The Blog Columnist v6

August 28, 2006

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

Hunter S. Thompson

crazycoffee.jpgWelcome to The Blog Columnist v6 – I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and did whatever gets your rocks off. Now sit back, take your coffee in hand and settle in for a read.

In this issue I’m talking about Darren Rowse, Performancing, 9rules/b5media, The Daily Telegraph, The Blog Herald and Robert Scoble.

Lets start of with some nice, feely-good news, and go downhill from there…

The Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Effect

Darren, I could easily kiss you all over … but, err I won’t.

People of the blogosphere! Screw the Digg effect, I’m talking about something so much more powerful: The ProBlogger Effect.

It struck me over the weekend at my weekly scotch n’ glance session over my stats for the previous week … and it left me staggered. But why should I be surprised. It has happened before.

See, Darren ever so kindly did a small write up on a resource I had set up at my ePublishingDaily blog. I had written, or compiled, The Ultimate Resource Page … for information publishers – a list of 100+ useful resources.

Now check this graph … and the sudden spurt is 100% due to being on ProBlogger. Cool, ha!

The numbers: average daily pageviews 143 (don’t snicker, it’s still a relatively newish blog). Page views for 25/8: 579; 26/8: 1,279 and 27/8: 725 1,425 at the end of the day . Pretty clear-cut what getting on ProBlogger can have on a blog.

Now I know the effect this can have. Last year Darren included a post of mine in a series called “31 Days to Building a Better Blog”. The numbers this has bought in has been steady and over the long term. Even today, with my old blog a shell of its former self I still get good numbers coming directly through that one link.

Sometimes nice guys do finish first!

Performancing Exchange is a Crock of Shit

That’s what you get with such a free service. I spent Friday night writing what I thought was a pretty good offer to include in the “Exchange” for some win/win offerings I had in mind.

I spent nearly two hours on it, put it up and watched it taken down within minutes. WTF!

Fuck that shit! I wasted nearly 2 hours of my time. You’ve lost me guys and if you don’t change your overly-moderated ways you’ll lose many more. Sometimes to grow you’ve got to let the reigns go.

If you’re really serious about making an offer, an exchange, forget the free rubbish, go for quality and pay for it. At least you won’t be wasting your time.

It’s laughable … how many times have Nick & co. had to comment asking: Pay? More details please? Compared to your other offerings this one’s turning into a flop.

Once again : Performancing Exchange is a Crock of Shit. But I’m totally biased and opinionated because they fucked with my time. Maybe they work for you. I would love to hear about it, but maybe not. Next!

9rule’s Mike Rundle asks the Hard Questions of b5media

Going public, Mike Rundle has seriously questioned the numbers behind the rise and rise of b5media.

Seemingly, 9rules snarky bulldog Mike Rundle all of a sudden wants to publicly question b5media’s numbers – calling b5 out and saying the figures just don’t add up … inflated?

In the comments, Mike puts Jeremy in the hot seat. Big time.

Ouch! 20m pageviews a month says b5 and Mike seems to have spent some time digging deep – for what ever reason I don’t know.

All of a sudden, Mike Rundle is an investigative blogging journalist. It’s strange because he’s one of the guys behind 9rules, the same 9rules who keep saying they are not a blog network … really, we’re not.

I find it strange that 9rules appears to be the ones who wants to raise such questions. I don’t get it. And lets now get over the pretense of a lovey-dovey blogoshpere: 9rules have king hit b5media, in effect calling them liars.

As Jeremy said, Mike could have asked privately … before doing a hatchet job on b5 – and trust me, scrap the forced niceties this IS a huge hatchet job.

So what have we learned from all this? Number One: website/blogging stats are all over the place. Nothing is perfect and really … it should be.

SiliconBeat writes …
independent third-party tracking of traffic to Web sites, and of user clicks on Web page links, is deeply flawed … there doesn’t seem to be any remedy in sight.

Great! Programmers and techies get to work, Pronto, on a solution.

And no matter what anyone says, or will privately tell me, b5 must be fuming, especially Jeremy Wright (and by the looks of it, b5’s own bull terrier, Duncan is on the prowl with some anti 9rules comments flying). Memo to b5: if you really believe in your numbers then show some teeth.

The UK’s Daily Telegraph … Shame on You!

From Brian Clark’s CopyBlogger I read this shameful act of plagiarism … and not just by anybody, but by an old mainstream media outfit – The Daily Telegraph. Reputable. Yeah, right!

Brian asks:

Could one of only two remaining daily British broadsheet newspapers be so desperate as to steal blog content?

The answer would seem to be YES!

Check out the original article – here

Check out The Dail Telegrphs blatant rip-off: here

Caught red-handed. The solution: The “journlaist” in question should be sacked. Nothing more, nothing less. But then there was a break through. The journalist explained the situation and apologized, blaming an unknown editor. Uh-Huh, yep … sure!

