“In my Aug. 27 piece about Hoyt’s column and the “controversy,” I concluded that instead of bitching about moldy Times articles at the top of Web searches of their names, people like Kraus should tweak the Web to produce more accurate results.”
“Most people who keep blogs do it because they enjoy it. However, most of us also get to a point where we ask ourselves whether it is a good use of our time. Iâ€™ve been to that point and am happy to say that I do believe that it is a good use of my time”
“He is responding to a post at Poynter by Amy Gahran, in which she addresses the common lament that keeping a blog eats up too much time. (Yeah, time you were going to spend doing what instead?)”
“Google is planning a similar â€œfix the newsâ€ site, albeit one powered by news subjects rather than traditional journalists. Some journalists worry it will be â€œlarded with spin, hype and obfuscation.â€
“I know some lawyers spend far more time, but believe it or not, there’s a lot of good law blogs being published on a half hour a week. Try some of Amy’s ideas and you could join the club.”
Google News comment feature: “PR people need to consider this option, as so often their clients complain about misquotation, being taken out of context, sensationalizing and other media tricks to make stories interesting.”
“Presidents have always managed PR, but itâ€™s not often we get proof of their strategiesy. For the current admin, such proof came two weeks ago when its Advance Manual surfaced during a lawsuit. Slate sr. editor Dahlia Lithwick provides a close reading.”
“How is a conference in CA relevant to someone in KY? I’ve found that people in the Midwest and South often dismiss California as being, well, just not like the rest of the country. In other words, what goes on there is not relevent. Not true.”
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|Yes, you can blog without all your time running down the drain.|
Recently a colleague asked me a question that I hear from many people: “How can I blog without making it a time sink?”
It seems to me that the key to blogging efficiently is this: DO NOT treat it like writing an article or report. That is, make blogging part of your ongoing processes for research, notetaking, and communication.
A blog post is not (or at least, it shouldn’t be) a writing assignment you must prep for and deliver as a finished package. Let go of the idea that you must have everything nailed down, organized, and edited before you publish. (A tough one especially for writers and journalists, I know, but consider it a kind of experiment or Zen exercise.)
Here are some specific techniques to accomplish that mindset and habit switch…
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|…Just don’t confuse it with innovation — or action.|
- Telegraph Blogs : Technology : Shane Richmond : September 2007
“In the long term, the losers I see here are wire services. They make $ by selling copy to news organizations but they’ve just done a deal that acts as a disincentive to use their copy. Perhaps they hope to continue to act as everyone’s primary source?” (tags: wire+services news+biz business deals tidbits+fodder)
|Freelance Switch offered great search visibility advice — for about five years ago.|
The blog Freelance Switch just published an intriguing post, Getting Exposure On Search Engines, which addresses one of the most common questions freelance writers or other content producers have. Namely, how can I make myself easy to find online?” For freelancers especially this can be an issue of professional life and death.
The author, Shaun Crowley, offered great advice — for about five years ago.
His column overlooked entirely one key tool — feeds — that can easily outpace the results of everything else he recommended (SEO keywords, search-engine-friendly presentation, browser compatibility, inbound links, directory listings, etc.).
While Crowley did recommend that freelancers start blogging, he only addressed that in terms of a publication, not in terms of what they should do with their feed.
I’ve said it before: Learning to use feeds is a cornerstone skill for today’s online media. And that’s not just about learning to subscribe to feeds in a feed reader (although that’s a great starting point). It’s also about learning how to get your feed well connected so that it’s delivering you the most value by increasing your exposure and search engine positioning.
Here’s what everyone who wants to improve their search visibility should be doing with their feeds, and why…
|Everybody hates Truemors, but Guy Kawasaki doesn’t care.|
- The silliest, and most destructive, debate in journalism
“Citizen journalism” provides professional reporters the chance to collect more data. And â€œmainstream mediaâ€ provide readers established, popular distribution. Not to mention wisdom on sourcing, libel, narrative storytelling. Our readers don’t care.”Â (tags: citizen+journalism adversarial mainstream+media solutions controversy tidbits+fodder media+evolution)
“As dissed and disregarded as major media might be by those who have a deep interest in shedding analysis and oversight, the priesthood of professional storytelling is something human society always has needed.” OK, this is a problem….
|Google News now publishes stories from AP and other news services directly.|