Experiments with the Jux Blogging Platform

There’s a new blogging site in town, jux.com, and it is worth a look.

Jux provides an interesting, new approach to blogging. I’ve started experimenting with it and you can see the results at digitalimagemaker.jux.com.

What makes Jux interesting for photographers is the approach with images. The idea is to make them full screen or full window, so putting your images front and centre.

My first post was to take some images of butterflies I had short in infrared and add captions to create a sort of motivational text with the images. This works in a slideshow display that puts the images front and centre.

I have to say I like Jux so far. It is free at present and even hooking up your own domain is free, again at present. I don’t think they have a revenue model really worked out yet and so this could change in future, but I doubt it. It is really hard to take away something people have been getting for free without having them abandon you in droves. So I expect their revenue model to apply with new features or some cap on storage and bandwidth, for example.

Jux offers a number of different types of posts and more seem to be added occasionally.

Jux also works fully on the iPad, so swipes and such behave as you would expect. It is a great way for photographers to get stuff on the iPad.

So I’m impressed with it so far and will continue to roll out personal projects on The Digital ImageMaker on Jux. Give it a go yourself.

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4 Responses to “Experiments with the Jux Blogging Platform”

  1. Aidan FeldmanDecember 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Hey Wayne-
    Glad you’re trying out Jux – we saw and loved that slideshow even before reading this blog post! In any case, I can pretty much guarantee we won’t ever charge for any features we currently provide for free. We may go with the freemium model in the future and charge for advanced features, but it’s important to us that anyone can make great content on the site for free. Thanks for the writeup!

    Developer @ Jux

    • Wayne CosshallDecember 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      Great to know you guys are actively looking at the discussion. Thanks re my slideshow.

  2. Ted Metcalfe (@juxdotcom)December 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks for the writeup. As you hypothesize, Jux has zero plans to charge for what the typical (or even slightly atypical) individual would want.

    We are thrilled by the diversity and power of the photography on Jux. The platform attempts to serve as a space — for exhibition and observation — rather than a mere tool. And the equal treatment of words adds to the usual dignified silence of portfolios.

    We’re always keen for feedback. Happy Juxing!

    • Wayne CosshallDecember 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      Thanks Ted. I’m looking forward to putting much more content up on my Jux blog.

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