State of the (blog) union

Podium with microphoneSince Maggie’s off camping and I’m feeling under the weather, I’ll just talk about the state of the (blog) union.

We’ve published 85 articles (now that this one is up) since January 23rd. That’s almost four months and meets our goal of 5 posts a week. I’m not making any claim on consistent quality over a week yet, though.

I especially enjoyed everyone’s thoughts on houses, but the most active articles have been Maggie’s post about the ecological soundness of babies (she tells me they aren’t recyclable, so I’m not sure how green they can be!) and our announcement about the Extreme Eco-Challenge.

Our most popular articles have been about Maggie’s car (and the veggie oil it uses), making pizza, and doing laundry, followed by my number-crunching on getting places.

Maggie and I plan to think about how we want to proceed from here on the trip to my brother’s wedding next week. It’s at least a 10-hour drive, so we’ll be desperate for stuff to think about! That makes this a good opportunity to ask you all what you enjoy about it as-is and what you’d like to see change in the future. More analytical articles? More personal stories? Absolutely never another story about what we eat?

In addition to topics, I’m interested in knowing your feelings about the images in each article. Sometimes, they can be as much work as the article itself (!), so it’d be nice to know if they add something to your reading experience.

I continue to be amazed and gratified by all of the comments we’ve gotten. I read most of my favorite blogs because of the quality of their comments. GreenCouple is well on its way by that metric! Kudos to all of you! this!

5 Responses so far »

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    Linnea said,

    May 16, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

    I like the pictures… I also like that you provide links to related posts.

    I wouldn’t mind reading more about what you eat. Chickens and sheep are out of the question for me (I don’t think Maurice would appreciate if I used his room for livestock), so it’s nice to read about smaller, simpler things.

    I’d really like to hear how Maggie’s WVO mission goes, and if certificates make a difference. It might be easier to convince my landlord to have WVO tubs in the basement now that gas is only 2 cents shy of that $4 mark here.

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    Andy said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 10:00 am

    It’s a great blog. I didn’t start reading blogs until last summer when I first came across No Impact Man. While I like daily (or the 5 weekday) posts, I would prefer fewer posts if that meant they were higher quality. Some blogs I read seem to just ramble if they don’t have great information that day but feel like they need to post anyway, and thankfully I think this blog doesn’t do that much.

    Pictures are great for capturing attention. I skim over topics from Google Reader (I get about 10 blogs now but don’t read every post on most of them) and having a picture puts a concept in my mind immediately. Some of these other blogs requiring reading a little before I decide it probably wasn’t a topic I particularly cared for. But I do read all the posts from this blog now anyway.

    I have rarely used the related links, but they aren’t in the way either.

    As for topics, I am always interested in the kind that make people think about consumerism, travel and resource use in general. For some reason, I find blogs about food not very interesting, but that might be because I read so much about it last year when I jumped into the 100-mile diet and now that I know what’s good to eat and where to find it I don’t care as much to read about it.

    I think you are doing a great job though. I started one up, but mostly to post some of my articles for a class. I hope one day to find topics worth discussing and be able to make a decent blog, but I haven’t been trying for that yet.

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    arduous said,

    May 17, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

    I think the blog is great! I have to be honest, I don’t care one way about the pictures. I think they make your blog look more professional, certainly, but unless the pictures are of you or Maggie, they barely register with me. So I would personally say that if there are days when you are crunched for time, and don’t want to go to the extra effort of finding a picture, I think that’s fine.

    Personally, Will, I love the analytical articles because I feel like you don’t find that on every blog. I love the personal stories too because it’s always cool to hear someone else’s story, but the analytical articles are, I confess, my favorite.

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    Jessica said,

    May 20, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

    I like that you use images. Maybe I should start putting images into my articles. Hmmm…

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    Will said,

    May 20, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

    I’m glad the images make an impression! We try to take our own pictures when we can, but some of them are harder than others, so I feel like we lean on stock image sites a lot right now. Now that it’s warmer, I think we’ll be working more on our own projects, which lend themselves to unique pictures!

    Thanks for all your feedback! It’s great to hear that we haven’t degenerated into fluff pieces yet.

    I looked through your blog, Andy, and I think it’s interesting even if you just wrote it for class. If you ever want to make a guest post here, you’d be more than welcome!

    I sometimes feel like the analytical articles are too spreadsheet-y, so I’m glad they’re interesting to someone else!

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