Blogs are very broadcast-ish form of online media. After all we like to hear ourselves talk. Otherwise there would be millions of people running forums instead of blogs. It is tricky to get into readers’ heads that your opinions and comments are welcomed, even on a blog.
I am not doing milestone posts in second year (got slightly boring), but I decided that I still need occasional post about this blog and for your feedback.
Confession to make
I was having this vague feeling for a while, but passing five hundred (wow!) posts had kinda crystallized it. Frankly I had covered almost all of my core software. Whatever I use for a long time, whatever I recommend with absolute certainty – it had been posted. Best stuff (and plenty of simply good).
This doesn’t mean I am out of topics, far from it. However this does mean I have to move from settled things into realm of new discoveries.
Care enough to share your opinion?
As beginning of post put – this one is explicitly for you to talk. :)
I know some of you are extremely long-time readers which had seen this blog go through many changes and cycles. I know some had been vocal and supportive, and some are lurkers as usual.
Some of you are probably new readers, who have missed this blog struggling in desert of first months and other fun periods.
I am glad to hear from what you like about this blog, but it would also be invaluable to hear what you don’t. Strangely much more rare of an occasion.
- what kind of posts you like? what kind you don’t?
- does design help you get around blog? does it get in your way instead?
- too much snark? too little? :)
Anything and everything – know I am glad to hear it.
Things to come
At one year mark I gave myself next year to develop and move to new theme. Might seem like too much time, but I have way too many things I want implemented as well. Still I hope I will be done by mid-summer as planned.
New theme will come with additional advertisement at this blog and plenty of tests to determine how viable financial stream can it be. Advertisement increases are known to cause community outrage. I wonder will I get one. :)
Anyway around now would be a perfect time to request what you want in new theme or talk about things you want gone.
I had seen posts much like this right before blogs went into crazy course changes in (successful) search of an iceberg to waste them.
Don’t worry – today is day just like yesterday, and tomorrow will be just like today at this blog. It won’t stay static, but only changes that come to it will be in line with my mind and my life. It’s my cynical thoughts you are reading after all.
I must learn to publish such posts for discussion without dread feeling that no one will care to comment. I know better than that by now. :)
So on topic or off topic either – unlurk and hit those comments to say hi to me, other readers and share your opinion on this blog and what you want from it. I’ll be waiting and as always no one will be left unanswered.