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Quality vs. Quantity

Andrew Phelps has some cool analysis of Gawker’s new editorial guidelines that are geared towards garnering more page views:

The key to the balance probably doesn’t lie in raw numbers, though. A Gawker that was only weird Chinese goats would likely, over time, bore its readers. The more substantive stories serve as tentpoles for the entire site; once in a while, they’ll blow up huge, and they’re probably more appealing to the kind of brand advertisers Gawker seeks. […]

It also at least has the potential to lead to happier writers who know when they need to chase pageviews and when they don’t.