weblogs.asp.net growth

When there were only 200 people on dotNetWeblogs, there were already some problems with too much content and a good chunk of it was personal, when I believe the original mission of the blogs was to be about .Net. I learned quickly to stick to the .net focus after a few weeks of totally random “here I am“ posts. The biggest problem was in the main feed. People who subscribed to the main feed looking for .NET info were having to filter through a lot of stuff. Enter personal categories. The categories are for individual bloggers. So you can subscribe to a particualr blogger’s own feed separately from the main feed and choose only to subscribe to a particular category. But that does not stop stuff from still going onto the main feed. Everything goes to the main feed. Then Scott implemented a great feature: “Include on Main Feed”/”Do not include on Main Feed”. But does it get used? Do the bloggers who start up new blogs know that it exists? Is anyone ever told something like – “so it’s a good idea to try to keep main feed posts .net related, but we trust you to use your judgement. Sometimes a post that is not about .NET is still very relevant. You can post as much about anything on your blog as you want, but think about the main feed/main website page when you are selecting to include it there or not“ or is it just “here’s your blog. Have fun!“

There are now 950 (today’s count) bloggers on this site. Many people, many wonderful ideas, many interesting personalites. Many posts on the main feed. Too many to read. Too many to filter through – do you go by person’s name? by post title? By MS blogger? Non-MS Blogger? Bloggers can specifiy posts to either go the main feed or not. However, if readers are not subscribed to that person’s particular blog, then these posts will never be seen.

I keep thinking about unsubscribing to the main feed and just doing individual subscriptions. But then I’ll miss soooooo much.

I know that solutions have been tossed around for a long time now and it is hard to come up with an idea that seemed to solve all of the problems.

But I think that having some general group categories might not be a bad idea at this point.

.net related
Microsoft inside scoop related
community related

even those 4 might help a lot. I would be happier to subscribe to those 4 feeds individually and have some kind of organization. Then when I’m just looking for random entertainment from my fellow geeks, I’ll go to personal. Yes, it means it is still up to the bloggers to specifiy a group category , but that’s can become habitual. And even if someone doesn’t remember to do it all of the time, it could still be a huge help. Implementation is a completely different story of course. Here I am making a suggestion that I can’t help to do the work of implementing. However, I just wanted to put it out there for the next time changes are being made to the way .Text works or at least so that people can talk about and fine-tune the idea.

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