Like most of the blogosphere, I’ve followed the problems Pajamas/OSM has had during their launch. I’ve made some concrete suggestions directly to them where I hope they may do some good, because I’d very much like them to succeed – a rising tide will lift all blogs, as they say. I believe that bloggers who are rooting for their demise are making a mistake, and that their failure – like the failure of any blogger or blogger-backed venture – would hurt us all.
Because I’ve been directly named in this, I think I need make some kind of simple statement about this whole sheebang.First, I was involved in the founding of Pajamas, as readers here will know. I left when it became clear to me that the business strategy I was interested in – providing technical, financial, and marketing ‘plumbing’ and making it available widely to blogs in what Jeff Jarvis would call an effort “to use tags and microformats and social interaction to link together the topics and opinions and information people care about on that distributed web” of blogs – wasn’t the strategy that the other two founders, Roger and Charles, and their investor were interested in pursuing, and that their strategy didn’t make me passionate either. My feeling then as now was that they were better off as a smaller group in close agreement as to their goals, and they deserved an opportunity to implement their business strategy as they saw it, which I believe they are doing.
We parted amicably, if sadly, in my case. Under the spirit and letter of our agreement, that’s about all I’ll have to say on the subject.
I’ve still got a bunch of ideas and some designs and relationships in this space that I’d love to play with, and would love to connect with some other entrepreneurial, engaged folks who have some interest in this stuff. Drop a line at the address above, or leave a comment.
I’ve got a few posts in the queue expanding some thoughts on these issues (the open/edge web vs. the closed/core web) and will try and get them out over the next few days (unless I fly to Oregon to pick up a new motorcycle).
We’ll now return you to regular blogging.