Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Scobleizer talks about A lists

Robert Scoble, the famous Microsoft blogger, takes issue with A Lists, or lists of top bloggers. He argues that there are thousands of A Lists depending on which subject you are talking about, so the notion that you can have just one is nonsense.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Buzz

The Buzz is the lead blog on RBI's BizBuzzMedia and is written by EG journalist Adam Tinworth. It is a blog about the RBI blogging experiment and well worth reading.

The Blogosphere is Flat

Steve Rubel argues that the development of the blogsphere mirrors the development of the internet itself. At the beginning it was mostly for geeks but then it went mainstream. He argues the current "A List" will become less revelevant as more and more specific A Lists for specific sectors pop up. This is potentially good news for us as it implies there is room to us to become A Listers in our own specific fields... actually what we are trying to do on BizBuzzMedia.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Best of the Web Survey

Business Week has opened its Best of the Web Survey which includes categories for blogs in several categories. Shortlists are published but readers can submit others if they don't see personal favourites listed.

Blog Roundup

Newsweek has an interesting feature in its Blog Roundup which charts the top 10 Newsweek stories generating the most comment on the blogs. It's powered by blog search engine Technorati.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Blogs & PR

Media Directory firm Bacons is offering a free whitepaper (registration required) on blogging and PR, as well as short briefings on what they see as the major blogs.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Blogging protects freedom

Curt Hopkins in this article in CNet News argues that it is relatively easy to put pressure on individual news sources, no matter how large, but impossible to block the work of thousands of inter-linked bloggers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Top 500 Blogs

Feedster, the blog search engine, has come up with its Top 500 Blogs, although it has drawn criticism already from those who believe it is the long tail that is important not the "A List".

Monday, August 15, 2005

Social networks

TIME Europe Magazine discusses the relationships between blogs and social networks and their future importance.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Blog Day

August 31st is Blog Day 2005.

Top 10 blogs

TechBlog lists its top 10 blogs in the world.

Growth of blogs

Interesting perspective on the growth of blogging and its relation to things that are going on in the world.

NY Times on blogging

The New York Times says the blogging phenonemon is not merely a technology issue, but a profoundly human thing, too.

Getting blogs on your side

timesunion.com reports that companies are starting to advertise for people to come and work for them as bloggers.

Micro Persuasion: 50 Million Blog Fans Can't Be Wrong

Micro Persuasion quotes a report that one in three Americans visited blogs in the first quarter of this year.

Hill & Knowlton gets blogging

Hill & Knowlton, the PR giant, has announced an effort to get the firm blogging.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Credibility in blogging and journalism

Between the Lines has an interesting discussion of fact-checking and its relationship to the debate about the difference between bloggers and journalists.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Berners-Lee on the read/write web

The BBC reports that Tim Berners Lee, the father of the internet, believes blogs are closer than anything else to his original vision of a read/write web.

Steve Rubel reveals his 4-hour a day blogging playbook

BlogWrite for CEOs has a post on how Steve Rubel, the author of the Micro Persuasion blog, one of the largest on the web, fits in prolific posting with his day job as a PR.

If Bloggers Had Been Around Throughout History

If Bloggers Had Been Around Throughout History is a light-hearted attempt to assess the impact that bloggers would have had if they had been around at various key moments of history - bit of a US bias, but quite amusing none-the-less.

Fast Company Now

Fast Company Now is the blog from Fast Company Magazine - one example of traditional media in the blogsphere.

A blog doesn't need a clever name

A blog doesn't need a clever name is actually a very good example of what a blog can be. It is wide-ranging in its subject matter, the posts tend to be short - though sometimes they can be longer - and they are very full of links. This is the critical thing: a blog is a comment on what others are saying and doing and point to other places. "A blog doesn't need a clever name" gives a really good sense of the original spirit of the blog.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

RBI's blogging experiment

RBI has launched BizBuzzMedia, a blog platform which allows journalists in RBI-UK to try out the blogging process. The EG Blog is a good example to start with. Its main contributor is Adam Tinworth, who is an established blogger with a very successful blog of his own.

Starting point

A good place to start is Technorati or Bloglines which are specialist search engines which track blogs. Browse both sites and see what you can find. The "most popular" sections are a good starting point.

Questions to think about...

Karl has suggested that the final presentation cover the following:

1. What are the main opportunities for RBI – either for individual magazines/websites/markets or for RBI as a whole?
2. What benefits could RBI get (e.g. increased web traffic, new user revenue, new advertiser offerings . . .) from these opportunities?
3. What are RBI’s main strengths – and weaknesses?
4. Where in your view is RBI now?
5. Where should RBI aim to be?
6. What should RBI do?
7. What should editors do?

It would be a good idea to start to consider these things now....

What is blogging?

The huge free web encyclopedia Wikipedia defines a weblog as: a web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic posts on a common webpage. These posts are often but not necessarily in reverse chronological order. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user. The term "blog" came into common use as a way of avoiding confusion with the term server log. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging


Welcome to the blog which will support the blogging workshop session at the editor's conference being held at the Seattle Hotel in the Brighton Marina complex on September 22nd and 23rd. This particular workshop takes place on Friday 23rd.

The idea of this blog is to provide some ideas and background before the conference, as well as a chance to get some hand's on experience with posting and commenting on a real live blog. I will also post links here to interesting blogs, information and trends which I would like you to look at please.

If we are to get the most out of the day, as much immersion as possible is desirable. Happy blogging!