Blog of the Future

Matt Mullenweg, founder, Automattic (WordPress and Akismet makers)

Yesterday I had lunch/dinner with Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic. They are the fine folks who bring you WordPress (the blog service I use) and Akismet (the comment spam blocker I use).

That’s him holding his iPhone yesterday.

Anyway, we got talking about the “Blog of the Future” and I thought I’d just give him some ideas on video and get you involved. Did you know you can record/upload your own video to my Kyte channel? Just click “produce on this channel.”

Anyway, here’s my ideas on “blog of the future.” (that link takes you directly to my video, the widget below shows you my entire channel).

What do you think should be in the blog of the future?

Oh, and remember, my Kyte.tv channel is open for YOU to post your own video so tell Matt Mullenweg what YOU want on YOUR blog of the future! (Francine Hardaway did just that yesterday).

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Comments

  1. My blog of the future would not have the interesting part of the content only in video because watching video can be too invasive and/or disruptive.

  2. My blog of the future would not have the interesting part of the content only in video because watching video can be too invasive and/or disruptive.

  3. Yes, we know, we know your Ktye channel is open. Not only do you state that twice in this post but then you state it in videos. Please Robert, get back to blogging rather than simply shilling Kyte and putting everything in video. While somewhat interesting, it is not mobile friendly and as stated above, disruptive. What I find is that I become less and less interested in your blog as you seemingly move everything to Kyte. Scoble Show is interesting because it is focused and somewhat produced and provides value. I have yet to see the quality in these unfocused Kyte missives to make it worthwhile. Please get back to blogging, not vloggging. Or provide a transcript.

  4. Yes, we know, we know your Ktye channel is open. Not only do you state that twice in this post but then you state it in videos. Please Robert, get back to blogging rather than simply shilling Kyte and putting everything in video. While somewhat interesting, it is not mobile friendly and as stated above, disruptive. What I find is that I become less and less interested in your blog as you seemingly move everything to Kyte. Scoble Show is interesting because it is focused and somewhat produced and provides value. I have yet to see the quality in these unfocused Kyte missives to make it worthwhile. Please get back to blogging, not vloggging. Or provide a transcript.

  5. Yes, we know, we know your Ktye channel is open. Not only do you state that twice in this post but then you state it in videos. Please Robert, get back to blogging rather than simply shilling Kyte and putting everything in video. While somewhat interesting, it is not mobile friendly and as stated above, disruptive. What I find is that I become less and less interested in your blog as you seemingly move everything to Kyte. Scoble Show is interesting because it is focused and somewhat produced and provides value. I have yet to see the quality in these unfocused Kyte missives to make it worthwhile. Please get back to blogging, not vloggging. Or provide a transcript.

  6. I see I’m not the first to say it, but it bears repeating: I sincerely hope the blog of the future isn’t video. Or audio, for that matter. Words. I want words. Well written, articulate prose. Otherwise, I’m not interested. Or, at least, even to the extent that I’m interested, I still won’t be paying any attention.

  7. I see I’m not the first to say it, but it bears repeating: I sincerely hope the blog of the future isn’t video. Or audio, for that matter. Words. I want words. Well written, articulate prose. Otherwise, I’m not interested. Or, at least, even to the extent that I’m interested, I still won’t be paying any attention.

  8. I see I’m not the first to say it, but it bears repeating: I sincerely hope the blog of the future isn’t video. Or audio, for that matter. Words. I want words. Well written, articulate prose. Otherwise, I’m not interested. Or, at least, even to the extent that I’m interested, I still won’t be paying any attention.

  9. To Matt & co. via Scobleizer… please, lift the ad ban restrictions. So many good things have come but this one remains unfulfilled. Let a thousand flowers bloom! Maybe a bit better analytics tools tool.

    To Mr S. will post a Kyte.tv response… haven’t tried that yet.

  10. To Matt & co. via Scobleizer… please, lift the ad ban restrictions. So many good things have come but this one remains unfulfilled. Let a thousand flowers bloom! Maybe a bit better analytics tools tool.

