Technical difficulties …

Not that I’ve been blogging all that much in the last month and half, but due to a server swap-over that went less than perfectly, I’m missing my posts for the last several weeks. I may be able to get some of them back.

Are you a journalist? Then you’re a blogger, too

Hmm. Here’s another topic that I’ve harped on in my writing for a few years now: All journalists should blog. (I’ve especially promoted that idea to the newspaper industry.) As this article — Business 2.0 Unveils News Strategy: All Journalists Must Blog — explains, some publishers are starting to come around to that way of…

Welcome to YourClimbing.com

During my blogging hiatus I failed to mention that my company, the Enthusiast Group, has debuted its second website: YourClimbing.com. Take a look! Enthusiast-in-chief Katie Brown (one of the world’s best climbers and former competitive climbing world champion) has already published some very cool content, including a great blog, Katie Brown’s Rock Talk. We’re looking…

Cox: On to something better?

Interesting. Former “Wonkette” Ana Marie Cox has been named Washington editor of Time.com. Moving from blogging (where, she reports, she was paid modestly by publisher Gawker Media, but gained a wide following and hip reputation) to a mainstream gig is still seen by many people as a positive career step. But in time, I think…

How to increase website participation levels

A combination of too much work plus computer problems (old PC acting up, and now making the transition to a new laptop) has left no time for blogging, hence the inactivity here in the last week. So for now, I’ll just point you to my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, “How to Make Your…

Blog syndication: Should you or shouldn’t you?

Mark Glaser has tackled a topic I’ve been meaning to research. (Thanks, Mark!) In a long entry on his MediaShift blog for PBS, Glaser ponders the pros and cons of going with one of the new blog syndication services, Blogburst and ScooptWords. The appeal for a blogger in signing up with a syndicate is added…

Connecting disparate dots

This strikes me as funny. In my Editor & Publisher Online column for May, I wrote about a super-busy, multimedia-literate police reporter in Florida, Rochelle Gilken, and noted that she admitted to me that in order to keep up, she uses every available bit of time — including checking e-mail on her Blackberry mobile device…

When you get blogged …

Do you ego surf? You really should; there’s no shame in it, and it’s not about vanity. You should know what people are writing and saying about you online — especially bloggers — so that you can respond as necessary and appropriate. I was reminded of the value in ego surfing when I received an…

Work and life co-exist in blog

I just noticed the design of Jemima Kiss’ personal blog, JemimaKiss.com. She’s a lot like me: a new-media/journalism expert who writes on that topic for her blog as well as personal items. So Kiss, who’s based in the U.K., has split her blog into two columns: “Journalism” and “Life.” This is really what I should…

Daily Camera gives a 2nd home to Boulder bloggers

After all these years, I’m back in my local paper, the Boulder Daily Camera. (My first job after journalism school was working as a news copy editor there.) Well, sort of. … The paper’s Business section has debuted a new Business Blogs section online — called The Final Word in the print edition — that…

I confess: Now vote on my lapse

I really like the concept behind the new website/blog Ethics Crisis: People can anonymously confess a business ethical lapse they’ve personally made, then site visitors vote on how bad it is, from 1-5. Yes, reading the site does make you feel kind of depressed about human nature (and probably drive you to watch your employees…

Colbert makes the NYT … finally

Chalk up another success for the blogosphere. As I noted earlier this week, the New York Times and some other major news organizations all but ignored comedian Stephen Colbert’s performance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner over the weekend. Colbert was merciless in insulting and criticizing George W. Bush while the president was sitting…

In opposition to ‘getting naked’

In my latest Editor & Publisher Online column, mentioned here the other day, among other things I suggest that all journalists should have a blog and that they should use it — and the interactivity with the audience that blogs afford — to be more transparent and open about their lives and activities. I meant…

Blogging is for actors

A cool quote from Frank Barnako’s Internet Daily. … “Jenna Fischer, who plays the receptionist on ‘The Office,’ says blogging is valuable to actors too. ‘I grew up doing theater. I got used to that instant feedback. But you don’t get it doing TV. Having a blog, you get that feedback. You get to hear…

Bloggers hit the mainstream: LexisNexis

LexisNexis, a leading news and information database service, has announced that it’s adding blog content into its database for professional researchers. That’s significant news, folks. You could argue, What took them so long? But finally, the mainstream is acknowledging that content from (some) bloggers is credible and worthy of being included in the mainstream. LexisNexis…