Structured, distributed blog article starts today

I am starting something of an experiment today for the rest of this week.

I am going to construct an article by structuring a debate across four blogs. The article is around the future of content and starts in my next post.

The plan is:

Monday – I post a piece on where I think digital content is going, arguing that it is moving towards being free and widely distributed.

Tuesday – Ray Corrigan is going to post a piece responding to mine which looks at how digital rights may make it a more, not less, controlled future for content.

Wednesday – Patrick McAndrew will focus it on education by bringing in the perspective from open educational resources.

Thursday – Will Woods will look at some of the relevant technologies and how these might impact.

Friday – we’ll draw some conclusions.

I also hope that by Friday we can bring in comments that people have made. I’ve no idea if this will work, but in the spirit of opennes I’m willing to give it a try in public. Depending on the end result I may even try and re-edit it into a ‘proper’ publication.

Feel free to join in – I’ve structured it carefully so it doesn’t just fizzle out, but blog responses would be great.


  • AJ Cann

    I assume that you’ll be posting pointers to the posts elsewhere so that people who only subscribe to your feed can follow the experiment (or is this a thinly veiled attempt to get people to subscribe to your mentees? 😉

  • Martin

    Ah, you’ve spotted a slight ulterior motive. Yes, I’ll probably respond here on their postings, but in case you haven’t noticed, I’m making this up as I go along.

  • Rebecca

    I think this is a very interesting idea, and I love to see blogs put to collaborative use like this. However, I wonder if it might be more successful broken into smaller chunks? That’s an awful lot to take on board and consider and comment on.

  • AJ Cann

    Do you know of any way to do some sort of “universal comments subscription”, i.e. whereever I comment on a blog on the interweb, I can get a notification of a reply?

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