how I manage multiple blogs
Lon (who blogs over at onelife.voxtropolis.com) emailed me last week about my blogging strategy, edited excerpt as follows:
i see you’ve got quite a number of blogs/portals… I’ve been thinking of setting up my own domain/host… just want to get a feel for how you interact with all your sites. did you ever make a transition to your [current] site, or have you always had that domain? do you currently use all your sites as a funnel to your main site? or do you keep them separate and distinct generally?
I’ve already answered the question of “Why do I blog?” and noted some of my observations on some people’s concerns for hesitating to blog. So here I’ll drill-down more on how I manage my many blogs strewn around the internet.
From what I can tell, those mirrored blog sites barely register a blip for driving website traffic to the main site, so that’s not why I mirror my blog elsewhere. They are mirrored at those sites so I can also connect with people who are in those “online communities”. I’ve heard that some people are more comfortable being a part of a smaller online community where they can know a few people, or stay connected while getting privacy, instead of being out in the wide open of the unstructured internet, mixing it up with both strangers and friends.
I also blog for Leadership Network (one of several roles I have) at their books blog and their learnings blog and for L2 Foundation at the L2 Foundation blog to highlight insights for developing Asian American leadership and legacy.
I also staked out blogs for myself at vox.com, 360.yahoo.com, journals.aol.com, friendster.com, and voxtrpolis.com – those are mostly for random blogging, and so I can retain my own nickname there and try out their blogging tools.
As for my domain name, I had first registered my domain name back in 2001 to better define my online identity, though some may say that I’m still not that well-defined. I’ve had a web presence since 1997 or so, using free website hosts like geocities.com, homepages.com, xoom.com, aol.com; even printed up business cards with 1 of those old web addresses. When I switched over to djchuang.com, I had new business cards printed up – for free at vistaprint.com. Far as I can tell, those cards don’t drive much web traffic either.