May 28, 2010

A funny thing happened on the way to the form

A couple days ago I posted a poll asking readers what they would prefer: more daily posts culled from around the web, or less posts focused on original content. As an experiment, I asked the same question here on the blog and on the DSLR Guide -- but made them separate polls, to see if different visitors wanted different content. As it turns out, the opposite of what I expected was true.

Here were the two options:

  • Go out there and grab the important stuff and make this into a daily resource for filmmakers!
  • Just add what you know, don't "reblog" news -- focus on writing good, original content.

I figured DSLR Guide visitors would've wanted more original content (since that's what the DSLR Guide is) and home page visitors would've wanted more daily posts. Strangely, the opposite was true. 68% of DSLR Guide voters wanted more daily content, while 56% of home page voters wanted more original content. Where does this leave us overall?

Basically split down the middle. Thus the result of the poll (and comments) is that I'm going to try to make the site the best of both worlds. I'm also working on a design refresh that will integrate Twitter and other social feeds (along the lines of the Wordpress Lifestream plugin) to keep the front page lively, even when there are less updates. Thanks for taking the poll!

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More is better!

May 28, 2010 at 2:09PM, Edited September 4, 10:26AM

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Morris

It's a bitch working out what to do with your blog. With your background and experience you have to be wondering if the blog is getting in the way of developing your career the way you want it to go, or whether the blog in fact will deliver the opportunities you're after. Tough call. This is a very good site though, one of the best of it's type I know of, so... good luck!

May 28, 2010 at 2:29PM, Edited September 4, 10:26AM

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Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Robin. Right now I'm in the "building" phase of the blog, while at the same time I'm also in the building phase of my next film project -- hopefully when the film project goes into production, the site will be popular enough that I can bring in help to do the daily posts. We'll see!

May 28, 2010 at 2:51PM, Edited September 4, 10:26AM

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Ryan Koo
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Consider this when you look at the results. Most of the people reading your dslr guide are interested in it as a fun hobby. They want to "pimp" out their dslr's because they get some sort of Christmas day satisfaction out of it. I liken it to gear heads adding a few extra hp to cars that will probably never see a track. It's a good way to find out if you actually want to race for a living but most say they just want a cool car there buddies will envy.

The people who want original content are looking for a peer during this uncertain yet incredibly rewarding time of digital filmmaking.

Food for thought,
Ty

Ps I dig the original content. Didn't get a chance to vote

May 29, 2010 at 12:13AM, Edited September 4, 10:26AM

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Ty

Appreciate the feedback, Ty. I do think there's a way to have the site represent "the best of both worlds," but it's going to take some effort to get there. Stay tuned!

May 31, 2010 at 3:45PM, Edited September 4, 10:26AM

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Ryan Koo
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