About Scripting News

Bootstrapping the blog revolutions

We're in the business of bootstrapping new forms of social behavior.

Scripting News was started in 1997, by me, Dave Winer.

Or 1994 or 1996 or whenever you think it actually started.

I wrote my first blog posts in 1994, that's for sure.

It's the longest continuously running blog on the Internet.

Natural-born blogger

Some people were born to play country music, or baseball. I was born to blog.

At the beginning of blogging I thought everyone would be a blogger. I was wrong. Most people don't have the impulse to say what they think.

So when you meet one, you'll know it -- if they write letters to the editor, or if they voluteered to go to the blackboard when they were students. In my day, we were the kinds of people who started underground newspapers, or who volunteered for the student radio station at college.

About about pages

I've had an About page for many years. Here's the one before this.

I always like to say what my mottos are on this page. So you know when I use them in a post it's not something casual. I'll try to list them all eventually. I know -- good luck with that!

My favorite mottos, slogans and ideas

We make shitty software, with bugs!

People return to places that send them away.

It's even worse than it appears.

Still diggin.

Let's have fun!

Only steal from the best.

Narrate your work.

Sources go direct.

Thanks to

Tim Berners-Lee for HTML and HTTP.

Chuck Shotton for teaching me how to write an HTTP server.

Adam Curry for giving me the basic idea of podcasting.

Jean-Louis Gassee for all his wisdom and slogans.

Marc Canter for being the Father of Multimedia.

John Palfrey for giving RSS 2.0 a good home at Berkman Center.

Martin Nisenholtz for letting me have the NY Times feeds.

Jay Rosen for teaching us about the Voice from Nowhere. (And authority.)

Doc Searls for being an outliner extraordinaire.

John Doerr and Gordon Eubanks for buying my first company and freeing me up to make software. (I was never meant to be a company exec.)

Guy Kawasaki for seeing Bullet Charts in my humble outliner.

Steve Jobs for "insanely great" shit like the Apple II, AppleTalk, Mac, iEverything.

Woz for the Apple II programming model, his humor, and love of freedom. It's important for techies to get that we make tools for free expression.

John Lennon for imagining peace and love and Paul McCartney for great music. This duality keeps showing up in the creative world. A person with something to prove and a partner who writes great songs.

NakedJen for being a paradox and bundle of joy in a small package with a huge spirit.

Doug Engelbart for envisioning almost everything I've spent my life creating.

Ted Nelson for writing the anthem for my generation of developers.

Coach Walsh for applying the scientific method to football.

Richard Stallman for telling it like it is.

My father for loving outlines. "Every day is father's day," he would say.

My mother for being a natural-born blogger.

The second OPML Editor community, and all previous instances of Frontier and ThinkTank communities (so many of them). This project has been going for a very long time.

Still diggin!

Posted: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 18:58:20 GMT