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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

TBW taking a new direction?

Recently I have been taking my blog in a direction I really don't want to go, and that is the quantity of quality posting. I've been making my posts into more of, "here's a link, and the paragraph below is my opinion on it." You get more posts done that way, but you start to feel unsatisfied with your work and your blog. I know the short and sweet blogging style is what gets you more readers, and for the people who like it that way, that's fine. I have nothing against you, but it's just not my style.

For a few days I've just sat there thinking about where I want to go with my blog, and what will make me happy, it's not these short but frequent posts. I want to go back to writing longer posts. Posts that resemble columns, not e-mails. Posts like my highly controversial "What did you learn today son" .

After discovering that was what I wanted, I started to ponder on what I would write about, and after a while I came up with a great thesis. Ignorance is not a bliss. It would be a writing about how a knowledge of history is very important in understanding current issues, and how an ignorance of history could lead an entire country down the wrong road. When I finished understanding my thesis I sat down and wrote a few bullet points on things that could apply to it. To make it short, a lot. Wars, economy, immigration, and just about every other policy made by the leaders of our country. This writing would take every debate, every idea, plan, action, and policy, and it would relate it to history to show where we are right, and where we are wrong. What will work and what won't. Of course, a thesis like this I realized was too much for just a blog post. This would require months of research, and writing. And it would be too long to read in one sitting. No, this wouldn't be a blog post, this is book worthy.

Right now I am at a point where I need a lot of feed back from my readers. Do you like the thesis? Would a book be too long for you? Would you spend the money for the book, or are you a "freegan"? Do you think I could even get it published, and then figure out how to sell it online? Do you think I should wait a few years before I tackle something this big. And apart from the book thing, which direction should I take with my blog? Short frequent posts, or weekly column type posts. I really want to know what you think. Feedback from my readers is always very important to me, but now I need it more than ever. Please, it doesn't have to be much, just a short comment. Share some knowledge, give an opinion, or just say "go for it". I don't care. And I know a lot of you out there just read my blog, and you never comment, nows your time. I'm enabling anonymous comments so there won't be a hassle. Just let me know what you think about this. Thanks.

6 Comments:

  • At 28/6/06 8:20 PM, Blogger John The Patriot said…

    Cody,

    I think it's a great idea, and if it's something you're committed to you should go for it. You're on to something there. If you'd like, I would be willing to read it and even endorse it. I'm not much of a name, but every little bit helps.

    If you're interested in conservative writing, visit this site (sorry for the self-promotion)

    www.whenevilprospers.com

    Great blog site. I'll have to add this to my list of frequented places.

     
  • At 28/6/06 8:29 PM, Blogger Robert M. said…

    I prefer the column like posts. That's generally what I like to do, and comments go to heck. Writing a book is a good idea. I'd pay for it. I've got some ideas for books myself, but they're not all political. In any case I'd support your ideas.

     
  • At 28/6/06 9:13 PM, Blogger Cody O'Connor said…

    John the Patriot said...
    "I think it's a great idea, and if it's something you're committed to you should go for it. You're on to something there. If you'd like, I would be willing to read it and even endorse it. I'm not much of a name, but every little bit helps"

    Thanks a lot, John. I appreciate your support.

    "If you're interested in conservative writing, visit this site (sorry for the self-promotion)

    www.whenevilprospers.com"


    Haha, don't worry about plugging your site on mine, since I already plugged mine on yours. I've got you linked already.

    Robby said...
    "I prefer the column like posts. That's generally what I like to do, and comments go to heck. Writing a book is a good idea. I'd pay for it. I've got some ideas for books myself, but they're not all political. In any case I'd support your ideas."

    Yeah, longer posts are usually much better. And sense you bring it up, what are your ideas for books? Especially the non-political ones. I'm just nosey.

     
  • At 29/6/06 11:28 AM, Blogger Robert M. said…

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  • At 29/6/06 11:29 AM, Blogger Robert M. said…

    And sense you bring it up, what are your ideas for books? Especially the non-political ones. I'm just nosey.

    Alternate history, real history satire and short stories mostly.
    The political ones would be about the war, and be much better written than my posts, which are done in more of a first person aspect than an actual essay format.

     
  • At 1/7/06 8:26 PM, Blogger Gayle said…

    I agree that longer posts are better, but not too long. There's a fine line there. I think it's something one needs to get the feel of. I've been on some peoples blogs where the post is extremely long, and if I'm in a hurry, then I can't read it. I try to go back and read it later, but sometimes I forget, so I've probably missed a great post.

    On the other hand, brevity can also be good or bad. I believe it depends on the content.

     

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