It seems like it’s becoming an annual tradition for a blogger or reporter on a slow news day to observe that a trend of “a-lister” bloggers are retiring from the blogging scene and one of the informal golden rules in reporting is:
- If it happens once, it’s an accident.
- If it happens twice, it’s a coincidence.
- If it happens three times, you have a “trend” story on your hands.
So 3 prominent bloggers quitting the scene within a period of 1-2 years = trend?
The one thing about the “golden rule” was that it generally applied to the brick-and-mortar context, not as much when you’re talking about 3 or more bloggers out of the hundreds of millions of blogs out there.
Statistically, even 100 top bloggers out of a universe of 100 million blogs would be 1 / 1,000,000. In decimal points that would be 0.000001% of the blogging population.
So wondering if “blogging is dead” is akin to wondering if fixed-line telephones are dead or if the fax machine is dead. Nice linkbait, but I don’t think there’s much substance or value to that argument.
Jason Lee Miller notes in his WebProNews piece that fame (or the price of it) might be the cause of (more…)
At this time of the year with Christmas and New Year’s reducing the number of official work days in December, has your productivity been affected? Especially for those of us who are tethered to our computers, either because we’re:
- Hosting/calling in to a conference call
- Playing games
- Watching a movie
- Going through our business balance sheets
- Coordinating with our remote operations team
Or some other activity of your own choosing, I have found that I spend about 1.5 to twice as much time in front of my computer as I spend sleeping on my bed every day.
So do the holidays represent a boon or bane to the internet marketing continually building their business (especially during the holiday shopping season).
Specifically, Do the holidays disrupt your business momentum and do either you and/or your business suffer as a result?
With the 24×7 nature of the internet, it’s inevitable that there’ll be a number of casualties (direct or indirect) are suffered along the rush to be the first and #1, especially in a high stakes game where “Speed can be of the essence. If a blogger is beaten by a millisecond, someone elseâ€™s post on the subject will bring in the audience, the links and the bigger share of the ad revenue.”
In the words of TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington: â€œI havenâ€™t died yet,â€ although he’s (more…)
…or maybe not.
Anyway, when TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington shows up on your MBL widget, something’s brewing:
I am making an educated guess that it’s got something to do with the MyBlogLog post I put up.
And I see that Mike has just put up an update that MyBlogLog founder Eric Marcoullier’s new project, Gnip (or gnip central to be exact).
No official word on Eric’s personal blog.
The Gnip Central site which will focus on “Web 2.0 Infrastructure” is still in stealth mode.
You can however, check out Gnip’s entry in the CrunchBase.
I’m sure there’ll be more updates on TechCrunch in time to come.