LATELY — 30 November 1999

The Advantages of Working from Home and ... a Project!

The good thing about working from home is that if you (say) decide you want go outside and blow soap bubbles for ten (or even fifteen) minutes–you can!

I’ve been think­ing about start­ing an on-line mag­a­zine similar to theoriginalsoundtrack and McSweeney’s. Recently, it oc­curred to me that though the web is a medium very much suited to col­lab­o­ra­tion and co-operation, not much of it ac­tu­ally goes on. Instead, most people–and this in­cludes me–spend hours each week tidying and dusting their per­sonal sites. I think some­thing really great could come to be if a handful of people got to­gether and made a magazine.

What would this mag­a­zine contain? Pretty much everything: opinions, reviews, rants, fiction, non-fiction, photographs, poetry … the one exception: lists of links–the web has enough weblogs! Also, I don’t agree with the folks at Teeth mag­a­zine who say that the web “should be in­ter­linked as much as possible”. The web makes col­lab­o­ra­tion easy and pub­lish­ing cheap; it also offers a worldwide, and prac­ti­cally lim­it­less audience: these are the at­trib­utes I want to make use of, not the ability to link to every­thing in sight.

What do you think? mjs@beebo.org.

[Haiyan has alerted me to bootyquake, another magazine.]