Rethinking DGK

by David on January 12, 2010

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I’ve gotten quite behind. I will attempt to bring you up to date over the coming week or two, but I’ve come to a few resolutions.

As I explained on Raptitude, the logistics of running a blog from the road make it much more difficult than at home, even though I don’t have a full-time job taking up my time. Now I’ve got two blogs, and I’m really struggling to keep them both consistent. Raptitude is my priority, and I’d rather make sure I keep to my two-article per week schedule there, than divide my efforts and end up with two blogs that are behind.

I’ve also  found I don’t particularly enjoy writing about my trip when all I’m doing is describing what I did or saw. I don’t think it makes for particularly good reading, and I don’t want to commit the kind of substantial hours I do for Raptitude to include some sort of angle or insight in these posts. To be honest, I have found writing for DGK to be a rather obnoxious obligation, and I don’t want it to be like that. I want it to be fun to both write and read.

So from now on, I will not continue an event-by-event narrative. I will only write about events that are especially interesting. The bulk of DGK will be photographs, with much of the story revealed in captions. You won’t miss the adventure, you just won’t have to read these tedious travelogues I’ve felt compelled to write for each place I visit.

As well, I am not going to try to integrate the pictures with the words anymore. It adds an additional layer of complexity to keeping DGK up to date and it is one of the primary reasons it’s so behind. So it will generally be words, then pictures, and the captions should sort it all out. That will allow me to do almost everything offline, which will help a lot. To do online work I have to walk a few kilometers to a café and then it costs me 4-5 dollars per hour.

I’m also going to try to find a new photo plugin, so I don’t have to do the pictures manually. The first plugin I tried gave me nothing but problems.

I’d rather spend my writing time keeping Raptitude consistently updated than sink more time into DGK. This is good for the reader too I think, because that means DGK will probably be updated more often and stay more current, and there will be more pictures. But I’ve got to work out a few bugs first.

If these new resolutions don’t make the whole process much more streamlined, I will have to take more drastic measures. I had a post about Wellington ready to go today, but I’m having technical problems here at the café and I don’t have the time to sort them out. So it will get updated when it gets updated and I can’t really do much else about it.

So we’ll see what happens, I’m just letting you know what the deal is.


Tina January 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

Yay for prioritizing! Enjoy your adventure without all the hassle of documenting your experiences. Besides, most of us can’t read, we just look at pictures:P

Erin January 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Excellent. I have always thought DGK should be photos with a caption. Your readers live for the photos, which are worth a thousand words anyway. Let the fun continue. People have a limited amount of time to read, especially if they have jobs.

I have a couple of breaks I take at work depending on the daily workload. I am also writing two blogs myself. So often times when I open a favorite blog and see over a thousand words, I go to a different one that is quicker to get to the point and shorter. Often times thinking I will come back when I have more time. Should I not confess that?

Brenda January 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm

gee whiz, that’s a beautiful photograph — layer upon layer upon layer. Make it easy on yourself, please and thank you. :)

Lisis January 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Photos + captions whenever you can. Yay! Just as long as we keep getting the occasional Raptitude fix, everything will be fine. I can’t go more than a week without a Raptitude post… not without a fight, anyway.


David January 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Aw you girls are the best.

I’ll get a new photo plugin up and running very soon, so I can post loads of pictures without a lot of time. I think that’s been the bottleneck anyway, ever since I threw up my hands over the old one, one sweaty, frustrating night in Bangkok.

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