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February 14, 2006

Oh --

Before I forget, I did one of those Johari Windows thingies. I set it up for the folks over at AOL Journals, but there's no reason you can't tell me what you think about me, too.

Yes, I realize that some of you read By The Way as well as Whatever, so you'd already know this. But I find (anecdotally, at least) that the crossover between the two sites is actually rather low. So, just out of curiosity, how many of you do actually read By the Way on a regular basis? Bear in mind there is no wrong answer here; it's just something I wonder about.

Posted by john at February 14, 2006 09:56 AM

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Bryan | February 14, 2006 10:03 AM

I used to read BTW regularly. I switched to Attensa RSS feed and read all of my blogs that way. For whatever reason, I cannot get BTW to work with Attensa.

Dean | February 14, 2006 10:09 AM

I've never read BTW, but I'll give it a shot.

Leo Zelevinsky | February 14, 2006 10:12 AM

I read 'Whatever', but no BTW.

Gabe | February 14, 2006 10:28 AM

I didn't know BTW existed until just now. If it has an RSS feed I will probably begin reading it.

Kate Nepveu | February 14, 2006 10:29 AM

I read both.

Phillip J. Birmingham | February 14, 2006 10:36 AM

I read Whatever, mostly. I sometimes pop over to BTW, but not often since I switched from the family's "childcare provider" to "income provider."

Colin F | February 14, 2006 10:37 AM

Never read BTW before today, but I'll give it a try.

Generally, I have an aversion to anything that says AOL on it.

John Scalzi | February 14, 2006 10:41 AM

Colin F:

"Generally, I have an aversion to anything that says AOL on it."

This is not uncommon, although I've never had the same bias personally.

I should note that "By The Way" has a distinctly different aim and tone than the "Whatever" -- among other things I get paid to do BTW, and I'm paid to be both helpful to AOL Journalers, point them to stuff online and suggest topics for them to write about. It's still me, but it's me exercising a different set of blogging/writing muscles than I typically do here.

Alex P | February 14, 2006 10:43 AM

I looked at BTW for a while, but it did not really appeal to me. I like your rants and insights on various things, not the stuff you have at BTW.

John Scalzi | February 14, 2006 10:45 AM

Alex: Yup. Similarly, I know people who know me primarily through BTW who prefer that to what's here because over at BTW I'm not so damn ranty.

Kevin Q | February 14, 2006 10:47 AM

I usually keep up-to-date with the BTW.


Stephen | February 14, 2006 11:06 AM

I don't read BTW.

Ted Lemon | February 14, 2006 11:06 AM

Well, your spelling inexplicably takes a dive on your AOl column (lingere?), and the font is so small as to be virtually unreadable, but the story was pretty good. And it does seem to have been written by the same person, so we can safely assume that this isn't some clever hoax to promote your friend's column.

Stephen | February 14, 2006 11:06 AM

I don't read BTW.

sxKitten | February 14, 2006 11:08 AM

I hadn't seen BTW before, but I like the general level of rantiness here.

Dave Munger | February 14, 2006 11:13 AM

I almost never read BTW, and almost always read The Whatever.

Tracy | February 14, 2006 11:13 AM

I read both via Bloglines. I like your Friday games over at BTW.

John H | February 14, 2006 11:17 AM

I try to avoid AOL, so I don't read BTW.

Cody | February 14, 2006 11:25 AM

Never heard of BTW. Tend not to respect things with AOL in the URL but I'll check it out.d

Chris Hansen | February 14, 2006 11:37 AM

I'm gonna have to ditto Leo Zelevinsky above - whee!

Jerry | February 14, 2006 11:53 AM

I read both via RSS

WaywardSailorGirl | February 14, 2006 12:00 PM

I don't read BTW...I was directed here about 6 months back from Wil Wheaton's blog and have been reading it daily ever since. This has led me to read "Agent to the Stars" online, buy the trade paperback of "Old Man's War" AND buy "Questions for a Soldier" from Subterranean Press.

Colm Mac | February 14, 2006 12:04 PM

I used to read both regularly but work has forced me to cut back since reading BTW caused far too much secondary reading.

Not going to stop reading Whatever though

Colm Mac

Donnie | February 14, 2006 12:13 PM

Don't forget about nohari

Daniel H. Alvarez | February 14, 2006 12:20 PM

I'm a dedicated Whatever reader, but avoid AOL like ebola, as I'm convinced AOL is the portal to Hell's internet.

Brian Greenberg | February 14, 2006 12:45 PM

I've got BTW bookmarked, but to be honest, I hardly ever go there.

It sounds a little silly to describe, but the AOLJournal setup seems very "closed" to me, like unless I'm an active member, it's really not for me. For example, there's some functionality in there that's not very well explained (links to other people's journals, for instance).

I feel like everyone else gets it & I don't, so I stick with The Whatever. Maybe that's some feedback you can pass along to your AOL employers...

James Goodman | February 14, 2006 01:00 PM

I have only visited BTW a few times. I prefer spending my not so abundant free time here at Whatever.

