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  1. Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel)
    Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel) March 6, 2013 at 15:46 | | Reply

    Hi @Jean,

    I’ve been subscribing to most of the better known WordPress blogs for a while and I’ve got to agree with what I think is your implication, there’s tons of duplication and too much noise compared to available signal. I would love to see differentiated focus addressing an area nobody else really is touching, but based on passion.

    So to answer your question about what you should do with WP Mayor, I’d reply with a question: What are/can you be really passionate about related to WordPress? I’m MUCH rather see 1 great in-depth post a week about something that nobody else is doing well and that you rock at doing then 3-5 posts a day that are superficial and/or are copies of other news I can find elsewhere. But it’s got to come from something you are or can be passionate about.

    IMO anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Paul
    Paul March 6, 2013 at 16:45 | | Reply

    I have to say I think you have the perfect balance. WPBeginner is for beginners, WPDaily is for keen wordpressers and this blog hits the middle ground where people can find out about interesting new plugins and wordpress developments on a regular basis without needing to have advanced coding knowledge. So great job and keep going!

  3. Javier Arias (@delpapelalaweb)

    Jean, WP Mayor is for me a good website to visit and to be up to date about all the wordpress content related (plugins, tips, themes,…) And how Paul said I think that your blog has it the perfect balance. Thnks four your invaluable help

  4. Chris
    Chris March 6, 2013 at 22:48 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,
    I’ve only been looking into wordpress since the New Year and came to wpmayor initially for the Thesis / Genesys comparison. I’m coming at wp from the angle of making more complex websites but not using code. hmm. Therefore things like Loopbuddy & Types/Views are interesting to me.
    I value posts with *detailed* feature comparisons of competing plugins or themes.
    As for future trends I think wordpress adoption for business/corporate applications is an interesting one. For example the new MasterPress plugin presents a really nice solid UI for its CMS application.

    http://masterpressplugin.com

    Chris

  5. Marcus Edwardes
    Marcus Edwardes March 6, 2013 at 23:30 | | Reply

    I think you are really smart to ask your readers. I stumbled across you when I did a Genesis Search (I am still trying to figure out how to capture someone’s email address on my home page with a free “white paper” offering)
    I like your site but I think it lacks identity and seems a bit like a hobby site to drive consulting traffic and some ad revenue your way.
    It’s funny – you nailed it in your post – the other sites you mention have identified a niche and are catering to a targeted audience. Maybe you can do the same. From my perspective – I can’t code and I put together a really nice website with NO technical knowledge. WP beginner is fine – but what about WP for Non Techies? That’s a market.

  6. Chris
    Chris March 6, 2013 at 23:32 | | Reply

    Hi Marcus – I would definitely be into that as well. no-code is my mantra.

  7. Chris
    Chris March 7, 2013 at 00:39 | | Reply

    I know there is http://www.byobwebsite.com which is really good and purely a Thesis house. I don’t know if there is a theme-agnostic site which shows how to use wp for your business using best of breed plugins and themes. and no code.

  8. Brian Jackson
    Brian Jackson March 7, 2013 at 05:46 | | Reply

    Jean, I don’t subscribe to too many blogs because I don’t have that much time to read… But yours is on my list that I read on a regular basis. One of the reasons I love your blog is your site is simple, elegant, and your posts always contain quality information.

    Whatever you do, please keep the simplistic and fast loading aspect of your site ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks! Looking forward to see what you come up with.

  9. Kevin Muldoon
    Kevin Muldoon March 7, 2013 at 18:00 | | Reply

    I think you are at the stage where you should bring in additional writers to help post news, tutorials, reviews etc. The site would grow much quicker ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kevin

  10. Robert Abela
    Robert Abela March 7, 2013 at 10:29 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I think all websites have a scope and so does WP Mayor. Maybe it is not for beginners, or not for WordPress developers, but the fact that people visit your website through Google, or any other search engine it means that it is still a valid source of information.

    People end up on your website and not on others because it is where they find the information they need.

    I would classify WP Mayor as a generic WordPress website mostly focusing on reviews while also giving a lot of tips about blogging and how to improve your productivity (specifically focused for WordPress users). I think it is ideal for bloggers who already have an idea about blogging, already know what they want but they cannot have that successful breakthrough with their blog.

    As long as traffic is on the increase I think that there is always space for WP Mayor! Keep up the good work.

  11. Chris
    Chris March 7, 2013 at 21:49 | | Reply

    Over at catalysttheme.com they’ve got a little box that slides up and asks for your most pressing website problem. It’s unobtrusive, doesn’t take email, and disappears if you don’t use it. I guess there is a technical name for this but I’m not from round here. Anyway since it’s anonymous I bet they get some really honest comments.It’s a good way to see what is really on peoples minds.

  12. saddington
    saddington March 8, 2013 at 18:00 | | Reply

    I want to chime in here and first thank you for your kind voice of confidence for WP Daily… and second, i want to mention my agreement with @mikeschinkel – go deep. be unique. and the rest of the community will follow! we’re subscribed, for sure!

