I've been answering a lot of questions about blogging recently at work. It no longer surprises me to find out that a lot of folks there read this stuff. But sometimes the questions do.

Today's was the first one I had to think about bit because I'd just never considered it before:

Which takes more time, your blog or you linkblog?

Clearly it takes more time to write long posts here than it does to run my custom little command-line tool for adding random funny stuff to my linkblog. But both are really the result of my day to day wanderings on the web, e-mail, and so on.

I still think my main blog takes more time, but I never really thought about what goes into the linkblog. It's not as trivial as one might think.

Posted by jzawodn at July 20, 2004 11:07 PM

Reader Comments
# Kasia Trapszo said:

My blog takes custom time.. that is the "Oh, I should blog this *clickety*click*" time.

on July 20, 2004 11:09 PM
# Jeffrey Friedl said:

I'd think the most common question would be "which takes more time, your blog, or your work for Yahoo?". That's the question I find myself asking after reading some of your posts :-)

on July 21, 2004 12:11 AM
# Adam Trachtenberg said:


on July 21, 2004 08:27 AM
# chad said:

      Posted by jzawodn at July 20, 2004 11:07 PM

Does yahoo require it's employees to work past 11pm at night?

on July 21, 2004 01:22 PM
# jr said:

Honestly? I blog around two hours a day and during commit cycles. I try to get something in and scheduled for 0900, I'll surf around at lunch and possibly queue something up for 1700.

I consider blogging (and reading blogs) to be essential research for my job since I get to find out things like how to fix IE's CSS display bugs, feedback on product decisions and other useful things I can pass on to coworkers.

Plus it helps me keep sane and is generally cheaper than repairing things i've hurled off the top deck.

on July 21, 2004 04:38 PM
# Ross Mayfield said:

Main blog is main, takes time, thought.

Linkblog is near zero effort and tons of return

on July 21, 2004 06:59 PM
# stain said:

seems this guy has something wrong with you


on July 22, 2004 01:49 AM
# Bill Parks said:

I heard that a firm named DesktopAlert, um... http://www.desktopalert.net has a new BlogLert?

Something about flagging keywords it researches in Blogs and serving up alerts for researchers?

You ever hear of them? I did not see anything at their site but heard it on TechTV.

on July 22, 2004 10:43 PM
# Michael Heilemann said:

I recently axed my linkblog because I felt that it took too much time out of my day.

on July 23, 2004 11:37 AM
# Sasha Slutsker said:

Yeah, blogging can take some time. I mean, I don't have a linkblog myself, I'm just starting out with a normal blog right now. Still, it can take a lot of time to post stuff in it.

on July 24, 2004 02:00 PM
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