So I’ve been blogging for a long time. Like, a long time; longer than this blog, this identity, this iteration of the internet. I’ve been blogging since 1999, in fact; my Very First Blog posts were some short rants on LiveJournal when I was around fifteen, talking about how I’d traded staying home that day from the school athletics carnival1 to my mother in exchange for vacuuming the house.
Since then, I’ve always blogged. From LiveJournal, I moved to Blogger, back before Google owned it. Hell, back before comments on blog posts were even A Thing.2 From Blogger, I moved to my own self-made homebrew abortion of a weblog script, which I wrote because there was no self-hosted blogging platform that was, a) free, and b) suitable for a LAMP stack.3 I used this up until circa 2009, when I finally moved over to WordPress, which is more-or-less where I’ve been ever since. In the meantime, I’ve used just about every major blogging/social media platform out there; from Twitter to Tumblr to MySpace to Facebook… Hell, I even had an account on Melo for a while. (Not that we talk about that… does anyone even remember that?)
Here’s the thing, though.
All of those platforms? They suck.
All of them.
Don’t get me wrong, they all suck in different ways, but they also all suck in some way. And every now and again I think about what it would take to make a blogging/social media platform that wouldn’t suck.4
So. Here’s that.
Alis’ Big Blog 3.0 Wishlist
After careful consideration, my Ideal Blog Platform would have the:
- rich media of Tumblr
- API of WordPress
- content security groups of Dreamwidth/Google+
- theme interface of Tumblr (but with the ability to “scale up” to WordPress levels)
- discoverability (hashtags, etc.) of Twitter/Tumblr
- dashboard/friend’s list of Dreamwidth (with optional external RSS feeds a la WordPress.com)
- commenting system of Kinja
- liking of Tumblr
- reblogging of Twitter (not of Tumblr)
- cross-posting of WordPress.com (to keep links with “legacy” services/communities)
- self-hosted and SaaS options of WordPress
- interoperability between self-hosted/SaaS of Diaspora (well, the interoperability Diaspora was supposed to have).
In other words, my Ideal Blogging Platform would be an easy-to-learn-hard-to-master, rich-media system catering to both first-timers and seasoned experts, providing capability for maintaining both big high-profile blogs as well as small, private groups of friends, and synchronised across a variety of hosts.
The ironic part? In a lot of ways (minus the cross-platform interoperability stuff), this was what I was doing back with my own shitty homebrew scripts back in the early 2000s. Go figure, I guess.
So yeah. If anyone out there has some spare VC and some devs and wants to fund the building of something like this? Give me a call. And if you’ve got different ideas of what would constitute an ideal platform? Let me know; I’d be interested to hear them…
- In the interests of full disclosure, it may, in fact, have been a swimming carnival. I don’t recall. [↩]
- Moveable Type existed, just, but it cost more than my little teenage self could afford, and it was written in Perl. Urgh. Yuck. [↩]
- I mean, it’d still suck. Because everything sucks. But maybe it would… suck different. Or whatever. [↩]