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AOL pushes blogging

AOL pushes their blogging tools and space in our face. Is this not all familiar?

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Was all of this not pioneered by the likes of Diaryland?

Isn’t ‘Diaryland’ a far more meaningful and powerful ‘brand’ for this kind of thing? So you ever feel like the guy who bought Betamax when everyone else has VHS, the guy who ran Netscape against all others, had a MAC well before PCs created Windows? Used ‘Ask Jeeves’ before Google got a hold?

Is it always the case that the little guy trail blazes only to be bounced out of existence by others with clout and capital?

Has Diaryland never developed a suitably healthy revenue stream?

Are others innovating fasting than them (or should I say him?)

Should Diaryland have sold up a year ago before the inevitable like the creators of Tripod before them?

With difficulty I am ‘playing away’ in Live Journals and Myspace

It pains me when Celebs in the UK get excited about either one of these having just discovered the pleasure of writing online.

Do I have a choice though?

Do we have a choice?

Do we want to be read or ignored?

My favourite writers, those who have kept a dairy online for several years, long ago went elsewhere.

Diaryland is becoming like a retired film star in their 70s or 80s. You can’t believe they are still alive. When they finally die in the 90s, like Bob Hope, those still around have little recollection of what it was all about.

If I’m still here it is only because I can’t be bothered to learn a new set-up, even if it replicates all the best ideas from Diaryland. I feel just as I did when I gave up my SLR camera for a digital camera. I gave the new technology a go early, ran both simultaneously, then switched allegiance when I found the old system couldn’t or wouldn’t keep up.


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