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What would I do different if I had to start my blog over? – Guy Kawasaki

Posted By Darren Rowse 13th of July 2006 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 0 Comments

200606222142The following is an answer from Guy Kawasaki responding to my one question interview question of what he’d do differently if he had to start his blog over again.

I have a slightly different take on this. If I could start all over again, I would not have created a web site (ie, www.guykawasaki.com). I would have started with a blog and used my siderail for all the “brochure” functions of

my site.

As I look back, I have done almost nothing to my site for the past eighteen months. By contrast, I change my blog about every eighteen hours. Five hundred people used to visit my site per day. About 10,000 people visit my blog or subscribe to a RSS or email feed per day. A blog is much more useful than a web site for my needs.

Getting back to your actual question, I don’t think I would do much differently other than starting to blog sooner. TypePad was a good choice–and continues to be. I have embarked on a search for the perfect HTML editor, but the combination of Nvu and MarsEdit seems to be doing the trick. I still don’t understand all the tagging and search engine stuff, but that’s just a matter of time.

Read the responses of other bloggers to this 1 Question Interview on what they’d do differently in their blogging

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. Ah yes….email feeds. Don’t have one yet. Going to Google to research an email feed plugin….or whatever applications I need.

    Any suggestions?


  2. Glad to hear the endorsement of Typepad, especially from a seasoned blogger. I just started a couple of months ago, and I’m signed on with Typepad.

    Terry: I use Feedburner for the email feeds, and I think they look great.

  3. Well, as a junior hacker, I much prefer the WordPress + hosting combo. But totally agreed with his sentiment. I’ve found that, no matter what kind of site I’m doing, it’s easiest to build it as a blog, and use features like WordPress’ Pages function to create static content that dangles off of the sidebar/navbar.

  4. I agree that it is a lot more work to keep up a site rather than a blog, and both can reach an audience just the same. Also, search engines seem to like blogs a lot more.

  5. […] Thanks to Pro Blogger for the wonderful quote from Guy Kawasaki: […]

  6. There’s no doubt that blogs are better for posting new information than web sites currently.

    I suspect though that we’ll eventually see a merger so that web sites and blogs are one and the same. Whether it’s web sites being built as blogs or blogs being absorbed into the content management tools for web sites.

    We can only wait and see!

  7. […] The One Question Interview series Darren created recently has introduced a number of interesting issues to me. But the one particular issue I want to talk about now is the one raised by Darren’s interview with Guy Kawasaki: Is it better to start a personal web site, with a blog as one dedicated component of it, or start a personal blog and use the sidebars (and equivalent areas) for all the promotional stuff about yourself? […]

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