Some thoughts about new ways of organizing or linking blog postsBy http://profile.typepad.com/1237764140s22740 // August 26, 2012 in Publishing
New ways of organizing content seem to be circling high in the ether, waiting to land.
The idea that blog posts have been too long tethered to a chronological format for organization, that rings right.
Mind you, there is also something straightforward and appealing about approaching the production of content as a daily practice. From the producer's perspective, this producer's perspective, the discipline of the daily appointment is sustaining, enriching and rewarding.
But I'm often frustrated, too, that I can't find even my own content easily enough. Category tags aren't enough. They just give me another chronological listing under a category heading.
Searching helps, but it's not perfect.
The products Disqus is rolling out are exciting and look very promising. The promise is this: don't just recommend blogs that are similar, or other posts within a silo that are related, but connect specific content with other content and discussion, wherever it may be hosted. Disqus could be a non-jealous aggregator, one that doesn't actually have to pull distributed content into a single space. That feels democratic, and modern, and disintermediating to me - in all the good senses of those three terms!
Other new platforms to watch: Medium, Engag.io, and Branch.
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