What Were You Doing 15 Years Ago Today?

Recently trying to spend some time on my favorite social bookmarking service, I had a little surprise.

Before Internet - StumbleUpon maintenance page

Cute design aside, I like the way the message implies that the only reason to be in front of a computer screen is to be Stumbling, but even the power users interviewed on StumbleBlogger have other online pursuits as well.

Why is it that if you’re not surfing the Internet, you would be outside?

It used to be that if you were playing video games too much, parents would scold that you should turn them off and head out to get some sunlight. However, this study claims that the Internet has not (yet?) had a significant impact on the habits of youth using public libraries i.e. the youth who are online now wouldn’t be in a public library instead, they would simply be doing something else just like in the pre-Internet era.

So what really has lost out to the Internet?

Work aside, which chunk of your day has surfing replaced?

Group Writing Project or Blog Carnival Debate: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to group writing projects and blog carnivals, is there a clear difference or not?
Group Writing Project vs. Blog Carnival: Dictionary

Blog carnivals

Wikipedia’s defining characteristics of a blog carnival are:

  • a type of blog event
  • dedicated to a particular topic
  • published on a regular schedule
  • each edition…contains links to other blog articles on the particular topic
  • many carnivals have a principal organizer, who lines up guest bloggers to host each edition

Group writing projects

I was contacted by a blogger about promoting her group writing project. Her announcement post spoke about a blog carnival, so I advised her to head on over to blogcarnival.com instead.

When Jacob Cass contacted me about his Second Design Group Writing Project, it sounded like the beginning of a new graphic design blog carnival. He responded that one important distinguishing feature was that he was offering a prize.

I would define a group writing project this way:

  • a type of blog event
  • dedicated to a particular topic
  • usually a one-time event
  • each edition…contains links to other blog articles on the particular topic
  • may have prizes

For me, the main difference is that blog carnivals recur on a regular schedule, just like real-world carnivals that come to town the same time every year.

What do you think?