15 Jun 2015

Aguanomics reloaded

After seven years of blogging, I have gotten pretty good at filling in the 8-posts-per-week template (Five morning posts -- including speed blogging and anything but water -- Monday funnies, Friday party, and the Flashback), but this structure is not working for me.

First, I feel like it's an obligation to constantly save and queue items.

Second, I'm not sure if many posts are worthy. Yes, people may read them (I know that posts average 200 views) but then what? I don't see much value in posts that do not evoke debate or discussion. That's too much to ask for a cat video, of course.

Third, I think that few people hit the blog every day, which implies that there's too much material.

So, I'm going to make two changes.
  1. I will post once or twice per week on topics I hope are worth discussing and sharing.
  2. I will tweet more (usually with an opinion) on links that are worth viewing.
These changes mean that you can choose your level of exposure, i.e.,
  • Twitter for multiple updates per day
  • This blog for topics a few times per week
  • My mailing list for an overview of what I'm up to twice per month
  • My books [pdf] if you want an overview on politics and economics of water
  • My popular or academic writing for concise or deep explorations, respectively
  • My teaching or consulting for general or specific insights, respectively
I hope that this works out for you. I really enjoy blogging, but it has its place.

Bottom Line: Let's communicate in a way that works for you!


Anonymous said...

Your posts do evoke discussion between my husband and me, as we both read it during the day at work and talk at night.

Amanda Rice said...

Change is inevitable, but I will adapt. Reducing the number of posts per week is probably a good idea. I appreciate all the water posts, especially the ones on economics and sociology of water management and use - the politics. It's also nice to read about how other communities meet their water challenges. I've even *gasp* shared some Aguanomics posts on Facebook. But I am more than just a fan of the water talk here. I will really mourn the loss of the Monday funnies and Friday party, which I read every week and frequently share with friends of all stripes. Just last week I was showing someone the video of the invisible bike helmet you posted several years ago. It also sounds like the changes will also finally motivate me to actually use my Twitter account. The links you include here and and your speed posts always have such interesting and informative topics.
That said: the new multi-channel incarnation of your written work will have my support.
«The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.» - Maya Angelou.

Anonymous said...

I love Friday Party! Best part of my work week.

DZ I am avid reader of this blog and appreciate everything you pour into it.

David Zetland said...

That's great to hear. I'll try to make them good enough to discuss over a few days ;)

David Zetland said...

Thanks Amanda. I like to hear *how* people use the material. Twitter seems like an easier way to share links (now that I'm 40 tweets in :)

David Zetland said...

Thanks! I may be able to hold on to Friday Party for awhile :)

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David Zetland said...


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