Public Service Announcement
Just a thought from 26 September 2003 about .

As always, we're happy to be mentioned, but let's just be clear on this:

Fray. Is not. A blog.

Fray comes from 1996, before the word "weblog," before the vast sums of cash being driven around in dump trucks for anyone with a business plan, before the hype about portals, about community, about VRML.

No, wait. VRML was first.

I suppose I'm to blame. I added Storyblog to the site a while back to link to outside stories. Perhaps I confused the more slow-moving journalists. Sorry about that. My bad.

Just for future reference, then: Storyblog is a section of Fray in a weblog format. A weblog format is short pieces of content, in reverse-chronological order, updated frequently. Fray is magazine about personal storytelling that features stories up to 3,000 words long and is published monthly at best. I think the difference is obvious.

Believe it or not, there were personal websites before the age of the blog. And for those of us fogies born in that era of web history, the confusion of the word "weblog" with the word "website" is as annoying as it is perplexing.

Now I know how my geeky mentors felt when they lectured be about confusing "net" and "web." These kinds of distinctions are felt passionately, if only by a certain few.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “Public Service Announcement” that I wrote on 26 September 2003.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “Ten Days and Counting” on 24 September 2003. After this, I wrote “How it works” on 28 September 2003.

Ten Days and Counting
You gonna be there too? Say so!...
24 September 2003

How it works
28 September 2003

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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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