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  • Blog Post: Blog infidelity - sign of the times

    I've spent a year being massively unfaithful to this blog. :( Last year (and to be fair the year before), it was more about twitter growing in influence and eating away my will to write long pieces. This year, it's been more about posting other places - on the Bing blog about our social hackathon...
  • Blog Post: Twitter and Facebook ate my blog (or possibly my brain)

    I'm writing this from a skyscraper with a big window where I see exactly no snow falling, despite dire prediction. As we all know, the Seattle area can't handle snow - so much so that the *idea* of snow, keeps drivers at home. This is a somewhat decent metaphor for the idea that the micro-blogging...
  • Blog Post: Transparency is good, but not a replacement for the "old objectivity"

    I was a newspaper reporter before I went into Web technology as a profession, and well before becoming any kind of blogger, so when I comment on journalism I have both perspectives ensconced in my brain. I was also a reporter before the journalism field took a lot of flack for lack of objectivity, so...
  • Blog Post: The Blog's the Thing...even when it's not the thing I am working on

    Bummer to see Dare go "unblogged". I respect his decision, but hope he will be back. He was an interesting voice, to say the least. I fielded some questions recently about blogging and engaging an audience from a coworker in another team this week, and realized the awesomeness of time passing, if...
  • Blog Post: Tim O’Reilly’s Blogging Code of Conduct and Kathy Sierra

    Blogging code of conduct goes over like lead balloon, podcast at 11. Ugh, I guess I should have seen that coming – both Tim O’Reilly’s kindhearted suggestion and the weird backlash of the anti-badges badges. (We don't need no steenkin'...) Though the Blogher community guidelines are the current...
  • Blog Post: Blogging vs. Journalism or Blogging and Journalism

    I was derailed from writing this post after SxSW by the Kathy Sierra stuff, but this post of Doc Searls reminded me I still needed to say something on the score of blogging and journalism. I respect what he is saying, I'm just going off on my own tangent for the rest of this. It's worth reading his post...
  • Blog Post: Death threats and blogging and being female

    There are a lot of people disturbed tonight about Kathy Sierra's latest post, me included. Some of it seems too weirdly insider; I don't know anything about the mean kids blog or the people she's talking about. But the experience of feeling threatened doesn't require you to know anyone to get the gist...
  • Blog Post: 99% inspiration, 1% perspiration

    So 2007 is a year where I want to focus on inspiration. Last year, I set out to thank as many of my mentors (and they are legion) as I could. I probably missed a couple hundred. This year, I have a loftier goal: to thank the folks who presented the spark of inspiration. Now they say with success...
  • Blog Post: Free Live QnA t-shirts to the quizzical and answer-generous; also... Ignite Seattle!

    So I will be spending 4 days at CES in Las Vegas, showing off what Live QnA can do, hoping my shoes are worthy (I might just go hiking boots at this rate), and making folks an offer they can't refuse. I'll be with Alexandra and Richard, two noble marketers who are also part of the Live Search booth....
  • Blog Post: Taste of the blog summit

    Mostly, the summit tasted like coffee and tiramisu. No, really. The morning sessions - which were all I got to see after a work issue on QnA called me back to the office - were all trying to wake up and get coffee in the veins. Then it was work work work until dinner time - which I got to late...
  • Blog Post: Making the blogosphere fizz a bit, or, Betsy's Blogger bath bombs (tm)

    So, I'm going to the Blog Business Summit. I'm really excited as mentioned before. First of all, when I do panel presentations, I tend not to have the same queasy sensations I do when I have to speak on my own. Co-presenting is the same way; I really don't want to hurl my cookies in a crowd perhaps,...
  • Blog Post: Betsy at the Blog Business Summit!

    They've got a stellar lineup at the Blog Business Summit in Seattle at the Bell Harbor Conference Center this year, and I'm tickled pink to be part of it for these panel sessions: Oct 26 11:30 Building Communities online 3:15 - Corporate blogging policy 4:30 - Microsoft and Social Media:...
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