Thought at 8:47pm July 24th, 2004

Dave blogged about CNN not understanding what a blog was and offered this image as proof.

Dave’s confusion about CNN’s intent here is understandable and illustrates a problem with tabbed interfaces.

The image is from the Election Special page in its default view. The widget Dave was looking at in fact offers two options — send CNN an e-mail or find out more about CNN’s Convention Blog.

The “Blog” and “E-mail Us” at the top of this widget are supposed to be tabs, and E-mail Us is the default setting. If you click on “Blog” it will offer up this:

This is very confusing because the tabs don’t look like tabs. In the default view the word “blog” looks like a label and “e-mail us” looks like part of the widget’s copy. Making matters worse, the default position is to the second tab instead of the first.

Hopefully now that Dave’s flagged the problem CNN can take some time to fix this so that people can actually find the convention blog when it launches July 26th.

If someone from CNN wants to contact me I’ll be happy to give them a free copy of my Web Best Practices report that covers this among other things.

(Note: It seems that Dave’s taken down the post as I can’t find it on his site even though it showed up in his feed)

Thought at 6:13am July 22nd, 2004

Read and Pass is the blog for Seth Godin’s wonderful new project ChangeThis.

Funny though, the blog is in chronological order instead of the almost universal reverse chronological order.

I find it endlessly confusing that the posts are in the “wrong” order and I’d like them to change it right away. I can’t imagine I’m the only one who’s noticed this even though Feedster shows few links to Read and Pass.

So here is my first “minifesto”:

All blogs should be in reverse chronological order to avoid needless scrolling and to stick with conventional usage.

Thought at 4:22pm March 22nd, 2004

It’s interesting that as soon as I started using Furl I dropped the volume of posts here rapidly. I think this is partly because I often used my blog as a way to keep track of ideas, links, and notes for myself, and incidentally published them for the world. Furl let’s me do the first three without the worry of posting something coherent to others.

I’ve also noticed that my blogging goes in cycles, partly influenced by how much work I have on my plate, partly by how inspired I am, and probably partly inspired by what is going on in the world. Generally when there is TOO MUCH new stuff and I’m REALLY excited, I tend to blog LESS, undoubtedly because I’m “saving it up” for a great post (that never comes).

Thought at 7:43pm November 12th, 2003

Dave Winer seems to be developing the new Scripting News site in real-time. The page is getting slowly modified as Dave blogs his progress and people comment on how he’s doing. Not something I’d recommend to the faint of heart, but interesting to watch.

Wonder when a nav bar will appear.

Thought at 8:45pm September 25th, 2003

Always On: The Blogger Revolt!:

“The bottom line as I see it is the original blogging community represents the early-adopters of a movement that will eventually radicalize the entire media industry. Some time off in the future, if major media brands do not open up their content to more participation, readers will just not trust them, and they will go elsewhere.”

Anthony Perkins faces his critics and makes a good case that Always On can work, whatever it is.

Thought at 11:13pm September 21st, 2003

There is of course much talk in the US about blogging politicians. Ontario is having an election October 2, 2003 and I was a bit disheartened to see how Dalton McGinty, leader of the opposition Liberal party, is blogging on “Dalton’s blog”

Here is a stirring excerpt from one of the four posts since the blog went live in May:

“Most nights, there’s a rally. Tonight, there was a dose of reality.

With the campaign ads on the air now, reporters ask me if the attack ads bother me.

What I heard today, in Sarnia and Wallaceburg and Walkerton, bothered me a lot more.”

(via BonaSource’s excellent user experience review of the three major party sites.)

Thought at 11:43pm September 2nd, 2003

Great response by Ross Mayfield to a Jimmy Guterman article in B2 on blogs:

“I believe what Jimmy is saying is that there isn’t a consumer market for blogging and that it isn’t essential for businesses to address it. The problem is we are at the very beginning of a technology adoption lifecycle. Some serious companies have forecasted this market to grow and made their bets accordingly. Every time a journalist tries to wrap themselves around the existing market, what’s visible are early adopters. What stands out are the leaders in using blogs for publishing, who benefit from preferential attachment as the earliest entrants. And if you take the innovator dialogue too seriously it looks like a one-ring circus.”

