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What if all the journalists went on strike?

January 2, 2006 at 12:45 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

Homeland Stupidity has a post about how bloggers are (according to some) hurting the mainstream media and journalists:

Michael Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader, in Friday’s edition says (PDF) that the “traditional newspaper business is going to hell” amid the rise of the blogosphere. “Circulation’s down, ad revenue’s down, jobs are vanishing everywhere you look,” he wrote. The cause? The Internet.

I really don’t completely agree with these findings. I’ve seen other studies say that newspaper readership has actually gone up if you count online readers. Bloggers do a lot by linking to newspaper articles.

If newspapers were smart, they’d try to network with bloggers to try and get them to post links to their stories. For instance, BoingBoing has a suggest a link box. The New York Times should have someone who is constantly suggesting links to their own articles for pieces they think boingboing readers might enjoy. Through careful networking, certain newspapers might get an edge.

Also, there’s always blogad advertising as well. Most people who read blogs are news junkies, so newspapers should start using ad money to advertise on popular blogs.

I think the internet making content free (along with studies showing that more and more ad money is flowing towards the internet) will increase the readership of newspapers, not hurt them.

Interview with senior Google engineer

December 17, 2005 at 1:02 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

Performancing (a very cool blog I discovered recently) has an interview up with a Google employee about blog efficiency and how to maximize search engine results towards your blog.

The interview is very insightful and well worth reading if you’re serious about directing traffic towards your blog.

A lack of sex blogs?

December 9, 2005 at 4:25 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

SugarBank has an interesting post about his search for more good sex blogs:

The first interesting point is that Tags like ‘Gadgets’ which are very thoroughly and professionally blogged pull comparitively few blogs, likewise sex related tags aren’t used that often. Based on this it appears that the sex business doesn’t yet know the difference (wait for it) between its (WAIT for it) RSS and it’s elbow (YES! YES! Pure gold. Damn I’m funny.) Another conclusion might be that sex bloggers don’t tag, but in that case, we can assume as many sex-bloggers ignore their tags as those in the mainstram, and still make comparisons between categories. The other alternative is that there’s been a cooling effect, where the big blogs are so effectively dominating a niche that they’ve killed competition Google-Mart style.

Stat Counters

December 2, 2005 at 6:02 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

Over at Performancing, they have reviews of different site stat counters if you’re looking to find the most accurate. It’s pretty cool. For now, Bloggasm just slapped on a random stat counter, but we plan on using at least two at a time in the future.

Michael Yuan’s Java Blog: “Is Ruby Replacing Java? – Not So Fast”

November 13, 2005 at 2:00 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

Okay, I have heard it all: Ruby On Rails (RoR) is so much cooler and simpler than Java EE. It allows you to write web applications 10X faster. And Ruby has nifty language features we can only dream of in Java. So, Ruby must be replacing Java to become the “next” programming language just as Java “replaced” C++/COBOL and C++ “replaced” Fortran.

Read the rest over here.

Blogger Argues with NYT Food Critic

November 13, 2005 at 12:13 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Josh

Meet Julia Langbein, chief mocker of Frank Bruni - the chief restaurant critic of The New York Times.

Read the rest over here.

Bay Blogger Thursday

November 12, 2005 at 2:21 am | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

“Everybody and their mother seems to want to know what blogging can do for their business, especially for marketing, public relations and customer service. Conferences are organized around the concept, consultants hired, poor shmucks given the task of maintaining a blog for work, at work and for no extra pay. Folks still don’t really know what works, whether or not it’s worth the investment or how to do it in a way that draws customers in instead of alienating them.”

Read the rest over here.

Be a Blogger, Go to Jail

November 11, 2005 at 7:36 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Simon

Fair Measures Creates Blogging Toolkit to Keep Employees From Getting Dooced From their Jobs

That’s right. “Dooce” is not a typo, but a new word. According to the urban dictionary website “dooced” means “to lose one’s job because of one’s website.” Apparently, the term was created by Heather Armstrong who was fired for work-related comments on her blog “dooce.com” And Heather is not alone. Increasingly employers are striking back against employees for postings on their blogs. Employees are being terminated for blog content ranging from risqué pictures to sharing of confidential and proprietary information. Some employers are even searching the web as part of the hiring and recruitment process.

Read the rest over here.

Soldier Revives Banned Blog

November 11, 2005 at 3:06 pm | | Blogger Gossip | | --Josh

NPR has an interview with a soldier who kept a blog of his experiences in Iraq. “While serving in Iraq, Army National Guardsman Jason Christopher Hartley kept a blog of his experiences — until his commanders forced him to shut it down. Now back from Iraq, Hartley has incorporated his blog into a new memoir: Just Another Soldier: A Year on the Ground in Iraq.”

Read the rest over here.


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