Two more links that will help a lot in understanding and building a next-generation weblogging system:
I didn’t mention it but there are a whole set of links and items I intend to look at that may be relevant to building a next-gen weblog tool (beyond Blogger and Radio Userland which I mentioned before). In no particular order:
I hope to find more so that I can make this a definitive list of links to web based and software based weblogs and content management systems that might give me ideas or perhaps even dissuade me from pursuing this line of development.
Web logging is currently fascinating me. You see, I believe that there is a hidden connection between all of the following things and I need to figure out what it is:
RSS, AvantGo, ZWNews, OPML, weblogs, Java, XML-RPC
How can I connect some of these fun pieces to generate somthing useful to me and to others? My initial take of the pieces I’ve found is something like this.
Blogger is both neat and popular. However, the company that put it together is, for all intents and purposes, out of business. The servers will keep working for the forseeable future but there won’t be any significant improvements to the software because there are no engineers to work on it.
Radio Userland offers a downloadable software interface to do some similar things and many things that are more powerful than what Blogger can do, but it is far too complicated and user unfriendly.
ZWNews 5 is the software that I wrote over the course of a couple of years to create a weblog system that was web based and could be used by a collection of administrators at a particular website. It works well, it’s popular with those who have it installed but we’ve not managed to sell nearly as many licenses for it as I would like. However, developing it taught me a lot about building weblogging software and I think it’s about time to develop a new generation of it.
I’m currently playing with Blogger because of two things:
- Write The Web recently asked the question, “Where are all the Blogger clones?” Which pretty much suggests that it’s so darn cool, why aren’t there a million copies.
- Blogger recently made headlines because they asked for donations (via PayPal) for a new server or servers and garnered some $3,600 in the first day.
I’m also playing with Radio Userland because I want to see what their version of end-user publishing looks like. My initial take is that it looks damn confusing. I’ve played with it a while and it has some nifty features but unless it is made 100% simpler most users would stay far far away from it.