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Blogging Goes Mainstream-ish

March 11, 2007


What a difference a year makes.

A year ago, if you looked at the most popular tags on WordPress, it would be chock full of Web 2.0 jargon like “RSS” and “blogging” and “MySpace” etc.

I just took a peak at the tagosphere.  “Web 2.0” is the 135th most popular tags. The top 10 are:











Looks like the same topics real people talk about, doesn’t it? Is blogging going mainstream?

Techmeme’s Blog Advertising

September 26, 2006


There’s been lots of discussion over how bloggers can monetize their sites.

Traditional ad models have not been so successful; sponsorships have done better, to date at least.

But Techmeme has just announced a clever new offering for advertisers: become a techmeme sponsor, and, instead of just sticking up a boring old banner on techmeme, the advertiser’s own blog feed is inserted into Techmeme.

It will be really interesting to watch how this pans out. My hunch is that for those advertisers who can grok the notion of blogging, this will become a much more effective way to reach blog readers.

MySpace=AOL, Blogs=Endgame

August 11, 2006


Fred Wilson offers an interesting and provocative post on blogs as the ultimate start page:

Blogs are the endgame for social networking. MySpace is the AOL of blogging. It’s where you go when you don’t know how to do it yourself. But with MySpace starting to rein in what people can do with their pages (for a host of good and bad reasons), they are seeding their own decline. A decline that will take a decade if AOL is a good proxy. In the next ten years, most people who want an online home will have a blog, it will be their online identity and their start page and much more.

I haven’t done it yet, but I should change my start page to my blog. That’s where I go to start my day and end my day. And I am hell bent to configure my blog with enough functionality that it can be my newspaper, my inbox, my tv, my radio, and my social network. It’s pretty damn close already.

That’s where all of this is going. We’ll program our online world and others will too. And we’ll start our day there instead of the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times. My best is many of you reading this are already there.