Beginnings

Indeed, this is just the beginning of “blogs.adobe.com”:http://blogs.adobe.com/, and it is therefore not surprising that we have only a few blogs with about as many entries. But, I personally favour this approach rather than keeping “blogs.adobe.com”:http://blogs.adobe.com/ under wraps and attempting to prime it with content.

I’ve been working towards the launch of “blogs.adobe.com”:http://blogs.adobe.com/ for some time, along with a diverse virtual team, and at least for the very near term I will continue to have a role in the care and feeding of the site. Over the coming weeks I fully expect to discover issues and areas for improvement — please let me know either via comments or “email”:mailto:gavin.mckenzie@adobe.com if you spot something that isn’t working or have a suggestion. Suggestions for types of blogs that you wish to see are encouraged as well.

Now, some important information about commenting. Currently all comments on the blogs are queued for approval by the owner of the blog, so expect a delay from the moment of submitting your comment to when it appears on the blog. That delay of course will vary among the individual blog owners, and I hope they will inform their readers when they expect to be away from their blog due to work commitments, travel, etc.

And with this, the ritual of the first blog entry is over, for me.

10 Responses to Beginnings

  1. Joe Lencioni says:

    Congratulations on the blogging movement. I hope that this will become a good resource for Adobe and it’s customers.

  2. Cris says:

    I was waiting for this… congratulations.

  3. What will the criteria be for comment approval?There is a lot of “sensitivity” in the online blogger community regarding corporate censorship of comments (or blog entries for that matter) that might be unfavourable to the company.I am curious as to what Adobe’s policy will be on this, since a heavy-handed approach will limit the usefulness of the blogs to your customers.Thanks.

  4. Andrzej,I recognize the sensitivity, and I personally agree that blogs aren’t truly useful unless the communication is two-way and open.Today I’m heading off to the Blog Business Summit and read the recent entry there on "The importance of your blog comment strategy".The goal is for our bloggers to approve comments that are on-topic, not spam, and not malicious. We certainly expect comments that take a position contrary to the blogger, such is the nature of blogging and this is a vitally important ingredient in establishing a credible blogging program.The motivation for the current moderation of comments is twofold. First, our bloggers will continue represent a wide range of experience with blogging and bear a responsibility for the content on their blogs (including comments). Second, and this is a technical issue, the manner in which we’ve deployed Movable Type separates the application’s public interfaces (such as the comment CGI) from the rest of the application that manages the blog content, conducts rebuilds, and publishes content. In a typical deployment of Movable Type a comment submission can immediately result in a rebuild/publish cycle, but given our distributed deployment this functionality isn’t currently present. We’re working on reconnecting these components though, so that we have the option to adjust our comment strategy in the future, such as choosing to auto-approve registered commenters at the discretion of the blog owner.

  5. Keith Peters says:

    This is fantastic. I am Macromedia Flash developer, and an active member in the Macromedia/Flash community. One of the really wonderful things about that company is its openness and high level of communication between senior members of the corporation and the end users. It was one of the things that has made the community so great and the thing I feared losing the most in the upcoming merger. This move makes me feel very comfortable about the future.

  6. It’s good to see Adobe finally come into the blog world. Hopefully this will enable more interactivity among Adobe and their customer base and perhaps better inform product development to meet our needs.Best regards,Bryan

  7. Congratulations for Blogging…;)Corporate Blog… Yippeee…

  8. I am impressed that Adobe is essaying the blog-o-verse (is this a word?), and was reminded by this page to install Adobe Reader, which I came to understand during the process is the new name for Acrobat Reader, version 7.3.During the process I was astonished to find that I had to first download the 7.0 version, and then apply three separate setups to bring the whole thing up to buffer-overflow safety.The 7_03 gave me the helpful message “no qualifying product installed”, which confused me quite a bit, but of course since I work as a software developer eventually I was able to figure it out.I’m not at all resentful, I basically love Adobe products but after the amount of time I’ve spent you can bet I won’t be pressing that ugly pink button that says “try the full version of Acrobat for free,” at least not anytime soon.

  9. Welcome in the blogosphere guys and congratulations for joining the conversation, I wish all the best for your blogging community.

  10. Hey Gavin. Not only are you an inaugural Adobe blogger, but you’re a Canada-based, Newton-toting, Xforms-evanglizing, Adobe blogger. Welcome, and all that.