A Quick Public Programming Announcement
It has been a while since I’ve written a quality meaty post here at Design Sojourn and for that I apologize to you dear reader. In the last 4-5 months, I have been experimenting with different types of posts just to see which type of posts works and which did not. To me a post that works needs to not only resonate with you but also with the little time I have due to my work schedule. To top it all off, working on kick ass (I hope) personal projects like: Spaces for Ideas, has caused quality blogging, at least in my mind, to take a hit.
The most astute of all of you regular readers would have noticed that these test posts gravitated towards the type that reflects my time constraints, i.e. short and easy to write. The posts were often on industrial design work, “link loving” (or link sharing), commentaries, quotations and daily photos etc.
However, while I was conducting blog maintenance, I noticed that my meaty posts were bringing back the bacon, so to speak. I discovered that 80% of my most popular posts were Design Articles that were more than 500 words long, with many beyond 800 words. I realized that these longer Design Articles were what defined Design Sojourn in the past, and based on their popularity numbers to date, were what readers wanted.
Interestingly enough, these short posts were damn hard to write, often taking me 20-30 minutes just to proof read a post, simply because I did not like the way I wrote it. I’m known to be anal about details on occasion. So I guess what they say is right, it’s hard to write short posts that are concise. Also, considering the frequency these posts do come up (I just want to share!), it all adds up to the time that I could have used for a meaty post.
So going forward, I will attempt to increase the publishing frequency of longer Design Articles, which is a nod towards quality over quantity. That does not mean that there would not be any well thought out shorter posts on exceptional industrial design work, commentaries or links to great content. It is the Internet after all, and the “world” in there is all about sharing and adding to the conversation.
Some of you may be familiar with my micro-blog The Design of Everyday Things: Todet.com. That site will still be around, but it will not be a source of information anymore. It does not make sense to maintain content on two sites and then asking you to visit both sites when at the end of the day I’m the same author! I respect that you are as busy as I am. However, I will leverage on Posterous’s awesome blog posting system, to help me speed up getting these shorter “appetizer” posts mentioned above published at Design Sojourn.
So with all that, and going into the new year, I love to hear your feedback on the types of posts you have enjoyed here, and the types of posts you would like to see more off?
Thanks for your feedback and have a great 2010 ahead!