How to Make Stuctured Blogging Popular…

I’m currently enhancing the blogging section of our tutorial for the World Wide Web conference next week with more information on Structured Blogging, and having installed the SIOC WordPress plugin on a WordPress MU-powered site I run, I’ve realised that Structured Blogging isn’t going to take off by just providing plugins for single-user blogging platforms like WordPress and Moveable Type. It is more suited to multi-user blogging communities powered by WordPress MU and Drupal.

I’ve already asked James Farmer about Structured Blogging and WPMU compatability, because it currently doesn’t work out of the box with WPMU (although this may change with a forthcoming WPMU 1.0 stable release). If anyone has managed to get this to work, please let us know because I believe that this could be a boon for the Structured Blogging cause… I’ll happily install it for the couple of hundred users when it is ready!

4 thoughts on “How to Make Stuctured Blogging Popular…

  1. How to make structured blogging Popular: Tell me what’s in it for me.

  2. Good point! For the greater good probably doesn’t cut it… “Structured Blogging is all about giving bloggers the tools to create and syndicate structured information, such as reviews and events.” But imagine if people did create structured blog posts – I’ll try and give some potential uses later (for now, there’s more in a presentation I have here). Search for all the restaurants with a rating > 4 in Dublin across multiple blogs; find people with similar musical tastes from playlists they’ve blogged; soccer match reports from multiple perspectives for an entire league season…

  3. There is use for StructuredBlogging even if you don’t aggregate the content and interconnect the blogs (look at websites like Incredibooks where children blog book reviews of the books they read. That’s cool. Because they get an interface which shows them all the field they have to fill in to write a book review they don’t have to think about how to structure the information.

    But, yes, the real value will be there if a great number of people produce microcontent and that content is aggregated by aggregation servers. If you look at the roadmap for StructuredBlogging you will see that all these ideas are in there allready. It’s a matter of the money invested in StructuredBlogging and the community effort to realize these ideas.

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