Thursday, June 02, 2005
Your Blog Will Be Your Cyber Car
your blog will be your cyber car
FUTURE OF BLOGS
People are yanking my chain and asking me what I think the future of blogs will be.
Right here and now, I'll blurt out just a tiny glimpse of one morsel of my vision for Personal Blogs.
PERSONAL BLOG as CYBER CAR
I intuitively sense that, as Jorn Barger and others say, everyone will have a blog, like basically everyone has a telephone to communicate. And everyone has a car (hopefully NOT an SUV gas guzzler Arab oil-a-holic vehicle) for transportation.
We'll climb into our blogs like we climb into our cars.
Everything will be in the blog. Feeds and email inboxes and everything will appear in your blog. Your blog will become more and more of your life. Like a car is to many people.
You'll "polish" it (improve wording of links, post text, tagline, sidebar subheads) and give it "tune-ups" (template fiddling and fidgeting) and new "tires" ( text links, blogrolls, link buttons). You'll give it a fresh coat of "paint" (colors).
We'll personalize our blogs with link "badges" or buttons (see my Firefox, Feedburner, 49 Media, BlogMap, etc. link badges here), which is like bumper stickers on a car.
Blogging software is like the engine.
Let's see, how can I run this wobbly metaphor into the ground? Almost accomplished.
But everybody will jump into their blog and then seemingly go everywhere else from there. And return to it to check stats counters, "people currently online at your blog" widgets, other meta-blog data.
The personal blog will be an extension of the self, like your automobile may be now.
But your blog will be more like a clone of you, more friendly than a car.
Your blog will be a Surrogate Self.
Your blog will be your Ethereal Mystical Representative.
The line between spiritual and electronic will vanish. Poof!
When visitors arrive at your blog, they'll be greeted by name, see your face contort into sneers and grimaces if the visitor is a nemesis (like I am to rich...! at Hello World).
Their preferences will adjust the presentation to their browser, they'll be able to interact with the author in real time, or via pre-made, customized, cookie-enabled video and audio updates.
Your blog will also be...an octopus. But that's another metaphor and another post.
That's it. You'll get loads more in my podcast, which may occur tomorrow, with 49 Media.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
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Posted by steven edward streight at 6/02/2005 04:02:00 PM