23 thoughts on “Times, they’re a changin”

  1. I appreciate your insights into VoIP and broadband issues, your deeper dives on some of the rumors that float around, and your attempts to ground in reality some of the dot com hyperbole.

    I won’t get that from Ted Wallingford. That’s for sure.

  2. Does that mean you are slowing down, Om? Please keep your insightful musings coming. While 8 posts a day migt be a luxury for us, a couple of posts a day would be greatly appreciated.

  3. slowing down from driving 100 mph to more manageable 65 mph. what has happened is that work load at the magazine has increased and so have some personal commitments. but this doesn’t mean, i won’t be ranting.

  4. Candles are actually pretty cool to make. Not difficult, and a great diversion from technology.

    As for dicing an onion, good knives, my man, good knives.

    After all, this is just a blip in time, right? It’s the small things away from our obsessions that give perspective.

  5. I think it’s a good call, Om. I’m a firm believer in the theory that you have X amount of goodness you can provide via a blog. X may be higher for some people than others, but it is constant within the individual. Make one post a day and that post is worth X. Make 20 posts a day and each post is worth X/20. Less posts, as you point out, equal better quality posts. I’m actually to the point where if a source posts more than about 10 or so items per day, they are deleted from my blogroll. This may not be fair, but it keeps things manageable and it greatly reduces the amount of noise in the my newsreader.

    One suggestion for you regarding the linkblog feed though: offer a full feed including linkblog and a feed of just your main entries. Although I’d probably subscribe to your linkblog, I don’t subscribe to anyone else’s… just too many notifications for my liking. Please, please, two feeds! 🙂

  6. Don, you have summed up my feelings perfectly. One of the things which i realized was that I was losing perspective on a lot of things I wanted to write because of time constraints. I think one of the beauties of this model is that I can pick up the pace when I want, or slow down, if my readers are all right with it.

  7. Mike, thanks for your kind words. So since you suggest a seperate linkblog feed, how should we implement this. do it via del.icio.us or something? any thoughts.

  8. I really appreciate your analysis & learn a lot from it. No need for short cross references to news stories or other peoples’ comments. Longer posts with analysis and connections is what I look forward to. There are other bloggers that mindlessly cross reference, when not pumping themselves needlessly. The tech landscape is so fast moving, with a lot of false starts, that expert analysis sorting what’s really important from what’s not is what we need.

  9. What you can do with your short posts is that consolidate them into 1 posting and put them at the end of your main page. Call them Om Snippits or something and let the links do the talking in that post. And like I stated before, I love long posts(well researched, of course). I guess, a lot of people agree.

  10. Ab, thanks for the suggestion. that’s a good idea. i will figure out a way. appreciate the kind words.

    Thomas, i deeply appreciate your words as well. hopefully i can keep the standards up, to say the least.

  11. it aint the Quantity of your Posts that keeps me HERE EVERY SINGLE day, its the QUALITY of all your posts!!! YOU keep on Keeping ON anytime, any day, as much , or as little as you want!!!


  12. It’s funny that you blogged on this, Om. I saw Battelle’s mea culpa and I wondered aloud, “How the hell do you find the balance between quality and keeping the blog fresh enough for people to knee jerk to checking throughout the day?”

    I struggle with this greatly because my posts tend to run long, which takes a lot of cycles. I definitely prefer the quality over quantity but never sure when it comes to audience mindshare. The bookend to this was a post yesterday on Steve Rubel’s site where it’s clear that his MO is definitely to ensure a certain chunk of volume, which reduces the concentration of the “broth.” (His post was called How Soup Gets Made.)

    Maybe the blogosphere is one big game of chicken to see who blinks first. 🙂

    Keep up the goodness.

  13. mark,

    thanks for the comments. i guess, in that sense i blinked. in many ways today was the first day, and it worked out well. i feel more relaxed already today.

  14. Om,

    Okay, I’d suggest you do one of two things:

    1. If you want to do your linkblog in del.icio.us, just install one of the several WordPress plug-ins which will automatically integrate your del.icio.us links into WordPress. Like this one, for example: http://ericanderson.us/projects/delicious-integrator/ This method is nice because it lets you use del.icio.us, which has further benefits, but you will end up with two feeds: your main feed and your linkblog feed.

    2. Simply post linkblog posts as normal but categorize them in WordPress as “linkblog” (or something less geeky). Then, you automatically have a feed on your site which you can offer to people if they only want your main entries. My favorite built-in feature of WordPress is the ability to dynamically exclude categories from your feed. See this page for more info on the subject: http://ifelse.co.uk/archives/2005/08/06/feeding-the-masses-using-wordpress/


  15. slowing down from driving 100 mph to more manageable 65 mph. what has happened is that work load at the magazine has increased and so have some personal commitments. but this doesn’t mean, i won’t be ranting.

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