The time has come

It’s been an interesting few months on PlanetLotus.

We’ve had Design Partners telling us that Notes is dead, crazy ASW blog titles just to attain short-lived ‘Hot Blog’ status, explosions! of! exclamation! marks! and rather too much community infighting for anyone’s good.  I’m not saying that I’m innocent either, there have been times when I’ve been sucked into posting articles too quickly to get ahead of other bloggers, or else where the impulse to use an overly-dramatic title for a post has been too much to ignore.

That’s not to criticise the PlanetLotus site or its owner, Yancy, at all. Technically, it is a brilliant aggregation solution.  However, as with many internet sites, its harder to predict how behaviours are going to change as a result of the new opportunities for interaction and content consumption.  Whilst PlanetLotus has arguably raised my own profile and that of the community as a whole, I’m not convinced that the way the site is used currently is positive for us all.  Personally, I feel that my own attention is drawn away from producing and consuming useful content toward a more personality-based ‘Hey aren’t I great’ type of blogging.

After much thought and deliberation, I have therefore decided to pull my blogs from PlanetLotus, and have requested that Yancy delete references to the blogs on the site as soon as he can.  My co-bloggers and I will still be creating the best content we can to be consumed directly via a browser, via RSS Feeds and via links shared on Twitter and Facebook.

I will also endeavour to return to the way I participated prior to the launch of PlanetLotus – choosing my own set of blogs to follow via a feed reader, through Google Alerts, and through my own personal preferences.

If you wish to still follow the content, here are the details:

Blog

URL

RSS

Twitter

Collaboration Matters

blog.collaborationmatters.com

feeds.feedburner.com/collaborationmatters

collabmatters

Connections Blog

lotusconnectionsblog.com

feeds.feedburner.com/theconnectionsblog

connectionsblog

LotusLive Blog

lotusliveblog.com

feeds.feedburner.com/lotusliveblog

lotusliveblog

Quickr Blog

quickrblog.com

feeds.feedburner.com/quickrblog

quickrblog

Symphony Blog

lotussymphonyblog.com

feeds.feedburner.com/symphonyblog

symphonyblog

All Collaboration Matters blog posts

feeds.feedburner.com/collaborationmattersblogs

Does this mean I’m withdrawing from the Lotus community (either online or in person)?  

Emphatically not!  I’m still as committed as ever, just feeling that life will be better outside the PlanetLotus bubble.

See you on the other side!

[P.S. If you’d prefer to follow PL bloggers via an RSS Reader too, Chris Miller has provided a useful OPML file to import]

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!