An experiment in writing in public, one page at a time, by S. Graham, I. Milligan, & S. Weingart

The First Day

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 We launched this project in public on Monday. You might be interested to know what we’ve learned already about the potentials and perils of writing in public.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 First, some statistics. WordPress stats reports 367 views on Monday. Google analytics reports 139 unique visitors making 627 pageviews, and roughly 3 pages/visit. I don’t know how Google does the math, but that seems to be quite a good rate. We had 89 mentions and retweets on Twitter (according to NodeXL, searching for the url). Here’s a live search right now, which gives a sense of where we’re reaching.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 And now, for some lessons. Pushing material up on the blog out-of-eventual-sequence makes for a fractured reading experience. That sounds like something you’d file under ‘duh’, but we perhaps didn’t appreciate the extent, if initial comments coming in are any indication. That said, it does give us an opportunity to rethink how the overall structure of this work will come together, the things that we are taking for granted or haven’t made explicit enough. It is rare I think for academics at any stage to read a book from start to finish, so perhaps this lesson will help us craft a better book that allows for dipping in to suit the reader’s needs.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Another lesson: just because everything works on our machines, doesn’t mean it’ll work out there in the wild (again, something you’d think we’d know already). It turns out that one of our plugins (a recaptcha) didn’t play nice with the others once we’d deactivated the invisibility cloak. If you tried to leave a comment on day 1, this is why you couldn’t for a while. My fault. We also discovered that our automatic backup plugins wouldn’t work with the disability cloak activated!

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