No doubt the Internet will be soggy with self-indulgent nostalgia today. Here’s my contribution.
It was relaxing and a pleasant distraction from the real world, so I continued. Over the last five months, a few of my posts proved popular (by Hawk Wings’ standards) with readers:
Top Five Most Popular Posts
- MacFreePOPs: Getting emails from hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, SquirrelMail, AOL, etc.
MacFreePOPsjust seems to run and run. I don’t know where the hits come from, but it is by far the most popular thing I ever blogged.
- Top ten things every Mail.app user should have. Recent and popular, some people found this a useful entry point into the world of plug-ins and/or fun to disagree with.
- Switching from Thunderbird to Apple Mail. With help from Andreas Amann, this post collected some helpful ways to make the break from
- Getting Things Done in Apple Mail. Never was a niche market focussed on time-efficiency willing to spend so much time reading about how to do it :-)
- Apple Mail: The Early Years. My first blogging “triumph”. The pre-history of
Mail.appas NeXTMail in NeXTSTEP.
But sometimes it happens — on blogs and in life — that the best things are not the most popular ones.
Here are five posts that added something which wasn’t there before:
Top Five Best Posts
- Apple Mail: The Early Years. With help from Don Yacktman and John Kheit, I was able to gather together some oral history before it disappears.
- Putting your Apple Mail on an iPod. Jeffrey Glover was kind enough to share a step-by-step walk-through on storing your Mail folder on a
- What’s in your Mail folder?. A Cook’s Tour of your Mail folder. Poking around in order to write this was fun.
- Services and Apple Mail. A small contribution to a much neglected aspect of Mac OS X and of working smarter in Apple Mail.
- Got some things done in
Apple Mail, Part I and Part II. Blogging is often about being a magpie, picking shiny things out of the never-ending piles of other people’s posts.
Here I think I really wrestled something to the ground, got some understanding of
GTD, and produced two posts that added a bit to the ways in which Mail.app can be used.
Of course, there were less successful moments too.
I discovered several new Mail features that have been around since Jaguar and completely misunderstood what the new iChat SSL certificates were about. Also my arguments in favour of
Since its birth in July, Hawk Wings has served 901,547 pages and moved up 3,099,986 places in Technorati’s rankings. Nothing to be too proud of, as there are still 22,669 blogs people would rather read than this one.
See you in 2006 (unless 10.4.4 sees us first).
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