I’m pleased to introduce the all-new NextDraft splash page and site. It was designed by the talented Bryan Bell and coded by the noted Wordpress wrangler Andrew Norcross. As an indie publisher, I rely on people like Andrew and Bryan to take this publication seriously, and on the generous support of Wordpress dot com to keep the gears of my modern day printing press (and my palms) well-greased. I also depend readers like you to help spread the word. So check out the new digs and share the hell out of it.
-Dave Pell, “A Splash Landing”, NextDraft
After reading this, I was compelled to “share the hell out of it.” I love the recent app and website refreshes and, of course, the daily (somewhat comedic) round up of news. Thanks, Dave!
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.