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# /republic-of-newsletters.md

This note should become a running list of all the tinyletters and substacks I subscribe to. (that’s harder to gather than you might think!)

Robin Sloan Craig Mod Deb Chachra Laura Olin All my stars Sentiers Erin Watson

# /new-blogging.md

A set of projects / ideas for making blogging (aka networked writing) easier and in particular easier to start.

1) Create an open blog export standard

Does this exist? Doesn’t seem like a natural place to start but interop of blog platforms is a key barrier to…

2) Simple places to start

Things like blot.im are easy but how much do you get trapped in them? Interop allows for super simple onramps that then become easy to transfer to github or wordpress or ghost.

3) RSS facelift

Subscribing to RSS feeds sucks in the year of our lord 2019. Why? How can we re-energize adoption of RSS

4) Re-brand RSS

Run a kickstarter to raise funds for a design exploration around RSS to reenvision the RSS icon, workflow, and to create RSS-branded merch (Ben Pieratt would be the DREAM person to work on this)

5) Create the “bloggers way” course

A 12-week course and set of cohorts that sign up for learning how to blog.

If you give me seed money I’ll get 1,000 new blogs online.

Other ideas:

  • Some kind of small-b analytics. How can you tell the right people are reading?
  • New kind of comments? Does commento.io solve this? Discourse?

# /indeweb.md

How I plan to evolve my site to take back control over my data and reclaim my blog as my thought space.




# /annotations.md

I’m very interested in new ways of networking writing. You can see some thoughts on that in my post experiments in networked writing.

Most of my thinking on annotations is contained in this post: exploring the UX of web-annotations

Hypothesis is the best in class at the moment but still has a long way to go. It feels robust but without a strong UX (especially so on mobile where it almost entirely fails).

https://crowdlaaers.org/ is an interesting looking tool that provides a dashboard for a URL (with they had the ability to do a whole site) to show how many annotations there are, from who, over time.

Genius actually has a better UX but as a VC-backed monstrosity I have no faith that they’ll be around for much longer (wouldn’t be surprised if Vox buys them for cheap at some point to fold the annotation layer into Chorus)

Whoah - check out this service that live-transcribes C-SPAN into gdoc, allows for in-line commenting in the gdoc then spits that back out as JSON for web-display: