Wow – what a week! Here’s a wrap-up:
My secret for Day 5 is be wary of technology. Yep, you heard it right. I’m a programmer, I’ve been in IT for over 10 years, I’m a wildly successful internet entrepreneur (:)), and many think I’m on the bleeding edge of technology.
Notice that I don’t have a bunch of widgets on my blog? There are hundreds to choose from, and they are very popular. But I feel that my blog is already quite busy. Plus, I don’t want my readers to come and have problems with the page downloading. Here’s the real reason:
I’m slow to adopt new stuff! Might sound funny but it’s true.
You may think that blogging is “new stuff.” I see blogging as self-publishing. That’s it. The sites to create blogs (wordpress, typepad, blogger, etc.) are just tools to use, and make it about as easy as writing an e-mail. I don’t think of myself as a great technologist because I blog … just someone that is determined to write something good each day.
I think this might be one of the more controversial things amongst bloggers. Everyone wants to put their flickr feeds, twitter widgets, mybloglog gadgets and all kinds of neato things. I’d rather help my readers focus on my words. That’s what I’m hear for – to communicate a message, not bring you to a distracting environment. I’ll never pretend to be an artistic layout and design genius like David Armano. But at least I can keep most of the clutter and distraction out of your face.
On the other side of the “technology” consideration, think about how to promote your blog. I used to chase after digg votes. I don’t anymore – I found it to be a waste of time (mostly because I don’t have a tech blog). I know the emurse.com blog does well because of Netscape votes. But I don’t have many contacts that are Netscape junkies, so I get no traction there. I want to think del.icio.us would do the trick but for some reason most of my readers (and JibberJobber users) don’t bookmark JibberJobber or this blog. So using these social methods of getting more eyeballs has not really worked for me.
Over the last few months I’ve been messing around with MyBlogLog (even though I don’t have the widget, I do have a MyBlogLog strategy) and StumbleUpon. I can’t say that I have gotten many (any?) readers because of MyBlogLog, but StumbleUpon has had a significant (did I say hugely significant) impact on my traffic.
The hardest thing about the technology is figuring out what is noise (or, a fad) and going with the winners. I have no tech advice here because I’ve concentrated more on the message and the community than the widgets. I just go really slow with this stuff – how about you? Am I wrong? Should I incorporate other widgetry in my blog?Â I’ll tell you right now, if I put more time into the widgetry I’ll have less time for the content.Â I’ve made my decision, what’s yours?
There you go – I hope you’ve enjoyed this week of secrets. I have – it’s really made me think more about what I’m doing and my tactics and strategy. Huge thank you to all of you who have commented as I’ve learned a ton!