Wednesday, January 6, 2010

On writer's block and interaction

Are you following this blog? You are not alone. I guess there are about 500 daily of you - if I can freely calculate the daily returning web visitors (~50) with the RSS subscribers (~250), the Twitter followers (~160), the friends on Facebook (~700) and Networked Blogs (~130). I guess I give you enough value daily, weekly or monthly to cause you to keep following me. But I think that value could be much better. I try to figure out what content you are looking for, but it is all guesswork. I know you are there, but other than that I know hardly anything.

Occasionally a reader turns to me with a question or a recommendation. And almost always I turn that into a post - assuming that if one readers speaks, there must be more that kept silent about it. If I cannot give a reply, I bet that among the 500 followers somebody else could. So if we were to make this blog more interactive, it could be much more valuable for all of us. Hence I have decided to actively try to achieve that.

Over the past weeks I reported I had a writer's block for the blog. I was looking for a new challenge, and more interaction is the challenge I got myself excited about. I will be posting more questions in order to get you to respond, I will post more instructional posts about issues I know or suspect you struggle with (I' ll be listing a set of useful tools for podcast listeners soon) and I will let you know of other ways you can determine the content of this blog (a.o. there will be a new 'report a podcast' method soon). I hope you are going to be as excited about it as I am.

Attempts at more interactions so far:
Help a fellow podcast listener,
Who knows Russian Podcasts,
Help for podcast listeners.

Upcoming:
Who knows more podcasts about (the history of) India?
Looking for recommended poetry podcasts,
Who listens to Swedish podcasts?
Who listens to Spanish podcasts?
More technical tips for podcast listeners and readers of this blog.
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