May 19, 2009

stonesoup where next?

Hi all,

I'm writing cause I've decided to start a bit of a think about what
stonesoup should do next. I've got the point where I need to sort out a
new hosting situation, and I think I'd like to re-engineer how things
work. Also, I've just got a new job which is going to take a pile of
time, so I'm not likely to increase my care for stonesoup (though
intermittant tech work is still available).

So, this seems like a good time to take stock and make some decisions. In
the past stonesoup's been a really good independent blog network. It
provided new bloggers with a ready-made community to start in, and
provided defacto social networking. However, I think there are lots of
other networking sites, and blog hosting sites around and about - so
stonesoup isn't doing that specially well any more. It is still an
independent site - and I'm keen on supporting as much independent blogging
as I can - simply because I don't like to see any one company or group
controlling how people express themselves.

However, I'd like to know what you all think about where stonesoup should
go. Is it past its best buy and should be closed? Is everyone keen to
create a unique community - and if so, what work would we need to do to
make that happen? What sort of community should it be? What sort of
technology might we use? How will we handle paying for space?

If you could all comment on the post on too many cooks, I think that would
be as good a way of getting some discussion going as any. If you want to
email me specifically, please feel free to do that as well.

many thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.


Posted by carla at May 19, 2009 08:55 PM | TrackBack

I really enjoy stonesoup, although am in a bit of a blogging funk. It does seem that other people are suffering much the same or are even moving away from here and blogging in other places.

If stonesoup ends, I'll probably move too, but am happy to keep tapping away here.

Posted by: Giffy at May 20, 2009 04:15 PM

Pleased to hear it. :-)

I'd noticed that people were fading a little. Party of wanting to shake things up is to see if we can make the space a little healthier. I'll be staying in an independent blog space whether or not stonesoup continues - and I'd rather it was a collective blog space than a singleton. Might be nice to have a new statement of intent though, and pull in some new people.

Posted by: .carla at May 20, 2009 11:12 PM

As I said to you in person, I'd like to keep the domain name, if things are moving/shifting into different forms. I can be convinced otherwise if there's a strong sense of a community ownership of the URL, but in the absence of that, I'll happily set up redirects.

Posted by: iona at May 21, 2009 10:34 AM

I was thinking about that. I like the stonesoup bit, but perhaps a new site could use

Posted by: .carla at May 21, 2009 01:54 PM
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