Rethinking the News…

So. Much. News.

So. Much. News.

So folks, I have to be honest…trying to do these news digest posts is becoming a bit overwhelming. When I first began doing them I had more time and…well, there was less news to talk about. Now it’s this AWESOME BARRAGE of news about games big and small, and I’m having trouble keeping up. Personally, I want to focus my time on creating original content for the site rather than reposting other people’s news, yet I still want to keep you (and me, truly) informed about what’s going on in the space game world, so I have a couple of ideas:

  • I crease a separate news feed page here on the site (which I’m still figuring out) which will be simple links to posts from other sites, which will save me a lot of time.
  • I post most news pieces to the subreddit with larger pieces going on the blog.
  • I post most news pieces to the Twitter account, with larger pieces going on the blog.

What do you guys think of those? I’m also open to ideas as well, so hit me with ’em if you got ’em. Thanks!

Edit: Welp, I’m working on a hybrid solution. Here’s an embedded news page that uses the RSS feed from the SpaceGameJunkie Sub-Reddit, so you can go there for news instead of Reddit if you’d like.


15 Responses

  1. EBM says:

    As someone who doesn’t use Twitter I would find myself very annoyed if that became the main source of SGJ news.

    I could probably stomach Reddit if you felt it was the best solution, but I would prefer option one with a feed page here on the site.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      That would be my preference as well, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. I’m still digging around on how to make it work though.

    • zaphod6502 says:

      Twitter isn’t that bad. If you create an account and only use it for SGJ news then it will be clutter free.

      • Brian Rubin says:

        True, but what I think puts Reddit ahead is it’s easier to follow conversations there. Each post has its own comments section to keep things compartmentalized. Twitter…I love it, but you’re just yelling in the dark, hoping to be heard, you know?

        • zaphod6502 says:

          Oh 100% agree. To clarify I use Twitter like a news bulletin service and Reddit to follow quality conversations. Actually Reddit would be just fine and it is self-policing with the vote system.

  2. Josh B says:

    Reddit would be fine by me. I’d love to see you doing posts here about what you feel the biggest notable items were, and maybe drawing our attention to the subreddit on occasion?

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Yeah, that might be my interim solution if I can’t find or somehow create a proper solution for a news feed/digest page for the blog itself.

  3. Ilya Belyy says:

    I really appreciate the effort you put into news. But as the years go by, these giant posts became ever harder to read as a whole. I imagine what a chore it is to compose them! I would not miss at all if you drop the minor ones (KS update, new post on devblog, a small feature added). Less barrage, more awesome!

  4. zircher says:

    What about just pacing yourself and only doing a single news post on Fridays? I’m not a big fan of Twitter and even a lesser one of Reddit.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      A single post of all the week’s news, you mean? Or, like, one news post covering one thing?

  5. Brian Rubin says:

    So FYI guys, if you missed it, I’m testing out using our subreddit as a news feed. You can click on the link above to see the RSS feed embedded into the site, or click on the link to go there directly in the social menu.

  6. teeleton says:

    I saw the post cannon go off on reddit this morning in my feed, and was happy to see it.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      OMG it’s just so much easier to put news there. Link, title, done. No huge post, no HTML to format, yadda yadda. This will definitely free up my brain if I decide to keep at it this way.

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