Blogging’s missing piece

One core mechanic lacking in modern blogging: knowing who is reading your work.

With an email newsletter, the writer has reasonable confidence their work is delivered to a known audience. With a blog, the best the writer has are comments and Twitter, both which are totally broken.

There should be better tools for the writer to publish to a specific audience (say, <50 people), for the audience to receive the work through their preferred means (e.g. email at the end of the day vs. RSS), and for both to engage in a productive dialogue that evolves over time.

Oh, and one more important piece: a “Start Here” point of entry for those new to the conversation, so they can painlessly get up to speed. 

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    1. The second person that reads my blog!

      Andrew Spittle replied by text message yesterday, so I had an idea:

      I should just append my phone number for text messages at the end of my RSS feed

  1. I read many blogs in NewsBlur via RSS. There are public comments feeds on articles there, but the feature is still little used.

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