    To Mr S. will post a Kyte.tv response… haven’t tried that yet.

  11. Robert, if there were 48 hours in a day, I couldn’t keep up with your videos. We do all have our own lives.

    That said, I *would* like a five minute video that captures the highlights. Twenty minutes is too long.

  12. Robert, if there were 48 hours in a day, I couldn’t keep up with your videos. We do all have our own lives.

    That said, I *would* like a five minute video that captures the highlights. Twenty minutes is too long.

  13. Robert, if there were 48 hours in a day, I couldn’t keep up with your videos. We do all have our own lives.

    That said, I *would* like a five minute video that captures the highlights. Twenty minutes is too long.

  14. Yeah, I agree with the majority of the posters here, which I told you on your Kyte channel chat the other day. Short video segments are great (like 5-20 minutes max) for when I have time for the, well disruption as it was put. Video and audio are just not something you can do in an office (and I work in a home office). Even in a home office it is disruptive, becaue it totally takes 100% of your attention, when emails and IMs are coming in that demand I refocus. You can’t do that with audio or video, because they also require focus. So the “feature” video pieces are fine when I can put aside the time.

    Otherwise, your old written blogs are much more interesting and accessible during normal business days. I can stop reading something, and then come back an hour to two later, without trying to figure out where I left off mentally.

    The video can be great, but i think you’re getting carried away with it, and it’s taking away from your qaulity content (or at least the more accessible content). Sorry to be such a drag, I know you like to be cutting edge, but it is not the end of the written word, despite the fact the press is scramblng to find new biz models. I think you were on the forefront of that new model, until you took it too far with all this video obsession.

    And it appears I am not alone in this. I mean I put aside 30 minutes the other day to watch two videos and participate in a chat, which would have taken 5 minutes the old way.

  15. Yeah, I agree with the majority of the posters here, which I told you on your Kyte channel chat the other day. Short video segments are great (like 5-20 minutes max) for when I have time for the, well disruption as it was put. Video and audio are just not something you can do in an office (and I work in a home office). Even in a home office it is disruptive, becaue it totally takes 100% of your attention, when emails and IMs are coming in that demand I refocus. You can’t do that with audio or video, because they also require focus. So the “feature” video pieces are fine when I can put aside the time.

    Otherwise, your old written blogs are much more interesting and accessible during normal business days. I can stop reading something, and then come back an hour to two later, without trying to figure out where I left off mentally.

    The video can be great, but i think you’re getting carried away with it, and it’s taking away from your qaulity content (or at least the more accessible content). Sorry to be such a drag, I know you like to be cutting edge, but it is not the end of the written word, despite the fact the press is scramblng to find new biz models. I think you were on the forefront of that new model, until you took it too far with all this video obsession.

    And it appears I am not alone in this. I mean I put aside 30 minutes the other day to watch two videos and participate in a chat, which would have taken 5 minutes the old way.

  16. Yeah, I agree with the majority of the posters here, which I told you on your Kyte channel chat the other day. Short video segments are great (like 5-20 minutes max) for when I have time for the, well disruption as it was put. Video and audio are just not something you can do in an office (and I work in a home office). Even in a home office it is disruptive, becaue it totally takes 100% of your attention, when emails and IMs are coming in that demand I refocus. You can’t do that with audio or video, because they also require focus. So the “feature” video pieces are fine when I can put aside the time.

    Otherwise, your old written blogs are much more interesting and accessible during normal business days. I can stop reading something, and then come back an hour to two later, without trying to figure out where I left off mentally.

    The video can be great, but i think you’re getting carried away with it, and it’s taking away from your qaulity content (or at least the more accessible content). Sorry to be such a drag, I know you like to be cutting edge, but it is not the end of the written word, despite the fact the press is scramblng to find new biz models. I think you were on the forefront of that new model, until you took it too far with all this video obsession.

    And it appears I am not alone in this. I mean I put aside 30 minutes the other day to watch two videos and participate in a chat, which would have taken 5 minutes the old way.

