999 Subscriptions to go!

After blogging for one week it is apparent that building a community around Space Frigates is not going to be easy. But that is okay, I didn’t expect that it would be.

For me, creating Space Frigates is not really about building a game. It is more about building a community around the game. Folks that like games, like programming games, like designing games, like javascript, like open source, like building SaaS solutions.

As I’m learning I’m realizing more and more just how import the blog will be. I started it for a couple of reasons:

  1. A daily routine to keep my attention on the project. I have so many things competing for my attention that I have not had much luck really getting going on any of my web projects. I think this will help.
  2. To share my experience with other folks whom may be interesting in doing something similar. I really enjoy the blog that Groove publishes about their SaaS Start Up journey.
  3. Provide some technical insight into how I am programming parts of the application. I’ve benefited a lot from open source on tutorials and blogs and wanted to give something back. Eventually I want to start doing some more in-depth tutorials as part of the blog.

It turns out that there are a lot of aspects to really doing a blog well enough for people to find it and find it valuable enough to subscribe to it.

  1. Setting it up correctly
  2. Great, consistent content
  3. Search engine optimaiztion
  4. Networking
  5. Promoting

I’ve found a good book this week called Technical Blogging that I highly recommend. The author, Antonio Cangiano, suggests setting 1000 subscribers after one year as a good goal. Aggressive, but possible. I think I am going to have a lot of work to do but I’ll try.

I have one so far. Family counts, right? 🙂

999 to go!

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