Even well-kown copyright revolutionary/idealist Chartreuse writes about it. 😉

As a former journalist turning tricks these days with blogging I find this totally shameful. It was so blatant and pathetic that it had to be an error! Swine the lot of them! At best it’s was lazy, sloppy journalism/editing … and at worst it was plain theft. We’ll never know.

Oh, by the way, here’s the response from the original writer to all this, clevely entitled Today is to cut corners…

Cutting corners. Now that’s spot on.

This is How You Go About Podcasting

Want to see a professional podcasting set up? Then check my blog friend Matt over at The Blog Herald, who lets us all into his home office to reveal The Blog Herald Podcasting Rig.

Holy batshit that’s some serious goodies in there.

Scobleizer and His Boo-Boo

Amazing to see so-called A-List blogger Robert Scoble act first then think later, potentially damaging the reputation of another blogger.

As blogging matures expect to see defamation and libel action or threats thereof, unless bloggers (and you’d expect more from Robert in this case) don’t do some (usually) basic fact-checking before pressing the publish button. No matter what ideals we all believe in these times of “new media” libel is still libel and defamation is still defamation.

In the comments at the offending post:

“Hey Robert, You’ve just committed libel. That’s not my blog. Before you slam something like this, I sugged doing a WHOIS to lookup the information on who actually owns the blog. It so happens that he’s using an aggregation plugin for WordPress that I wrote and GPL released, but that’s it.”

Really stupid, Robert.

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Tis all folks. Have a good week and see you at the end of the week for The Blog Columnist v7.


Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy… or they become legend.
– Jim Harrison


i gotta find myself some love
igotta find myself some drugs
i gotta find some liquid sunshine
igotta find myself, i gotta find myself

“Find Myself”
Motley Crue’s Generation Swine



The Blog Columnist v2

August 16, 2006

Welcome to The Blog Columnist v2 – the Wednesday edition. I’m trying to keep the tidbits short and sweet. Bare with me as I settle into it. Enjoy …

New Columnist at The Blogging Times
Yup. My new blog friend Duncan hinted last week and this week it was announed. Duncan Riley, former editor of The Blog Herald will be a columnist over at The Blogging Times.

Good move by The Blogging Times in getting Duncan on board as he’ll bring an edge to the site. Seems like The Blogging Times is becoming a real player in the blog news industry – just hope that some in the blogerati scene don’t come in and use it as their avenue to try and change the world and ruin what could be something really good.

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Lists, Lists and More Lists
Darren “the Pro Blogger guy” Rowse has had a long love affair with list posts. So what better way to mix his love with his group writing he’s into lately, a handful of nice prizes and watch this go crazy and off the charts. Check it out…

It’s basic: write a list-type post and win and win even bigger with link love. I’m writing my list post write now! Expect an overdose of List posts in your rss reader for days to come.

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The Blog Herald’s Podcast
For much too long, The Blog Herald seemed to be in the doldrums after BlogMedia, Inc snapped it up. It seemed to be heading know where and nowhere fast. But what a come back!

A splash of new paint, new writers and columnists and now … the Blog Herald Podcast.

I’m reviewing here the recent podcasts 4 & 5 which featured the interview with Aaron Brazell who was The Blog Herald’s man on the ground at the recent WordCamp 2006 get-together on all things WordPress (plus I keep hearing the BBQ was something to die for!).

Okay. Let’s get this straight. I’m no podcast expert. I have never done a podcast. But I listen to a few of them. And this podcast has hit its straps fairly quickly.

The show features a news wrap of the blogosphere and includes Matt’s own personal opinions on said items. The interview with Aaron was a fine chat about various topics – Part one was a little dull, with the exception being Aaron talking about David Krug … the “real” David Krug. And it was in Part two that Aaron had his say on an issue he was passionate about: Om Malik’s presentation at WordCamp and something to do with the old journo/blogger debate.

Most podcast interviews are rough. Blame this on Skype. And in this instance it was no different. It sounded as if Aaron was talking while sitting on the throne: tinny sound. It contrasted more so because when Matt spoke it was smooth sounding … which goes onto my next item: The size of the podcasts. Show #1 goes for under 23 minutes yet is 41.5Mb in size; Show #2 goes for under 22 minutes and comes in at 39.3Mb – that’s some heavy duty downloading.

Apart from those small issues, I’m loving the show. It brings a real personality to The Blog Herald. And I love the ending song – it really sticks in your head. 😉

I just hope, and that’s what I hate about most podcasts, is that they stick to a regular schedule. I’ve seen far too many once a week podcasts turn into monthly podcasts, turn into whenever I feel like it podcasts.