  17. Robert
    the blog of the future exists. Its called Google Reader. No ads, no calendar, no crap. Just content and maybe in some cases 1 ad. That’s the future. Subscribed content into feed readers.

  18. Robert
    the blog of the future exists. Its called Google Reader. No ads, no calendar, no crap. Just content and maybe in some cases 1 ad. That’s the future. Subscribed content into feed readers.

  19. Robert
    the blog of the future exists. Its called Google Reader. No ads, no calendar, no crap. Just content and maybe in some cases 1 ad. That’s the future. Subscribed content into feed readers.

  20. I agree with the other Scott. The ratio of time to information in video is usually very low, even lower than the audio-only ratio.

  21. I agree with the other Scott. The ratio of time to information in video is usually very low, even lower than the audio-only ratio.

  22. I agree with the other Scott. The ratio of time to information in video is usually very low, even lower than the audio-only ratio.

  23. “Did you know you can record/upload your own video to my Kyte channel?” I wonder if I can watch them! It refuses to load on Firefox on a mac saying I either don’t have javascript or flash… Bad web programing is still bad programing.

  24. “Did you know you can record/upload your own video to my Kyte channel?” I wonder if I can watch them! It refuses to load on Firefox on a mac saying I either don’t have javascript or flash… Bad web programing is still bad programing.

  25. “Did you know you can record/upload your own video to my Kyte channel?” I wonder if I can watch them! It refuses to load on Firefox on a mac saying I either don’t have javascript or flash… Bad web programing is still bad programing.

  26. I read your stuff all the time. I try to absorb and reflect. I comment sometimes, but I mostly absorb.

    You’ve really turned into a shill. That’s the truth. You’re smart, well versed in what you talk about, extremely passionate, and I’d hire you in an instant… but you always relate it back to what is going to benefit you and bring you links and bring you traffic…. Maybe you do this subconciously, or maybe it’s intentional. Regardless, I have a perception and I’m being open and honest about it.

    I hear that transparency breads trust. I trust you, but still say the word, “shill.”

    Then you get tired and have some life event cause you to pause. It’s always a legitimate event. But, it still causes you to reflect…

    I respect you, but I decided to use the buzzword, “shill.” Hopefully, you can respect my comment as a reflection from an educated consumer of your writing… from back to before you joined Microsoft. So, I’m not just making a rash judgment.

    Respectfully, and Signed,

    ~Toby Getsch

    http://tweblog.com

  27. I read your stuff all the time. I try to absorb and reflect. I comment sometimes, but I mostly absorb.

    You’ve really turned into a shill. That’s the truth. You’re smart, well versed in what you talk about, extremely passionate, and I’d hire you in an instant… but you always relate it back to what is going to benefit you and bring you links and bring you traffic…. Maybe you do this subconciously, or maybe it’s intentional. Regardless, I have a perception and I’m being open and honest about it.

    I hear that transparency breads trust. I trust you, but still say the word, “shill.”

    Then you get tired and have some life event cause you to pause. It’s always a legitimate event. But, it still causes you to reflect…

    I respect you, but I decided to use the buzzword, “shill.” Hopefully, you can respect my comment as a reflection from an educated consumer of your writing… from back to before you joined Microsoft. So, I’m not just making a rash judgment.

    Respectfully, and Signed,

    ~Toby Getsch

    http://tweblog.com

  28. I read your stuff all the time. I try to absorb and reflect. I comment sometimes, but I mostly absorb.

    You’ve really turned into a shill. That’s the truth. You’re smart, well versed in what you talk about, extremely passionate, and I’d hire you in an instant… but you always relate it back to what is going to benefit you and bring you links and bring you traffic…. Maybe you do this subconciously, or maybe it’s intentional. Regardless, I have a perception and I’m being open and honest about it.

    I hear that transparency breads trust. I trust you, but still say the word, “shill.”

    Then you get tired and have some life event cause you to pause. It’s always a legitimate event. But, it still causes you to reflect…

    I respect you, but I decided to use the buzzword, “shill.” Hopefully, you can respect my comment as a reflection from an educated consumer of your writing… from back to before you joined Microsoft. So, I’m not just making a rash judgment.

