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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Building a better Welcome to Blog?
I guess this is a State of the Blog Address.
I originally started a blog, like many people do, as a way to fill empty gaps of time while at work. In the years since that day way back in October of 2003 (four years, waaaa....?), things have changed. Not in the ways I'd like, obviously. I'm still stuck in the same workplace, albeit now with a different job title that has left me with less free time while on the clock than in the past. It's become increasingly difficult to draft posts about kittens trapped on freeways and others that consist of nothing more than fuzzy cell phone photos of area pizza joints. I know, I know but what would you rather have me doing? Farting around the forums over at Something Awful?
There was a time when Welcome to Blog was updated three times a day, Monday - Friday. Since then, the posts have gotten longer and the blog, which has always teetered somewhere between being a blog about Portland and a collection of personal anecdotes, drifted towards the later.
So this blog is at another crossroads. Based on the hits it's getting, there seems to be enough people out there still reading this thing to keep it going. But in what direction?
In order to keep Welcome to Blog fresh, I'm going to try to adopt the tactics I used when I started it. I can't promise three posts a day but I'm hoping that, by keeping things brief, more posts will be, well, posted. These posts may be more along the lines of "hey, I think this link to a story about people drinking absinthe stuck on a crappy cruise ship is cool" but at least that means more content.
As always, if you've got any advice on what you'd like to see and what you'd like to see less of around here, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments section below. I don't write a blog for money (directly) and Welcome to Blog has always been fueled by feedback. Most comments = more incentive to keep this blog updated and somewhat interesting.
With that out of the way, here's a link to story about Pepsi's latest attempt to conquer an untapped market, this time with cucumber-flavored soda. Hey, I'd drink that stuff. Once.