It's sometimes depressing having to keep up with the constant RSS wars. So reading this today cheered me up.
Rie's comments (the 8th one down) are pertinent:
I have been online for 5 years or so, and I can safely say I have *never* talked to a single person who tells me "Dude, you need to check KFC dot com. They've got some really interesting articles on there." Pathetic. However, on the other hand, they do have a point on one thing. The community spirit, as I like to call it, has died a bit over the years. Whether it be battle fatigue, or just a case of boredom, one can only do so much before its been done a million times.
We're so addicted to Internet hype that now the boom is over, we're desperately looking for the next big thing. Is blogging/RSS it? Probably not. Has blogging/RSS been overhyped? Definitely. Is blogging/RSS going to be important. Yes, it is.
It's about individual people connecting with each other. So even if you're only writing about your cat and what the two of you had for dinner last night and if only your ma and one friend read it, if it helps keep you connected, it has value.
And if helps gays, disabled folk, people with addictions connect with each other, if it helps raise political and social awareness and debate, if it provides another conduit for people to talk to each other, then it is a Good Thing (tm). The fact that organizations such as the BBC and AOL are starting to publish feeds is great but this is simply another way of doing things we could do already i.e. read their news. The real power of this lies in the opportunity it gives individual people to connect.
And that's why I'll keep working on Awasu. Making money is also a Good Thing but I've had my fill of slaving away to improve some mega-corporation's bottom line. I still have to pay the mortgage but Awasu is shaping up to be something that's actually useful to people.
And that's important.