Validating an idea for a blog platform - Off topic
Heya everybody, it's your local lurker, greduan. Haven't been very active, but I sometimes come by to read stuff. :)

Anyway, I was having an idea to develop a commercial (albeit cheap) product.

You know how there's Medium or or other similar platforms to publish your content easily in a really readable format and without any of the hosting hassle?

And you know about the modern web obesity crisis[1]? E.g. a Medium 400 word article being 1.2mb of data to download (according to that talk, dunno of latest numbers).


I was thinking, why not make an absolute minimalistic platform to host content.

The idea is as follows:

0. It's straightforward to use. You pay me a small fee (e.g. $5 a month, to say something), you get access to an online text editor to edit your content. When you post your content it's automatically part of an RSS feed, an archive of your posts, searchable content, etc.
1. It's not social. You're not meant to go around exploring content. This is a tool for people to post their stuff, not to join a network of content. That effectively means no "recommended posts" and so on, just the blog you're reading.
2. Automated feeds. RSS feeds, readers can subscribe to be notified by email (my personal preference), etc.
3. There are comments. Users _can_ interact with your content.
4. Absolutely no branding from me. You have your posts, your about page (if you want), and that's it. Maybe I give a discount on the fee if you allow me to put at the bottom "powered by xxx" or something.
5. Light af. Little to no JS, certainly no analytics tracking from me to track user behaviour (there would be analytics for security and so on). Simple CSS to make it readable and that's it. Plus content of course.

What do you guys think of that idea? Would you pay for it? If yes, how much would you think is OK?

I'm probably going to develop it anyway, cause I'd love to use it myself, but if you guys are interested then I can keep you up to date and you can provide feedback on iterations and so on.
Eduan / greduan

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Validating an idea for a blog platform - by greduan - 14-07-2018, 06:44 PM

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