June 30, 2006

Is Pubsub dead?

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Dave Winer thinks so:

I’m sitting next to John Furrier at Gnomedex and he says he heard from Bob Wyman last night that PubSub has shut down and their engineers have found jobs at other companies.

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Is Your Blog FUBAR?

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FUBAR is military slang going way back. It means Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. Certainly we don’t like blogs that are FUBAR. And neither does Brian Clark from Copyblogger who offers prescriptions to common mistakes made by bloggers when growing their blog.

Actually, while reading through his 5 scenarios, the #5 item rang true for me:

5. Do you write for search engines instead of people?

Your blog is suffering from “robotitis,� an affliction characterized by boring, keyword stuffed content that serves only to fill the blank spots between AdSense ads. If you actually hope to sell something, you need emergency attention, fast.

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Performancing moves Ad Network into Beta

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Performancing has moved their up and coming ad network into a beta phase, according to a recent post.

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June 28, 2006

Syntagma Media Design Concepts in the Toilet

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Syntagma Media, the blog network that thinks big and acts small, has rolled out “design tweaks” to their main blog. I think John and the folks over there need to talk to a designer and at least get back to a basic standard of normalcy in their design concepts. Why do I say that?
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Blog Tools Galore

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Darren Rowse has been doing a great job aggregating all the various blog tools out there the last few days. There are really some great ones that I had never heard of.

It strikes me that so many people are so polarized on so many different “things” regarding blogging, though. Qumana vs. Ecto. Adsense vs. YPN. WordPress vs. Movable Type (Guilty as charged!). Have we lost the forest through the trees. Is blogging still about writing and writing passionately? Or is it a war of competing methods?

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June 27, 2006

How I Blog: Aaron Foley

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This is the 25th post in our “How I Blog” series. To read the rest, visit the archives. Interested in participating? Drop us a note about ‘How I Blog’ along with a photo or yourself or your blogging space at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz.

Aaron Foley

I decided long ago that I’ll never make a living blogging. I’m just not that interested in blogging about digital cameras, search engine optimization or web 2.0. I blog simply for the fun of it.

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In Order to Blog, You Must Have a Computer

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It’s been a few days since I was able to put anything meaningful on the net. I often have opportunity at work to write quick entries here or there, keep content flowing smoothly, respond to readers comments etc. During a good week, I even have a chance to read other blogs. ;) Mostly, I blog at home though.

On Sunday afternoon, during the hurricane that wasn’t, I was calmly sitting at my desk creating an entry for That Damn PC. At the time, there was no storm a’dumping, but it was dark and ominous – as it has been for 3 days now. Then it happened.
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June 26, 2006

How I Blog: Hot Johnny

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This is the 24th post in our “How I Blog” series. To read the rest, visit the archives. Interested in participating? Drop us a note about ‘How I Blog’ along with a photo or yourself or your blogging space at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz.

John Flowers, Blogger.

For me, blogging begins after about the fourth beer on a Friday night. In Fibonacci fashion, at zero hour, I down one and then one more until IÂ’ve told two people three things I shouldnÂ’t have. And then after five more drinks itÂ’s 8 am and IÂ’ve got 13 cents to my name (and so on and so on).

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Jon Watson dishes on Linux World Net

We sat down virtually this weekend with Jon Watson, the head of the Linux World Net blog network – focused on Linux. Here’s Jon’s dish:

Tell us a little bit about yourself and Linux World Net.

Well, Linux World Net is a new network of Linux-centric blogs. There are a lot of great Linux resources out there, but as far as I can see, there’s no single stopping point for a wide variety of Linux information. Hence, Linux World Net – a single resource for topics like gaming, security, new user tips, development, business, news, FUD removal, and whatever else the guys come up with each day. At any given time, the current network blogroll can be seen at any Linux World Net blog, but The Kernel is the main source of network information.

As for me, I think I’m best described as a Linux enthusiast. I’ve written articles for Linux Magazine, Linux Journal, Linux World, and Sitepoint; been interviewed (mostly about podcasting); and spoken at the recent Calgary Linux User’s Group Linuxfest. I keep a love-me page at jonwatson.ca about if anyone can stomach it.

