Wednesday, April 28, 2004
David Weinberger Speaking While I like Dave's blog, he is more enjoyable speaking. In this way, he is very much like Ted Turner, founder of CNN. So I immediately looked at CSPAN's stream of Technology Politics Summit on Politics & the Internet (it starts 55 minutes in). If you want see people's comments, check Dave's blog post.
My review: it is a wonderful explanation of blogging to Democratic marketers. And he did not talk to my lizard brain. ( Also, the two preceeding talks on liberal radio vrs right wing radio was very informative.)permalink ( Wednesday, April 28, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Saturday, April 24, 2004
High School Reunion How do you have a high school reunion when there were only 16 in your class? Invite the whole school, all classes. So I'm off to Chicago this weekend to see my brother who all went to the same high school as me and then to the reunion. LaLumiere. permalink ( Saturday, April 24, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Friday, April 23, 2004
BloggerCon2: All Sessions Tara has gone to the effort to link to all of the blog posts about BloggerCon2 sessions, including mine. Thanks. permalink ( Friday, April 23, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Progress of Blogging Software
Blog software and people's expectations of blogs have come a long way in a year.
In the good old days, blog software only needed to give you a simple form to fill out. Write your pithy comment with maybe an italics or bold, but certainly a link. Click save and the world beat a path to your blog. Well, maybe the success was harder to come by, but the software was that simple.
Six months later and if your blog did not have a feed, you were behind the times. Since there were so many new blogs, feeds made it possible to read more in less time. And they avoided the problem with trying to use the spam clogged email system.
It is obvious now that readers expect to be able to comment on your blog. I think you can thank Howard Dean's blog for that. Everyone expects comments.
So these are the features I'll look at while evaluating and server-side blog tool.permalink ( Friday, April 23, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Past times are pastimes Clank, clank, clank
Clank, clank, clank
Treo600 is a cutting edge badge. But so many peope that I know use a ringtone of the old Bell phone. Clank, clank, clank. It makes me smile everytime.
Past times are pastimes - Marshall McLuhan.permalink ( Tuesday, April 20, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Sunday, April 18, 2004
BloggerCon2: Reflections While the webcast was great and the IRC even better, there is still something about being in the same room. And between rooms. Most animals don't live in the forest or the meadow, they live between. So I missed the conversation between sessions at snacks, lunch and dinner. But I didn't miss the 9 hour drive both ways and I'm glad to be here for my brother tonight.
The discussions reminded me of a maturing discussion mailing list. You have a mix of newbies and people who wrote the FAQ. The oldies wish that the newbies had read the FAQ first, but then every once and a while "out of the mouth of babes" comes a great insight. John Robb has commented on this a lot.
While David Wienberger was not as funny moderating as he is when he gives a presentation, the remark in his session about external business blogs being narrowcasted really resonated. (The IRC discussion about narrow tasking was also great!) That seems to be working with existing blogs and it is true of mailing lists that I've been involved with. It is also the key concept behind the marketing concept of positioning. And it rings true for how cable television channels developed (e.g., ESPN).
Blogging as Business was the surprise session for me. Many of the same ideas that I heard a few years ago for email marketing. (Does everyone agree that spam has nearly ruined that market?) The surprise was the depth of the examples given in the Wiki. It would be fun to have the OPML file of all those blogs, import them into my RSS reader and sample every single blog. But the really important thing about this session is that it showed that "What is a blog?" certainly doesn't matter any more. Instead, there are many different types of blogs and "What is a good blog?" is what matters.
I was surprised that I did hear anyone articulate that the blogsphere and the feed world are different. Certainly they overlap, but not necessarily.
I also heard someone say that they don't consider a blog without comments to be a blog. I don't think that many of the people in blogging for more than a year "heard" that. It is so true - people expect comments now.
I can not wait to hear what other people have to say. I enjoyed it in my dank basement watching the sun shining outside for one of the first beautiful days on the month. Thanks to all the people of Berkman Center for "putting us on."permalink ( Sunday, April 18, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Saturday, April 17, 2004
BloggerCon2: Blogging a a Business Jeff Jarvis is doing Blogging as a Business on a wiki.
BloggerCon2: Shirky's Power Law Philip Greenspun is the discussion leader for Shirky's Power Law.
BloggerCon2: Blogging in Business Dave Weinberger is doing Blogging in Business. Dave is too good of a speaker to pass up and it relates to my work.
BloggerCon2: Vision from Users Wendy is leading Vision from Users which is talking about features that bloggers want from their tools.
(I'm IRCing as razweekly.)
BloggerCon2: What is Journalism? The webcast from Vision from Users is down, so I'm listening to What is Journalism where the webcast is good.
We'll get to a definition at the end.
BloggerCon2: Saturday April 17, 2004 Due to budget cutbacks, I was not able to physically be at BloggerCon2 today. (So bummed.) So I'll be virtually attending via blogs, IRS, webcast and RSS. Beautiful day to stare out at spring and the computer screen.
I was going to take the 9 hour drive up to Cambridge, but then I found out that a family matter needed me here on Sunday.
Think I'll be doing one post per session I attend and update a "misc." post.permalink ( Saturday, April 17, 2004 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post