Blogs, Blogs and more Blogs

Filed under: Blogging,Personal,Technology; Author: Les Bain; Posted: May 30, 2007 at 2:39 pm;

I have more than 20 blogs, and I know that is not unusual. I collect blogs in all the normal ways:

  • I sign up for a Social Media site and automatically get a blog (2 or 3 including Vox).
  • I sign up for a professional service and automatically get a blog (2).
  • I check out a blogging service and create a blog with a Hello World post that then gets abandoned (Several).
  • I maintain a good number of link blogs. They are blogs where I link to articles and other blog posts on specific topics. Each blog is a topic. In serves a similar function as del.icio.us in that I save links on specific topics, but it provides additional flexibility. I save articles on website planning, website design, website construction, website promotion, and website planning for example. My link blogs are all on Blogger, which provides a button to save to the blog as you are browsing. Again, one can save a blog post with the same effort as saving a link on del.icio.us. Some would question whether these are true blogs. (14)
  • Then I have some blogs that are more traditional blogs that I write myself. (2 or 3).

It creates issues of course. No one wants to read multiple blogs from one person.

  • I could write one entry and cut and paste to other blogs. I will do that with this entry to try it out.
  • If one knew RSS, one could subscribe to all the feeds and send them to one group or folder.
  • There are RSS tools available to merge RSS feeds, so one could create one RSS feed from many. See RSS Feed Mixers.

Some people create one blog and put everything into one blog.

  • Jeremy Zawadny from Yahoo writes a blog with excellent technical perspective, but I also get his blog posts on his other passion which is learning to fly.
  • Matt Cutts from Google writes a blog on SEO that is required reading for anyone promoting websites, but I also get his vacation pictures.
  • Dave Winer pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software. He always has interesting perspectives on current technology. But I also get his posts on his lawsuits or travel plans.

Options include:

  • Do one blog and accept that it is good to get information on the person behind the blog.
  • Create different blogs on different topics.
  • Treat blogs like Newspapers and only read the articles / posts of interests. A sports fan reads the sports section without a care about bridge columns, comics, or horoscopes.

I think one of the most interesting options is to add intelligence to RSS Readers to filter by tag. That way I could filter out Jeremy’s flying posts, Matt’s vacation posts, and Dave’s naked Jen posts (I am not going to explain).

And for the one that asked – I will also post this on Vox so that I am posting there as well as on Les Bain’s Blog.

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