When the Review of the National Innovation System was released last month we thought it was worth talking about on our podcast. So Myself, Mike and Laurel hooked up, to be joined during the show by Kristin.
I had created a aggregated feed around the topic using Yahoo Pipes and pimped it on Twitter and through our blogs. During the podcast we talked about the desire to extend the conversation around the Review. Right there and then we found the domain ventureaustralia.com.au was available and Laurel snapped it up for us to do something on.
A big focused was on the report being released initially locked down in PDF format. We tossed around the idea of setting up a site and posting each part of the Review in it. Since then it’s now been unlocked and released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. Which is good to see.
I tossed around ideas of how to make better use of the aggregated pipe feed at the new domain. I contemplated turning every feed article into a blog post at the site, but in a sense that would just be centralising the debate. So I hit on the idea to parse the pipe through something that simpified the pipes layout, bought it under the venturousaustralia.com.au domain and added ability to promote sharing. A kludged Simplepie implementation was what I stumbled on.
See the results at http://venturousaustralia.com.au
After chasing all the places Mark Pesce chooses to write his missives, a tweet sent by @stilgherrian this morning asking Mark if he had a feed which gathers his writings from all the places it’s thrown spurred me on to creating one.
So this evening I threw together a yahoo pipe of Mark’s feeds.
Mark posts : http://blipvert.markpesce.com/?p=21
Some thoughts of recent, spurred on by many things.
I had been thinking about returning to more ‘stream of conscious’ blogging but hadn’t got there – so it’s about time I did.
But this might not be one of them.
It used to be people blogged heaps….then something, or some things happened.
We got Twitter.
Actually it’s not all twitters fault. It’s a combination of things. Not having a really easy and convenient method for blog input (like twitter input); A sense of thinking we need to somehow always make sense and now blogging is grown-up so too must what we write – which means longer, in-depth posts – which just means putting it off and finding other things for outlet of our cognitive surplus (ty Mr Shirky). Then we just get ‘busy’ and around we go again.
So talking on our latest podcast the other day (which I haven’t got up at this stage, but will link when I do….no, I’m NOT keeping this in draft until then, as I would like to do, I’m getting this out) Mike and I were wondering about this blogging stuff and talking about books – one was David Weinberger’s “Everything is Miscellaneous“. And it hit me. I had noticed that David’s blog (Joho) had often had little one line or so thoughts as a post…most times with a link. Doc Searls is another good one for dropping a blog post thought on something going through his mind. While both are expertly capable in marvelous, awe inspiring pieces of writing, they also jot every little thing in their blog that hey have a thought about. And why wouldn’t they … being Cluetrain guys. … and why shouldn’t I?
The thoughts we all have are not going anywhere towards the collective cognitive bank unless we SHARE them….and unless we enable them to be scraped, crawled, spidered and indexed they remain isolated. They need to be joined with other thoughts to build snowballs … that Doc likes to roll down hills.
Remember in the blogosphere – and all online activity – linking is currency – and all coins, no mater how small, when collected can make great things happen.
Toss even your small coins in. I’m going to.
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Was my Birthday today.
3 letters made all the difference.