Saturday, May 20, 2006

Back in the saddle

My apologies to my thousands of readers, I've been a bit slackery.

The audience driven content ideas are much more fully formed now than they were at my last post almost two months ago.

One lesson we learned is that blogs are VERY labor intensive. The AMA pub blogs are dying on the vine from lack of host activity (editors are just not bothering to post like they should, so no wonder there's no activity). As a result, we're approaching this from more of a team blog perspective -- either having multiple authors posting or using an RSS feed from an existing blogger to pull in commentary on the subject. I think that will work out a lot better.

Ran the plan by Toby Bloomberg and Dana Vanden Heuvel -- both were enthusiastic and offered helpful suggestions. In particular, they liked our idea of tying reader feedback and the site search algorithm into the quality assessment process. Also, the search alerts (either e-mail or RSS) to let users define search strings on the site and get an alert when new content meets those criteria.

1 Comments:

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Toby said...

Welcome back James. Yup, blogs can sure be content monsters! One of the reasons, unless corporate blogging is tied to job goals (shh! don't let the blog pundits know I said that), that passion for the subject matter is critical.

Looking forward to reading more from you.

 

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