September 19, 2008

What would you do if you were not blogging?

What would you do if you were not blogging?

Thords post made me think, like Jason Calacanis most of my “non-blogging” would most likely be classed as “almost blogging” so I might as well blog! read more

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I Don’t Think I Understand “Not Blogging” Anymore

Jason Calacanis quitting blogging was big news in the navel gazing inner blogosphere, I doubt it made such an impact outside that, but still, it is news. I have a lot of respect for Jason, and I do subscribe to his mailing list, but now I’m confused. First he switched to WordPress, and then said he wasn’t getting back to blogging:

Now hosted on WordPress for posterity, but no I’m not coming back to blogging. I’m enjoying the mailing list waaaaay to much!

Right. This is where the confusion starts. read more

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September 18, 2008

WordPress for iPhone downloaded over one hundred thousand times

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Well over 100,000 iPhone users have downloaded the official WordPress for iPhone application, according to the WordPress for iPhone blog, and based on figures Automattic has received from Apple.

The vast majority (nearly three in every five downloads) come from the US, with one in five downloads from Europe, 8% from the UK, and the rest from Canada, Japan, Australia, and other countries.

What the numbers can’t tell is how many people are actively using the software. That’s a feature which should be available to developers in a future release of the iPhone firmware, according to Steve Jobs’ keynote speech earlier in the year.

It’s also impossible to tell exactly how many times other applications have been downloaded, as Apple doesn’t divulge that information except to individual developers.

As an iPhone user, I haven’t done any serious blogging using the handset, though it’s great for some housekeeping tasks such as moderating and responding to comments, editing typos, and such like. However, 100,000 people obviously thought they’d give it a go, which must be encouraging for Automattic.

According to the blog post, version 1.2 of the WordPress for iPhone application will include landscape mode, comment moderation, enhanced image options, and other tweaks. It should be available in the next few weeks.

100,000 and Counting (via Sitepoint)

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Top 3 Reasons Why Video Blogging Won’t Make It Big

Video blogging is never going to make it big for me, and neither are podcasts. Text content is king.

Now, why would I say that? Really, what’s wrong with heralding the video blog as blog 2.0 (or whatever version we’re at), and push the podcast as the 1.5 or something. I can give you 3 reasons why video won’t beat text, why the spoken word online can’t do a real battle with the written word. read more

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September 17, 2008

WordPress Wednesday News: WordPress 2.7 Final Features, WTC Plugin Contest Winners, WordCamps, Surveys, and More

WordPress 2.7 features are now announced and set. Weblog Tools Collection announced their WordPress Plugin Contest winners. WordPress wants your input on the the new WordPress 2.7 interface. Smashing Magazine toasts WordPress development resources. And there are so many WordCamps, you can plan vacations around them. Why not?

WordPress News

What’s Really Going to be in WordPress 2.7? No more beating around the bush. Ryan Boren has pulled the curtain off WordPress 2.7 features to prepare us all for the upcoming release. They include the new “crazyhorse” WordPress Administration Panels interface, a new Write Post Panel that allows dragging and dropping of meta boxes so you can rearrange your writing surface, the ability to hide columns on the content index pages, inline editing of posts and Pages on the new content index pages, comments XMLRPC API, sticky posts, automatic WordPress Plugin installation and integrated Plugin browser, HTTPOnly auth cookies, and much more.

The MOST exciting features are the ability to automatically upgrade WordPress and the total revamping of the Comments Panel to include replying to comments, keyboard shortcuts (hot keys) for managing comments, and threaded comments to help you keep track of the conversation.

Expect an announcement any day on the Development Updates and other WordPress development sources that major testing of these core features will commence as WordPress developers move closer to the release candidates (alpha versions).

Want a Say in the WordPress 2.7 Administration Panels Interface? In announcements on the WordPress Development Blog and on WordPress.com, WordPress users are invited to participate in a survey to have your say on how the navigation options on the WordPress 2.7 Administration Panels interface (UI) should look and work. read more

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Blog World Expo This Weekend: The Best of Blogging

Blog World Expo is in Las Vegas this weekend, September 20-21, 2008. I’m going to be there with , Layered Tech, and , and from the look of the Conference Schedule, so is everyone else.

The list of Exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year is incredibly diverse. So many companies want to reach out to bloggers, and so many blog, social media, and web technologies are popping up everywhere – it’s going to be interesting to learn what’s hot, what’s not, and what will be the future of the web.

Some of the exhibitors I hope to meet up with include: read more

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Blogs as a Source of Links

Since Google slammed bought links, more and more webmasters have been scrambling around for a solution. Maybe not to replace their paid links, but to make their linking more natural in appearance, and definitely more scalable and sustainable. As an online marketing consultant I get paid well when called on to help out with this, but I am going to give you one solution for free. read more

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September 16, 2008

ShoZu: One iPhone App To Rule Them All? (Review)

If there was one company determined to dominate the mobile blogosphere, it would have to be ShoZu. Connecting with almost 350 different mobile devices, ShoZu is enabling bloggers (regardless of their phone type) to post from their phone (and away from their computer).

But what sets ShoZu apart is not how many mobile platforms one can blog from, but rather how many blog platforms one can blog to.

ShoZu connects to not only the traditional platforms (such as Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, LiveJournal, and Windows Live Spaces) but also the unfamiliar (like Netlog, freewebs, Multiply and even Six Apart’s Vox.com).

While ShoZu has always had an iPhone app for users to test out since the birth of the app store, I decided to give it a second look after hearing about the numerous improvements regarding this iPhone app (with most of them being positive). read more

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Blog Networks in a Tough Economy: Adapt or Starve

b5media Blog Network Team 2007

The U.S. and Canada are going through hard economic times. You knew that, right?

And you probably knew that blog networks, like all businesses, thrive or perish according to their ability to respond to changes in the economies in which they operate.

But what you maybe didn’t know is the extent to which the current economic struggles of Canada and the U.S. are affecting the blog networks you visit on a daily basis – Gawker, b5media, Federated Media, Splashpress (which owns this blog) and Weblogs, Inc., to name a few. read more

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Baseball Stars Set to Blog on TV

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Football season might be under way, but there’s still plenty of baseball to be played. Hence the $65 million Major League Baseball ad campaign, “There’s only one October.”

You might have thought that your favorite major leaguer does nothing but spend hours at the batting cage. But there are several professional athletes who are working out a new muscle group, mainly, their fingertips.

New television ads will feature Torii Hunter, Mark Teixeira, Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, Kosuke Fukudome and Aramis Ramirez. You’ll get an up-close look of each player blogging, all in an effort to build up hype for the upcoming playoffs.

Expect Jeff Foxworthy, Randy Jackson, Stewie from Family Guy and several other FOX personalities to make an appearance as well.

According to MLB, many players are “computer savvy and either participate in or are blog readers.”

Glad to see it’s not just for geeks anymore.

Next up: Carpal Tunnel putting the pros on the DL? Doubtful.

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