Greater Greater Washington

Morning links or evening?

I'm curious: sometimes I post sets of links in the morning, sometimes in the evening. Should I standardize? What's the best time of day for you to get a post with a lot of individual news stories to click through to? Is it better to see them as you get home at the end of the day, or first thing in the morning? I suppose if I post them in the evening, they're still there in the morning...
David Alpert is the founder and editor-in-chief of Greater Greater Washington. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Dupont Circle. 

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Morning is great!

by Matt on Oct 28, 2008 6:24 pm • linkreport

Morning links is better because it makes me think of sausage, and thus makes me happy.

by Lindemann on Oct 28, 2008 7:05 pm • linkreport

Think of sausage? Why?

For me, evening links work better. More time to sit and read and enjoy and consider. Thanks!

by Mitch on Oct 28, 2008 7:37 pm • linkreport

Sausage links are typically eaten for breakfast, when they are eaten. ThusL in the morning. Thus: morning links.

"Evening links" does not have the same set of savory associations and is thus not the preferred alternative. (My head is soaked in NEPA lately.)

by Lindemann on Oct 28, 2008 7:39 pm • linkreport

Why not just name it "Of Interest: Today's Roundup"? And instead of two postings a day comprised of linked tidbits, one comprehensive, late-afternoon or early evening entry should suffice.

by Hmm ... on Oct 28, 2008 7:55 pm • linkreport

How about "whenever you get around to it", or "whenver there's links of interest available"?

by Froggie on Oct 28, 2008 10:19 pm • linkreport

People will continue to open their RSS readers when they want, and if there is a new links post, people will read it. If not, I think we can wait 12 hours for a new post. It doesn't break my heart when I open my reader and I don't find a new post from GGW.

I tend to do much of my reading during work hours. I tend to do much of my work, well, I guess I look for any reason not to work.

by Jon on Oct 28, 2008 10:32 pm • linkreport

It's up to you, David, but I would make a balance throughout the day by posting a major article in the morning and links in the afternoon or vice versa.

by Michael P on Oct 28, 2008 10:58 pm • linkreport

i say just post whenever you feel like it

by DG-rad on Oct 28, 2008 11:50 pm • linkreport

Er, um... I don't exactly know what I wrote last night, but what I intended to write was a joke about how I look for reasons not to do work while I'm at work, and my RSS feeds (GGW and others) provide some help.

by Jon on Oct 29, 2008 7:58 am • linkreport

I prefer links whenever they are most fresh. Stale links = fail.

by Chris S on Oct 29, 2008 8:04 am • linkreport

I only read mid-morning or early afternoon, so semantics of "morning" and "evening" don't really matter to me. Maybe you can start an in-house meme for the name of daily links post a la Slashdot's "from the [this post's snarky theme] department."

I like grouping of the links in one post though (a diet summary with maybe a sentence of fat-free commentary). Sites that constantly have tons of super short entries in their main RSS feed get hard to follow. Also, one person's fresh links are another's already-seen links, especially if you aggregate a lot of metro blogs.

by James M on Oct 30, 2008 3:02 pm • linkreport

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