Recently i stumbled upon two blogs – or blogazines to be more accurate – that seem to have no fixed author-teams, but are filled by a large number of people that might not know each other before or have no common background so it seems.
This multi-blog or collab-blog or magazine-blog or however you want to call it, offers it’s (invited) writers a nicely styled and responsive webpage that resembles svblte.com but shows a individual logo or image. They call themselves a new kind of magazine consisting of a network of (digital) writers and want to make sharing and discovering new ideas easier.
Another example is medium.com – a really simple and beautifully designed blog. At the moment only invited authors can write but the aim of medium is to scale their number of users up. At the moment it’s like dribble or ffffound: you need to be invited to write, which makes medium.com seem somewhat exclusive but with the effect of high quality writing.
The advantage for writers seem to me the reach of medium.com – which some writers might not be able to reach with their own website. medium.com’s gain might be that some day they may add advertisement to earn some money or offer a subscription option you have to pay for (or only for the very best content or full articles).
Medium’s innovative way to comment
On medium.com i especially like the way you can add comments. Simply mark some text and press the speech-bubble – alternatively you can twitter a the marked text as a quote, which is a perfectly popular use-case for twitter.