My New Network of Blogs is Alive!

Tonight I completed the transition from a single blog hosted on WordPress to a new network of blogs based on The transition was painless but it took me a bit of time to get each of the six blogs, this all-topics aggregator and five topic-specific blogs, designed so that I’m reasonably happy within the limitations of the platform. Here’s a list of the five topical blogs, each of them linked. Some of them don’t yet have any posts, but they’re coming soon.

You can subscribe to any one or several of the blogs. Or you can subscribe here if you haven’t already and drink the entire fire hose.

A fair warning: I occasionally write posts that transcend these not-so-neat little borders. In such cases, I reserve the right to do the unthinkable and cross-post to multiple blogs so that nobody who even might be interested in the subject misses it.

Why did I make this drastic change? Because I’ve discovered in my research into online marketing in the past few months that topic-specific blogs create better opportunities for cross-links and backlinks (and thus improve search engine ranking without being dishonest). I also believe it will make it more likely for other people with blogs on related topics to be willing to link to my specialized blogs. If you’re a sports blog host, you might find something I wrote worth linking to but if you see that my blog for that day had comments on several other topics that are uninteresting, or even off-putting to your readers, you’re likely to take a pass. I want to avoid that.

I’ll be interested in hearing what you think of this move. 

By the way, I intend to keep cross-posting everything to my WordPress blog as well, so if that’s where you’re reading this, nothing changes.

You’re welcome. 🙂

2 comments for “My New Network of Blogs is Alive!

  1. Chipp Walters
    January 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Dan, right now all your blogs are locked private. Just thought you’d like to know.

  2. Dan Shafer
    January 31, 2011 at 1:51 am

    thanks for the heads-up, Chipp. Unlocked them all.dan