peripheral products and hardware? If it
was me, I'd want to know everything there was to know about everything
BIM related. That's the only way you're going to be ready for the
changes that occur every day in this new BIM world.

Thats it. I hope you stay and keep reading the blog. I will try to
make an effort to put in more Revit related content. I hear you and I
will try to make you all happy. Not all of the time, of course, but
hopefully for most of the time.

Thank you.
Gregory

PS. Thank all of you for getting me to 1.8 million views of the blog.
I'm in awe of that metric and it's because of each of you.

PPS.  I'm in Vegas at the Autodesk annual One Team Conference.  You know, the event where we drink the Kool Aid.  Only, it's not Kool Aid anymore.  It's champagne and margaritas and very fine wine.  There's some amazing stuff going on and soon enough, I'll be able to share it all with you.  Rest assured, Autodesk is listening and they have an amazing portfolio of tools, especially for you Revit fans.

PPPS.  Thank you J for your blog comment.  You're right.  I've been having those same thoughts, but I was trying to have some balance in it all. 


J has left a new comment on your post "The direction of BIM and the blog":

Haters are just as good as lovers in this case... Creative acts that elicit polarized opinions are among the best... Not everyone loves everything... F what any of us think...you make yourself happy or be true to your inspirations and that is all there is... If anyone else gets it thats just gravy!!! In my "opinion" at least!
-J

5 comments:

J March 2, 2011 at 12:54 AM  

Haters are just as good as lovers in this case... Creative acts that elicit polarized opinions are among the best... Not everyone loves everything... F what any of us think...you make yourself happy or be true to your inspirations and that is all there is... If anyone else gets it thats just gravy!!! In my "opinion" at least!

-J

Anonymous,  March 2, 2011 at 4:33 AM  

Yes, just keep up the good job of bloggin!! Your blog is really a nice inspiration and information source! ;-) Im an architectural student from Denmark - so your words are being heard!
- MM

Erik March 2, 2011 at 7:19 AM  

Keep up the good work. Most of us wouldn't know about half the BIM related things we talk about at work if not for yourself and the other bloggers who invest time in compiling that knowledge in an easy to digest format.
I think anyone who thinks this blog should be solely about Revit is very close to missing the boat...

Eric March 2, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

The broad range of BIM topics is one thing I love about this blog. I don't think there is another blog out there that touches on almost every industry & facet of BIM... and what makes BIM so great is that it does integrate all industries.

My only wish is that I could filter my feed to not see reposts from other blogs that I follow, like the Autodesk Labs blog.

Jick,  March 3, 2011 at 12:09 AM  

I think your blog has a kind of a motivational speaker kind of approach. Of course there are other blog with more technical content.

It's good also if you could do valuation on more bim related products, i.e. vela systems, newforma etc.

But some people like me are just too lazy to google the word bim and hope something useful comes out on the list. As for me, I would use your blog as a starting point, and look up for the latest blog post by other bim bloggers that's listed on your site.

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