Eyetracking, belatedly

Good grief! I see I haven’t posted to my blog since mid February. … Yes, I’ve been busy. But back to it, and maybe I can make the time between posts much less from here on. It sucks to be too busy to blog! Anyway, as the project manager of Poynter’s Eyetrack III study, I’m…

I don’t understand this odd form of spam

As a web publisher, you come to expect spam. My company’s websites are constantly bombarded by comment spam — but fortunately our spam filter catches most of it, and it’s the rare one that we have to delete to get it out of public view. In just the last few days, we’ve started to get…

My daughters will never read print newspapers

My latest Editor & Publisher Online column, published earlier this week, is Where News Consumption Is Heading. This column is one of those that’s getting a lot of feedback (which is always good, even if I’m being criticized — which I’m mostly not on this one). One of the more brazen statements in the column…

Reading about superstar athletes vs. the folks like you

It’s becoming common for users of our Enthusiast Group websites to tell us how positively they feel about what we’re doing. I’m feeling really good about this quote from YourClimbing.com member MeganM: “I think reading about our sport’s superstars in the climbing magazines is OK, but YourClimbing.com provides more of an interactive and rewarding experience.”…

Why I don’t write books

A few years ago I wrote a short book about newspapers and new media. It’s actually the only book I’ve ever written, though I’ve written chapters for other authors’ books and for anthologies. It’s not that I don’t have much to say, but rather that I’ve never been able to afford to write books on…

Relationship advice is most e-mailed

And the most e-mailed New York Times story of 2006 is … [drumroll] … “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage“! Yeah, I remember that one. I read it myself when it came out, and e-mailed it to my wife (of course). It’s a story about how techniques for training animals also can improve…

Drama at Backfence.com

Backfence.com is a company I watch very closely. Its citizen media based networks of hyperlocal news sites is the geographic equivalent of my company’s network of citizen media based topical websites on various adventure and participant sports. So it’s with interest that I note that CEO Susan DeFife has resigned, citing differences with the company’s…

A shitty posting

I’m consistently delighted by some of the stuff that users post to our Enthusiast Group websites — which are citizen media based online communities geared for sport enthusiasts. And because we don’t censor or restrict what gets posted, some “interesting” content appears from time time to time — stuff that I just can’t imagine finding…

This Sirius-ly sucks

As I write this, my speakerphone is playing music from Sirius, because I’m trying to cancel my account with the satellite radio service. It’s been playing for 20 minutes now as I’m on hold waiting for the department that will accept my cancellation. I used to like Sirius. I now think it sucks, big-time. Why…

New year overload

Is anyone else experiencing this? After the usual holiday-week lull, my e-mail inbox is exploding — and I don’t mean just with spam. (I’ve got pretty good spam filtering.) It’s like everyone has returned to work with a vengeance and they are hammering my inbox with stuff that needs to be dealt with. Arrrgh!

It’s 2007: Is it for your website?

Every year, without fail, either in my Editor & Publisher Online column or in one or the other blogs I write or write for, I remind people on January 1 to check the copyright tagline at the bottom of their websites. So many people forget to change it to the current year. Well, for the…

Trendy at 50

The latest pop culture wisdom is that 50 is the new 40. I hope so, since I turned 50 today. Damn, that sounds old! At least I don’t feel old.

The columnist’s paradox

A line in Bill McCloskey’s latest E-mail Insider column resonated with me. In his latest, “What You Can Expect From This Column In 2007,” he wrote: I have absolutely no idea what my readers consider the gems and what they consider the dregs. I’ve been writing columns for over 10 years now and I have…

It didn’t take long: Saddam hanging video

As expected, there’s already video of Saddam’s hanging — I mean the actual death — online. A blog reader pointed me to this. It looks like someone had a video camera phone with them and surreptitiously shot the few minutes before the actual hanging, because the camera moves around a lot and after the floor…