Will Structured Blogging Work?
I didn't discover this when I blogged about it earlier because I found no mention of it on Tekriti's site, the company behind the initiative and assumed it's not released yet. I should have known better and Googled it.
Looks like others have the same concerns about it taking off as I do. See, Structured Blogging Will Flop. I haven't lost hope though. It seems to me that this needs a massive push from the top-down to succeed. I think Tekriti should be talking to Six Apart, Google (Blogger) and guys at WordPress and LiveJournal.
It'll be impossible to succeed with a bottom up approach (as a downloadable plug-in) because of lack of user incentive at the onset (see recent download stats). Incentive will come when a big bunch of people start using it and it gathers critical mass making it really useful for a searcher (by making information more findable) and therefore the blogger (by bringing in more traffic). If the top five blogging platforms adopt Structured Blogging making it an inbuilt but optional feature, it has the potential to be big.