Registered: Feb 2001
Location: Them Twin Cities
I think diversification [sic, but what the hell] is probably the answer, but the difficulty is differentiation. PDABuzz is also an all-pda discussion-based site. PalmInfoCenter focuses on the PalmOS. There's Sony discussion zones, but no site. But, well, *shudder*.
The things that make VC stand out are the discussion boards, the audio/video content, and the well-thought reviews. I suppose it's like the difference between a daily paper and a monthly magazine. PIC has got the instant info update (usurping PalmStation), but VC is where I go for discussions, etc.
..another problem with changing focus is, frankly, that it might increase the size to the point where new users would be scared away. Part of hte charm of VC is that it is relatively small. Have you tried doing a daily "View New Posts" at PDABuzz, it's overwhelming. Maybe it's just that BC has a more welcoming color theme, but I get the feeling that it is more inviting to newbies.
...it's a thorny issue. Every suggestion I want to put here I type out and delete. The handspring focus keeps things in proportion, but HS itself is a little wacky right now. heck, here's one: PalmSalon.com--there's news and info, but the primary focus is the discussion of the people in the salon. It's comfortable, nonthreatening, yet intelligent and informative. Apologies to David Talbot.
...whatever happens, I think that VC may need to find a way to step up the article count per week--but I can't for the life of me find the time to write or have a good idea for a good topic (or heck, I'd be writing them!). I'm betting that the editors here face the exact same issue: more content, but what? How to diversify without losing focus? How to get more eyeballs without getting too many trolls?
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