As I was posting a blog entry for today, I thought about how blogging swept around the web. Unlike RDF and topic maps.
One difference between blogging and topic maps is that I can type a blog entry and post it.
I have an immediate feeling of accomplishment (whether I have accomplished anything or not).
And, what I have authored is immediately available for me and others to use.
Contrast that with the “hold your left foot in your right hand behind your back with your left eye closed, squinting through an inverted coke bottle while humming Zarathustra” theoretical discussions. (I am a co-author of the reference model so I think I am entitled.)
Or the “developers know best” cult that has shaped discussions to match the oddities and priorities of a developer view of the world.
An emphasis on giving users an immediate sense of accomplishment, with results they can use immediately could lead to a different adoption curve for topic maps.
Neither the theoretical nor developer perspectives on topic maps have had that emphasis.