2002 saw Acts of Volition slip from being a multi-author weblog to a paltry 1-1/2 author weblog. While this may have cut the volume of posts, the participation of readers has been great. Writing for AoV has started to feel less like traditional writing and more like having a conversation with the readers.
This chart shows the relationship between aov posts and readers replies over 2002 (note – the chart is a little misleading – the two lines are charted on separate scales).
Here is Acts of Volition in 2002 in numbers:
||Replies per Post
||Posts per Day
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||Red bold type indicates the highest figure per column.
Blue bold type indicates the lowest figure per column.
* The NX Petition was only available for the first few days of November.
In the wee hours of August 25, 2000, one year ago, Matt christened the newly formed actsofvolition.com with the inevitable inaugural post. Matt put it well:
I realize the excitement of having ones own website is not one which extends very far beyond the proprietors of the website, but if everyone will just pretend to be as thrilled with the concept as we are that’ll be just fine. No matter the level of outside enthusiasm, I know we’ll have fun.
We know how we feel about the last year of aov (pretty good). What interests us much more than that is:
How do you feel about the first year of aov?
It has recently come to our attention that there are other people in the world, some with opinions. After much thought and a little debate about community on the web (and more specifically, on actsofvolition.com), you can now reply to our posts on aov.
See the reply link under the title of each post.
As promised, aov is now searchable by keyword (see the left bar). Thanks for mastah programmah nick for the help.
Look forward to other promises being kept in the future (such as the rock concert über-experience feature which will be out in a few days – late submissions are still being accepted).
First, let us get some acronym* definitions out of the way:
- aov – acts of volition
- XML – Extensible Markup Language
- RDF – Resource Description Framework
- RSS – RDF Site Summary
With that out of the way, aov has setup an RSS channel. RSS is an XML application based on the World Wide Web Consortium’s RDF Specification.
Now in english: RSS is a simple format for web syndication that lets any site make it’s headlines available to be grabbed by any other compliant site. For example, My.Netscape.com let’s you add these channels as custom news on your home page. Headlines from any site that that creates an RSS channel can be added to your my.netscape.com home page.
The people at My.Netscape.com seem to expect those with an RSS channel to include this graphic on their site. Clicking on this graphic will add aov headlines to your My.Netscape.com page. That is if you can bear the buggy and irritating signup process. Seems more like viral marketing for Netscape than an open news standard. The graphic will not be displayed on aov permanently (only in this post).
The format is cool though. An example of a good implementation can be found at Peter Rukavina’s Reinvented.net (which has been nicely redesigned). The News page at Reinvented.net uses RSS to grab headlines from Slashdot.org, The PEI Government website, and (drumroll please) Acts of Volition.
* acronyms are stupid.
Sign up for the new aov update email newsletter. We’ll flog you with occasional updates on subjects such as:
- major site updates
- new aov features (such as the upcoming interview with Mike Lecky)
- particularly encouraging/discouraging news & commentary
The frequency of mailings will vary but you needn’t worry about span. We’ll be selective and you shouldn’t receive more than a few emails a week (probably closer to 1 or 2 emails a month).
Sign up, god damn it.
A few features we geniuses are working on here in the aov laboratories:
- a fine interview with young Mike Lecky of superfunk/aioku/boxlor fame.
- full keyword searching of the aov archives.
- sliced bread.
new features on acts of volition:
- aov archive – weekly archives of all the brilliant posts every made on aov.
note to websters:
this also means you can now link to indivudual aov posts. just find the post on the archive page and copy the link. for example, the address of this post is: http://www.actsofvolition.com/index.cfm?week=11/5/00#113
- new bio pages – check out our ugly mugs, email us, and see aov posts by the aov author you detest the least
look for full keyword searching in the next update.
thanks for mastah programmah nick for all the help.
another peek into the bowels of the world wide web: people have been finding our website by entering the following words into search engines:
- icq java
- bush cheney bumper sticker
- truth in advertising
- pictures genital rash (We are #8 on Yahoo.com for this one thanks to you Kirby)
- pictures of the human foot
Enjoy some previous keywords.
according to our logs, folks have been lead to actsofvolition.com after entering the following interesting keywords into popular search engines:
- machina near friends near
- +nologo +klein
and by far the winner:
- +“joanne malar” +“picture”