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What I Try To Do On Gapers Block

So it's been about a month since I started writing for Gapers Block. I've really enjoyed it. It's something like peeing into the ocean in that there are no comments, I get no feedback as to what readers think of the post subject matter, and I never see any spin-off blog posts or conversations that flow from it.

What I like most is that I can gently, easily call out things I think are worth mentioning and know that it will reach a large, thoughtful audience. The thing I've always liked about Gapers Block since they started is that they link and get out of the way, and that's what I've tried to do. Some other rules of thumb that I try to abide by:



Good thoughts here. I'm trying to do the same thing with the "ChicagoBits" and "TechBits" sections on WindyBits. It's going pretty well, and I think the feed is high-quality, but it's tempting to link to Trib/S-T stories and be done with it.

Anyway, you're doing good work.


Tom-- you're succeeding-- keep up the great work!

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Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


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