The quality British paper The Guardian has gone blogging mad in the lead up to Christmas with a number of quality articles and pieces on blogging and a full Special Report page dedicated to the subject.. Featured once again this year is the British blog awards 2003, with the Guardian Team featuring some excellent examples of Blighty blogging such as Call Centre Confidential: the tales of a Team Leader in a Call Centre which we can definitely relate to, which reads in a similar fashion to the excellent British comedy “The Office”. The Guardian also features new blog related articles from Rebecca Blood: The revolution should not be eulogised and Jane Perrone: Weblog heaven, along with reviews, views and new beginners guides for blogging wannabes. The Guardian continues to lead the way amongst the traditional English press in covering blogging, and its content and context should be used as an example to other outlets of the potential of the blogging revolution.
The Book Blog is offering a new tool to predict the gender of an author. Cut and paste the content of a blog entry into the tool and fire away! you may even be a gender bender!
Mark Glaser at OJR has capped off a fine year of writing with a look back at 2003 and what’s on the horizon for 2004.
A Look Back at 2003, and What’s on the Horizon for the Online News Universe
Q: What do you think will be the most important developments in online journalism in the coming year?
A: continued explosion in blogging:
“Some mainstream news organization will likely find a way to bring a ‘rock star’ blogger into the organization or somehow find a way to embrace the most powerful of the new journalistic voices emerging on the Web. This will be part of a longstanding pattern, where news organizations bring the best of the Web into their operations.”
Marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide today released forecasts for the coming year, which included blogging in its top ten trends for 2004. They state “Blogging: 2003 was the year in which weblogging — a.k.a. blogging — really took hold, with an estimated 3 million sites worldwide. In 2004, we’ll see more buzz marketing via blogs, as marketers figure out ways to use this new medium for their own means. “. Whilst we hope that the scepticism in relation to the marketing is unfounded, their prediction flies in the face of other predictions for the new year that blogs will explode under the weight of sheer numbers. For Google and political blogging fans, they also predict that Google Bombing and Further Politicization of the Internet will also be in the top 10 trends for 2004.
For the full media release: Trend Forecast: 2004 | PR Newswire
PORTLAND, Ore. Dec. 15, 2003–DecisionCast, a Portland, Oregon-based Web conferencing company, announces that InfoWorld Media Group will be the media sponsor for RSS WinterFest 2004, a free, two day Webcast, wiki, and Weblog event on January 21-22, 2004, that will explore the uses, applications, and future of RSS and Internet content syndication.
Saddamblog 8pm: modest hiding chamber, outside Tikrit
Dear true believers
This may be my last post to the Saddamblog. The infidels are at the gate, I can smell their bacon and ham products coming nearer. An American is yelling in the distance “2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese…”. Praise be to Allah. The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and me, and strive with might and main for mischief through chanting fast food slogans is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, says the Quran 5:33.
Praise be to Allah.
They are moving closer now, what should I do Allah? The French have promised me asylum, but I do not like them, for it is only a matter of time until the US Infidels invade them. I have been offered asylum in Vermont and a Presidential Pardon from Howard Dean, but Im not so sure…
Praise be to Allah.
Perhaps if I can escape I may disguise myself as the Western evil one Santa Claus? I could give small western infidels poison for Christmas, and some WMD’s down the chimney.
Praise be to Allah.
I hear them above me now, and I here somebody chanting the Quran 2:143 “We have made you a just nation, so that you may testify against mankind and that your own Apostle may testify against you.” The end is nigh
AAAAAHHHH! They have thrown Bacon down the entrance to my modest hiding chamber! I am doomed, it has landed on my armoury and I must not go near it. More music now “I’m a Yankee doodle dandy” Allah they are playing Danny Kaye music, help me Allah, I have become a character in a Tom Clancy novel!
Praise be to Allah.
The Blogosphere is leading the way on another major news story, the capture of the butcher of Iraq Saddam Hussein, with some great composite and original coverage:
Command Post Iraq: great composite coverage and occasional commentary
The Truth Laid Bear – Saddam captured alive weblog reactions: more famed for his ecosystem than current affairs, NZ Bear dips his paw in the Iraqi sesspool with some great blogwide coverage
Buzz Machine is looking at some of the blogospheres reaction
Winds of Change is running regular updates on the story
Blogs for Bush is providing a similar run down to NZ Bear
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit is naturally giving his 2 bobs worth.
Baghdaddy provides feedback from the front line, as does Boots on the Ground, The Mudville Gazette and Chief Wiggles
Outside the Beltway also covers the reaction of the blogosphere
(via Roland Tango’s blog) The Ferryman looks at a presentation from Stuart Henshall that pursued the theme that community development of blogging could follow the theme of “Jazz in the Blogosphere”.
Blogging, wikis, jazz communities and Industry too | The Ferryman
“Blogs to augmented social software is best thought about by combining two metaphors. Jazz and the jukebox….combine a weblog and RSS feeds and you get more than just the capability to publish frequent updates to a website and similarly aggregate information from other sites. While building context over time you instantly become part of a web of data exchange, one connecting many people who are cross-linking and sharing information. …It’s also important to recognize that a good jazz community isn’t only comprised of musicians.”
Ben Trott has defend his wife and partner Mena Trott today in a post at the Six Log blog following a misrepresentation of Mena’s role in the development of MT in an article published at Baseline magazine. The article suggests that Ben developed MT for Mena, with these lines “Mena couldn’t find any software she liked to use for her online journal. She complained to her husband, Ben, that the available tools didn’t offer enough control over comments or archiving, for instance. So Ben, a software developer, built a program that gave Mena everything she was looking for. The result is now one of the most popular Weblogging tools around.”. Ben argues that MT was a joint effort that would not have succeeded had Mena not been involved in a joint development effort. Some online pundits, such as John K Davis are suggesting that this is an example of women being marginalised in society, whilst Anil Dash sees the posting as an example of “Ben kissing up to the boss”, however any way you look at it, the Trotts, together and as one, have gone on to greater success, and Baseline deserves a good kicking.
An article note worthy for its description of blogs, if somewhat inaccurate yet colourful.
Blog on, Indy | Indystar.com
“It’s the little black dress of the tech world. A necessity beyond explanation. Simply put, if you don’t have one, you are sooooo last year…In short, a blog is an online journal, a daily update of the ho-hum happenings of your average Joe and Jane. For whatever reason, they’re the hottest thing to go online since the Paris Hilton video.”