I’-ve been amazed by how much work blogging can be. More than anything else, this past week has simply increased my admiration for the work that Alex [Tabarrok] and Tyler [Cowen] put into this site and our community.
Yes, blogging is hard and difficult. But Justin Wolfers has experienced only one third of the whole experience —-writing. The two other parts are: finessing the parameters of your blogging software, and marketing your blog, posts and pages. In my experience, the last thing is the most difficult —-you have to get inbound links from big bloggers, otherwise nobody reads you and the search engines don’-t compute you. Your blog will only matter in your industry if you excel at each of these three tasks. (And if what you run is a group blog, then there is a fourth task, which is inciting other people to write for your group blog for free. )
So, how did you like Justin Wolfers’- guest-blogging week at Marginal Revolution?
Great. Smart guy. Very open to others. Very willing to let the readers discover plenty of external resources (including, two times, a weird stuff called Midas Oracle ). His blogging style resembles much David Pennock’-s one. That is, a smooth mix of home-made essays and news aggregation items. Very different than Robin Hanson’-s blogging. (Robin Hanson is on a quest to show off that he is the world’-s most intelligent human being, which is boring most of the times, but can output highly valuable fruits, occasionally.)
Read the previous blog posts by Chris F. Masse:
- “No offense, but I think Radley Balko is the most valuable blogger in America right now.”
- Are you a better predictor than John McCain?
- What does climate scientist James Annan think of InTrade’s global warming prediction markets?
- Inkling Markets, one year later
- One trader’s view on BetFair’s new bet-matching logic