    Respectfully, and Signed,

    ~Toby Getsch

    http://tweblog.com

  29. How old is Matt? He looks pretty young in this picture. 19? Early 20′s?

    I assume by stating you had “lunch/dinner” with him that you spent quite a bit of time with him.

    Aruni

  30. How old is Matt? He looks pretty young in this picture. 19? Early 20′s?

    I assume by stating you had “lunch/dinner” with him that you spent quite a bit of time with him.

    Aruni

  31. How old is Matt? He looks pretty young in this picture. 19? Early 20′s?

    I assume by stating you had “lunch/dinner” with him that you spent quite a bit of time with him.

    Aruni

  32. Hi Robert,

    Just picked up on the blog of the future conversation. Great topic. My quick answer is surely it’s video or at least very image rich text. BTW, I did a timeline of future inventions a while ago and rather missed the future of the blog.

    http://nowandnext.com/PDF/TimeLineweb_ver2.pdf

    However, I’m just about to finish of an extinction timeline for the period 1900-2050 and I have taken the decision to make blogs extinct by about 2018.
    What replaces blogging? I haven’t got an answerr for that quite yet!

    Cheers,

    Richard.

  33. Hi Robert,

    Just picked up on the blog of the future conversation. Great topic. My quick answer is surely it’s video or at least very image rich text. BTW, I did a timeline of future inventions a while ago and rather missed the future of the blog.

    http://nowandnext.com/PDF/TimeLineweb_ver2.pdf

    However, I’m just about to finish of an extinction timeline for the period 1900-2050 and I have taken the decision to make blogs extinct by about 2018.
    What replaces blogging? I haven’t got an answerr for that quite yet!

    Cheers,

    Richard.

  34. Hi Robert,

    Just picked up on the blog of the future conversation. Great topic. My quick answer is surely it’s video or at least very image rich text. BTW, I did a timeline of future inventions a while ago and rather missed the future of the blog.

    http://nowandnext.com/PDF/TimeLineweb_ver2.pdf

    However, I’m just about to finish of an extinction timeline for the period 1900-2050 and I have taken the decision to make blogs extinct by about 2018.
    What replaces blogging? I haven’t got an answerr for that quite yet!

    Cheers,

    Richard.

  35. I’m generally not a fan of vlogging, but I think these whiteboard sessions are a nice way to bounce around some ideas.

    I’d like to see them complemented by a blog post that distills the key content though. It can become quite tiresome to sit through an entire video, as it is a definitionally sequential medium.

    The nice thing about consuming written content is that the eye, and the mind, can bounce around as it so pleases.

  36. I’m generally not a fan of vlogging, but I think these whiteboard sessions are a nice way to bounce around some ideas.

    I’d like to see them complemented by a blog post that distills the key content though. It can become quite tiresome to sit through an entire video, as it is a definitionally sequential medium.

    The nice thing about consuming written content is that the eye, and the mind, can bounce around as it so pleases.

  37. I’m generally not a fan of vlogging, but I think these whiteboard sessions are a nice way to bounce around some ideas.

    I’d like to see them complemented by a blog post that distills the key content though. It can become quite tiresome to sit through an entire video, as it is a definitionally sequential medium.

    The nice thing about consuming written content is that the eye, and the mind, can bounce around as it so pleases.

  38. I agree with most (except 1 so far?) of you that Video is not the future. I mean, it is great to have photos and voice and videos in an article, and you can see now you could run YouTube directly inside Goolge Reader. But I guess if you put the whole content into a video, I would simply skip your blog, because while I could read 120 posts in 10 minutes in Google Reader, I could only watch half of your video within the same period of time.

  39. I agree with most (except 1 so far?) of you that Video is not the future. I mean, it is great to have photos and voice and videos in an article, and you can see now you could run YouTube directly inside Goolge Reader. But I guess if you put the whole content into a video, I would simply skip your blog, because while I could read 120 posts in 10 minutes in Google Reader, I could only watch half of your video within the same period of time.

