Liveblogging: Blogging and Journalism

Om MalikThis session is presented by Om Malik, well known blogger from GigaOM.

There’s a big misconcpetion about the difference between blogging and journalism. I disagree with Om as he defines blogging as a personal genre. Perhaps thats the misconeption for those of us who do professional or niche blogging that what we do is actually more journalism than anything else.

Quote of the day:

If you can write something in 1000 words, why write it in 2000? If you can write it in 1000 words, you can write it in 500 words. If you can write it in 500 words, you can write it in 200 words. Those 200 words have to be the best quality words that convey the message.

The photo above was taken by Scott Beale (Laughing Squid).

Blog Architecture Session

I did not have a chance to live blog the last session because, hey, I was hosting the session. The topic was Blog Architecture and how we can drive more traffic deeper into a blog. Good times. It was the first session of that sort that I ran and so I had no idea how it would go, but the conversatio took off.

I started the session describing some of the stuff I’ve been wrestling with over at Technosailor as well as the wholesome argument about tags and categories.

Liveblogging: State of the Word


dsc00069.jpgMatt Mullenweg presenting State of the Word (keynote).

Matt thanks the people who have made this happen and thanks the sponsors.

When WordPress got started two years ago, as a fork of b2evolution, WordPress has come a long way. WordPress 1.5 was downloaded 700k times. WordPress 2.0 has been downloaded over a million times. Matt thanks the people who have submitted patches, plugins, themes and forum support. Such a great community… er, he used the term ecosystem. Good choice of words.

As we progress, there is so much that everyone wants that is specific for them. The key is to keep the core light so many different avenues can be pursued for various purposes.
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LiveBlogging: Blog Promotion and Writing a Compelling Blog

Chartreuse is in da house! W00t W00t!

What is “Compelling”? He is taking questions about what is compelling… in a movie… in a TV show… in a song. What makes things compelling? An emotional response?

Chartreuse is as compelling, pardon the pun, in person as he is on his blog. He is a natural speaker, really has a great knack for capturing the attention of people, and communicating his heart in an incredible way. It’s hard to document it.

Continuing on with the “What makes something compelling”… Personalize it. Everyone is all about vanity. How does it affect ME? How can a blog about vending affect me? Can it motivate me to read because it affects ME?

This is a great point and the more I think about it, it makes sense.

Oh, 100 point bonus to Chartreuse for using the word “esoteric” in a sentence. :)

WordCamp Liveblogging: Widgets

Photo Courtesy of Scott Beale (Laughing Squid)”

Greetings from WordCamp! So far there’s quite a few people here. Some great stuff happening here.

The first session just began. Andy Skelton, fabled Automattic developer, is presenting on the topic of WordPress Widgets.

Widgets give bloggers the ability to drag and drop widgets, or modules, and modify the way sidebars are displayed. More to come.
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Destination WordCamp

Tomorrow morning I’ll be leaving for San Francisco and will be liveblogging WordCamp here at Blog Herald. I have posted my planned agenda over on my blog but welcome input and feedback on what you the readers want to “virtually sit in on”. Let me know.

And if you plan on being in SF tomorrow through Sunday, drop me a line at emmensetech [at] gmail [dot] com.

Blogging NFL Training Camps

Here in the United States, the most important part of the year is upon us. In fact, the most important part of the year is not Christmas (well not for Christmas’ sake, anyway). It’s not the Fourth of July. It’s not Thanksgiving Day (Again, it partially is because of typical post-banquet festivities which include pigskins and gridirons). No, the most important time of the year in the United States is the beginning of football season.

Training camps started for most of the NFL teams this past week and bloggers are covering their team camps nicely. Here are some links from around the league:
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WordPress 2.0.4

WordPress 2.0.4 has been released and it addresses a number of issues that were in previous 2.x releases. Recommend immediate download and upgrade.

Another Notable Blogger Resigns

For those of you in political blogging circles, you may know Paul from the popular conservative (non-U.S. readers read: right-wing) political blog Wizbang. Wizbang began with humble beginnings in April of 2003 and has been somewhat of a force since then.

Paul is “hanging up his cleats” as they say in the sports world due to blogging burnout, and the viciousness of readers – especially in politics:
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SixApart launches MovableType 3.3 (and the crowd went silent)

MovableType officially launched MT 3.3 today (somehow I thought they had already done this but perhaps it was a beta release), and the enhancements are rather underwhelming from my reading of it. I feel like this is a browser war all over again, but really, MT is not offering anything “new” to the blogging world with this release. In fact, WordPress has had the capability of these announced changes for quite some time now:
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