At the end of its first week, I'd say the launch of Qatar Journal has been a success. It's taken less than two months from the initial idea through to launching the site. I had hoped to launch a couple of weeks earlier, but I wanted to be in Qatar when it happened.
The response has been good from journalists and PR companies. I'm now getting a steady stream of stories, which is easing the administration of the site.
The technology has had some teething problems, with my server running out of memory on the first night, but it's now settled down. I've got a very long bug-list, which I'll start fixing in a couple of weeks. None of the bugs are serious, just annoying. Ben Figgis has pointed out a bug in the Qatar Journal feed that doesn't seem to be affecting slashdot, so I'll need to investigate. It's nice when people point out a problem, because noticing the bug is the difficult bit. Fixing is usually easy. Thanks Ben.