Sunday, July 30, 2006

Good Question


Here's another "quick hit" from earlier this year: On May 18, Westword.com’s Michael Roberts asks “Should journalists lose their naming rights online?” in “Blog Bog.” It chronicles the adventures of visitors to a Colorado political site, including Denver Post editor Bob Ewegen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Why Chip Blogs


In a Feb. 8 Poynter.org column, Poynter Institute columnist Chip Scanlan writes in his “Chip On Your Shoulder” column about itching to blog after a serious bout with depression.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A Killer Question, indeed...


In a March 17 column I uncovered recently, Vaughn Ververs of CBS’s Pubic Eye blog asked: Are bloggers operating under a separate set of rules after Huffington Post’s error in the George Clooney episode?

For those of you who may have forgotten, Huffington pieced together Clooney's quotes for an interview she posted on her blog. Only problem was she didn't tell readers.

To me, there is a universal rule -- for bloggers and journalists -- don't lie to readers.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Blogs Peak?


The Slate.com’s Daniel Gross wrote: “As a cultural phenomenon, blogs are in their gangly adolescence… But as businesses, blogs may have peaked. There are troubling signs—akin to the 1999 warnings about the Internet bubble—that suggest blogs have just hit their top.”

Interesting analysis, which Gross articulated back in February, but with the recent news reports of former journalists and others turning their popular blogs into viable businesses, I think he got a little ahead of himself. Anyway, Gross goes into more detail about his reasoning.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Eye Chart


USC’s Anneberg School of Journalism runs Online Journalism Review, which recently published a very, very informative chart on various computer programs that allow you to improve blog, podcast, ect.

Question: What online blogging tools do you use?

Does Blog Post Frequency Matter Anymore?


Blogger Eric Kintz says: Daily posts are a legacy of a Web 1.0 mindset and early Web 2.0 days [meaning 12 months ago!]. The pressure around posting frequency will ultimately become a significant barrier to the maturity of blogging.
To back up his point that blog feaquency doesn't matter, Kintz gives 10 reasons why.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Punked?


“Don’t get punked by the White House Hawks or Bloggers…” OK, CBS Evening News vet Bob Schieffer didn’t say that verbatim to the Deadline Club [NY’s Society of Professional Journalists Chapter], but that was close.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Take That!



Here's some residue from this year's NBA Championships. If you are a Miami Heat fan, it should make you chuckle. If you were rooting for the Mavs, you might shake your head.

Either way, I promise this entry has something to do with blogging journalists.

MicroPersuasion's Steve Rubel noted that Dallas Mavericks owner and blogger Mark Cuban has disabled the ability for readers to leave comments.

In a post about being called names he finishes by saying: "For the record, Im not turning on comments, they have devolved to the point where they add no value."

Question: Are blog comments worth the trouble?

Bloggers Fly the Coop

Don't ask me why but I found another blogging article from the Wall Street Journal. This time Nick Wingfield writes about how some journalists have raised money and turned their indie blogs into businesses.

Anyone remember the late 1990s when journos across the country joined the high-tech bandwagon, jumping the journalism ship to be 'content' pushers. I'm got a whiff of that era after reading this peice.

Question: Is this a viable option for journalists?

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Web-design guru on blogs and more


Been out for a minute...but I've been working on finding news on blogs.

Honest.

For instance, I ran [actually I got from Cyberjournalist.com] into this little Q-and-A the Wall Street Journal's Lee Gomes [above] did with web desginer Jakob Nielsen, who gave his two cents on all things blogs, RSS and more.

Jakob Nielsen: Certainly you can have blogs that function as newsletters, updated on a regular basis. But they don't tend to do that. They don't tend to have that same sort of publishing discipline: having a publication schedule and surveying this week's or this day's events. They could, of course, but they don't tend to.

WSJ: What you are saying is heresy to some bloggers, who insist it's very important to use blogs to have a "conversation" with customers.
Jakob Nielsen: That will work only for the people who are most fanatic, who are engaged so much that they will go and check out these blogs all the time. There are definitely some people who do that -- they are a small fraction. A much larger part of the population is not into that so much. The Internet is not that important to them. It's a support tool for them. Bloggers tend to be all one extreme edge. It's really dangerous to design for a technical elite. We have to design for a broad majority of users.