Well if you are reading this you are one of almost 40,000 unique visitors to DevOps.com in the last 6 or so weeks. In this relatively short time we have learned a few things. Based upon these we are making a few changes to DevOps.com. Some you will see right away, some you will see phased in over the coming days and weeks.
Here are some of the changes we are making and why we are doing it:
A. Blog Neighborhoods – From the beginning my vision of our many bloggers and blogs was to organize them into “neighborhoods” that would allow people to hone in on what is important to them. Unfortunately the neighborhood aspect was not well implemented and all of the blogs were lumped together. Going forward you will see our bloggers and blogs grouped into the following areas:
1. Enterprise DevOps – This is for DevOps in the large enterprise. Organizations doing DevOps by choice. This neighborhood will feature stories, tips and tricks on adopting DevOps in a large organization and how to make it work. We have some excellent bloggers in this section and will be adding more.
2. Doin’ DevOps – Formally the DevOps Life section, this is a neighborhood of DevOps practitioners. Not vendors, people who practice DevOps and work and are sharing their experiences. If you are looking for more technical content, this is a good place to find it.
3. SecOps – This is for DevOps and Security related content. Again we have some excellent writers in this section and the security tips range from very technical to how to integrate security into the Dev and Ops process.
4. DevOps in the Cloud – This is primarily startups and companies using the cloud almost exclusively for their infrastructure. Sort of the opposite of the Enterprise DevOps neighborhood.
5. DevOps Toolbox – This is going to be primarily vendors writing about their DevOps tools here. Yes, you can take what they say with a grain of salt. But to discount them because they are vendors would be a mistake. No one knows their products and use cases better than the vendors themselves. Not to mention that they have experts in the field who will be contributing. There will be much to be learned here!
6. The Business of DevOps – like it or not, DevOps is on its way to being a genuine commercial business process. There are companies, executives, investors and managers who are exploring the business of DevOps. Sort of the Yin to Doin’ DevOps Yang.
We hope by calling the neighborhoods out like this it will make it easier for you to zero in on exactly the type of content you enjoy. We recognize that many of our readers are very technical engineers. There are also many others coming to DevOps who are not. We will continue to strive to make DevOps.com the best it can be, pitching a tent big enough for all.
Thanks to so many of you who have signed up for our newsletter. Try as we may, we have just not been able to get our RSS generated newsletter to look the way we want it to. Instead if you receive our newsletter you are getting a fire hose of posts. There are too many of them and they are too long. So instead we are going to move to a hand curated newsletter that will only be sent 2 to 3 times a week depending on how much content is on the site.
C. Building out community features – The business directory is up with some listings. I encourage vendors to take ownership of their listings and make them better. The pages are actually getting lots of views every day. It wouldn’t hurt. Our jobs board beta is up, but we need more listings. If anyone knows of job listings in the field, this is a good time to put a free listing up there. We will add more community features shortly, so stay tuned.
We are also adding more content and writers. If you would like to contribute to DevOps.com, write to me [email protected] and we can see if you have what it takes. Thanks for taking the time to read to the bottom and supporting DevOps.com