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…

Ancient digital history revisited

I left the print media at the end of 1993 and started my full-time Internet career in January 1994. If that seems like the dark ages, The Onion confirms that it was with its story, “Recently Unearthed E-Mail Reveals What Life Was Like In 1995.” Yes, things were different back then. I too had a…

The columnist as Energizer Bunny

I’m in awe of NY Times technology columnist David Pogue. Not only does he write a column for the print edition and NYT website, but he also has a blog, writes a weekly e-mail newsletter (that’s often sort of a supplement to his regular column), produces a nearly weekly video feature, AND now has begun…

Depressing newspaper outlook; depressing ads

You can’t help but see the irony in the screen-grab below: The story from MediaPost, “Newspaper Outlook Dubbed Deeply Depressing, Ad Business Shifting To Online,” is accompanied by an ad from the Newspaper Association of America, part of a recent (and controversial inside the industry) campaign to encourage more newspaper advertising. The irony is that…

New column for E&P

Not much time for blogging this week, but I’ll at least share a pointer to my latest Editor & Publisher Online column: How to Get Ahead in the New Media Newsroom.

Do I need digital running shoes?

The digital gadgets that keep coming out are either amazingly cool and you have to have them (that’s often me), or they’re getting ridiculous and nobody really needs them. I had a bit of both of those reactions to Nike’s new shoes, which “talk” to your iPod Nano. The deal is that the shoes keep…

Website voicemail

I’ve been checking out MyChingo.com, which has a nifty concept even if not yet great execution. The site allows you to add a “voicemail” inbox to your website or blog. Your readers can leave you a voice message, which you can listen to privately or toggle to be public — so anyone can listen to…

EPpy winners, and a surprise for me

Hmmm. The annual EPpy Awards winners were announced today. This is the annual competition produced by Editor & Publisher and MediaWeek to select the best news sites on the Web. I was a judge (one of several dozen) again this year, as I have been for years. (Way back when, I was the original organizer…

Newspapers & death (readers’, and their own)

Well, it seems I’m not the only one to think that paid newspaper obituaries are a lame and greedy idea. Columbia Journalism Review executive editor Mike Hoyt went through the death-of-a-parent thing recently (as did I last year) and wrote about his experience in writing an obituary for his mother — then being socked with…

Short-sighted people in power

So often in these (unfortunately) conservative-dominated times I read stuff that makes my blood boil. Like this bit of utter stupidity from a press release from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an oil industry-funded group about to thrust upon the American populace an ad campaign designed to cast doubt on the scientific consensus about global warming:…

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…

360-degree views for the masses (if you’re lucky)

PictureCloud.com has an interesting idea: Allow anyone to create a walk-around image by submitting multiple images (around 20 is ideal) of an object. The service mashes the photos together to make what appears to be a 360-degree view of the object. The result is kind of cool. I can see how this might come in…

A (lost) life on a laptop

The New York Times piece “Hope, Saved on a Laptop” by Dan Barry is one of the most powerful pieces of newspaper writing I’ve encountered in a while. (Unfortunately, you won’t be able to read it from that link unless you are a Times Select paying member. It ran in the print NYT on May…

Incentives and P2P

Donna Bogatin over at ZDNet noticed the beta launch of YourMTB.com (my company’s debut website and online community), and took note of our strategy of using incentives to promote user submissions of content. She points to a UC Berkeley study (PDF document) that comes to similar conclusions as we did when building YourMTB.com: A peer-to-peer…

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…