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Building your Content Stream
This week I was pretty excited when I published the first issue of the “Hovercast,” a compilationof a week’s worth of web posts. I announced the issue inside the stream of content for the May21 issue of the
which should come out either next Monday or Tuesday (my cut off date is 5/21). Even as I am writing about the zine version of the Hovercast, I’ve been thinkingthat I should call it the Hover
instead.I’ve published a lot of different things over the years, but this is the first time that its happenedbecause most of my theories about the flow content were coming true. I was able to consistentlycompose my writing inside Google Docs, publish it as a webpage or document, present it viaWeebly, and then share it via Facebook and Twitter. Once I was able to compile the articles intothe
(Soon to be the Hoverzine), I had already scored my first victory. The zine is onlyan exercise in curation, so by then most of my work had been done. Now I’m watching to see if the compilation has better traction that the same documents when they were published assingle-topic articles.
You caught me monologuing
This was also the first week when I was able to write a “Monologue.” I picture the monologue asa type of post-newspaper era version of the “Note from the Editor” that you might have onceread inside newspaper. However, when I write it I think of it as more like the monologue that talkshow hosts give at the beginning of their episode. Like when Conan O’Brien cracks a few jokesabout current events.My first monologue followed the same pattern. I brought up some odds and ends about thingsgoing on in the community which would normally be difficult to stretch out into a full standalonearticle. I also see the monologue as a way of referring back to my favorite articles, or maybe talkabout an idea I have for a future article.
These are my collections
My only remaining struggle has been with settling on a method of presenting the content that Iwrite. So far I’ve been sticking with Weebly, but I really liked the idea of using Google Sites, andfor a while it looked like Google Docs might be the way to go. I’d prefer to cut out Weeblybecause it would be one less hop, but then Facebook and Twitter don’t always pull in thepreview correctly when I reference the article as a webpage. I steered away from Google Sites