Confessions of a Web Niche Blogger

Confessions of a Web Niche Blogger

Since Sam and I started this blog eight months ago, we’ve received quite a few emails and comments asking about some of the “behind the scene” stuff. Many of them ask for insight as to what goes into Build Internet to make it the slice of internet you’re looking at today.

Now I can’t pretend to be great at giving universal advice, but then again, who is? So instead I’ve decided to share with a series of habits and observations of web niche blog life so far. This isn’t advice — just a candid summary. So without further delay, here are my confessions of a web niche blogger:

10 Confessions from the Web Niche

  1. I still obsessively check the blog’s stats. Who knows when a social media site could pick up an article? Don’t even get me started on Google Analytics. Stat Obsessed
  2. I don’t think the phrase “Nice list, but you forgot…” is a good way to get your site included in a post showcasing other sites or designs. Is my memory already on its way out? Oh my. Good effort though!
  3. I’m beginning to think that all the blog SEO experts are located overseas. My inbox would tend to agree.
  4. Certain things will never get old. Seeing the results from one of our tutorials in use on a live site is one of them.
  5. I’ll never stop appreciating people who contribute solid comments to a post’s discussion. Even better? When readers in start troubleshooting each others problems. How’s that for community support?
  6. I’ve debated having our next WordPress theme automatically include a comment on each tutorial saying “I can’t get this to work right in IE6″ just to save others time. There will also be a follow up comment saying “Move on” to save us time.
  7. If you’re going to pretend like the semi-related-but-not-really site you’re recommending for further reading isn’t your own, please remember to leave the “website” field blank when filling out your comment.
  8. I appreciate the offer for a link swap with your blog on farm animal art (fictional example), but I don’t see the same “great opportunity for readers” as you’ve suggested.
  9. Phrasing your comment as a flaw in the tutorial will not get us to build your custom project for you. “This is ok, but would be much better if it included a full slideshow with the following images…”
  10. Sometimes I read lengthy comments and then mentally assign an accent to the commenter. The more negative the comment, the closer to this guy you get.

Group Discussion

Fellow web design/development niche bloggers, let’s turn the spotlight on you for a moment. Do you have any insight that you’d like to share? Habits formed over the years? Candid observation or commentary? This is your chance to sound off in the comments below.

To clarify, I’m not encouraging overwhelming negative gripes, just some personal observations on the state and habits within the web niche of blogs. If we get some good ones, I may even make a full post out of it in the future. I’ll leave it to you now. Take the stage!

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2009 · Back to Top

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  1. Eric B. Author Editor

    I’ve just started my blog about a month ago, and I am constantly checking google analytics to see my stats.
    .-= Eric B.´s last blog ..5 Easy Ways to Speed Up your Website =-.

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  2. patareco Author Editor

    The truth right there, loved the graph on how web designers spend their time when designing a site!

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  3. Raja Sekharan Author Editor

    >>Phrasing your comment as a flaw in the tutorial

    Ive run into this a few times when reading comments on past posts in Build Internet. I wince a little every time I see. It happens not just here.

    People are taking the “purism” thing too far. This is the single biggest irritating thing I find my peers doing.

    Many web developers seem to create software for each other. They are creating software to impress (or avoid inconveniencing) other web developers. But don’t care much if the software is difficult to use for the people who use the software.

    For example, to add a twitter block on the sidebar in drupal you need 2 or 3 modules depending on which route you take. Why not one? Because we’re doing code reuse! For something so absurdly simple as twitter blocks, we want to follow code reuse!
    .-= Raja Sekharan´s last blog ..How To Add A Administration Page In WordPress =-.

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  4. Nardyello Author Editor

    haha I cracked up on number 6.

    “I’ve debated having our next WordPress theme automatically include a comment on each tutorial saying ‘I can’t get this to work right in IE6′ just to save others time.”

    This is so true. For some reason, people still want to support IE6. Because of them, people decide to stay with IE6. If every person using IE6 went to all these websites and they looked broken, they would simply update.

    If they still have Win98, then at least use Firefox 1.5 (or 1.2 I forgot which is compatible with Win98) which displays pretty much everything correctly.

    Great post! I laughed a bunch! :D

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  5. Spencer Allan Brooks Author Editor

    This list is epic. I love the pie chart, and the youtube video. It’s nice to see some of that Dunn twin humor.

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  6. Kawsar Ali Author Editor

    I am also guilty of checking stats and many other thing here. Thanks this interesting post
    .-= Kawsar Ali´s last blog ..10 Free High Res Cardboard Type Textures =-.

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  7. Mike Grace Author Editor

    I am a statoholic also. ; ) My favorite thing though is to receive comments letting me know how my posts have helped save them time or frustration.

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  8. Niki Brown Author Editor

    Woopra and the Ego app for iPhone are great ways to check your stats :)
    .-= Niki Brown´s last blog ..Quick Tip #38 Move Your Dock With 1 Click =-.

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  9. Beats by Dre Headphones Author Editor

    I have been visiting this particular blog for some time now, and I can¡¯t believe the great info you write about! You have a regular visitor in me!

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