Hey there. Before I begin with today’s topic I just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks to anyone who commented or shared my last post about the Queensland floods. It will be a long haul before our state recovers completely, but the clean up has begun. Whilst this revival begins it means a lot to know that other people world-wide are empathizing and thinking of my fellow Queenslanders. So thank you for your support. 🙂
Want To Be A Magazine Columnist?
Okay so on today’s post which is about something which has caught my attention recently and got me thinking. Since I said I’d write about it a couple of weeks ago, I thought it was about time I did! I would also love to know what you guys think about this new vehicle for having a web presence. Would you embrace it? Do you think you’ll use it?
Maybe, I hear you say, but for goodness sake Monica, what is it?
Well, it’s a whole new distribution model called Newsgrape that (so it’s founders, Austrian residents and media and communication experts, Leo and Felix say) will allow you to reach to a greater audience than ever.
And from what I’ve read and heard, I think it just might.
The web-platform that these guys are building could actually revolutionize the way people share and experience text on the web – just like YouTube has done for videos.
One of the interesting claims (and one that caught my attention) being made by these visionaries it that the time of unconnected, individual blogs is over! Eeek, I thought, I’d better read this!
What they are building and about to launch is a central place for sharing articles and literary contributions, whereby people can publish information in a group under a shared name or co-create Magazines together.
What Else Can You Do With Newsgrape?
Well apart from publishing being done collaboratively, by using the magazine system, aspiring bloggers ( like us!) can also join hundreds of magazines as a columnist or editor. Or, we can simply start your own magazine and invite other writers to contribute – both apparently is really easy!
The system they have designed has many other new and different features. They will (as WordPress already does) finds connections within content and also link the best-matching items together.
Unlike current platforms however they will also enable readers to search for opposite types of posts so they can discover articles of related, yet different content, to be presented as interesting add-ons.
With more and more people discovering blogging and having fun writing articles on what ever possible topic and even professional journalists, who make their living from writing now appearing on the net (most often on WordPress or Blogger) I am sure the next generation in blogging is set to make an appearance.
Maybe Newsgrape is it?
It might not replace individual blogs, as they say it will but who knows? It has certainly peaked my curiosity though and I am looking forward to finding out more about it as it makes its debut on the web.
I would love to know what others think of this.
Do you think you would use a new platform such as Newsgrape?
What are your experiences with blogging and the different platforms currently available?
Do you have a favourite or a preference for a certain blogging platform?
And lastly, would you prefer still to have your own individual blog or does the idea of collaborative writing appeal to you more?