  13. BobWP
    BobWP March 8, 2013 at 20:47 | | Reply

    Hey Jean, I can totally relate to what you are talking about. First, as many have said, I subscribe via RSS and do visit your site regularly for the variety of info you share, often stuff I share with my own communities. Great content!

    And at the same time understand as I also do a lot of WP tutorials on my blog, but also the same site is where I have my training services. I like to think I focus on the beginner, the non-coder, and the non-geek. I try to stay away from any code at all, it’s how I roll and I’m sure though I haven’t cornered the market on that ๐Ÿ™‚

    But mostly I wanted to comment on comments. It is tough to get people to engage on your site and always really depends on your blog, what you post, etc. At the same time I know a lot of bigger bloggers that have seen a decline in comments overall (not all of them but some). It’s funny as I see more people wanting to comment on the social platforms. For example, you share a post on Facebook, someone reads it and actually comes back to Facebook to leave a comment. Seen the same thing on Twitter.

    Lastly it’s what we blog about. People find it hard to leave comments when you are giving them great resources, tutorials, etc. They hesitate leaving a comment like, “Great video, this really helped me, thanks” as that can be construed as a lame comment, or even spam. And sometimes even asking a question at the end, which can help, doesn’t always help in the instance of our kinds of posts. People read or watch, grab the great content you shared and run with it.

    You are doing a great job here, and obviously a lot of readers feel the same. I am sure whatever direction you choose to go, you will continue to find your groove ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Craig
    Craig March 8, 2013 at 22:55 | | Reply

    I think you do a fine job, I come here often, the other aforementioned sites never, I follow the people on twit that are actually doing something, and of course Post status by Brian. I agree with Mike go the Smashing way one real post.

  15. jsallette
    jsallette March 9, 2013 at 10:23 | | Reply

    Jean,
    I have to chime in and say that you have a terrific site. I just found it looking for a review on thesis vs genesis. I am definitely not an advanced developer but not a newbie either (I have 15 wp sites under my belt). What I like about your site is that it is well written and has great content. I get the sense that your site is really for the person that wants to be informed and not entertained. Don’t take this the wrong way. There are some sites out there that are trying to be too cutesy and entertaining with covering WP issues. Yours is a serious site that deals with serious subjects. I have bookmarked your site and will definitely come back again. I applaud you for your honesty and openness on the subject matter and am certain that you are heading in the right direction to find your “sweetspot” for the direction that you want to take this blog. Keep up the excellent job that you and your team are doing.

  16. Saru Tole
    Saru Tole March 10, 2013 at 00:42 | | Reply

    Hi Jean, I think you have a pretty good balance here, because I read most of what you post. ๐Ÿ™‚

    To give you some context, for some time now, I watch most (if not all) sites that have “WP” in their name (or somewhere in a subtitle). Not counting the personal blogs of the more prominent WP-people.

    I usually ignore posts titled: ‘New plugins this week’, ‘Best themes of month YYY’. But I briefly skim over posts like ‘Best plugins to do ZZZ’, ‘Best themes for vertical VVV’, or ‘Best themes /w feature FFF’.

    I don’t trust posts that contain words “just post these lines to your functions.php…” But I read/bookmark all the in-depth articles/tuts by authoritative authors, when they cover some specific area, like Settings/Caching/Permalinks etc. — articles a la Smashing Mag style.

    But what I am most interested in, is WP business models/strategies/innovations/decisions and people/personalities/lifestyles behind them. But that’s just me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Keep on a good work!

    1. Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel)
      Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel) March 10, 2013 at 16:03 | | Reply

      @Saru,

      I donโ€™t trust posts that contain words โ€œjust post these lines to your functions.phpโ€ฆโ€

      Hoping Jean doesn’t mind me asking a tangential question but I’m really curious to learn why those words would cause you to distrust a post? When I answer questions on WordPress Answers I typically write those exact words, assuming they apply, to make it easier for the person to know the exact steps they need to take to use the example. I have assumed that doing so would be considered A Good Thing(tm).

      Or is what you meant that you distrust posts the ONLY contain those words and no explanation of what the code actually does?

      1. Saru Tole (@SaruTole)
        Saru Tole (@SaruTole) March 10, 2013 at 17:37 | | Reply

        Mike, a post with that phrase might be a perfectly good one. It’s just that such write-ups are usually meant for beginners, and, quite often, do not reflect the best engineering practices.

        1. Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel)
          Mike Schinkel (@mikeschinkel) March 10, 2013 at 19:50 | | Reply

          @Saru – Ah, good point. Thanks for clarifying.

  17. Pippinsplugins (@pippinsplugins)

    I love this site, I really do. You consistently post quality material.

    The main piece of advice I would give is this: decide what YOU personally love most and want to focus on, then make that the site’s focus. I chose to focus on plugins with my site because they are my favorite part of WordPress. It’s difficult to keep a site going unless you really love what you’re doing.

    Thanks for the mention too!

  18. mustufalodha
    mustufalodha January 31, 2014 at 00:01 | | Reply

    I love to learn about wordpress.
    there are lots of thing that improve our skills in wordpress.

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