Blogs in Spicebird
For Spicebird 0.7 we are planning an extension for bloggers with the following idea:
When I wake up every morning, I have to know what happening. So, I check my account for email, social networking site for scraps, blog for comments, etc. If I have to do that several times a day, I have to repeat this process again and again. The popular solution to this problem seems to be notifications from blog, social networking sites as email to my account so that I just watch my incoming mail.
With this notification solution, when somebody sends me a comment on the blog, a notification mail sent to the inbox mentioning the name of the author and her comment. Then a reply is sent to that comment, a reply is received for that and so on.
All of this seems fine until we start comparing it with email. With email:
- There is no need to open up a site, login and post. One can simply click on the reply button, type in the message and press send.
- There is a record of the previous discussion that happened on the topic as a thread. Email applications nicely show the thread order and provide good filtering/searching.
- It is possible to listen to other people discussing about a post by subscribing to a mailing list. In a blog I have to own the blog or own a comment to receive the replies.
The reason to compare blogs with emails is the similarity they both share:
- Someone starts a topic and writes about it.
- Many people see it.
- Some people respond to it.
- Original author or others reply to those reponses and so on. There forms a thread of conversation.
In fact, there is only one crucial aspect in which a blog is different from email. That it is available on the web for everyone to read while an email has a predefined set of recipients.
So, what if a email application has the capability to put/read a discussion on a blog in addition to sending it to desired recipients?
- When we compose an email, we also mention that it has to be published to a pre-configured blog account.
- All published blog articles will be shown in the "Published" folder under that blog account.
- All comments to the blog post will be shown as threaded replies.
- It will be possible to reply to the comment or the original article.
- Saving the composition in the compose window will create a draft. Drafts will be stored in the "Drafts" folder.
- An HTML composing would mean a blog post with images etc. Attachments mean file uploads to the blog.
- Unpublishing a blog post would be moving it to the "Trash" folder.
- Editing the blog post shall be possible.
- Tagging the entry in the published folder tags the blog post.
- Searching and filters will work as on mails.
- Configuring and following other people's blogs and conversations when allowed should be possible.
- Most common blog types like Wordpress, Blogger, MovableType are supported.
This is how we are planning to have blogs support for Spicebird 0.7. Your comments and suggesions are welcome.