Where Next For Ruby Inside? Your Opinion Is Needed!
When I founded Ruby Inside in mid 2006, I decided to settle on a simple format. I post several times a week about the most interesting things that appear or happen in the Ruby community with just enough editorial that the news has a curated, experience-backed feel, as opposed to a fire-hydrant "wall of news." The keystone to this technique is to post several times a week so that you don't get either bored or fatigued (I unsubscribed from TechCrunch when they began to post more than a couple of times each day). This format has clearly worked well, with over 13000 subscribers now reading Ruby Inside on a daily basis, but times are changing.
A few months ago I launched the "Interesting Ruby Tidbits" series, where, unsurprisingly, interesting Ruby tidbits get posted, usually about 4 or 5 items to the post. This lets me post about a lot more stuff without breaking the cardinal "several times a week" rule. The activity in our community has, however, led to the point where even these compilation posts don't allow me to post about all of the things I've seen that would interest you!
In the past couple of days I've begun to play more with the list type of post, such as The Ultimate List of RubyCocoa Tutorials, Tips and Tools and 21 Merb Links, Tutorials and Other Resources. Posts like these always do very well in terms of traffic and bringing in new readers. They don't typically present "news," even if they contain reasonably up to date content, so have always felt, to me, as if they contrast to the regular content.
My question is: Considering the heavy flow of high quality content and news in the Ruby community nowadays, how should Ruby Inside deal with it? I have my own answers to this, but as the people who make this site what it is, I'm keen to find out what YOU think. If the majority of the content on Ruby Inside was the "list" type of post, would you prefer it, or would you unsubscribe? Do you want things to stay as they were, and I'll stick to just a handful of stories a week? What do you prefer, and why? What would be a deal breaker to you? Should we split into Ruby Inside and Rails Inside?
Ruby Inside will need to evolve to avoid falling into a tailspin, as many blogs have done in the past. I want to know what you think.