March 6, 2006
UK Cabinet Minister David Miliband, tipped as a future Labour leader, is to become the first member of the British cabinet to set up a blog in which he will publish views that go beyond his ministerial brief.
The Times reports that the launch of the blog, disclosed in a leaked letter, is likely to cause concern among colleagues of the communities minister, who fear that he may encroach on their departmental territory.
March 5, 2006
Now that the hubbub and buzz about our acquisition of The Blog Herald is over, it’s time to get down to business and talk about how to move forward.
Our goal is simple: We want The Blog Herald to be the industry leading site for blog news.
In the short term, we see a few key things: a new snappy, yet classic, new design. More in-depth coverage of major events like SXSW, BlogHer, Ad:Tech, and others. Interviews of key players. And so on.
But that’s what we see. What do you want to see here at The Blog Herald?
Our questions for you:
- What should our design be like?
- What sort of news, opinion, coverage, commentary, etc, would you like to see here?
- Who would you like to see interviewed?
- Besides my nasty haircut, what do you hate about this site and insist that we improve?
- What do you really like about this site that must stay around? (Duncan likes the B in the logo and we’re going to incorporate that into the new design.. must pay homage to the founder and all that)
We look forward to your thoughts in the comments.
~~Matt & The BlogMedia, Inc. Team
Micropatronsloth Jason Kottke writes of DIY Book Publishing using the most recent example from 37signals:
37signals has published their latest book, Getting Real, as a PDF download that they are distributing themselves. After more than a day, they’ve sold over 1750 copies at $19 apiece:
If you do the math, that’s ~$33,000 in sales in one day. I don’t know what the advance would be on a book like that, but they’ve got to be approaching it, and if/when they reach that figure, the profit margin on subsequent sales will be much higher than the royalties paid by a publishing company. Interesting experiment.
I keep threatening to write an ebook about being successful in online small businesses – someone please thump me and remind me to start writing this beast….
March 4, 2006
Blog traffic exchange Blog Explosion is up for sale according to the Help Me Blog:
This is definitely not a typo or an early April Fool’€™s joke. BlogExplosion will be going up for sale next week. We will be sending out a special email early next week with full details about how we plan to sell the site.
After many long discussions over the last couple of weeks we have decided that it is time to find a company that can take BlogExplosion to the next level.
When we started BlogExplosion in October 2004 we never dreamed it would ever get this large. Starting as a simple traffic exchange and blog directory, BE has evolved into one of the largest blog communities on the internet! We think that another company is best suited to take over what we started here and continue to make BE one of the best places for bloggers to visit.
Their site & its accompanying blog and other domains have some pretty impressive statistics:
Some quick facts about BlogExplosion
– BE is approaching 50,000 members
– We have served 22 million visits via surfing blogs and millions of others across the site
– BE signs up on average 100-150 new members per day
– BlogExplosion has over 1 million listings in Google
– We are ranked #4714 on Alexa and trending in the right direction
We are selling BE as an increasingly popular site and we expect BlogExplosion to continue to grow in the future.
The recent revenue points at around $4000 or so on average for the last few months. Assuming that 12-18 months revenue is a fair price to pay, we could expect this sale to be around $48,000 – $72,000. Looking like they’re selling the site themselves as well – without a middleman….
Syntagma Media also has coverage.
Technology blog directory
Hat Tip: Chartreuse for the tip.
SyncMag interviews the IT Gigolo:
So, how long have you been a tech-support manwhore?
A few months. A friend was having trouble connecting to the Internet, this really attractive girl, and the idea just popped into my head: “Wow, it would be really nice if I could get sex for this.” I placed an ad on Craigslist that read, “WILL FIX COMPUTERS FOR SEXUAL FAVORS,” and I’ve had an overwhelming number of responses.
So, this scam actually works?
Yeah. Most of the calls I get are for spyware removal and viruses. One girl didn’t even wait for me to finish the virus scan’€”she just grabbed me and gave me a …..
Any women need some computer help in Minneapolis?
TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington has decided to suck up to Nick Douglas of Valleywag:
Generally speaking, it’€™s best to avoid being written about on Valleywag if at all possible.
My initial strategy was to ignore it (and Nick) entirely and pray for the best. Dave Winer hoped that being in Berkeley, outside of Silicon Valley, would be enough to keep him safe. Others simply tried to stay quiet.
Well, it didn’€™t work. I’€™ve been written about a few times, and sometimes ridiculed, on Valleywag (posts are here). So now I have a new policy. I’€™m going to suck up to Nick Douglas in a big way. This post is my first effort. Nick, can I take you to dinner sometime?
