The Blog Columnist v5

August 25, 2006

In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely.

– Hunter S. Thompson

Welcome one and all to The Blog Columnist v5.

This edition I talk about The Blogging Times, Chartreuse, InstaMedia, More Minimal, JobBoard, Performancing and InstaBlogs

Let’s kickstart v5…

v5 was written with the Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium CD blasting my eardrums from here to hell and back. I’ll be semi-deaf in 20 years but who gives a fuck. Enjoy!

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The Blogging Times Goes Video and MySpace
I like Minic Rivera who is the founder and editor of The Blogging Times. He’s done a stellar job in bringing out a top quality blogging publication.

The Blogging TimesBut I’m not sure about their latest move. A new columnist doing video segments about music found on – just doesn’t seem to weave together with what I thought The Blogging Times was all about – a very-newspaperish site on blogging news. I see the stamp of Chartreuse (a recent partner) all over this. This is exactly somethig he would do. I really wonder if in 12 months times we’ll see a completelty different Blogging Times from what you see today. Not sure guys.

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embrace minimalism with your blog
By eliminating everything that’s not of interest to your target reader, you’ll take a big step toward creating a more readable and useful site: one that invites exploration, and creates expectations which will keep your fans coming back for more.

via more minimal … and read their follow up post five ways to make your blog more readable.

Achtung Bloggers of the World: Read it! Your blog will love you for it.

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The Hemingway of Web 2.0 writing!!!

Over at InstaMedia, Ankit had this little tidbit … “If I were a little drunk, I might have called him the Hemingway of Web 2.0 writing.”

Being a total Hemingway aficionado from way back I took notice. Who is this Hemingway of today?

He’s talking of course about the flavour of year in the blogosphere Chartreuse (aka Mr Prince Campbell).

The Hemingway of … Not on your fucking life! Sorry Chartreuse, you’ve got yourself a decent following and a simple, cool writing style that clicks with many but you ain’t no Hemingway.

I’d have to be really whacked out and plastered on Papa’s trademark Daiquiri and I’d still say … no fucking way.

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Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs at JobBoard

Darren Rowse, fellow Melbourne blogger (!) launched a classified service for bloggers this week – JobBoard.

At $50 a pop (soon to be $100) you can advertise for a blogger. Nice! And nice for bloggers to be able to go to one place and see what’s on offer. There are other like-services out there but with Darren’s high rep and a solid readership base this will work.

And good on you Darren for going straight for the money – everything can’t be for fucking free on the internet. Blogging is maturing. Cool.

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Will Performancing Turn Digg-like?

Interesting post by Nick Wilson over at Performancing this week.

Talking about their Exchange service, Nick asked if folks liked the voting mechanism (very Digg like) where users can vote on jobs offered – and send it to the home page if the collective audience says so.

In the instance of Exchange, which is a classified-like marketplace for bloggers, I don’t see the need for it. I’d prefer to see a strong headline and a small excerpt for each offering and let it go from there. The problem, though, with such a free service, is the quality of postings. Free usually equals lots of rubbish. Do a Darren guys … and charge for the service. You cut out the crap, make some dosh and it’s a win/win for both advertisers and seekers.

But what perked my interest was what Nick said later on in the post… the community decides (in fact, i’d like to do this for all posts, including forum/blog/etc..)

In all posts. Now that’s not a bad idea. I’ve got to say that the quality of posts at Performancing is not as near as good as when it was in the first month and a half of its launch. And with any group blogging effort you are sure to get some hit and misses posts. So Performacning morphs into Digg territory and only gets better. Food for thought.

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20,000,000 and going strong … Kudos to InstaBlogs

In my short time running Blog Network Watch I gave crap to those behind InstaBlogs for their constant delays in launching. I said it would ruin them or words to that effect.

Well this week I eat my words and am happy to report they have hit 20 million page views. But what’s astounding is they got nearly 50% of that in just (the) last 75 days. – holy fucking shit that’s some big numbers in such a short period.

Well done as he’s eating humble pie and I’ll even eat more pie when you get to 100,000,000.

Now who’s gonna be the first blog network to reach 1,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion page views), leaving out JCal’s AOL empire of blogs.

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That’s it folks. Have a good (non-blogging) weekend and I’ll see you early next week for v6 of The Blog Columnist.

When I say non-blogging I mean get the fuck away from the computer. Shut down your internet connection. Get out and enjoy life. If you like a drink, then have a drink. If you like to dance then dance. Do whatever you get off on and come back refreshed for another week of blogging.


Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin


The Blog Columnist v4

August 22, 2006

“Any of you fucking pricks move,
and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of you!”
Honey Bunny
Pulp Fiction (circa ’94)

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Okay, so what is it with all this gonzo drivel I’m harping on about, you might be saying to yourself. Well … I’m gonzo to the core, I love it and I’m never going back. You can read about gonzo journalism at wikipedia…

And away we go …

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Let Me Be Self-Indulgent – the whole blogosphere’s abuzz with the news. Yours truly in joining on as a weekly columnist at … The Blog Herald. Wednesday’s the day and you can read about it here. And be sure to catch it.

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Let’s Make Fun of Web 2.0 Week – these past few days saw an assorted number of tools that take a funny swipe (in the form of parody) at Web 2.0 – funny and biting and possbily a sign of the times (aka when the shit detectors come out of the woodworks you know you either have a bubble on your hands or the new buzzwords going around are going out of control and starting to piss people off).

My favs: Web 2.0 Logo Creator | Bullshitr Beta | Buzzphrase Generator | Web 2.0 Company Name Generator.

Are we in a bubble? How the fuck should I know, but I don’t think so. Financial bubble: No! Crazy Ideas Bubble: Probably!

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Are We Talking About Web 3.0 Already?Duncan Riley over the The Blogging Times talks about how he sees Web3.0 in the years to come. Read it and give it some food for thought

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Mike Rundle’s Long Tail – smart post from 9rules number two man, Mike Rundle who hits a home run with his ideas on niche targeting, blogging and the long tail. And then he sells the idea that 9rules can do it for ya. I’m a long tail guy and it was a good read … so read it!

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NetVibes is Shit Hot – In a round about way (through commenting at a Mike Sigers post) I came back and fell in love with NetVibes – it being “a customizable Web 2.0 home page/portal solution”. It’s very Ajaxy and very customizable and I spent way too much time on it last night. And they’ve just got $15m in VC funding. Watch em!

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Performancing Exchange and some numbers – Much needed IMO, the newly released Performancing Exchange “is a classifieds style marketplace for the professional blogging community.” It’s free for now they say – meaning it won’t be for long. Nice way to see what bloggers are looking for and/or want. And shit, if it can bring toegther a want and a need then we all win.

Also on the Performancing front, their blogging tool Performancing for Firefox has been now downloaded 200,000 times. Well done, guys.

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Have Goals or Are You Flying by the Seat of Your Pants – want to know how NOT to Achieve Your Goals? Then read this little account between Darren and friend.

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And finally … PopCrunch The Show seems to be going strong – it’s up to Show #15. David Krug letting Brigitte do her thing: smart move, man!

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And I’ll see you later on this week for v.5 of The Blog Columnist … and don’t forget, my column that will begin this Wednesday (and every Wednesday) over at The Blog Herald.

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”
– Hunter S. Thompson


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.