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On Influence – Media Interest in Blogs

On Influence – Media Interest in Blogs

Summary: Let bloggers focus on getting the content right. Delivering that
content to a large readership is another business altogether and one which media
companies are best suited to provide.

My previous post was a
rumination on whether the future for Web content creators is getting brighter, with the
increased interest in bloggers by media…

Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators?

Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators?

UPDATE 12/11/04: An interesting conversation has developed in the comments to this post, spurred on by Phil Jones who disagreed with my position. Joshua, Liam and Matt Scofield also contributed thoughtful comments that are well worth reading. I’d like to get other opinions too… do you think there is a future – finally – for writers on the Web? Or…

Living Data & The Momentum of Webfeeds

Living Data & The Momentum of Webfeeds

I’m exploring the Design for Data thread and later in this post I’m going to get arty
on ya’ll. I think tomorrow I’ll begin to investigate Atomflow, but for now
let me give you an informal overview of my thoughts so far: 

– it’s about movement of data/content (in time); not places where
data/content resides. A word that I’ve been noticing…

Design for Data III

Design for Data III

Oh boy, this gets better… check out this extract from the latest issue of Fortune magazine (hat-tip Susan Mernit):

“The latest version of MyYahoo! allows its users to create custom home pages that automatically bring up headlines from any blogs you select, using a technology called RSS (Really Simple Syndication). The software can also draw in…

Design for Data II

Design for Data II

Quick follow-up on my post from last night. Over the past week James Enck has been writing a series of posts about ‘analyst blogging’. Ross Mayfield called it a “blog-based research model” and I wrote about it too. Now to be honest I’m not too sure what a “sell-side analyst” is in the investment industry, but what James is writing about is relevant…

Design for Data: Thoughts

Design for Data: Thoughts

Nearly a month ago I left a comment on Jason Kottke’s weblog, in
response to a post about his upcoming Web 2.0 conference workshop called Design for Web
2.0. He had listed 15 questions that were to be discussed in that workshop and one in
particular caught my eye. It was:

“Right now, Web design feels like talking to the del.icio.us API…

US Elections – Global Mind

US Elections – Global Mind

My fellow bloggers: like a lot of you, I’m disappointed that Kerry lost. FWIW here are some quick thoughts from a non-US citizen:

– I watched the coverage on CNN and BBC yesterday (yes we get both tv networks in New Zealand). CNN seemed to be very cautious about predicting results… a bit like Kerry’s campaign? One piece of coverage that…

How to build a Web 2.0 company

How to build a Web 2.0 company

Jeremy Zawodny has
written a terrific post about what makes a successful Web 2.0 company. It all comes
down to ubiquity, according to Jeremy. The themes he covers dovetails with my next Web
2.0 interview (coming soon!), so I’ll review his main points here in anticipation of
that.

Jeremy starts by noting that the main computing platform in the 80’s…

Asymmetrical Analytics

Asymmetrical Analytics

Interesting line of thought inspired by Ross Mayfield’s post Blog-based Research
Model, where he talks about research services shifting “from the end analysis product
(.pdf) to the open process of research”. That is, instead of relying upon bulky and
expensive PDFs from the traditional analyst companies (Gartner and so forth), we are
seeing blogs…

The Larry King of Blog Interviews?

The Larry King of Blog Interviews?

Nothing like a Slashdotting to bring out the warm fuzzies. Marc and Lucas both have nice things to say about my interviewing style:

Marc: “The process is fascinating – an interview where you get to decide what’s talked about, an intelligent discourse happens at your pace and you even get to read it before it’s published.

This the way Interviews…

Joel’s Best Software Essays of 2004

Joel’s Best Software Essays of 2004

UPDATE 6/11/04: I decided to nominate The Fractal
Blogosphere and Evolution of Corporate Web Sites for the Best Software Essays of 2004 book that Joel Spolsky is editing. If you enjoyed either one of those articles, please leave a comment on Joel’s discussion board to support my nominations. Click here to second my Fractal nomination, or here to…

Interview with Lucas Gonze of Webjay

Interview with Lucas Gonze of Webjay

Welcome to the first in a very special series of Web 2.0 interviews I’m
conducting on Read/Write Web. My goal is to
interview at least half a dozen people in the Web community who are building or shaping
Web 2.0 – i.e. the Web as
Platform.

My first guest is Lucas Gonze, creator of the
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) web application Webjay. Lucas was an
early…

Us and Them

Us and Them

This is about as political as I’ll get here on Read/Write Web, but I couldn’t resist posting this cartoon by fellow kiwi Tom Scott. It also reminds me of the Getting paid for blogging controversy that is polarizing bloggers right now. For the record, I think it’s a worthy experiment by Marc Canter… why does everything have to be so binary?

Web 2.0 book idea update / Moneyball review

Web 2.0 book idea update / Moneyball review

This post doubles as an update of my writing goals and a short review of
Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball. First, my goals. Lately on Read/Write Web, I’ve been
exploring options for my future. eBooks and Knowledge Management
storywriting are a couple of things I’ve been researching. And one thing I passionately wrote about on this
blog was the…

Top Ten Blog Post Titles I Want To Use

Top Ten Blog Post Titles I Want To Use

It’s Friday afternoon where I live, so time for a less serious post. There’s an art to
creating good weblog post titles and most of the time I craft my post titles after
I’ve written the post. However some post titles are just too good NOT to use, because
they’re witty or amusingly cliched or just downright memorable! Here’s a list of blog
post…

Blogging as Marketplace and Ecology

Blogging as Marketplace and Ecology

Jason Kottke wrote today
that the blogging revolution will be commercialized. He said that “out of Technorati’s
top 100 most-linked weblogs, only 16 don’t feature advertising or are otherwise
noncommercial.” NB: he had some provisos on who in the top 100 really qualifies as a
blog.

There are a lot of issues to consider in Jason’s post and the only…

Feedburner and Blog-Centered Stats

Feedburner and Blog-Centered Stats

As a follow-up to my previous post, I decided to take the plunge and sign up with Feedburner (hat tip to Cristian!). Feedburner is a third-party service
that generates an enhanced RSS feed for you. What’s enhanced about it? For starters it
enables you to track RSS statistics for all RSS Aggregators (not just Bloglines).
Feedburner does much more…

Bloglines Subscriber Stats Redux

Bloglines Subscriber Stats Redux

Remember my post 3 months ago that analysed Bloglines subscriber stats? Well I thought I’d review the numbers. You can blame Seb Paquet for this 😉 Why? Because he’s just posted something on his weblog for the first time in over 3 months, which got me thinking about how his time away from blogging affected his stats. It turns out his Bloglines…

The Role of Storywriters in Organisations

The Role of Storywriters in Organisations

After my Dave Snowden grokking last week, I’ve been reading up on storytelling in KM. Bill Ives has some fantastic reading on this subject and I intend to read Steve Denning too. I was thinking this morning about how people have different niches and specialist talents. For example, I’m a better writer than I am a programmer or designer. And there…

C For Content

C For Content

Last night I proclaimed we’re in a Content Renaissance and this morning, what do I stumble across but a bunch of articles saying the very same thing! It’s either a case of ‘great minds think alike’, or there really is a content renaissance happening. 🙂 For example, Robert Scoble wrote a rah-rah article about “the content-creation trend that’s…