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Where are you headed with Linux World Net this year?

All the way to Christmas, baby!

No, seriously…Originally, I wanted to launch with a dozen blogs and then build up to 20 by the end of the year. As it turned out, we launched with 6 blogs and have recently just launched our 10th which, upon reflection, makes perfect sense. The bulk of my network blogging experience comes from my work as Tech Channel Editor for b5 Media which is very broad in scope. It took me a few weeks to realize that Linux World Net is a different kettle of fish. Since we’re specifically Linux related, I needed bloggers who are not only willing and able to write, but also have a fair bit of technical experience in their fields. It’s easy to find people with technical skill and it’s easy to find people that can write. Finding people with a nice mix of that was the challenge.

I see Linux World Net maxxed out at about 20 blogs. I mean, how many distinct topics can you really make out of Linux? I’m always open to new ideas, but hitting the 20 blog mark by the end of the year is our goal at the moment.

Why a linux blog network?

As I alluded to earlier, nobody’s doing it. There are lots of people out there doing great work in the Linux space (guys like Jeremy over at Linux Questions and Mark Rais over at Really Linux are two that come to mind) but no single network providing a good range of Linux information.

At first I thought that it might be fun to try and join some of the existing sites under a single banner, but as I started the ball rolling it became apparent that there were potential Linux bloggers out there that were willing to start new blogs rather than bring in existing ones. That just fanned the fire even more by showing that there was excitement behind the idea of a Linux blog network and the momentum started rolling from there.

One of the things that I’m really enjoying that I didn’t see coming is our network-wide mega-feed. Each blog has their own feed, obviously, but we recently created a single network-wide feed as well. I’ve started reading that feed rather than the individual blog feeds recently and it’s quite enjoyable. Because the entries show up in the mega feed in chronological order rather than in blog order, each entry jumps into a different area of Linux. It’s a great way to get a quick fix.

Do you worry that focusing in such a niche area that you may be limiting your audience?

I hope so. Our audience is supposed to be limited.

Linux has many, many faces. In some areas like the enterprise service space, Linux does very well. In other areas such as home/desktop use, there are some challenges still. A Linux user isn’t your typical computer user. In general, Linux users are computer enthusiasts and many are also concerned with the freedoms that Free sofware brings with it. The vast majority of computer users aren’t concerned with their computing freedoms and don’t have the desire to tinker with their system. Therefore, the vast majority of computer users aren’t our target readers. Did that makes sense?

I grew up a slackware fan, switched to Redhat on my desktop, and then moved on to Debian for my servers. What’s your favorite distribution?

First off, my condolences. You’re going to get killed for publicly stating that you left Slack. Rule number one: Nobody leaves Slack!!

I’ve always been partial to Debian-based distros. The first box I ever put together was a Debian 3.0 box in my basement to run an online BBS running MBSEBBS. It grew into my brutally TOS-violating web and mail server and ran happily for about a year. I then got ‘Boing Boinged’ one day and it became obvious that my ISP was going to notice this guy with 50,000 hits a day streaming through port 80. So I shut it down before they made me. That and the chewing gum that was holding the box together started to dry out.

During that time I had messed around with trying to get Linux running on my Inspiron 1000 laptop. I finally got Fedora Core 2 running on it and that’s what I started podcasting about Linux. I upgraded to FC 3 which broke my sound so I started shopping around for another distro. I settled on Kanotix (Debian-based) for quite a while and then eventually gave into the lure of Kubuntu with 5.10. I’m still running Kubuntu 6.06 on my Inspiron 9400 and am quite happy with it.

How do you feel about what some are calling the ‘Death of the Blog Networks’?

I think it’s rather dramatic. Blog networks are dying like email is
dying. Yawn…

Wake me up when the circle-jerk stops.

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Paid Content takes VC Funding

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Paidcontent, run by Rafat Ali, has accepted VC funding:

The biggest step till now was me deciding to go full time with the blog, back in early 2003. This tops that:

The news: ContentNext Media, the parent company of our three sites – paidContent.org, MocoNews.net and ContentSutra — has received its first round of investment from Alan Patricof’s new venture firm Greycroft Partners. The amount is not being disclosed.

Congratulations to Rafat and his team!

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