Posting Date: August 29, 2002
10 Tips on Writing the Living Web (A List Apart) -- "Some of these sites change every week; many change every day; a few change every few minutes. Daypopís Dan Chan calls this the Living Web, the part of the web that is always changing."
1) Write for a reason.
This is the one succinct message from the author.
2) Write often
Bzzzt. You have no obligation to this conjured idea of a 'living web.' You owe nothing to your users. They owe you for providing free content. If what you say has value, it doesn't matter whether you write daily, once a week, or once a month. We can all think of people who write maybe 1 to 4 times per month and yet droves of people flock to those writings upon their release.
3. Write tight
In other words, write well.
4. Make good friends
In other words, don't be an a-hole.
5. Find good enemies
Finally, someone appreciates me.
6) Let the story unfold
This is a bunch of hoo-ha. What's the alternative? Write and publish your life's work in 24 hours? I say, don't jerk your users around. If you have something to say, say it and get it over with.
7) Stand up, speak out
In other words, your positions must be defendable. If they are not, they're not worth having. People will know.
8) Be sexy.
This is so, so very wrong. If you're a cam grrl, be sexy. If you're John S. Rhodes, keep your pants on. Sheesh.
9) Use your archives
In other words, practice sound web design. Make information accessible.
In other words, do what makes you happy.
Oh no, not ANOTHER bloke laying down rules for personal sites and blogs! Why won't these people disappear?