But I’ve got this sneaking suspicision that the BlogMedia guys are in this for the long haul.

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Books Galore
A great list of Essential Books for Bloggers compiled by Darren over at ProBlogger – but with a difference.

He’s asked his audience (aka a group project) for input, so what you have here is a wide variety of books coming from many pundits. Yes they all link to Darren’s Amazon affiliate – so what! A great idea such as this deserves some payment in kind – more so if you come across something that changes your life.

I know I’m going on a cruise through the links to Amazon because I know I’ll find books I never heard off … and should’ve.

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Blogger Still Sucks … Long Live WordPress!
Seems that Google’s Blogger is kicking up a gear with a swag of new features (in Beta stage of course – no web 2.0 can do without that Beta badge). Best post on this goes to

Check out InstaBlokes first impressions.

Personally, I stopped using Blogger within weeks of getting into blogging and quickly figuring out that WordPress was the way to go.

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Blog Authoring Tools: You Have a New Player
As always late to the game, when Microsoft come a coming they go full on. And with their blog-authoring tool, Windows Live Writer, expect nothing less as the Redmond guys try to clean up the competition.

Chris over at Performancing gives it a decent going over.

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Commenting Gone Mad
Finally, watch it all live as Liz whips up her weekly commenting frenzy.

It’ll end up between 300 – 500 comments, probably crashing b5’s servers (again) and go in all directions (ie: there is no topic – just be nice). I usually end up at the place by myself as all the regulars have come and gone by the time I get around to it.

Want to give yourself a headache, quick time? Then read the comments from start to finish. 😉

Or if you don’t like headaches then do as Liz prefers, just jump in anwhere, anyhow.

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That was your Wednesday dose of The Blog Columist and I’ll see you on Friday.

The Blog Columnist v1

August 14, 2006

The Blog Columnist. Post #1. Welcome. And enjoy …

Congrats and kudos to b5media as they approach their 100,000,000th page view – according to Duncan Riley. Impressive numbers guys and gal. Now what have you got installed for us next – the blog network industry is pretty much watching you guys seeing that JCal has more or less gone to the otherside.

But you know what I want to know and what has bugged me from day one (I’m simple sometimes in that way) – who were the other 2 that were going to be part of the original b5?

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Flash has recently turned 10. Ten years already!

Of course we know what Flash is: an impressive app that presents audio and video on the web – great for short, quirky games, and other presentations when you can call on demand … but much maligned (and rightly so in 99% of cases) when placed within websites … or when Flash IS the whole website.

Read about the life and times of Flash at Wired News.

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A shit storm of sorts errutped last week over the noble efforts of super cool blogger Prince Campbell (aka Chartreuse), Know More Media and a host of others in gathering a posse and heading on down to New Orleans to get the “real” story, on the ground.

Seems that there are, and have been for a long time, quite a few blogs and bloggers doing their stuff on the ground in New Orleans – mainly unheard – who didn’t take kindly to the “blogerati” barging in.

Two issues here: #1: Now they are being heard, and if it takes a so-called “blogerati” to do it then who cares – it’s a win for all.

Issue #2: Really, this “Blogerati” maybe should have done some research and realized that Yup, there are many bloggers doing their bit in New Orleans. Rather than acting like the “blogerati” they just as easily could have rounded up all these unheard off bloggers into one giant co-op and pushed it for all it’s worth.

At the end of the day, blogerati or no blogerati, this is all about one thing: getting to know the real story about what’s happening in New Orleans.

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David Krug, known to many as “Cowboy” and initially coming to fame from the blog Jack Of all Blogs (as well as all of his snark, ups and downs and 1001 unfinished ventures and ideas) has recieved his fair share of attacks over the last year – none more so from yours truly … and mostly, they have been justified (but of course, that’s from my perspective).

But the attack has gone to a new level with Loren from 1938 Media going vitriolic in a recent post sparked by a Krug post at another one of his frequent blogs.

One thought: Extremely Nasty!

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Finally, copyright issues on the internet (particularly in the blogosphere) are on the table again with another shit storm coming from the Chartreuse stables. Seems some folks didn’t like Prince (who thinks everything on the internet is a free-for-all) using pictures from the mega successful WordCamp 2006. Check out the posts and comments here and here. Prince has an interesting stance and is an idealists all the way – he really does want to change they way things are done. Sorry big fella, not this time. Matt from The Blog Herald sums it up very nicely.

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Question I Want/Need Answered…

  • Duncan Riley is about to start a column, and it’s not at b5. Where?
  • Will the juggernaut that is TechCrunch ever stop?
  • What is 9rules‘ monetetization strategy? We want to know!
  • Will Martin Neumann ever finish Liz’s eBook?

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Have a good blogging week… and come back Wednesday for another instalment.