February 27, 2007
There’s been a long discussion for a week now on Wisdump on why Blog Networks Failed which branched out at 901am with the reasoning that blog networks don’t seem to be paying their bloggers enough. Jeremy Wright took it a bit personal, wrote “Do we pay our bloggers enough?“, and was a little frustrated that outsiders are always criticizing b5media without an inkling of suggestion for improvement or an alternative solution of some sort.
I’d like to break the ice and offer a possible solution from how I see it in the perspective of a network blogger. read more
Tags: Blog Networks, Opinion, Professional Blogging
January 29, 2007
When it comes to marketing your companies image as “good,” Microsoft seems to fail miserably within this department. It seems that Microsoft, upset about certain inaccuracies within Wikipedia, is paying blogger Rick Jelliffe to sift through and correct the “technical errors” that appear on everyone’s favorite Wiki. Is it me, or does anybody sense a potential conflict of interest here?
Tags: Bloggers, Ethics, Microsoft, Opinion, Social Media, Wikipedia
January 23, 2007
I recently ran across a brilliant article that might help us all improve our blogging and blogging experience. The title was titillating and I knew it would solve my problems, but it took a while to find the blog content. When I did, I had to weigh a very important decision.
Is the content in the article worth the advertising assault on the eyes?
I wanted to write about the article. I wanted to promote it to my readers to let them know I’d found a worthy treasure. I wanted them to take time from their busy schedule to seek out this treasure and learn and grow from digesting the wisdom in the article. Yet…
My eyes hurt scanning the page looking for the words of wisdom I knew would be there. I had to poke and scroll around looking for the magic words. Finally I found them, under 6 rows (and 8 ads) between the header and the content.
Tags: Blogging, Opinion, Professional Blogging
January 18, 2007
I wish I could blame the Time Magazine Person of the Year 2006, but the problem is older than Time putting YOU on the cover. The problem just seems to be getting larger. It’s awfully easy for folks to think that the universe begins and ends with them. You can pick out the folks I mean by the stars in their eyes and the ME in their conversations.
Nan S. Russell gives a model of this “universal human being.”
I realized Stan wasn’t listening. He didn’t care what I had to say; he was waiting for his turn to talk. And talk he did, monopolizing the table’s conversation with his back-patting soliloquy.
Well, Tom Anderson of MySpace seems to think so.
In an interview with Germany’s Spiegel, he and Chris De Wolfe offer a few ideas about where MySpace has come from, how it has become an important part of youth culture, and answers a few hard questions about where its going around the world (nowhere fast).
When asked about how it has affected popular culture, Mr. Anderson had this to say:
Tags: Blog Design, MySpace, Opinion
January 15, 2007
Bloggers, Webloggers, Web 2.0 users (or whatever you call them) are celebrating the life of one man who has impacted the United States more than many of the nation’s leaders before and after his lifetime.
Tags: Bloggers, Opinion
January 11, 2007
You’ve heard about the term, I’m sure. And we’ve published quite a few posts here on the Blog Herald citing the benefits (and pitfalls) of citizen journalism. This is perhaps one oft-cited reason why some personalities from the mainstream media abhor blogs and bloggers. It seems that bloggers–most of whom are not trained in the art and science of reportage–are now encroaching upon the territory of journalists. Sometimes, bloggers are even getting the upper hand. read more
Tags: Blogging, New Media, Opinion
I don’t watch talk television. I don’t listen to talk radio. I don’t go to blogs that sit heavily on one side of a cause. I like my intellectual arguments, respectful, thorough, and balanced. But more and more what I see everywhere I look are two sides trying to be so opposite that they’re almost becoming the same. It’s worse than boring. It’s stifling, and at the same time amazing.
I’ve picked up negative comments removed the names and played them back to people I know have a stand. Folks on both sides of an issue have claimed the comments describe their opponent perfectly. Each side is saying the same things over and over. It’s proof that something wrong is going on. Don’t they know?
January 10, 2007
Anyone from outside the UK may never have heard of The Daily Mail newspaper, nor one of its columnists, Keith Waterhouse.
Back in the days when print was King, and email was but a rich man’s plaything, we Brits only had to concern ourselves with reading this man’s ramblings if we physically picked up a copy of the sensationalist newspaper and read his column for ourselves.
Now he’s loose on the Internet, and he’s not keen on bloggers. read more
Tags: Bloggers, Opinion
January 5, 2007
What makes blogs and bloggers prone to blogfights? Wired just ran a story on the best blogfights of 2006 and I’m sure most of us are aware of at least one of those listed. Remember Kevin Rose vs. Jason Calacanis?
But what really brings bloggers to quarrel? read more
Tags: Bloggers, Blogging, Opinion