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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: 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 difference one letter makes... Betsy goes from QnA to XNA...

    I'm back from Merrie Olde England where I got a chance to hang out with a true Blog Queen - Eileen Brown, in the UK IT evangelism team . Last time I hung out with her in England, we were on our way to TechEd Amsterdam, and readying a blogging presentation together. This time was just for fun (though...
  • 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: 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: 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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