I am in the process of switching things up a little bit, but I’m not sure how I want to proceed. I could probably use your feedback, though ultimately, I’ll make a decision based on my gut. Care to read along? First, the housekeeping:
1.) I will be purchasing domain hosting services from 1and1.com. I like them more than godaddy.com for price and services reasons. So far, the customer service is lacking, but otherwise, they’re decent and full service.
2.) When the domain transfers, my email might screw up. In the interim, feel free to send mail directly to: chrisbrogan ahhhhht gmail dohhhht com. (Man, I’m paranoid about robots sniffing that address).
3.) When the domain transfers, I’ll be switching to WordPress for my blogging software. (Ben Wann will help me, because I’m a knucklehead). This just means the “look and feel” of the main page will change a bit.
4.) This *may* muck with the RSS feed. (I have to contact my friends at Feedburner and ask them how to make the transition smooth).
And now, the big questions
So, [chrisbrogan.com] is going along nicely. I’ve got an average feed subscription base around 50 (which is plenty for me), and I’ve got page visits of around 100 people a day (thanks mostly to using Technorati tags at the bottoms of my posts. But, I want to do something different with the format. I’m feeling weird about it being CHRIS BROGAN and not.. a whole host of people sharing ideas about self-improvement and small/medium business ideas. It’s really got me wanting to open it up, to share it. But how? What could we do to become the Digg of self-improvement, or the Slashdot? Not HUGE, but more participatory? Should it even be CALLED chrisbrogan.com?
That’s one question.
I want to provide other content. I’m doing more and more digital art. I want to share it in a few formats. I will be putting up some kind of ecommerce site to buy cards and posters (my posters are set to arrive tomorrow- I can’t wait!). But I think I’d like to get back to some more storytelling, and maybe some sequential art. Wouldn’t it be nice to get some folks to come back regularly to follow a story? I want to do some entertainment in some form or another. With YouTube and other personal media sites becoming so popular, I’d LOVE to contribute my creativity to the mix. So, what? I’ll have to split it out in such a way that the [chrisbrogan.com] stuff doesn’t get diluted by the other.
1.) Which sites are in your Top 10 view/read/visit category? What MUST you see in a given day? Where do you LIKE to go and check out new things?
2.) Should I open my brand up to be more than just my name, and find some kind of nifty monicker to share the wealth with others?
3.) Would you be interested in seeing some kind of “story” be told with my art? Do you follow any web comics currently? Where do you go on the web to be entertained? And finally, do you download VIDEO from the internet?
Thanks in advance. This naval-gazing is all for a purpose. I’m working hard on making better products for people in 2006.
tags:feedburner, rss, technorati, blog, relaunch