Karl | February 14, 2006 01:03 PM

I only read the Whatever. I find BTW too happy and boring. I like the controversy and writer's insights on the Whatever.

David Goodman | February 14, 2006 01:08 PM

I read both, and enjoy both, and I kinda dig the way you come across rather differently on each one. I prefer the Whatever, cos there's more SF and writing talk...

Brandon | February 14, 2006 01:13 PM

I've checked out BTW and prefer Whatever. It's the rantiness I enjoy. That and the creamy nougat filling. I'm not a big fan of traditional blogs, which is usually less writing and more linkage. I like Whatever because it's heavy on the writing.

Bethany | February 14, 2006 01:26 PM

I read both, but prefer Whatever. Sometimes it seems like posts on BTW are largely just because you're supposed to post something, but you care more about what you post here. Just the way I see it.

jason | February 14, 2006 01:52 PM

I read and enjoy both. I see BTW as a kind of aggregator of interesting leads, like Boing boing or metafilter (which shouldn't be a surprise, since a lot of the material from BTW originates with the other two, or at least cross-pollinates with them), whereas Whatever is more of an op-ed situation. Both have pros and cons, so I figure I have to read both to get my overall fix of Scalziness.

Devin L. Ganger | February 14, 2006 02:03 PM

I read both. My wife reads only Whatever.

Jim Winter | February 14, 2006 04:07 PM

I read it when I started reading Whatever, but I found two of them hard enough to keep up with. Probably the same reason I don't do two blogs.

jghodd | February 14, 2006 04:34 PM

I used to read both, but because i normally only surf the web while at work and my current employer blocks AOL addresses, now I only read Whatever. I prefer Whatever to BTW by quite a bit anyway, and really don't have enough interest in BTW to pursue it from home during my personal hours.

Howard | February 14, 2006 04:51 PM

Never read BTW, lurking Whatever semi-regularly.

Chris | February 14, 2006 06:08 PM

I usually read Whatever, but will take an occaisonal glance at BTW every once in a while.

Holly F. | February 14, 2006 06:26 PM

I read BTW via its LiveJournal feed for the prompts and assignments, and Whatever through Bloglines because I hold off reading it until I can pay more attention.

Lanna Lee Maheux-Quinn | February 14, 2006 07:16 PM

I read both BTW and Whatever daily. Okay, multiple times a day. Gotta get a life!

I started out only reading Whatever, but followed a link you left a few months ago, and I got hooked...

doubt | February 14, 2006 07:57 PM

I only read BTW when you link to it from here.

Bill the Splut | February 14, 2006 09:56 PM

I've read BTW since the day it was announced here. For those who don't: there's some overlap in content, and Whatever is better, given its lack of corporate watch-what-you-sayism. But it's definitely worth the daily read.

amanda m. | February 14, 2006 10:52 PM

I have been boycotting AOHell since 2000. So I only read Whatever.

Brian | February 14, 2006 11:09 PM

Regular Whatever-checker; I usually check BTW every few days and just catch up on wide swaths of posts there all at once.

Harry Connolly | February 14, 2006 11:46 PM

Whatever: Yes.

By The Way: No.

RooK | February 14, 2006 11:56 PM

I remember looking at By The Way once, and having my eyes roll back into my head from the pabulum feel of it. But then, I'm an asshole.

Anne C. | February 15, 2006 01:31 AM

I prefer Whatever, mainly because of the writing content and tone. I'm not a fan of excessive rantiness, especially political, but I just skip those posts here, so no big deal.

I think the linky content on BTW (which I have visited occasionally) is interesting, but I really don't have oodles of free time to follow all the links I would like to.

Don | February 15, 2006 11:19 AM

Until this moment I had no idea it existed.

Ann Vallier | February 15, 2006 11:37 AM

I have bopped back and forth between the two often. As I do not blog myself, I tend to stay more with the "Whatever", but have wandered through "By the Way" when I have more free time to follow the various links.

Lisa | February 15, 2006 12:13 PM

I can't remember the last time I looked at BTW. I started reading both for a while when BTW first came out, then I lost interest in it because of the Happy, happy, joy, joyness of it. There is something about AOL stuff that just seems to pander to the stupid and it has that vibe. So, then, I'm an asshole as well.

Natasha | February 15, 2006 04:15 PM

Overall I prefer your writing on Whatever. My husband reads both and will point me to funny posts over at AOL, but that is usually the only time I will read the BTW. I like it when you rant - politics and all. Plus I enjoy the comment threads on the Whatever much more too. I like what your readers write.

punkrockhockeymom | February 16, 2006 10:15 AM

I don't read BTW. I have before, and don't dislike it or anything, but it doesn't drag me back. I read Whatever semi-daily.

Anne KG Murphy | February 16, 2006 11:43 AM

I read both, but read Whatever more often (and more thoroughly -- I will backtrack to at least scan what I missed in the middle, which I don't always do with By The Way), and I more often read the comments on Whatever.

Becky | February 20, 2006 09:17 AM

I read both. I comment on BTW on occasion, but this is my first comment here. :-)

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