ravings of a recent convert
All the world’s a blog
When you start to think about it, everything’s a blog. Blog-form seems to be very basic ??large parts of the web can be neatly analysed down to blog-form. It (obviously) took me years to figure this out but the original bloggers understood it instinctively. Once you remember that the web is and was always meant to be a ‘post & publish’ medium, that TBL’s first web client was a combined editor-browser (who first took the editor out? ??was it Andreesen? Microsoft?), you can begin to imagine the whole web refigured as a blog. My day job (cult favourite another.com) easily decomposes into a dozen or so discrete blogs ? Robin even thinks you could present the email itself in blog format (is that stretching it a bit?). I can see a toggle on every page: blog view > standard view. Logging in essentially opens your editing interface. When you’re composing an email you’re just posting to our mailblog. Very few web sites are not amenable to this way of thinking. Very few don’t meet the ‘post & publish’ entry qualification. Can you imagine the entire web remade in blog-form? Have I lost it entirely?
(Incidentally, TBL’s (Tim Berners-Lee ??inventor of the World Wide Web) Weaving the Web is a n exciting read and a useful reminder of the web’s founding principles).