Since our purchase of One Degree in May, we’ve been talking about how we want to evolve the site and the community. But while we have some (no doubt) great ideas, it’s your thoughts and opinions that matter the most. After all .. we want to serve your needs. So, I’d like to ask you a few questions over the next few weeks – to try to understand what you value about One Degree and what we could do to make it better. I posted this question over on our Facebook group … well, more like "What do you love about One Degree" and "What do you hate about One Degree". We got some good answers! But I’d like to get a little more specific.
So, today’s question is about the kind of content you expect from One Degree. Specifically, do you expect to find content here that hasn’t been published somewhere else? Or, do you see One Degree as providing more of an editorial/aggregation function and you don’t really care if it’s been published on another blog or online mag?
Here’s the context: I have recently been asking our fabulous contributors for exclusivity, i.e. that they don’t cross-post the same article to their own blogs. Or, if they do, then give One Degree seven days of exclusivity. So that our readers get to see it first, but then it is subsequently archived on their site as well – so that they can benefit from search results and ensure that the content will never disappear.
Some contributors have been OK with this and others have expressed some concerns which I can totally appreciate. These concerns evolved into conversations about the expectations our readers have of our content.
So, I thought the best thing to do is ask!
Readers: do you expect exclusive (and of course, high quality) content here on One Degree? Or could you care less .. you just want great content and are happy to let us do the work of finding it and delivering it?
Please leave a comment with your thoughts. Or, if you would rather, you can email me privately at kate AT onedegree DOT ca. We really do want to know what you think, so please take a moment to share your preferences.