Thought at 3:46pm August 20th, 2003

This is interesting.

The Guardian will be publishing a column in the “real” (print) newspaper from Jason Staines, who posted some comments to their blogged items. From comment poster to columnist in a few short days:

“Eilan (aka Jason Staines), who has contributed to our discussion here on weblogs over the last week, agreed to pen this week’s Second Sight column in the newspaper. We thought he did a much better job of proposing a downside to the blogosphere than many of the higher-profile critics who have been having a go of late.”

The comments that got him the gig are here.

Update: Here is the column he did for the print and online version of the Guardian.

Thought at 2:18am July 31st, 2003

Fascinating post on GlennLog called “Hating”.

While the post is really about a war Dave Winer is having with a user, I wanted to note Glenn’s central theme regarding the imminent end of privacy (my words not his):

“This kind of permanence has set in on the Web in a way that only a small percentage of people understand. Post to Usenet — ever? It’s there, forever. Post a Web page for a few months? Google has an archive, and if it’s up long enough, so does The Internet Archive, which, with a few keystrokes, brings up the history of every page they’ve archived at a given URL.”

Thought at 10:16pm June 20th, 2003

Dave Winer is documenting “what makes a weblog a weblog?”

“Rather than saying ‘I know it when I see it’ I wanted to list all the known features of weblog software, but more important, get to the heart of what a weblog is, and how a weblog is different from a Wiki, or a news site managed with software like Vignette or Interwoven.”

Thought at 5:05pm January 27th, 2003

Interesting to note that Jupiter Research has set up a weblog area for their analysts to pontificate in real-time.

Considering that Jupiter makes it’s living selling in-depth reports by these analysts, I see this as a very smart move. The analysts can add insights into the overall blog culture, picking up links and being included in blog-rolls. This will help a lot more people see that they know what they’re talking about (hopefully) and therefore build an audience for the paid research.

I think this is a good example of the business use of blogs by content-heavy companies.

Thought at 6:03pm September 10th, 2002

I rather sheepishly did something today in the AIMS ADL that I don’t normally do — point people to my own site.

In general I’ve preferred to keep my personal opinions out of my moderation of the ADL as much as is possible (which is not entirely of course). But I included a post about blogs in this issue and I felt that my blog was a good example because it IS NOT the perfect blog. I don’t get to it nearly as much as I should to make it a really vibrant and living thing. And I don’t feel I’ve found a definitive “voice” for it (although you may hear it when you read my /opinions).

In any case, if you got here from the ADL, thanks for following my humble link. And if you didn’t get here from the ADL, here are the links I provided in my post:

Articles on Weblogs

Weblog Examples:

Glenn Fleishman



Dan Bricklin

AIMS Newsblog

For those of you now hooked, you can read Chapter 8 (Weblogs in Business) from the book “We Blog” here:

My questions to the ADLerati out there:

Do you Weblog? If so, why? Business or personal?

Do you see business advantages to Weblogs?

Do weblogs replace or supplement other communications?

Thought at 12:05am August 24th, 2002

Many people focus on the personal and journalistic uses of blogs. But they are also very useful for companies to use to enhance (or establish) communications between themselves and their customers.

A great example of the power of weblogs in business is Oddblog by Oddpost.

Oddpost itself is an amazing company that I’ve mentioned before, but I found that I loved them even more after finding their idiosyncratic blog, which on the face of it tells you about bug fixes, but in reality, if the personification of their brand.


Thought at 9:13pm July 31st, 2002

O’Reilly Network’s article “What We’re Doing When We Blog” by Meg Hourihan is a great overview of what makes Weblogging different from having a personal home page. I appreciate people who are getting back to “deep thoughts” about what we are doing online. It seemed over the last few years that new ideas and analysis of them had fallen out of fashion.

My guess is this will be a heavily linked to article (I found the article via Davenet)

Thought at 1:35am July 5th, 2001

Well, since this is imho* #1, it only seems fair to send a big virtual “thank you” to the first “blogger” I happened upon (in fact possibly the first blogger period). And that is Dave Winer. I became aware of Dave through his DaveNet e-mails and started to follow his daily musings. If you’re looking for inspiration for imho: look no further.