Curation properly begins with a mission statement, whether you’re a content creator or a researcher assembling resources: What is it you are trying to say? What does your collection represent?
Listening to @informative talk about content strategy at the WordPress meetup tonight. The approach of first considering what questions your content has to answer seems particularly useful for support documentation. By laying the groundwork for questions first, it makes the writing more effective.
As the online editor, I sometimes feel like my job is to make something beautiful, just to hack it apart for kindling. Here’s the way I (mostly) think about it instead: any link to a fragment of LQ is a breadcrumb that can bring you back to the whole. Every magazine wants to lead you back to the mothership, but when you finally pick up an issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, what you have isn’t the end of your own curation and the beginning of our vision. It’s the start of a new reading in a closed-off sphere that also resembles the web you came from: a rabbit hole of thought that you’ll gladly fall into.
Michelle Legro — History and Its Contents.
Sweep the Sleaze. Our sites don’t need 37 pieces of flair.
On Content: less is more. Sean Blanda nails it here. Great set of guidelines for any writer to aspire to. I wish more publications understood and followed these ideas.
The Value of Content, Part 1: Adam Smith never expected this. Melissa Rach takes a look at how content on the web defies traditional models of economics. In part 2 she explains the basics of effectively communicating the value of content. Sections 2 and 3 of Part 2 are particularly good. Part 2 is here.
What it’s like to share an article from one of these iPad magazines. Neven Mrgan nails it on why sharing content from iPad magazine apps is a big bucket of fail. It’s almost like they don’t want you to tell your friends about great content. (via Ben Brooks)
I just got around to reading the entirety of the Mother Jones updates on what’s happening in Egypt. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s a treasure trove of information, thanks to Daniel for the link. Partly due to the fact that it’s such a… Continue reading →
A stellar essay from Frank Chimero on content (as told through the metaphor of watery soup). You ever order soup at a restaurant and get a bowl that’s mostly broth? The problem is the register at the restaurant is four-hundred bucks under what it was… Continue reading →