On WordPress news sites

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Written By Brian Krogsgard

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  1. Hi Brian,

    I’ve been reading Post Status for a few months now, and I like the way you not only summarise third party content, but add your own spin on it.

    Can I suggest that you add a twitter sharing button to your posts though? That would make it much easier for readers like me to help share and promote your content.

    Keep up the good work!


    • Thanks, James! Yeah, a whole bunch of stuff will be simpler with the redesign 🙂 Thanks for your input.

  2. Hey Brian, thanks for the mention! Hopefully we’ll see decent news news spring up that can learn from others’ mistakes. Like you say, holes are always filled and voids don’t last for long.

  3. Good post, even thinking about my own tutorial site it’s monetized by people coming to me for consulting services and purchasing products. The site is a channel to make people aware of me.

    I think the most innovative method of monetization was the sponsorships on WPCandy. I know that there are a few authors (Shawn Blanc being one) that I support monthly. I did not support WPCandy though. Thinking about it now, I feel like I have a personal relationship with Shawn as a single author and that WPCandy felt more like some big business. I’m only guessing now at my past motivations, but maybe that was the thing that made me choose to not support WPCandy and to support Shawn.

    Few questions, you’ve been writing about WordPress on your personal site. What was/is the motivation to transfer it to Post Status instead of continuing to write on your site?

    Have you thought about allowing 1 or 2 other well known people also add to the curation?

    • I like writing on my personal site, but I think this is a better avenue long term for reaching a broader audience, even though right now it’d be easier to bring traffic to my personal blog because of the built up RSS subscriptions. Though I do run the risk of losing personality here, as you mention you felt with WPCandy. Hopefully I can avoid that in the writing / feel of the content.

      I go back and forth on wanting help with curation. I just want it to be inline with my own process, which is mostly to maintain high value content, and hopefully add a flare of personal touch to the link. But that doesn’t mean I’m not open to it. The help curating could be a time saver, even though collaboration w/ other authors does add some time – so that can be a tradeoff. That said, you have probably been the most consistent submitter, so if you’re interested to contribute, hit me up : )

  4. I’m an avid follower of poststat.us, and I think you’re doing a great job of curating WordPress related content. I once undertook an initiative like this but couldn’t keep it up because it demanded so much time.

    One thing that might help increase engagement (maybe you have this planned for your new site): make it easy for people to sign up for email updates when you post new content. I searched all over your site for a sign up box, but to no avail. I eventually resorted to using IFTTT, but not everyone will make that effort. Just a tip.

    • Thank you for the kind words, Miriam! I continue to make dumb decisions like assuming people wouldn’t want me to email every post to them 🙂 I’ll fix the newsletter / email options in the redesign. Thanks for that feedback!

  5. One thing I’ve learned is that getting people to share my content is a lot harder on Post Status, because I set a tone that I was linking to other people’s content only. Well, I do. But I also add context. It’s just hard to get that extra tidbit to be valuable enough to a read in order for them to feel compelled to share my site, versus the source itself.

    Keep at it! It works for Boing Boing and Kottke. 🙂

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