xml.com has been around for a long time now, and for a most of that time was considered to be one of the best information sources about XML technologies. It published articles and news and was very focused on people not just interested in XML applications, but in XML technologies. I wrote a few articles for xml.com, and the feedback was always good and clearly indicated that the readers of xml.com were highly knowledgeable and interested in all things XML.
Earlier this year, I joined the xml.com blogging team, and because I am blogging about XML anyway,
it was an attractive way for me to get better visibility for my
XML-related blogging. Shortly after I joined xml.com, it was announced
that O'Reillly, the owner of xml.com, wanted to overhaul their complete
blogging and news infrastructure, including xml.com. Industry-strength
buzzwords were wielded, announcing to get rid of
silos by using
Since then, things have been going downhill. xml.com looks abandoned (the articles on there do not even have a time stamp), the site's feed has not been updated for the past two months, the new xml-related page, based on the new tagging system, does not even have a feed associated with it, has completely lost the appearance of an edited site, and on the back-end there are unclear processes about how to tag, how articles are being published, and how articles are being selected for greater exposure. By default, articles are instantly published on oreilly.com/blogs, but I still haven't figured out how URIs are assigned. My articles, for example, all get broadcast.oreilly.com URIs, and to me that just does not sound very good.
On the upside, the new site now has author-specific feeds (mine is http://broadcast.oreilly.com/erik-wilde/atom.xml), but they do not seem to be linked anywhere, my author page for example does not link to that feed. Or is this my new author page? But it does not have the bio on it... very likely, nobody really knows...
Why am I writing this? I am really interested to figure out how many
people are still reading xml.com and are still caring about it. Please
speak up, xml.com was a great information resource and instead of
completely dissolving it, maybe it can be kept alive! For me, for
example, for all practical purposes as a reader, xml.com has been dead
for the past two months, because I read the feed, which is dead. How
are you reading this? On the xml.com Web site ? On the xml.oreilly.com Web site? If through a feed, which one and how did you find it?