Ten years ago today - December 9, 2005 - I published my first post on The Webinar Blog, opening with these words:
… And another blog joins the ever-increasing pantheon of information on the Web.
I thought it might be fun to take a stroll down memory lane to check in on a decade's worth of developments.
Early post subjects from that first month of blogging included:
- Experienced in-room presenters often have trouble adapting to the specialized needs of web presentation.
- Polls need to be framed in better context to stimulate more engagement and participation.
- Attendance vs. registration continues to decline. How can we encourage more registration and more attendance?
- PowerPoint slides need design improvements to be effective. Many resources are available to learn techniques.
Hmmm, some things never go out of style!
January 2006: I introduce www.webinarnews.info - A portal to current press releases, news stories, and published articles pertaining to the webinar industry. That page still exists, updated by hand each and every day. If you haven't been looking at it, you really should. I do the filtering for you.
March 2006: I mention that Raindance, Placeware, and Centra have all been acquired by larger companies. "Could WebEx be a target? They are attractive from the name value equity and their large corporate customer list alone. Not that I've heard even a whispered rumor, mind you... This is sheer speculation on my part." Cisco buys WebEx exactly one year later.
May 2006: I announce WebEventSearch.com - a site where webinar hosts can list upcoming events and potential attendees can search to find webinars serving their interests. I shut it down a little over a year later, having learned some harsh lessons. Over the years I will cover similar announcements for webinar listing and search services such as EventSpan, Finervista, FreeWebinarDirectory, Insight24, Showdango, Webinar Base, Webinar Bucket, Webinar-Directory, Webinar Hero, WebinarListings, and WebinarWeekly. It's a tough business.
July 2006: I publish a sneak peek at the beta version of a new product from Citrix called GoToWebinar.
July 2008: My blog is chosen by Guy Kawasaki and his team for inclusion on the Alltop information portal.
February 2009: I run the first of several posts over the years detailing problems with reliance on Adobe Flash as a support platform for webinars. The industry is still trying to find something more ubiquitous, reliable, and interoperational for all users. Hopes are being placed on HTML5 and WebRTC.
January 2010: One of the most popular posts: "How Much Do Webinars Cost?"
October 2010: I introduce a way to report and check reports on webinar service interruptions, regardless of vendor. www.webinardowntime.com is still active and available today.
August 2011: I cover the end of Microsoft Live Meeting, previously Placeware.
January 2012: Another of my most popular posts (now used in a school curriculum). "Copyrights And Fair Use In Presentations"
March 2012: I start a series of posts on "Stock Photography Sites" and usage tips.
August 2014: I get to post about being in business for 10 years!
September 2014: The Webinar Blog is included in The Top 50 Web Conferencing Blogs of 2014 from GetVoIP.com
January 2015: I put a lot of research into trying to clear up Wikipedia's incorrect information on "Web Conferencing History - The Early Years"
April 2015: I report on a rumor that Citrix might get rid of its web collaboration products. I say "My personal take on the question of sale vs. spinoff is that it would make more sense to spin off Citrix Online into its own independent company." In November, they announce the spinoff.
This blog has been, and continues to be, a labor of love, I have made more than a thousand posts, visited half a million times according to TypePad statistics. I have tried to bring you breaking news, reviews of products, insights into vendors large and small, and lots and lots of free tips and best practices. I invite you to browse through the category of "Tips" in the right-hand categories selector and click through the 31 pages of entries (use the tiny arrow icon at the bottom of the page). There's a lot of useful information there.
And if you know someone who produces, markets, supports, or presents on webinars… Why not forward them a link and encourage them to explore the content for themselves?
I look forward to another ten years of writing for you. Thanks for reading!