update 2 10/07/07: Marc himself answered on this blog. Impressive answer
update 10/07/07: when i published this post i was not aware of Ning massive round table. My post is now part of the Techmeme homepage among the conversation on the round table, although it is not relating to it. However this information just helps me being more confident that Marc's content (most of it) could not have been written between June and July only. Such an equity operation sucks a lot of time. Btw Ning is what we use for iDrink.
It's been a while i have strongly urged any entrepreneur/vc to read Marc Andreesen's Killer Blog. I found it SO good that i have asked myself for a while how this man can write such amazing long posts with so much insights in so little time.
I have came with some modest conclusions and if Marc reads my blog i hope he can answer/complete/disagree with me.
I believe that Marc has been preparing the content of his great blog for a very long time. In fact i believe most of his content was aim to a book or some other kind of public/private publication that was never published and that he patiently wrote his long posts about entrepreneurship /VC/corporate strategies for a long time and decided to publish them one day.
One of the reasons that make me think so is that most of his post have very low number of outbound links and absence of visual elements and that the frequency of publishing of his series of posts is VERY high. Even by typing very fast, Marc is not just blogging (he is involved in Ning for example and invests in several startups like Netvibes) and no matter how good he's in execution i know what it takes to write good contents (i say that from my modest experience as a blogger): TIME!
So i am not saying Marc was preparing his blog by patiently waiting for the right day. But it looks to me that it is more of a personal decision to share notes he has collected for a while maybe for publishing one day a book (hence the low number of links and writing style which is closer to personal notebook than actual blog). Of course now you can see more "on the go" post. But i believe the basis was already there.
I think also his blog has experienced tremendous growth and popularity for a blog launched about only 2months ago. And this unexpected success has lead him to turn off comments on his blog. Not being able to scale the moderation of comments and interaction with readers.
I have tremendous respect for this guy i do not know and i am in admiration of his content and insights. But i believe this is a shame he decided to do that.
- First he should include Technorati incoming links to his blog so readers can follow discussions on other blogs
- Second if i may throw a suggestion i would have preferred him to publish at a slower rate but involve himself more in the interaction with readers. In a word spend more time with his community and less writing.
- Third i think he should include tools that require little moderation but still enable user interaction with audience: rating system (Marc you could use Outbrain.com ) and Polls
One thing i am happy though, is that he decided to change the awful template of his blog making it cleaner.
i have sent him a copy of this text by email and i am not sure he will answer. But i am very curious to learn more. I will meet Marc at TechCrunch20 conference and will be able to ask him directly about it