Posted at 1:39 PM on December 19, 2007
by Sanden Totten
It was on Centripetal Notion, a blog that dabbles in art and science. The blog had up a new feature called Skribit. It's an application that lets readers pick what topics the blogger should delve into. You can vote on a bunch of pre-picked topics, like gift ideas or styles of design. Or you can suggest your own. Bloggers who use Skribit can log into the main site and go fishing through a heap of reader-proposed topics for one they want to write about.
Now, I know blogs were already way web 2.0. But this seems like a logical step forward to me. It's not too unlike what we try to accomplish here at In The Loop, namely, collaborating with a network to make something interesting to read or listen to.
Of course, sometimes the most interesting posts are the ones that no one would have suggested . . . after all, we look to blogs to tell us about stuff we didn't already know about. But overall this is a neat new tool.
And true to Internet form, the first topic picked by the readership of Centripetal Notion was Sex in Space. The web may grow up but at least it's interests have remained relatively steady.
This is a turn of events that really interests me -- I wonder if it'll catch on. As a blog author, I tend to write about whatever it is that has come to mind or other kinda arbitrary things, basically on the principle that my blog is a place to air all those opinions and interesting factoids that nobody else really cares about.
Well, nobody else except the ~200 people subscribed to my feed.
On the other hand, I find that I tend to get tired and bored with my blog if I try to focus entirely on technology, so I shy away from that.
Worse, my three all-time-most-visited posts were:
1) some LOLCats (the post was entitled "Cute + Funny == So Good It Hurts"),
2) a post where I copied-and-pasted some funny (and very geeky) stuff from the Ruby on Rails Wiki (the post was entitled "A Funny Comment from the Ruby on Rails Wiki"), and
3) a post griping at Reddit users (who made up the visitors to #2) for visiting #2 so much when I put a ton of effort into other, more content-filled posts that were being neglected (entitled "Dear Reddit Users: You Are All on Crack").
Those three posts ended up using so much bandwidth, and ticking me off so bad, that I pulled them all down.
Now that I think about it, maybe that's why I'm slipping in the polls...
Yeah, it is funny what posts seem to generate the most attention. Once Jeff posted something mentioning George Michael and we got like 8 comments (that's pretty high for us).
And kittens! Why are they so popular?!
Do you even need to ask why kittens are so popular? Isn't that a given?
Anyway, just wanted to let you know that even though I never comment, I love reading y'all's blog. Now I should just start listening to the show, eh?
Happy Holidays to everyone up there (but especially Sanden!).