Sanding our assholes with 150 grit. Slowly. Lovingly.

What next?

My blog's struggling to find direction despite attracting visitors in it's nascency. It's hovering around the pdf standard then goes into project management mode sometimes, and then sometimes about basic ideas in computer science and might probably end up covering rich internet applications.
Is there anything I must be doing to sustain my momentum.

I recently discovered my flair for writing and I'm keen to pursue it in the spare time. I wouldnt want to lose this skill because of upcoming interviews. So your feedback would be immensely valuable. Thanks in advance.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 27th, 2006 12:35pm
I'm sorry to inform you, but I feel that I must, that you have absolutely no flair at all for writing.  You are boring.  You are dull.  You are a twit, and all of your revolutionary ideas have already occured to other people, and they have written about them more skillfully than you ever will.

Give up, and become a janitor.  There will be much less heartache in your life.

This advice I give, I give from the bottom of my heart.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 27th, 2006 12:36pm
Do I look like a muppet magnet?
Please Mark, I really want some feedback.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 27th, 2006 12:40pm
Note that I'm saying this without having visited your blog, so what I say might not be applicable.

I think the thing is if you are doing it to improve your writing, there's no guarantee that you will get keen readers.  After all, there's probably millions of people who wish to improve their writing.  Not all of these people have something to say that is interesting or has a lot of meaning.

If you have something interesting to say, and it strikes a chord, I imagine readers will start coming as long as there are ways to discover your blog, and over time you will get readers.  But I don't see why you would get readers simply by having a blog.
Permalink Cool Dad 
January 27th, 2006 12:45pm
It has a style, its enthusiastically written but sometimes enthusiasm means that you can gloss over the important connective tissue of writing and leave your reader spinning wondering what you meant and what they missed in the gaps between the words.

And I'm well aware that I can miss out entire verbs from sentences if I hit that button too quickly.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 27th, 2006 12:46pm
Cool Dad,

Blogging isn't a meritocrisy: The "A-list" bloggers aren't saying the most interesting or informative things, and they're aren't saying it the best. There are countless extraordinary blogs sitting unread, all while Scoble continues to be read and linked by the tens of thousands a day.
Permalink Blah 
January 27th, 2006 12:47pm
OH SNAP
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 27th, 2006 12:48pm
Well, from the statistics that I've garnered using website hit counters, it seems like I do get returning visitors. And the estimated time for which most visitors view the posts is around 5+ minutes. So I know I'm almost there.
I'm only worried about writing stuff that will confuse them about what I'm going to write next.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 27th, 2006 12:50pm
I just quickly browsed it, but I'm afraid it didn't grab my attention. It is more like you are muttering to yourself in a quiet corner rather than trying to engage your readers with something that they really feel they want to read about.
Permalink Send private email Ian Boys 
January 27th, 2006 12:52pm
Ian, I think that's right.
Maybe a part of my personality. And I must change that atleast for my readers.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 27th, 2006 12:54pm
Dude.

I write well.  I'm smart.

I wrote daily for almost half a year.

I think readership peaked around 20 people daily.

You're just asking for pain.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 27th, 2006 1:03pm
That said, if you must go about it, be better at marketing than I.  Post in lots and lots of forums, and link back to your blog.  Use it in a sigline at Slashdot.  Get people to Digg and del.icio.us it.

But Christ almighty, don't count on the quality of your writing to drive traffic.  It doesn't happen.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 27th, 2006 1:05pm
Yeah.  Go be a whore.

Then LOTS of people can come and laugh at your subpar, boring writing.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
January 27th, 2006 1:07pm
This is unfortunately true and something that if you write for print you can largely ignore. 

Don't check your logs and think every unique hit a month loves you.  Its just a random thing.  But if it gives you pleasure carry on regardless.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 27th, 2006 1:07pm
The unfortunately true was in relation to Aaron's post.

:-)
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 27th, 2006 1:07pm
Yes, I realise that simply writing well doesnt push traffic up. It's important that people stumble across in the first place, and then come back for more.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 27th, 2006 1:11pm
It was quite time consuming, time better spent on other things.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
January 27th, 2006 1:58pm

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