Apparantly, I need to read Valleywag more often if there’s this much juice on there…
The Washington Post is now serving up del.icio.us tags on all of its articles:
Washingtonpost.com is now working with Yahoo’€™s del.icio.us to offer tagging capabilities on all articles on the Washingtonpost.com site. The del.icio.us tagging addition is quite nice and an innovative way for the Post to attract more readers who use the del.icio.us tag, bookmark and search service. Likewise, the New York Times has a similar tagging partnership with Looksmart’€™s FURL bookmarking & tag solution.
Washingtonpost.com is serving up a hodgepodge of search, tagging and blogging companies with offerings like the Technorati (a Yahoo Search Marketing partner) powered ‘€œWho’€™s Blogging’€? which links to blogs that cover the post stories (a great way for blogs to attract traffic) and Google powered site search AND Google AdSense ads.
Their implementation of this on washingtonpost.com is similar to their implementation of Technorati’s link and cosmos data on the site. I expect more online newspaper versions to follow their lead in the days to come.
Lawgeek writes of a New Jersey bill that would require user identification for any poster on the internet:
Peter J. Biondi, NJ Assemblyman for District 16, has introduced A1327, a bill to force every ISP and website with comments/forums to demand user identification from every single poster (called an “information content provider” in the bill). While ostensibly an effort to stop defamation on the net, the identification requirements apply to all posters, not just those who defame others
There is no doubt that defamation is illegal, but this kind of a solution to the problem is a nightmare. There are many legitimate reasons to post anonymously online. For example, gay teens in homophobic areas often go online to ask questions anonymously about their sexual identity; sexual assault victims often seek support and recovery resources anonymously online; and patients interested in controversial procedures like abortion often need anonymity to seek medical information safely.
Beyond the obvious impact of this bill, which would clearly cause significant issues with anonymous/semi-anonymous sites like Flock Sucks and Jack of All Blogs – it would create huge privacy concerns with those attempting to converse in private on forums and similar sites about issues like addiction, sexual misfunction, rape/sexual assault, or psychological issues.
Perhaps just as onerous of a threat is the fact that many individuals will simply stop blogging. Why? Because faced with the fact that their identification would be discoverable or perhaps even made public under this law, many will refuse to write anymore online because their employer will be able to see their writings. This, of course, could lead to the inevitable Doocing.
For our blog readers in New Jersey, we would ask you to write your legislators and oppose this ignorant and stupid bill.
March 2, 2006
Five teenage girls were arrested this week for allegedly using a blog to threaten a fellow High School student they believed was going to testify against their friend in a marijuana possession arrest.
According to Greenwich Time, Greenwich High School Headmaster Al Capasso said, “These girls were extremely unhappy and posted (messages) talking about extremely derogatory and obscene language and threats,” Capasso said.
Greenwich Schools Superintendent Larry Leverett said the four Greenwich High School girls arrested were given multi-day suspensions.
“There was an exchange of threats precipitated by a disciplinary incident at the high school, and they were of a sufficient nature to raise our concern,” Leverett said.
Three of the girls, two from Greenwich and one from Stamford, all 17 years old, were arrested on warrants Monday and charged with tampering with a witness — a felony — in addition to single counts of threatening, and second-degree harassment, according to police.
On Tuesday, two more Greenwich girls, both 16, were charged with single counts of threatening, and second-degree harassment, according to police.
SEO John Scott, widely known more recently as the man behind the v7ndotcom elursrebmem SEO contest at v7n, has thrown down the gauntlet to bloggers to subvert the A-List.
Loren Baker writes at Search Engine Journal that Scott feels that the blogosphere is being controlled by a clique of A-list bloggers “who are sitting on top of their blogostools, and adding to their perceived level of divinity by playing link grabass with each other” and thinks that bloggers don’€™t link enough.
From Scott’€™s Internet-Marketing-Blog :
I challenge every blogger to post links to new blogs, unknown blogs and blogs not in the Technorati’€™s Top 100. And I’€™ll pay out a total of $10,000 to those who participate.
All I ask is that you announce on your own blog your intentions to blog about newer, less known blogs, and post your blog URL here in the comments. ( A link would be appreciated but is not required.)
In six months time, I will make a list of all the blogs participating – the ones who have followed through and blogged about unknown blogs – and I’€™ll let the readers here vote and choose a winner.
Grand prize is $3,000. The top 70 runners-up will receive $100 worth of schwag or cash or gift certificates