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After 4 weeks of travelling around Turkey, the UK and Singapore V and I stumbled back into Melbourne this weekend.

Whilst the trip was amazing, it’s very nice to be back also to familiar sights, sounds, tastes and smells.

I’m still not quite on Melbourne time (jetlag is still taking its) toll. I’m probably a day or two away from resuming a regular posting here but will gradually get back into the rhythm.

Katie-Darren-1Meeting Shiny Media

A couple of days ago (what day is it anyway??) I was fortunate to meet with Ashley Norris and Katie Lee (pictured left) from Shiny Media in London. It was in my last hours in London and a fun way to ease myself back into ProBlogging world. Ashley and Katie both moblogged pictures of our booze up meeting here and here.

I’m really impressed by Shiny Media and hope that one day soon we can work on a project together. Their journalistic background is part of their real strength and they are also brilliant at getting the attention of the mainstream media with their PR – quite inspiring.

Guestblogging

I wanted to thank those of you who have left comments and sent emails in response to my request for feedback about the guestblogging here over the past month. Your thoughts have been greatly appreciated and I’ll do a little more thinking about them over the next few days. In the mean time there are three things I want to say:

1. I think the experiment was a success on a number of fronts. For starters it brought together a diverse group of bloggers who produced some interesting and high quality posts. Secondly it kept my blog ticking over (in fact the first two weeks it increased readership and the second two weeks it kept things at over 75% of what they were).

2. Having said this I also hear the feedback from many that they come to ProBlogger not to hear the voices of many but the voice of one. I feel humbled by it but for some reason many of you have found my thoughts to be helpful on the topic of ProBlogging – as a result in my absense a percentage of you have checked into the blog less whilst I’m away.

3. I’ve had a number of emails expressing concern over the idea that perhaps ProBlogger will permanently become a group blog. Whilst I’ve given it a little thought, after reading the feedback I’ve decided not to go with it. Instead I may invite single bloggers to join me from time to time for short periods, but except for holidays this blog will remain largely a single author blog. Sorry – you’re stuck with me!

Anyway – I’m back and I wanted to say hi.

I’ve been working on a few ideas for ProBlogger this past week that I’ll gradually share over the next month. I’ve come home feeling reasonably rested (although I had to go straight to a conference yesterday) and really keen to continue to improve what ProBlogger can offer. As always I’m open to your ideas about how to make it better.

Stay tuned for normal blogging shortly.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Welcome back Darren,

    I’m really interested in your Shiny Media experiences – myself coming from a journalistic background and knowing full well that we really do need MSM to advance blogging I’d like to hear more on that front.

  2. Shai Coggins says:

    Welcome back, Darren! ‘great to have you back. Even though I enjoyed being a guest blogger here, I’m definitely quite happy for you to resume the normal ProBlogger blog. Thanks for having me anyway. It was fun. I met a lot of new bloggers and learned from some of my fellow guests.

    Anyway, I, too, would love to hear more about Shiny Media. I’m impressed by their work and would love to be able to learn more. :-)

  3. Darren Rowse says:

    thanks Martin and Shai,

    I’m hoping to post an interview with Ashley at some point, when he gets a chance to answer some questions I’ve sent him. Busy guy – but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait.

  4. taugnee says:

    Welcome back! You were missed. :)

    Though I think you’ve made the right call in keeping this a solo endeavor, I enjoyed and appreciate the guest bloggers and would like to thank them for all the great reads! As far as guest bloggers go, you assembled an excellent group.

  5. nickel says:

    Glad to hear that things will return to the ‘old way.’ I must admit that I’m one of those that visited less consistently in your absence.

    fivecentnickel.com

  6. Vix says:

    Welcome back! Looking forward to the upcoming things with Problogger.

  7. Welcome back, Darren! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Also thanks, guest bloggers – instead of being a ghost town for a month, you turned Darren’s blog into an interesting experiment, and a useful resource. I’m definitely going to consider doing this instead of abandoning my weblogs on my next vacation.

  8. Missed your style. Though the guest bloggers were great too.

  9. Heat says:

    Great to see you back Darren!!, although i pretty much liked the idea of guest blogging, i’ve missed your so well-invested posts, can’t wait to see them coming!! :)

    Heat

  10. Welcome back Darren. I trust you enjoyed London (as well as everywhere else). I was in London myself on one of the days you were there, can’t say I saw you (lol) but good to know you are safely back on the other side of the planet. I look forward to your future posts.

  11. Fred says:

    Welcome back Darren!

    The thing that guest blogging bring me was totally unexpected: new relations with others greats bloggers that also read ProBlogger. It is the greatest thing that it could bring me. I think that everybody had done a good job.

    So, why most of your readers do not want ProBlogger becoming a group blog? Simply because we do not read the blog, we read the voice (hummm…. semantically impossible, but who cares?). However, to be honest, one of the problems I found is that some of the posts were replica of the author’s blog post, but some other posts were great and started really interesting discussions.

    So I can’t wait to read what you bring back with you :)

    Take care,

    Salutations,

    Fred

  12. David says:

    Welcome back!

    I would of course love to talk to you about maybe still helping out on your breakingnews blogs. :)

    Glad everything went well, and can’t wait for new content on here.

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