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Fun Money Blog Interview

Posted By Darren Rowse 29th of April 2005 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

Jacob, the author of Fun Money Blog and owner of numerous other online projects like cssvault has just posted an Interview with me (update: link removed as the interview is no longer there). In it he asks all kinds of questions including about:

  • how many people I think can make a living from blogging
  • what my daily goals are as a blogger
  • how my blogging has changed since I first started

Its a normal style Darren interview – where I ramble on for a fair bit on each of these (and other questions) – stop over there for a look if you want another glimpse at my bizarre little brain’s workings.

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  • “fastest rising star in the blogging world”… I think you’ve got a fan :-)

    Thanks for the kind words in the interview, but unfortunately you’re right, I do sleep to much, and miss far to many blog stories at 3am in the morning :-)

  • Darren

    yes – one of the down sides of the location we find ourselves in. Of course it works both ways – i broke a story last week and had it up on one of my blogs for 8 hours before any of my US counterparts had it up :-)

  • That’s a very cool interview Darren. 350 feeds? I’m slipping behind :)

    Here’s a thought: all things being equal (everyone publishes full content feeds) would you say that a mark of how much you value a particular blogger/site – or how much you want to interact with that person and their readership – dictates whether you visit that site on a regular basis?

    I ask because I think most of us want to get people to our site, rather than just perusing our feeds – for money and community-building – yet (particularly with so many feeds) it’s impossible to visit every site. Yours is one of the few sites that I regulalry visit. I think it’s the community aspect – wanting to read and share with other people – as well as reading you content, that compels me to visit here at least twice a day.

    Anyway, ramble over… keep going – your writing is an inspiration.

  • Cross-continental blogs can work out well for the time-zone phenomenon. I sporadically write for Geekrant which has contributors in Australia, US and Britain.

  • Darren

    Interesting point Andy.

    I’ve wrestled with full or partial posts in RSS for a long time and have chosen the partial one mainly because when I posted full posts I found I was being republished in many places with no attribution. I’m not willing to completely give my content away for someone else to republish in full and make money off.

    This probably does cost me some readers – but when it comes down to it I also feel that if my posts are good enough, if I write quality posts people will do like you do and actually visit the site. My stats show me that over 60% of my readers seem to be coming from bloglines or some other news aggregator so it seems to work.

    I also like this because it means that my readers have gone out of their way to come to my site – and in doing so invest a little something into it as they come. I find that if something costs something (time, money or whatever else) that people often value it a bit more.

    And yes it does create more community. Until someone works out how to seamlessly integrate their comments button into their RSS feed (not as separate feeds) I think the only real way to have true interaction with your readers is for them to actually come look at your site and leave a comment.

    They are a whole heap of random comments – hope that it somehow answered your question.

    Now I’m going out for dinner!

  • Yep sounds good. I must admit I hadn’t realised that your feeds were summaries! Heh-heh – I’m just hooked – I visit anyway. I may consider switching my feed back to summaries. In general do you write a separate excerpt for the summary, or just let WordPress take the first paragraph? I guess I could find that out for myself but I am lazy! :) Enjoy dinner – just had breakfast here! Ahh, international comms I love it.

  • Darren

    I just let word press handle it Andy

  • Your headlines in rss is more of a ‘oh, there is a new posting, go visit’ :)