A solution in search of a problem.

Like the folks at Qumana, I also don’t get the OPML Editor. Perhaps it’s because I tried it on the Mac, because it doesn’t seem to work well there. I couldn’t quite figure out what to do with it. I think an application should give some suggestion of what you can do with it, but it wasn’t obvious from the menus (but no screen or preferences) that the OPML Editor presented.

Perhaps there is some great unmet need for this kind of thing. I get the outlining capability from looking a Lisa’s draft manual, but I’m not sure how this applies to blogging. Are we talking about threaded posts by category? Because I couldn’t see how that would work either.

I wrote a blog editor named Bleezer .It does what I want it to do, no matter how long or short the post. I’ve yet to see an example of what Lisa or Dave Winer refer to of "a new way to blog".

A concrete example of this revolution in blogging might ne nice. Perhaps we’re all just too dumb to understand.

One recommendation. You really can’t convince someone that they are wrong by telling them that they don’t get it. You have to tell them how it makes their experience better. The reason blog editors look the way they do is because everyone understands the WYSIWYG word processing experience. People need a frame of reference to understand how to do something.


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  1. Exactly, You could conceivably make a posting tool that works from another interface frame of reference .. say, Mindmanager, and I think maybe tinderbox might be different, but it’s been a long time since I looked at it. At Qumana we’ve actually had as a core component of our thinking the notion of how you “start a thought” when you are browsing and reading .. and a fair bit of HCI research backs up drag n’ drop as the instantiating gesture .. hence our DropPad.

    But it’s clear from user feedback that some people find the DropPad obtrusive (it used to be transparent) and they have to change their existing “what do I do when I have a thought” behaviours., etc.

    We find that when some take the time to change their nehaviours, they end up saving a whack of keystrokes and even sometimes begin to blog differently.

    Good point you made there.

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