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Ed Vielmetti

I think I could phrase this another way:

I'd love to be writing inside a system that was pre-version 1.0, which was full of people who I knew and admired, and where there were active signs of life from the small development team that was making the system that I was using.

If you are like me, you have the blogger's equivalent of an attraction to the "new car smell"; call it the "new code smell" - where you really want to be working inside something that's evolving, and not something that's the end product of commercialization and corporatization.


There's certainly an element of that. I'm loath to say so, since that almost sounds like fashion, and that feels like a low reason. Why can't I use one of the existing tools? But none of them I know of fit the criteria I named. Specifically, the tools fit for the purpose aren't hackable (though people do some amazing presentational things with Tumblr themes), and the existing tools can't become fit for the purpose. Complexity looks like a one-way ratchet, and once you grow CMS use cases, good luck shedding them.

I'm not sure these are real reasons, though. Is it just fashion that I think it needs to be something new?

Ed Vielmetti

The trouble, Mark, is that the tools shape the way we think and the way we write and the people we communicate with. It's not enough to just say that it's fashion, as though you were discarding one year's frock and putting on the next year's. It's more that you want to not just write something; it's more that you want a new place to write in.

For me, I hope for a writing environment some day that will have sidebars for each blog post that I write, so that I can noodle on at leisure in the margins and have that be integral to the writing that I do. The last time I built that it was a horrible hack - but it was a marvelous hack in that it was *my idea* and I could write the way I thought I wanted to write for a while.

Steve Calderon

I was hoping the end of this post was going to say "So I'm building a new social blogging platform that's going to have all of the most awesome bits of all the cool stuff we've built in the past, but with the Pasc finesse that makes for something that's fun to use and easy to get in to."

You're our only hope, dude.


This seems especially foolish according to the common knowledge that blogging is so over.

For hipsters, maybe.

Yes, I'm taking the quote out of context, but to me, its mere presence is a suggestion that trends and what extroverts with herd mentalities are all that matters to the issue.

More bluntly, "common knowledge" and "so over" sounds like a spoiled Valley Girl, and I think it detracts from your argument. It seems very out of place when "optimized to an individual", "hackable", "resilient", and "peer-to-peer written websites" are the other emphasized phrases and keywords.

Maybe this contrast serves in the San Fran and Silicon Valley area. And I've been told that blogging is supposedly all about a more subjective writing style. But it makes it very hard for me to take you seriously. Maybe you didn't intend me to be part of this discussion? Ah, but it's public to everyone...

...of course, the issue that privacy on the Internet is no longer a default in "social networking" at large is quite another story. But I assume the other commenters are your co-workers, and I'm just some random stranger blindsiding you. And since I started with a sardonic quip about hipsters, well, it is ironic, no?

Anil Dash

@jaklumen, Mark was being sarcastic in his use of "common knowledge that blogging is so over". He's one of the most thoughtful and careful thinkers about this stuff that I know, so those of us who know context could infer that. None of us are coworkers of Mark's anymore, alas, except in the sense that we're all working on making the web more meaningful, but perhaps that's enough.

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