"When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world."
- John Goodman -
This article is about the history, function, technology, and future of @creatr's Steemit Library.
It didn't take long.
I'd only been on Steemit a month or two before it became obvious to me that the default Steemit User Interface (UI) is the pits.
you are only as good as your last article. And if your readers follow more than a dozen content creators, don't expect they'll see it. Your article has already scrolled off their feed.
As a writer here for the long haul, I find this unacceptable. I want my readers to have easy access to all my content. The payout window may have slammed shut, but my writing still has intrinsic value.
I began developing The Library last November. You can see the first version here:
February's Library was the last release.
This is because with the release of Hard Fork 17, we were supposed to be able to go back and edit older articles. You can read the entire sad story of that debacle in the "COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT" on the Library's Steemit Shelf. The library has not been updated since the end of February...
Until now, that is.
About The New Library
This week I published a prototype of my latest "vision" for a Steemit Library. My Library provides convenient access to all my Steemit articles. The Library is a "Steemit Overlay." I am using Steemit itself as a tool to make my articles more accessible to my readers.
How the Library Works
The "top-level Library file" is a graphic list of "shelves" or Library Topics, with a brief description of each. If you click on a Topic Shelf, you will be taken to an index of all articles related to that topic. From there, clicking on an article title will take you to that article.
On the "Re-Shelving" shelf at the bottom,
there are also a few links to miscellaneous individual articles.
Please, give it a try!
My ultimate aim is for you, my readers, to be able to "drill down" and find articles on whatever topic may be of interest, without having to scroll through my endless, linear Steemit UI front page.
At this point, the tech is very simple. The Library consists of one Steemit file for the Top Level index and a file for each Topic Shelf.
I'm also using a redirection service, http://rebrandly.com, to deal (at least in part) with the present problem of non-editable Steemit files. If and when I have to replace a Steemit file, I can change the link pointer at Rebrandly. I consider Rebrandly a "short-term" solution. Ideally, someone will develop a Steemit blockchain based Short URL / Redirection service.
The Future of The Library is partly up to you.
I want to know what you think of the whole idea, as well as the layout, selection of tags, and anything else that you think may be helpful.
I hope to develop some more automated tools for gathering and compiling the indices. I also expect that, as articles "pile up," I will go beyond the present "two levels" of content into Library Sub-Topics.
Of course, I desperately need to be able to edit my files in perpetuity. Without that, this set of Library files will become a checkpoint, a "proof of concept" exercise.
Are you a Steemit developer?
Please restore our ability to edit our old files. Creators need to have control over their own creations.
Are you a Steemit user?
Please help me lobby Steemit to give us our EDIT button back!
Once I can edit older posts, I will be able to keep this project Up To Date on a regular, rather than occasional, basis.
If you like this idea,
please visit @creatr's blog and support all the library files with your votes.
If you want me to be able to keep the Library up to date:
Please do whatever you can to persuade Steemit Inc. and the Steemit developers to allow us to edit our older posts. Final adoption of this tool will depend on when the Steemit "Powers That Be" enable us to edit our own work beyond the present seven day window.
Won't you please help lobby them to make that possible ASAP?
I'm happy to answer any questions.
Please leave your comment or question below. The next time the librarian is in, you will receive an answer.
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I have very eclectic interests and hope, over time, to write about them all.