  40. I agree with most (except 1 so far?) of you that Video is not the future. I mean, it is great to have photos and voice and videos in an article, and you can see now you could run YouTube directly inside Goolge Reader. But I guess if you put the whole content into a video, I would simply skip your blog, because while I could read 120 posts in 10 minutes in Google Reader, I could only watch half of your video within the same period of time.

  41. I think it’s pretty poor that you don’t even link to Mullenweg’s blog.

    Text, to me, is far more appealing than video most of the time. I might read a well-written post on an interesting subject, but I won’t take the time to watch your Kyte channel.

    I can read faster than you can speak (i.e. I want to go at MY pace, not yours.)

  42. I think it’s pretty poor that you don’t even link to Mullenweg’s blog.

    Text, to me, is far more appealing than video most of the time. I might read a well-written post on an interesting subject, but I won’t take the time to watch your Kyte channel.

    I can read faster than you can speak (i.e. I want to go at MY pace, not yours.)

  43. This is a huge simplification, but smart people generally prefer to read, and those with fewer smarts tend to prefer television, YouTube clips, and other ad-riddled/ad-supported garbage. You obviously write for an intelligent audience, and that audience will likely diminish as a result of too much video, for all of the reasons detailed above in other comments. Please, do everything in your power to avoid what Idiocracy hypothesized…

  44. This is a huge simplification, but smart people generally prefer to read, and those with fewer smarts tend to prefer television, YouTube clips, and other ad-riddled/ad-supported garbage. You obviously write for an intelligent audience, and that audience will likely diminish as a result of too much video, for all of the reasons detailed above in other comments. Please, do everything in your power to avoid what Idiocracy hypothesized…

  45. wow. dumb bandwagoneering alert. this is not the future of blogging. I don’t care about anyone’s webcam diaries. I want info, not video, and last I checked text was the most efficient way to communicate that, unless we’re talking engadget product demo video

  46. wow. dumb bandwagoneering alert. this is not the future of blogging. I don’t care about anyone’s webcam diaries. I want info, not video, and last I checked text was the most efficient way to communicate that, unless we’re talking engadget product demo video

  47. wow. dumb bandwagoneering alert. this is not the future of blogging. I don’t care about anyone’s webcam diaries. I want info, not video, and last I checked text was the most efficient way to communicate that, unless we’re talking engadget product demo video

  48. Martin: anyone who can’t find Matt’s blog probably doesn’t deserve to comment on “blog of the future.”

    Go to Google.

    Search “Matt.”

    Click.

    Does this count for you as well? Who else can we add to the list? Jason? Maybe that will help remove the float that so many live off of.

  49. Martin: anyone who can’t find Matt’s blog probably doesn’t deserve to comment on “blog of the future.”

    Go to Google.

    Search “Matt.”

    Click.

    Does this count for you as well? Who else can we add to the list? Jason? Maybe that will help remove the float that so many live off of.

  50. Martin: anyone who can’t find Matt’s blog probably doesn’t deserve to comment on “blog of the future.”

    Go to Google.

    Search “Matt.”

    Click.

    Does this count for you as well? Who else can we add to the list? Jason? Maybe that will help remove the float that so many live off of.

  51. 8 Suggestions for blogs of the future

    I started thinking a bit after Robert Scoble’s (yeah I know I reference Robert a lot) Kyte video post about his blog of the future.  While I may disagree with a few of his concepts, the whole concept of what a future blog…

  52. [...] 3) A new design because there is a lot more I want to be communicating (like my link blog) but also to take into account things like how people read in online environments which Scoble got me thinking on his meme of what blogging should look like in the future. [...]

  53. I don’t always agree with you, but I see that you are objective in your
    postings. Despite the differences I still enjoy reading your posts and I
    often learn even when our viewpoints are different. :-)

  54. I don’t always agree with you, but I see that you are objective in your
    postings. Despite the differences I still enjoy reading your posts and I
    often learn even when our viewpoints are different. :-)

  55. I don’t always agree with you, but I see that you are objective in your
    postings. Despite the differences I still enjoy reading your posts and I
    often learn even when our viewpoints are different. :-)