Blogging – a broken paradigm?

I’ve been running a website since 1999. I’ve hand coded the html, used Dreamweaver, Flash and coded xml and css. Finally I decided I was wasting my time maintaining a site and shifted to Typepad because it made my life simple and met my needs.

However, it seems time for another shift.

Blogs suck for conversations. One of my most active posts is from over a year ago. Good luck finding it unless you grab the link externally and delve deep into my archives. Why don’t active posts “float” to the top? New is good, but blogs are supposed to be about conversations.

Jeff over at Venture Chronicles picked up on my comments on media pricing and added his own comments. In turn, one of his readers commented and I’m tempted to go back and comment because it picks up on an article I wrote 5 years ago, which I could roll into the conversation. But all of this will be lost shortly as it moves off the front page…

The static website, even with trackbacks and comments isn’t working.

Is anyone working on solving this problem? Is there something I’ve missed?


  1. This is a problem I struggle with everyday. Not only are active conversations burried, but there is no automated conversation tracking that weaves together archive posts into current topics.

    Technorati and the others are working on conversation tracking, a step forward. Memeorandum and Digg both introduce conversation grouping.

    I’m still waiting for something disruptive to be introduced that will pushing blogging to the next major level.

  2. Very good point!

    I’ve just been tagging comments I make and posts I like and display the resulting RSS feed on my site (under “recent discussions”).

    But that’s not good…needs to be automated.

    I’m gonna think a bit more about this problem, take a pointer from Memeorandum, Typekey, and something might work out.

  3. With all the focus on mash-ups, I can’t see why someone is not attacking this problem somewhere in the world. You’ve made a good effort with your site, but so much information is lost or either replicated.

    SuperGlu is taking an interesting approach to news even though their explanation is a bit broader: “SuprGlu is about allowing people to pick up the bits and pieces of themselves scattered around the web and being able to put it all together in the form of a digital scrapbook. We want people to have an easy way to share things about themselves beyond the specific online communities they participate in.”

    Any other ideas out there?

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