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We were thinking about the possibility of setting up a section where we might have a couple blogs related to software.  the idea would be to have like some virtual "columnists", just a few, who might make an occasional blog-like post relating to some new program they found and liked, or maybe just some general comments on some software issue.

we like the idea of having things that are like weekly events so that people can depend on them and come to read them regularly, so it would be like, you'd know that every sunday you could come check out person X's column to see what they wrote about, it might be their thoughts on a specific program or on some issue in general, like an opinion column.  these would be really short posts, just like blog entries.  we would even use blog software in order to make updaing it easily for the "columnists".

thoughts on this? Maybe one or two people on this forum feels like having a column would be something they would be good at?  you wouldnt be doing long comprehensive reviews, just short little entertaining posts on something that interested you in the software world.  could be fun  :) or could end up being a burden to have to write a column entry each week  :(

probably i'm getting carried away but i was just thinking it might be fun to have like 7 columnists/bloggers, one for each day of the week, so that every day there would be one (and only one) new post to read.  We could call the section like "Columnist Corner" or "Opinion Central", with a nice hub page showing a lbutton ink for each day of the week/columnist.  heh the more i write about it the more i like it, but that's what usually happens to me at night and then i wake up and wonder wtf i was thinking.


ps. am i the only one who thinks that the Message Icon list needs to have more icons? i'll look into it.  maybe add some more smilies to the [more] list as well.

sample front page for what i was thinking:

i think i would be up for it mouser - depending on what you think will be the final criteria necessary.

i've downloaded and tried hundreds (maybe thousands i suppose) of programs found and shellcity and nonags. my first port of call each day is shellcity to see what people have developed, where i'll then download and try the software that sounds most interesting - so, i've got an opinion on most types of utils.

i'm perhaps not completely unbiased as i'll tend to favour the free software. i like to think i've experienced enough to know what's wrong with the windows GUI and programs that run on it, so can probably provide constructive critism in the 'usability' area.

if the structure of the blog wasn't set in concrete then i hope i could fit the bill. perhaps i'm just letting my ego get carried away.  :-[

nudone i've only "known" you for a couple of days so far but i have the impression that you would be perfect for this.

opinions are good.
focusing on freeware is good.

my idea for the "columns" is that they would just be some thoughts on some aspect of software - you could choose whatever topics you wanted.  we wouldn't have any desire to judge or censor or in any way effect what the columnists/bloggers write.  It would just be a little corner of our website where you could write about some aspect related in some way to software, once per week.

the main thing would be that you be able to commit to posting once per week. every week, on a given day, as i am thinking that that would be the theme of the columnist corner, that each column comes out on a specific day of the week, just to make it kind of like "appointment browsing", so people know that each day they will have a new blog entry to read, and so that fans of a particular columnist can know that every monday will be nudone's new column, and every tuesday will be jibz' new column, etc.

sounds great. i have no excuse to not be able to write at least once a week so no problem there.

i best start jotting some ideas down ready for when you give the go ahead. :deal:


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