WordPress Ideas

Ok, so it’s late. I woke my wife up by turning on my nightstand light. I’m sure that put the nail in the coffin for me tonight since all I’ve been talking about is community, business, what the end user really wants or needs, etc. I think I’ve come up with a decent plan. I’ve seen a few photo journals (photo blogs) out there, and liked the simple ones the best. I don’t think I’m alone there. But, I think there’s a few things that could be improved upon.

  1. Blogs have been about me. Not you, me. Most of us blog because we like to hear ourselves think/talk/write. We think what we have to say is important, and maybe it is to some people. It’s those “some people” that really care about us and what we have to say that matters most. Why not allow them to participate in what you see (enter photo sharing).
  2. Problem: photo sharing either requires some kind of programming knowledge to setup your own blog and start uploading photos one at a time (why not more?), or to go to some place like Flickr to share you stuff. I want to share my stuff at my place with my themes/colors because I know what my friends/family like to see. I don’t want them searching everyone’s stuff that looks like mine. I want them to see what photos I took (selfishness to the hilt).
  3. Problem: I still want to connect to my chosen “communities” of friends/family who might have blogs and might want to share photos with me via the connection/community I have with them. However, neither I, nor they, necessarily want to share our communal photos with the outside world. Just with our self-designated section of the world. Enter invite-only grouping
  4. Problem: I don’t want to hassle with tagging images. Tagging is laborious. It will eventually come to be hated. Tag clouds are great, but only if people tag. What is a tag anyway? It’s just a description of the image. Why can’t I just write a story and allow that to build my tag words for me, just like search engines index web pages based on the content. I’ll probably build content/stories around my images. And if I don’t, then I’ll tag them. But I should write stories first. That’s not laborious, that’s inviting and fun, especially when done for the benefit of my selected communities to whom I share these with.

Solution: WordPress to the rescue. I can see so many solutions simply with a customized version of WordPress. But, not just for me…. for everyone I know. That becomes the connection point and the easy-to-network part. Additionally, if we can create communities based on XML syndicated content and an invite-only solution to view the content, the simple way to publish them to those communities is through the built in categories in WordPress. But, in addition to making up your own, you “subscribe” to one, which makes you a member of it. Public communities could be subscribed to by anyone. Private communities would be seen by invitation only, or perhaps the title would be seen, but the contents couldn’t be unless you were subscribed.

To customize it even more, you could add themes like crazy and hopefully the community of bloggers would assist by creating cool themes as well.

Now, the business questions come; How do you make money at this? Well, one way is to host WordPress sites built like this. That would be easy enough to accomplish with a skeleton version setup for any domain name desired. The hard part would be the networking of sites and control of an invite-only process as well as the modification of a individual’s categories into a group’s categories. Hmmm…. My brain is ticking now.

Hello http://photo.perfectspace.com.

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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