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Today will be the last day that I am posting on Eten Blog dot Com on a regular basis. That’s because, come tomorrow, I will be running My Today Screen with Doug Goldring. This site is very similar to Eten Blog dot Com in a sense that it will cover news, views, and reviews. There will still be prize giveaways and contests to take part in as well. However, unlike Eten Blog, it will focus on Windows Mobile devices in general. There were many reasons for this move which I hope to explain in this post.

Why The Move?

Most of the content on Eten Blog dot Com can actually help users of Windows Mobile users. They are not specifically meant for Eten Glofiish users (unless otherwise stated). Having a name like Eten Blog dot Com thus does not cover it’s reach. Even spmwinkel mentions this in a personal email to me when he said that he would not have subscribed to Eten Blog if it had not been for me linking to one of his articles and he found out about it. Reason because he was not using an Eten Glofiish device. But when he did learn about the site, he found it useful and has since been a subscriber and active participant on the site.

I am sure there are many others like spmwinkel out there. Just because of the name, they do not subscribe to the site. It’s the same reason I did not subscribe to AximSite in the past as well (and I still do not have an Axim device).

So to summarize, the reason for the move is to better position the site and serve more people.

What About Eten Blog dot Com?

Here’s the dilemma. I am not too sure what to do with it right now. Once the new site launches, I will do my regular postings there as well as Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine. I plan to start moving some of the more popular articles over to this new site as well over a period of time. The way I look at it, there are 3 options for me:

Option 1: Close This Site

I could close this site in a couple of months. The popular articles will be moved to the new site and all visitors to Eten Blog dot Com will be forward to the new site automatically. Eten Bog dot Com will cease to exist.

Option 2: Open Community

I could keep this site open and let users who signup become contributors of the site. So you can have your say here like it was your own blog. There will be some moderation on my part to remove non-related articles but I think that would be very minimal.

Option 3: Wiki Site

This is actually something like Option 2 but instead of a blog like entry, it will be in the form of a wiki (like wikipedia). This way, the articles are timeless and you can get access to resources based on the categories. It will still be open to the community to edit and publish just like Option 2.

So let me know what you think I should with Eten Blog. In the mean time, do join me at My Today Screen for our launch party  :mrgreen:

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Comment by spmwinkel Subscribed to comments via email
2008-03-31 02:09:46

I guess you have to pay some people to keep EtenBlogDotCom in the air, so just keeping the site online as a free Wordpress blog is not an option.

Then, I personally would START with the idea of keeping the site open for a few months, until the popular and important articles (and most of the reviews, defenitely, just to have them archived so you can link to them or people can find them) are copied to My Today Screen.

Then you can see how many visitors the site has had, how much activity has been going on, etc. But also, this gives someone the chance of getting in contact with you, if he/she would like to continue with this site. If nobody has contacted you by then, I think it will be safe to close the site, if the content that is generating the most visitors is copied to My Today Screen.

Comment by Tariq Bamadhaj
2008-04-01 22:58:34

Thanks Stefan. This was what I was planning as well unless some readers come forward to help me out with the site.


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