This e-mail just arrived:
Hi – I recently discovered your blog and enjoy your way of doing things. However, since you’re now also posting on Danwei, I find it redundant because I follow both blogs with rss feeds. I just thought I’d let you know I’m on the verge of quitting your rss feed, as I’m sure this info is useful to you and most people who leave will probably just quit without telling you.
I’m actually a bit curious why you chose to start this arrangement with Danwei. My guess is you thought it might get you a few more subscribers from their audience? Or something else? Is it succeeding?
First, thanks for reading my postings and taking the time to write. I very much appreciate the feedback.
My policy then and now is to cross-post when there is something of interest to the relevant community.
For Danwei, this means China/urban life/media/advertising related issues. On Loic’s blog I tend to write about France-related issues as well as technology. During the Olympic period, there has – indeed – been heavy overlap between Danwei’s focus and that of my blog. That overlap will slack as the Olympics draw to a close.
Does blogging on Danwei drive traffic?
Posting to Danwei drives traffic moderately, but since I put up full postings, it is not excessive. What I appreciate more than traffic are the conversations that take place. That is why I like to the cross-post effect. Conversations about a topic on Loic’s blog in French are often very different from those in Danwei or on my blog.
In pure traffic terms, my blog is getting bombarded by Google searches for “Olympic P * rn”, “Olympic S x” and similar landing on this posting. (Are these hits from frustrated athletes in the Olympic Village or from fans dreaming back home?)
How did this arrangement happen?
Jeremy Goldkorn, Danwei Grand Poobah, emailed me one day to ask if I’d like to cross-post onto the site. Only interaction we’ve had since then is an occasional email helping me when I messed up formatting. I’d like to buy him a drink, but haven’t met up with him for almost half a year now.
Hope this answers your questions and convinces you not to drop either Danwei’s RSS or that of my blog!