May
11
2009

Going public

No, I’m not having an IPO; I’m taking the blog public.

Until now I’ve purposely kept the blog out of the search engines, accessible only to those in the know. This was for a few reasons.
One, I’m basically a private person, not prone to publicizing my details to the world. [But this needs to change if I want to network, so I’m slowly evolving in this regard. For example, I’ve just made my Skype and Twitter accounts public.]
Two, I’ve seen the spam and nasty comments that can plague popular blogs.
But a few things are making me change my mind:

  1. This wasn’t actually true with the Caving/Paragliding post (and please ignore this rant if you’re one of the few who regularly comment), but in general, I continue to be frustrated at the dearth of comments. After spending hours uploading photos, creating links, and writing and editing a post, it’s disheartening not to receive even a simple “hey, that was interesting.” I know from the stats that dozens of people read the blog, so I’m not sure why more aren’t commenting. Is it boring? Would you rather hear about something else, rather than what I write about? Less bitching? Let me know.
    So perhaps by expanding the audience I will receive the feedback I crave.
  2. As a gift to the community. Other travelers planning or in the midst of a similar trip may be able to benefit from my experiences. And it’s better to put it out now than later – a lot of the specifics I write about will be out of date in a year.
  3. As a way for me to network and meet like-minded people. If it’s in the public sphere, who knows who might stumble across my blog and contact me, offering a job in Buenos Aires or work as a travel writer!

After all, I can always delete the nasty comments.

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  • Chloë says:

    I think going public is a great idea! Plus if it doesn’t work out, you can always go back to being private, right?
    Sorry for not commenting more, I’ll try to keep up…
    Xoxo
    C

    • Josh says:

      Unfortunately it’s rather difficult to put the genie back once she’s out of the bottle.. which is why I’ve thought long and hard about this. Here goes!

  • Arthur says:

    It’s quality writing Josh–I have been keeping up with it! Can you write more about the penguins? I like penguins.

    • Josh says:

      You crack me up. You’re right, I haven’t been writing much about the penguins. I shall rectify that. Glad you’re still reading and enjoying it, my friend.

  • Judith Johnson says:

    I don’t put comments on here as much as I send you an email with comments. Comments here go to the world. I was picturing a SF cable car, until I saw the pictures. Fascinating. You can fit them in in a small area, only the poles get added. I do wonder why others don’t have these. Love the stories and pictures.

    • Josh says:

      I see the confusion – perhaps I should have called them aerial tramways, or gondola lifts. Anyway, you’re exactly right – the footprint is tiny – no need to dig, resurface, tunnel, or disrupt anything. Obviously they can’t carry the capacity of subways, but they’re perfect for smaller cities or outlying neighborhoods.

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