Fewer but better


in Daily updates, Internet matters, Writing

After 168 consecutive daily posts, I am suspending the practice of daily updates. A number of factors inform this decision, but it’s mostly because I don’t have time at the moment to produce one post every 24 hours that is terribly interesting. Certainly, I don’t have time to produce such a post that also includes an original and aesthetically pleasing photo. Rather than subjecting you to content of declining quality as overly many of my thoughts are directed towards other things, I shall be more discerning in terms of when and what I post.

As always, comments are appreciated.

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V.A.K February 23, 2006 at 10:10 pm

I agree. You haven’t been very interesting as of late. Of course, I have no vested interest in Oxford.

Anonymous February 23, 2006 at 10:13 pm

I think the one-a-day format works fairly well for you, since your blog is about a lot of different things. That said, if you are overly busy it’s definitely better to cut back on blogging than do poorly in class. As for the photo issue, you could always go back to not always having a photo in your daily posts.

B February 23, 2006 at 10:27 pm

In contrast with VAK, I’d stress that Oxford is the most interesting thing about your blog. Indeed, it’s the primary reason most people online care about you at all.

Blogging less won’t hurt you – especially if the quality of the content rises – but blogging less about Oxford would really cut down on the degree to which you are interesting.

Good: high quality photos; photos of people; well thought out descriptions of Oxford, your program, and your college; engaging political discussion; referrals to interesting things not on Mefi, BoingBoing, or /. ; book and music reviews; humorous writing; accessible posts about international relations (including theory); travel writing; descriptions of things that surprise you about England; short, manageable posts.

Bad: blogging about blogging; photos of bicycles; excessive detail about day-to-day activities; excessive complaining; long, rambling posts.

Oh, and if you do discontinue daily posts, you can probably expect your daily readership to fall a lot. I know you keep track of that, so you might want to brace yourself. Not that it’s something you should pay attention to.

Ben February 23, 2006 at 11:08 pm

I quite like (relatively brief) daily updates – much like B in fact – but of course it’s totally up to you: it’s not worth putting off other aspects of your life for the sake of religiously updating a blog.

R.K. February 24, 2006 at 12:25 am

Breaking up posts more by broad topic area is probably a good idea. Then people “with no vested interest in Oxford” can ignore the ones that don’t interest them. You’ve been doing a better job of this with ‘daily’ posts and ‘topic’ posts, but abandoning the one-a-day structure might allow for further speciation.

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