The problem of blog diversity

I’m starting to realize that I’m trying to make this blog too diverse. I’ve been writing in-depth about a lot of topics that the average reader isn’t really interested in. So it’s time to tighten my focus. I’m moving all of the Supreme Commander-related stuff over to another site that I’ll be starting up soon. I bought the domain name already: This will allow me to go into much more depth on the game (which I’ve been dying to do) without isolating 90% of my readers here.

In hindsight, it’s obvious that I should’ve done this a bit sooner. All of the sites/blogs I read regularly are concentrated on fairly narrow subject areas. Joystiq focuses on gaming. Terra Nova focuses on massively multiplayer gaming and virtual worlds. Pharyngula focuses on biology and cephalopods. Slashdot focuses on tech news. I can’t think of a single blog I read regularly that is really just a various mishmash of topics that an individual person is interested in. There has to be a reason for this.

So I’m sure about what SupComTalk is going to focus on, but I have no idea about what I’ll eventually try to make this blog focused on. I suppose I could go for science/computing/technical subjects. Debatably that’s what it already is.

3 Responses to “The problem of blog diversity”

  1. Darmok Says:

    That’s the same problem I often have with my weblog: finding its focus. Right now, it’s just sort of a “science topics I find interesting” weblog, though many of the posts are on astronomy, but still, I would probably be better off tightening the focus to a single area of science to say, medicine or astronomy or climate science. It’d be hard for me to do, though.

  2. Cyde Weys Says:

    It’s very hard to do. I’d always conceptualized Cyde Weys Musings as a personal blog, and maybe it will forever remain such. That may doom it to lower reading numbers than specific topic-focused blogs, and I may update it less and less often as a topic-focused blog such as SupComTalk gets a lot more traffic. I don’t know. I don’t think you need to limit yourself to a specific area of science, however. I think there’s room out there for a blog that covers both astronomy and medicine. They’re related enough topics. Generally someone who is interested in a particular area of science is at least somewhat interested in science in general.

  3. Darmok Says:

    That’s what I’m hoping. Perhaps a bit of variety will keep things interesting, and people can pick and choose which topics they’d like to read about.