When I moved my blog from old “MichaelNozbe.com” domain to this one, I decided to actually create two blogs - this one… and a Link-blog at Links.MichaelSliwinski.com in order to be able o post links to the things that might interest you on my own platform instead of using apps like “Buffer” or “Tumblr”. After three months of this experiment I feel like experimenting even more :-)
The first three guys run very successful link-blogs - I usually read their blogs more for their comments and opinions than for the links they post to. Yes, I do click on the links very often or add them to my “Read-it-later” app but their comment is what counts. I like it and I’m tempted to try the same… On the other hand the other three guys run very successful blogs with original content and I want to be able to post as frequently and as thoughtful as they do… what to do then?
You seem to like my link-blog, too
Over the last three months I posted many links on my link-blog and a few original posts on this blog. What I found out was that although you appreciated my posts a lot, you actually engaged more with my link-blog posts - I received more likes, retweets and questions about my link-blog posts - you appreciated things I was linking to and my comment (I hope :-)
Anyway, I like doing both - I like posting links to interesting sites and adding my comment… and I like writing original blog posts. That’s why I decided to stop posting on the link-blog and start posting links on this very blog. That’s right - for the next 30 days this blog will be a mix of a typical blog and a link-blog - and you tell me what you think about it.
Following the Gruber’s path
John Gruber on his famous blog: “Daring Fireball” posts mainly links but sometimes posts original content. He distinguishes the original content with an asterisk.
I’ll do something similar - my original blog posts will have a “tick” (✔) sign next to the blog post title and usually will be a little longer. And usually with an original graphic (drawn by yours truly in Paper app on the iPad)
I’ll try to commit to writing at least three original blog posts a week (never more than one per day) - with a tentative schedule like this:
- on a Monday (like today) - original blog post about productivity, business and/or life
- on a Wednesday - book of the week (my book review) or Productive! Show episode
- on a Friday - original blog post about iPadonly, Passion or Teleworking - (as I’m writing books on these topics)
- any day else - when I feel like writing more, I will - I reserve myself the right to do so :-)
I’ll try to post around 4-6 links per day - around every 4 hours or so - I think this frequency strikes a balance between posting quite often but not too often to get you tired. Again, I’ll post a link with a short paragraph with my comment or opinion.
At the end of each month I’ll post links to all of the original blog posts to make sure you haven’t missed anything.