What does a weblog need in 2015?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

This is interesting, and I want to go back and read it again soon:

On aggregation: Ezra Klein: How Vox Aggregates: “[When] I started… everything I wrote… in the hopes that someone else…

…would take it and try to use it… with a link back… a positive-sum endeavor…. [At the] Washington Post… I helped to create Know More… a big ‘Know More’ button that would lead people back to the original source to, well, learn more…. While aggregation has always been a clear service to readers, it can be enormously frustrating to writers…. But aggregation, when done correctly, offers value to the original source…. If you ever feel Vox isn’t using your work in the way you’d want, email me at ezra@vox.com and let me know. Our intention is always to do things in a way that is positive-sum, and if you ever feel we’re failing that ideal, we want to know, and we’ll work with you to change it…

On the homepage: Melissa Bell: Vox’s New Homepage, Explained: “If the slots look unusually tall…

…they’re designed not for one headline, but for many…. We’re able to offer both our newest story on the topic, but also the stories leading up to today…. I have no idea if this is going to work. It’ll require a different type of curation and we need to build a robust taxonomy…. There’s a basic latest news display…. There are some new permanent doorways into content we know you like to find… favorite writers… latest videos…. The layout algorithmically generates each time and the system may run through up to 1,000 different options to find the best one. (For more on the technical background, we took inspiration from some of the great work happening at Flipboard.)… There’s been a lot of talk of late about whether or not homepages are dead. We’re certainly not seeing that at Vox…

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