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Where is Blog Innovation Today?

Since returning to my blog and comtemplating where to next I've been asking myself a set of questions. These include: What's happened to Blog Innovation? Are blogs and their formats "mature"? If so why, or if not why not? I'm sure that blog innovation is not moribund and hasn't stopped. Still I started thinking about this as I considered revising my format today. Last time I just generally experimented however the standardised formats now appear fairly static. For example with all the Typepad blogs are we just seeing the standardization of blogging online like Amazon standarized online retail? Is it fair to accuse Typepad of killing innovation in a category that still needs it? Or should we complement them for enabling the case for standarization in a way that makes it easy and idiot proof for newbies?

What do others think? What are the most innovative new functionalities appearing in blogs today? Then really do the majority of blogger really care? Would changing the blog format too much upset them?

What new blog genre is required if we are to reinvigorate the category? Is it something with additional photo or audio input? Something else? Each of us probably have a few regulars that visit the page (What do they really want?) and those that arrive as a result of Google searches are looking for context may also get some delight from discovering more. For the rest this may be a mute point as an RSS feed is an RSS feed which limits blog art in that format. Concurrently comment spam is killing comments while trackback is still misunderstood.

As I finished this post I was pointed Jeanne Sessum post. I also noticed a new Flickr feature. The Flickr Daily Zeitgeist. Looks interesting and Flickr is still making progress.

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Stuart, as an educator who is trying to come up with more user-friendly ways to share learning objects and cite online sources, I would like to see a blog feature that automatically produces a reference file that can be right-clicked to import into citation software like EndNotes.

I would also like the ability to have customizable tag fields in products like Blogger and Flickr (I know from-scratch products can do this) that can be labeled and associated with SCORM objects.

I'm afraid I usually don't have time to read blogs that only have an occasional nugget of useful information so organization is important to me. I'm one of those people who prefer to organize my blog and flickr materials into subjects much like a special interest magazine. I'm probably the bane of people like Jeanne Sessum but there are, I feel, quite a few of us who prefer to use blogs for purposeful communication and not simply for voyeuristically peering into other people's lives even if they would like us to do so.

At present I maintain 7 blogs (6 Blogger blogs and one customized Blosxom blog) and 4 Flickr photostreams (hopefully soon to be less when they introduce the album feature). I incorporate 5 of my history-related blogs into an online magazine called Roman Times (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/%7Emharrsch/romanwonders.html). I use RSS-Javascript to embed headlines from one of my blogs and a partial feed from another blog (connected to one of my Flickr accounts) into my homepage (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~mharrsch/).

I have found blogs and Flickr's RSS feeds to be great tools to keep web pages updated and a real time saver. I produce a website on collecting historical dolls (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/%7emharrsch/dolls/Historicaldolls.html) but find it much more convenient to prepare the images in Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49503113765@N01/) then publish them to a blog instead.)

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