I am often attracted by "shiny objects." In terms of the web, that often means well designed, neat, new things that people are talking about. Like blogs on Quora.
I am also attracted by neat ideas, side projects (who in the startup community is not
attracted by side projects), and invariably, blogging on different platforms.
I began writing a blog in 2001 on Live Journal. It was a truly vibrant community of friends and internet-friends, a little walled-off corner of the internet with threaded comments and a great "news feed" from my friends.
Around 2005 I was talked into leaving Livejournal for what felt like stone age technology: WordPress installed on my own server at [Jason Preston]
. That blog still lives today, but I've taken numerous detours over the years to Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress.com
, Facebook, and I'm sure other places that provide blogging as a service.
I've also started (and killed) a video game blog called Flicker Gaming.
At every point I've thought briefly about what I'm doing when I write in more than one place. If I'd spent the past decade writing consistently and exclusively on [Jason Preston]
, what would my audience be like?
With that in mind, it was very interesting to read the pitch in Introducing Blogs on Quora by Kah Keng Tay on The Quora Blog
, which is essentially this: bring your content to us, and we will give you an audience. (Get Rich Quick!)
It might actually be true. But I'll likely never move all
of my blogging here. And if I want to get an audience for a post on Quora, it'd better be a post worth the audience. And if I'm going to write a post worth the audience, wouldn't I rather use it to bring people to my own site, so that maybe someday I can see that I've built something from my writing?
Dare I split my writing further?
Apparently, I dare. I'm a sucker for shiny objects.