ReveNews’ 2012 Resolutions – A Year of Evolution
In much the same way that people post their resolutions for the new year, today I’m posting my resolutions for ReveNews. When I agreed to take on the role of Managing Editor, I had ideas…lots of ideas. Some of those ideas have worked out great, others not so much. The stories that you the reader seem to like the most, sometime catch me off guard and others that I think you’ll love, just sit there.
Part of my reason for posting these resolutions comes from the recent discussion about whether the “golden age” of tech blogging has passed or not.Â For me, the perspective isn’t one of some golden age, but whether we’re delivering content worth reading. At some point, it was said that the golden age of radio had passed, but look at what we have now: NPR, Pandora, Last.fm, SiriusXM. Radio evolved to become something different from its original form.
I believe the same holds true for blogging and long-form writing. Perhaps this will prove another idea that I get wrong, but I hope not since I’m one of those readers that doesn’t mind reading long. I know I’m in the minority, but that’s OK as long as I’m not the only member of that minority.
For 2012, I hope ReveNews can accomplish some great things.
Part of this goal hinges on recruiting new writers. So if you know someone or you are that someone who likes to write about what we cover at ReveNews, send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re content to remain a reader that’s fine by me, but I could still use your help. Do we cover stories that help you become a better affiliate or marketer?
Do we need to expand our coverage into new areas? By the end of 2012, we’d like to see two to three stories a day getting posted to ReveNews. That goal didn’t seem so daunting when I started, but after a few months behind the wheel, I will consider it a huge accomplishment if we can get there. BoingBoing makes it look so easy. It’s not.
One of the areas we’ve had some success in is providing pre-event coverage for some of the industry’s bigger events. The main goal has been to provide you with a game plan for getting the most out of the event and insight into what some of the industry leaders are thinking about. For 2012, we’re going to spend some extra time to produce even better resources for you prior to the different events. If there’s a particular event that you’re curious about or would like to see covered in greater detail, let us know.
One of the many reasons I was asked to come on board was to free up time for the Editor-in-Chief and co-Publisher, Angel Djambazov, to write more. For 2012, we hope to convince him to do his writing in our Sunday editorials. If you know Angel, you know he likes to push and question. Our hope is these editorials, both by him and others on our editorial staff, will cause you to think about something new and to ask questions. By the end of the year, we’d like to see these editorials appearing every Sunday. As always, if you have questions or topics you’d like to see us tackle, all you have to do is ask.
You may have noticed the small box in the sidebar, encouraging you to sign up for the ReveNews newsletter. For 2012, we plan to send a weekly newsletter that includes the week’s past stories at ReveNews. Think of it like a mini newspaper you’ll get in your inbox once a week. I know some readers prefer the option of having everything in front of them, so this newsletter is for you. As events warrant, we’ll also add original content to highlight something that may have gotten missed during the week.
I consider this to be a small, but weighty list for the coming year. If the ReveNews team can accomplish all three this year, I’ll be thrilled.