By nicheless blog I mean a blog without a particular focus. How do you do it? Or rather, how do you do it well?
"I read the site for its diversity. One day you are keeping your finger on the pulse of florida culture, the next day chatting with Dave Winer about RSS and the day after that getting all psyched about your new glasses. keep it up!"
This reader's answer and others like it surprised Cadenhead:
Thanks for the feedback, everyone. It's funny to see so many people compliment this weblog's lack of focus. I always figured that was a problem.
It’s also different from the blogging I do here. Here, the only thing holding the content together is my own interests. As a whole, it doesn’t neccessarily add up to something larger than the sum of its parts, and there isn’t an ongoing storyline (let’s hope there isn’t — most blog storylines that happen naturally have to do with illness or other disasters).
I get this strange feeling when I’m doing community blogging, that there’s a narrative. Together, all the bits self-assemble into a larger story on their own. My community blogs have a cohesiveness and a sense of ongoing story that I didn’t put there.
I think I ask the question of what makes a good nichelss blog because the answer relies on a vexing subquestion: What makes these folks good writers? We with math and technical backgrounds often have an anxious desire to break everything down into formula. I recognize these two write well, but my method for drawing this conclusion is no more evolved than that of a famous justice who recognized pornography thusly: "I know it when I see it."