Personal Publishing

Three things I wrote ages ago on weblogs, publishing and community…

For a variety of reasons I’ve been digging up some old stuff on the publishing of weblogs that I’ve written on this site of for conferences or whatever, and I thought I’d reference them again here because I was surprised by how much I still agree with them (and how much they’re still relevant) even though they’re a couple of years old:

  • Some ways that mainstream web media can interact with the “revolution” in personal publishingÖ (Powerpoint – 3Mb-ish)
    “Rather than treating weblogs as an object to be studied or as a territory to be claimed, mainstream publishers should be looking to build tools that increase interaction between the two types of site – making both better in the processÖ

  • On super-distributed and
    super-localised online communities
    (Powerpoint – 5Mb-ish)
    “The weblog world is a super-distributed community where – much like newspaper columnists – there are ongoing and involved discussions and conversations happening not on one site – but distributed across many hundreds of thousands of sites, each one radically personalised – a representation of its creator in cyberspaceÖ”
  • Why Content Publishers shouldn’t host weblogs (February 2003)
    “There is no reason to assume that being in the position to encourage the take-up of weblogging will mean that you’ll keep the ones you want to keep using your service. In fact: 1. The longer someone has been weblogging, and the more invested they are in it, the more likely it is that they’re going to want to get a domain name of their own. 2. These same people are also likely to want to use extended functionality at some point and will probably try and move to a dedicated application or provider who can more adequately fulfil their weblogging needs. 3. A dedicated long-term weblogger may not wish to be associated with the brand of your service any more and may choose to leave.”

One reply on “Three things I wrote ages ago on weblogs, publishing and community…”

Luckily, however, there are hundreds of thousands of weblogs which changes things dramaticallyÖ

The first ppt was really great. Thank alot for sharing.

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