Monday, November 14, 2011

A new blogging opportunity

A little over a week ago I was contacted for a new blogging opportunity and I decided to give it a try.

When having a blog it’s nice to be noticed by people every once in a while. So when I was contacted by the Technorati Editorial Team (TET, really?) last week with an invitation to write for them I decided to at least investigate. It clearly was a mass-mailed invitation, so I was not as keen as I was when joining SilverlightShow.Net.

So what got me on board then? Well, let’s think about why I stopped writing for SilverlightShow, because let’s be honest, SilverlightShow did pay me for my articles and Technorati is not. Well, obviously there is the decision on stopping with Silverlight as our go-to UI technology, but it was not a deal breaker. In the end I was just to busy to crank out lengthy posts with lots of code and it became increasingly hard to find good topics to write about.

What makes writing for Technorati different is that they are looking for news and opinion posts in IT and they are looking for relatively short posts. Another thing that they allow, which I like, is reposting a post I wrote for Technorati here.

I finished my first post for Technorati last Friday and they published it a few hours later. By Saturday morning the link was Tweeted sixteen times, which means it generated more Tweets on its own than I did with all the posts I’ve done so far. I also got a very informative comment on the post, so to me this was a successful experiment. I do plan on writing more posts for Technorati and I also plan on reposting right here, for your convenience.