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Writing For You

Written by Scrivs on January 30, 2007

Within the 9rules Forums, there is a fascinating discussion going on about who do you write for when you own a site. When you start a site I think most people fall into the category of writing for themselves because they feel they have something worthwhile to say. After some time though I can see the transition being made to writing more for your audience. Thinking about whether or not they will be interested to read what you write or what type of entry you should write to get the most comments becomes part of your thought process.

The ironic thing is you built your audience by writing what you wanted to write so in theory they should have no problem with the stuff you write, but yet I know some of us still fall into the trap of wondering if they will like what we put out or not. In all honesty that isn’t a problem at all because as our sites mature they stop becoming a one-way communication medium and start to become a community on their own.

This does not mean that you have relinquished power of your site, but if you open up comments you are indirectly saying I care about what you have to say. If someone invests their time to write a comment on your site you can believe that they are going to feel they have become a small part of it. This may not happen after one or two comments, but if they are commenting on all of your entries don’t be surprised if they begin to feel like this.

Never though write about something you aren’t happy with. It will reflect immediately in your writing. They may like it or they may not, but at the end of the day what matters is that you are still enjoying what you are doing. If your current audience doesn’t like it, there is a good chance there is another one out there that will.

Juxtafy My Thug: Interview With Mike Rundle

Written by Mike Rundle on January 24, 2007

9rules member Juxtaviews.com just posted an interview with me where I may or may not have divulged top secret information about 9rules, my work processes, and my 2 favorite web designers on the planet. May or may not… you must find out for yourself 🙂

We Need Taglines

Written by Scrivs on January 23, 2007

For a while now we have used the 9 rules as our taglines, but things are starting to change around here and therefore we need some new taglines. If you know us well enough you know we deal in funny so hit us up with some ideas and maybe you will get to see your tagline at the top of the site.

And our apologies for it being so quiet around here lately. Sometimes we forget there is a world outside the 9rules basement.

SXSW Roll Call

Written by Scrivs on January 7, 2007

SXSW is about 2 months away and we here at 9rules wanted to get a roll call of the people that are attending or at least plan on attending to see if maybe we can get something together. It would be great to meet not only 9rules Members, but 9rules Readers as well so please let us know if you plan on attending and we can start planning how many 9rules cupcakes to make.

Last year I was sick the whole time and I promise that won’t happen again this year so make sure to bring your drinking shoes.