The Future of HowToAutoCAD.com

by Will on November 17, 2011

The first ever post on HowToAutoCAD was on this very day, 17th November, last year. The astute mathematicians amongst you can cunningly calculate that this makes HowToAutoCAD.com precisely one year old today.

I am amazed by the success of the website so far – in one year we have gone from nothing to over 7,000 unique visitors per month, from more countries than I even knew existed… Thank you all for your interest in what I have to say. I hope that you have found at least some of my tips useful, educational, and hopefully entertaining. I do find it somewhat ironic though that after a whole year of writing posts I still feel I have barely scratched the surface of what there is to cover!

On this momentous day, I’d like to ask you all a question. But before I do, I’d like to explain what led me to it.

Many times lately people have been asking for me to post their tips and tricks on my website, and credit them with their writing. Now, my main interest here is in providing you, the reader, with an outstanding level of service. I want the writing to be top notch, and the tips to be relevant and useful. Up to now I have created all posts myself (with only one exception), to ensure that I spend an appropriate amount of time creating excellent quality posts, with correct and complete information. In the interest of this, I have been very protective of keeping the identity of HowToAutoCAD.com what it is – the site is basically about my AutoCAD® tips.

While I like being the one that helps people, and I of course plan to continue writing my own posts, is keeping HowToAutoCAD.com about my tips alone actually a good thing, or a bad thing? Having thought about it, I’m honestly not sure about the answer.

On the one hand, I know I’m pretty darn good with AutoCAD®, and I know I have a lot to share, even now after a year of writing. The problem is, I can only write so much in my spare time, which that means you, the reader, get much less information than might otherwise be possible.

But on the other hand, if there were more writers I can add posts much more frequently. Every time someone submits an article to me I could read it, check that it’s decent, and add it there and then. The problem here is that by using other people’s writing, I might run the risk of degrading the quality of the website, which is something I do NOT want to do. Is allowing other people’s work to come on my site potentially damaging for the site? I could be worrying over nothing – potentially, having more expert writers could make the site better than it has ever been – I suppose I’m not the only AutoCAD® expert out there!

When debating this, I sort of had a eureka moment. I suddenly realised that I’m actually not the best person to decide this. Who better to decide than a person that has out of their own free will visited this site, and perhaps even subscribed because they like it? You are the perfect person to ask what direction the site should go in, so I’d like to propose a vote to the readers of HowToAutoCAD.com. What direction should this site take?

Your options are:

  1. Don’t change anything! I specifically like YOUR tips and YOUR writing style. I’m happy to have less posts, but I want them to be quality and written by you, and only you.
  2. I’d love to get more tips, from a wider range of sources. I’m happy for you to add posts written by others but endorsed by you. So only add stuff that you’ve read yourself, and think is good enough for your site.
  3. Spam me to death with tips!!! I don’t care where they came from or how good they are, but I want as much as you can give me!

If you want to help me with this decision, please put your choice in the subject of your email, and send to [Voting now closed! Click here to see results!]. You can of course put in the email any other comments or reasons for your choice.

Many thanks, and I look forward to seeing what the outcome is!
Will

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