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Create a new blog, or diversify this one?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I have a lot of non-bike-related things I’ve been thinking about writing about. I’m trying to decide whether to post everything here, or create a secondary, “everything-but-biking” blog. Sometimes I hesitate to post things here that aren’t “on-topic,” but of course the topic can be whatever I want it to be.

So, I ask you … what would YOU prefer? Would you be interested in posts on other topics? They could range from photography to GIS to movies, music, beer, school projects … basically anything. I can obviously post things on this blog very easily. I could also provide a cycling RSS feed, if you wanted to just read about cycling. It would also be easy for me to setup a secondary blog would allow this blog to remain cycling-focused, and still give me an outlet to write about other topics.

What do you think?

13 Responses to “Create a new blog, or diversify this one?”

  1. the flat tire Says:

    I got like three blogs and I ended up posting only to one.
    Just takes too much time and effort to split things up.
    Keep just the one.
    I’ll stay tuned!

  2. Jon Grinder Says:

    I have four main blogs, Two Wheels, Jon Grinder’s Bicycle Stories, 52 Card Pickup, and HRJG. I could probably post everything except the stories on one blog, but I geek out so hard on art and guitars that I like having an outlet for that stuff which doesn’t really infringe on the continuity of my “normal life” blog.

    That said, if I want people to see it, I cross-post to Two Wheels to steer my blog friends to the alternative content.

    If you do start a second blog, I’ll just be reading two by you.

    So, whatever makes you comfortable; y’know?

  3. Bill Lambert Says:

    I guess two more appropriate questions may be for you: do you want biking-related people commenting on your non-biking posts? And, do you want to attract (and keep) a wider audience than folks interested in biking? Myself, I like the non-biking posts you come up with, especially photography, and beer, well, beer, that’s always a winner with me.

    The world wide web is a big, mysterious universe to me and you may be able to do some stuff (RSS feeds – I don’t know what that means, etc.) with your blog to keep everyone interested. But if you want other folks to see your work who aren’t into biking and to keep them following you, you may want to start a second blog.

    Whatever you come up with will be good. Good Luck!

  4. furiousball Says:

    I’m gonna read your stuff no matter what the topic, but maybe use this division as an opportunity to try a new platform? I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out EE or tumblr.

  5. Doohickie Says:

    Keep one blog. I diversified into three blogs- Doohickie, Beginning Bicycle Commuting, and The Mixte Gallery. I hit a point last year where I felt obligated to post to them, not because I wanted to but because I had to, and that took all the fun out of it. I shut down all of them except Doohickie. I decided that The Mixte Gallery is clearly not part of the scope of Doohickie (since it consists entirely of reader-submitted content), and I decided to resurrect that. But there was enough overlap between Beginning Bicycle Commuting and Doohickie that I just combined them. I even merged all the BBC posts into Doohickie.

    Personally I like the idea of getting to know you better through your non-cycling posts, and I already read too many blogs already, so out of consideration to me and me alone I think you should just keep the one blog. 😉

  6. Pondero Says:

    My suggestion is to do whatever is best for you, but I like the single blog approach. In other words, I’m here primarily for the cycling content, but welcome anything else you deem blog-worthy. Bring it.

  7. Myles/ rattrappress Says:

    I vote for throwing it all into the one blog, photography, art, computers, whatever, let’s see it.

  8. Asher Says:

    I’m voting for one blog, as well (even though I maintain two, and am therefore a hypocrite). The judicious use of tags allows readers to quickly narrow down the offerings to those they want to see, and I’m also with Doohickie on the ‘I already read too many blogs’ bit 😀

    I’m vaguely thinking, actually, about going back to keeping just one blog. Sometimes my non-bike blog goes neglected for weeks at a time while my brain percolates nothing but bike-related topics, but my bike blog rarely does unless I’m feeling really under the weather. It seems that bikes and the bike world provide constant inspiration. Hm.

  9. Reuben Says:

    I’ve struggled with this as well. Ultimately I decided to spin off some of the cycling content into a new blog (VeloTraffic), but that was more of a professional posturing move as well.

    I think you have to decide what your aspirations are for this blog. Mommy Blogs aside, I’ve never seen a personal blog with a mish-mash of topics that was popular, unless the author was famous or incredibly entertaining. If you begin adding non-related topics, I think you are taking a serious risk of losing readers who aren’t interested in non-cycling topics. Once you enter “personal blog” territory, it’s hard to gain new readers – your primary audience will become people that know you personally. For most of us, that’s a pretty small pool.

    If you’re entirely unconcerned with readership or how wide an audience you have, then I agree with others who suggest that your life will be simpler and easier with a single blog. But if you’d like to be able to attract cycling enthusiasts from across the country to your blog, I’d suggest spinning off the non-related topics.

    I think you’ve got a good thing going here with the cycling content, and this blog has the potential to reach a wide cycling audience….if that’s something you’re interested in.

  10. Tim Says:

    I did the multiple thing and it was a failure. And I struggle with the RCCS thing too. More power to whatev you come up with. As long as it involves mixed-terrain.

  11. Bike Noob Says:

    I’ve always enjoyed your biking posts and pictures. I’d prefer a biking-only blog. Then you could go off and do whatever you want on another. But as Doohickie points out, that would probably add to your workload.

  12. Steve B Says:

    I think Reuben has some good points that you need to think about from your end. Personally, I don’t mind reading (and have enjoyed reading) non-bike stuff on a bike blog, but still expect at least half the posts to be bike related. That’s just me.

  13. Errin Says:

    I think you should just keep it all here. I think that if you lose some people by not doing all bike stuff, you’ll gain people that aren’t interested in all bike stuff. Personally, it’s a lot of work just to maintain one. I’ll keep reading either way.

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