Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thinking of moving the blog to Quora or starting a new public blog

Reading a book on inbound marketing http://www.amazon.com/Inbound-Marketing-Attract-Delight-Customers/dp/1118896653 by Hubspot founders and it clarified some of my concepts. I intend to finish the book, its just that in the age of Quora, Twitter and Techcrunch you can get easily distracted so I am reading at turtle's pace. Even Netflix and cable TV has lost its charm for me. One reason I had ordered a hard copy instead of kindle so I don’t get distracted and can read it with focus, but now a days I feel like Quora is much more interesting than reading books. But books have their own importance, Quora and blogs are random reading with no pattern and you get some pointers whereas books are more structured reading so on any day I would prefer book over blogs if I have to read a concept in detail and call me old school but I still would prefer paper copy over ebook.

Anyway coming back to the topic I still get close to 50K hits per year on this blog, so thinking how can I apply concepts of book to the blog.

On Quora in past 6 months my content had 31.6K views

In terms of hits it doesn’t makes much difference to switch but earlier I used to think that you write blogs and search engine would scrape it and you would get find(which happened for a rabbitmq post I wrote which get linked to rabbitmq site and is the most visited post on this blog). Apparently I was dead wrong the book says you need to not only need to write content but you need to market it also on social sites like facebook, twitter, linkedin and retweet it and what not so people would link it. I don’t feel comfortable sharing all the posts from this blog as is due to various reasons so I am thinking of moving to Quora for posts that I feel comfortable sharing and I can share them on twitter/linked and leave the private and more technical posts here (the idea is not to market myself but just compare stats and see if same concepts in book can be applied and I can see them in action. I had applied Google analytics first on my blog and then in the my employer startup the same way. Alternatively another idea is to start a new blog on blogger for public posts and leave semi private posts here.

Still debating and will probably reach some conclusion soon.