With the holiday break over, it’s time to look back over our first year at Win10.guru before starting Year Two.
A few years back, I was thinking about a website for advanced Windows users and IT professionals. Quite accidentally (it’s too long a story to tell here), I found myself the proud owner of a catchy domain name, Win10.guru (IMO, anyway). My original idea was to start the site at the beginning of 2016. I even signed up Win10.guru on Twitter back then, two years before the site was launched:
However, it was clear that I would need help, or rather, a partner. To keep the site alive, it would need unique content created too often for one person to handle solo.
Almost two years later, in late 2017, I asked my current partner Ed Tittel if he would be interested in doing Win10.guru with me. Ed has published several Windows-related books, writes regularly on various websites for IT professionals, and is a valued senior member on my “virtual home”, TenForums.com. We talked about our ideas on Skype for Business, and finally just before Christmas 2017 we thought we were ready. To mark the new year 2018, Win10.guru was born.
— Win10Guru (@Win10Guru) January 3, 2018
Since then, Ed and I have worked on this site together. At the moment it is only Ed and I who write for Win10.guru. Because we do not want to be a copy & and paste site, publishing news that multiple tech sites have already covered, we have concentrated on unique content for power users and IT professionals. Judging by our numbers and statistics, it has been a good decision. We have covered topics which although known are not covered very well elsewhere. Ed’s Windows ToolKit series has been popular, as have my posts about customizing Windows images. Both are topics without much useful documentation elsewhere, so we’ve found them solid niches for us to occupy.
In year two, we will continue to do more of the same. We will write about topics for which documentation is non-existent or difficult to find. We will continue reporting on Windows and Microsoft news. To do that, we would like to ask your help: please let us know what you would like to read. Also, please let us know if you do not find documentation about some Windows feature or application. Or, maybe you would be interested in writing about something Windows and / or Microsoft related? Whatever it is, do let us know. You can reach us via email at info (a) win10.guru. If you want to support us, please subscribe (and read this post, which explains various ways to support Win10.Guru).
Happy New Year, dear readers. See you in 2019! Let’s make it an even better year than 2018 for all of us.
[Note added from Ed Tittel just after 1/1/2019 kicked off: 00:07:43]
First of all, I’d like to thank Kari for inviting me along on this excellent adventure. I’ve learned more from him about Windows internals than I’ve ever learned before, and I worked for Mark Russinovich in the early 2000s when he was still at the helm of Winternals before MS bought them out. I hope you’ll continue to honor us with your patronage in 2019, and I look forward to providing you with lots of interesting topics to chew over, and new things to learn about and do with Windows 10. To that end, I hope you’ll send us your comments, questions, and requests for coverage as Kari requested. You can comment on any of our posts to the site, or email us at the aforementioned email address (info (a) win10.guru). Ang again, please have a safe, happy, prosperous and adventure-filled Windows 10 2019. Best wishes!
One more thing: about an hour after I added to this New Year’s blog post, I got an email from the Windows Insider Team at Microsoft. I’m very pleased to report that my Windows Insider MVP has been renewed for 2019. My “anniversary date” for this status falls on January 1 of each year. Given that it’s a big international holiday — and that I hadn’t heard about my selection until January 4 or 5 last year — I was tickled to get the email on January 1 this year. Looking forward to putting that status to the best possible use for readers right here at Win10.Guru this year.
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.