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Happy Birthday Read/Write Web!

Today dawns in New Zealand as the 20th April 2005, which happens to be the 2nd
birthday of Read/Write Web. Yes, two years ago today I posted my first blog post on R/WW
(although I’d tinkered with blogging a year or so before that). Over the past 2 years
blogging has brought me so much – my writing genes have well and truly flowered and just
this year I’ve finally started to convert my blog’s mojo into real-world

Which brings me to a couple of bits of news: firstly I’m now a member of the Silicon Valley Watcher team, Tom
Foremski’s online publication covering the business of Silicon Valley. I’m honoured to be
working with Real Journalists such as Tom and Richard Koman. I’ll be covering RSS
for Silicon Valley Watcher, with a new blog that’ll launch soon. Here’s a
of what to expect. Tom wrote a little more about this in a recent article,
appropriately entitled The Future of
. Bloggers and journalists working together, that’s what it’s all

The second bit of news is that I’m working p/t with Marc Canter on writing specs for his company Broadband Mechanics. He made a plea for help this
weekend, so I put my hand up and got the gig. This is an exciting opportunity for me,
because writing software specs is right up there with journalistic writing in terms of my
career goals. They’re complimentary, because to write about Web Technology I need to keep
my software design chops up-to-date. 

So I’m stoked to be working with both Silicon Valley Watcher and Marc’s crew! Also a
big thank-you to ThePort Network, who I’m thrilled to
have as a sponsor here on Read/Write Web. 

Did I mention I’m still holding down a full-time day job and committed to more
improvements to Read/Write Web? Oy, it’s gonna be a busy few months! But I love
challenges 🙂

Review of Year 2 on R/WW

Back to the past… my first post on R/WW, two years ago today, was entitled The Read/Write Web. It still
stands up pretty well, even though so much has changed since then. After the first year I
did a review [pt 1, pt 2] of my favourite posts
from that year on R/WW. In a similar vein, here is a selection of some of my favourites
during the second year: 

Evolution of Corporate Web Sites
– published in Digital Web Magazine April 2004 (btw
my next DW article, about design for Web 2.0, has been completed and is ready for

Weblogs as Avatars: some
– this was a reasonably off-the-cuff post from May 04, but it turned out to
be quite popular. 

A Theory of Synchronicity
for the Web
– some mind-bending stuff from June 04. 

Mama don’t let your baby
grow up to be a Generalist
– heh, good fun. 

Analyzing Bloglines
Subscriber Stats
– from July 04, this started me off on my blogosphere stats and
analysis kick… 

New Strategy for Read/Write
– some navel-gazing circa Aug 04 that indicates how R/WW was changing over this
time period. 

Why Yahoo! + RSS = Good
– from end of Sept 04. Possibly heralded the beginning of my Web 2.0

Interview with Lucas Gonze
of Webjay
– Oct 04, my second Slashdotting. It was fun to collaborate with Lucas

Design for Data:
– from Nov 04, this began a rich vein of thought that I’m still

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part
1: Web 2.0
– it was a real thrill for me to talk to Tim O’Reilly, one of my tech

Bob Dylan Chronicles and
Blogging for the thing’s sake
– I mention this because I got an email a couple of
weeks ago addressed to Bob Dylan, I presume due to this post. 🙂 

Web 2.0 Weekly
Wrap-up, 2-8 January 2005
– the start of a new weekly feature on R/WW, which has
turned out to be a generator of a lot of good feedback and whuffie. 

Why Topic/Tag/Remix Feeds
Are The Future of RSS
– I’m selecting this because it’s one of the themes I’m
exploring this year. 

Web 2.0 Definition and
– Feb 05 post that gets to the nitty gritty. 

Collaborative Feedburner
Stats Project
– Mar 05. I will do an update on this in the near future. 

JupiterResearch Blogging:
RSS Readers: Part 1
– March/April 05. I enjoyed analyzing the analysts.

So that’s a selection of some of the posts I’ve published on Read/Write Web over the
past year. There’s plenty more where those came from! 😉

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