As those of you who have been receiving these missives know, I first began this venture last fall. The opportunity to write an article for John December's Computer Mediated Communications Magazine was a good time to look back and share some of the lessons I've learned. Here is a summary:
Overall, am I glad I am in the Web-publishing business? Yes, most definitely: it has given me a greater feel for my community, it has helped increase my understanding of the technologies involved, and I have had a great deal of fun over the past seven or so months.
Has it been easy? Nope: Web technologies are changing so fast sometimes you can't keep up no matter how hard you try. Setting up a Web publication will take more time and energy than you've planned, and keeping it fresh and alive is almost a daily responsibility. You need lots of skills: programming, publishing, library science, graphic design, and on top of this a good dose of understanding the nature and structure and culture of the Internet helps too. And a sense of humor and a thick skin come in handy from time to time.
Want to read the entire article? The link to CMC Mag. is at the top of the page.
Internet World this week was an exciting show: with booths spilling out of the convention center to the street, there were many small companies trying to catch your attention. New trend: in-booth walk-up latte (3Com and Allen Systems Group). Worst booth: free giveaways of "Live Nude Video Conferencing" (do you think I can place a review of that in Infoworld?)
On to this week's awards. Kudos to CMP's Techhelper site. Trying to put together a list of all the places around the web that offer tech support is a real challenge: just keeping track of the links is hard enough. Nevertheless, we want to give CMP points for trying, even if we managed to not find exactly what we needed yet. For that they deserve a Be.Here.Now award, especially current given how the general media has discovered web-based support sites.
I was getting lost in webspace at Forrester Research's website. They have pictures of their subscription-only web site but while these pictures seem to have embedded links, they are just images of the page and not clickable image maps. In any event, having non-clickable pictures of link-highlighted text is bad design, and they deserve some boos for that.
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