Transparency and Status Pages

I feel like publishing drafts of my writing is a pretty transparent way of doing business. I don’t see many other writers doing it, and I’ve found it to be helpful in my process. In fact, I’ve never made a move toward transparency that didn’t work out well for me.

The Brooks Review is a technology news and commentary site I enjoy. As with most of the good ones, it’s penned by one author. But unlike any I’ve seen, it now has a status page, revealing not only his production schedule and hits but also his financial information. It’s a bold move. But what’s the upside in something like this? If I had to guess, it would be reader trust. Here, the page says in meta-data. This is the real me.


February 3, 2015