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Monday, June 15, 2009

Those are blogs that died, died

Tonight while digging around through some old papers in the newspaper rack, we came across this story about some of our former comrades who have left the blogosphere, for one reason or another.

Speaking of which, we see there's a new version of Oregon Media Insiders trying to take up the slack left by the first one. Good luck to that enterprise. [Via Preemptive Karma.]

We know about that time-to-give-up-blogging feeling. We even had it ourselves, once. But some people -- baby, we were born to blog.

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My 3 initial blogging inspirations were that original Portland media insider one with the anonymous host. That was an intriguing premise. It's gone as is the 2nd version with Lynne. She really came across with a nice spirit, but there was nothing like having someone risking a job from within the biz.

I followed the One True B!x when he was attending all those obscure meetings and reporting on them. That ended but a different version continued for him, often with great pictures.

Thirdly, there was Jack Bog's blog still going strong. Recently I was trying to remember a quote about the tram so I googled it and a couple of blogs showed up. That's when I realized this was a de facto history of Portland through these years. Keep it up.

I was a little startled to see my blog, "The Portland Freelancer, turn up on google. What a hassle that was. I'd have to check it every so often in case someone threatened physical harm on a politician, etc... Way too much responsibility.

So thanks for letting me comment here. Lately I've been off my game and I think I may take a break at some point soon. Nothing personal.

I was making a movie and that movie is done. Now I have to try and get it out there, or find the next project. I can't sit around waiting to see if my stuff goes on primetime TV this Fall - even though they said to call at the end of the Summer. What next? The movie took 26 months, and blogging throughout helped keep it from being too much.

Blogging can be good for your brain unless it keeps you from things you're avoiding and I could be drifting into that.

Either way, it's fun.

They call this the Wild West days on the Internet and, as with all good things, it will end sooner than expected with everyone looking back and suddenly realizing what a tremendous blast this was -- despite the many hassles. Carry on.

Maybe don't argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel, but it arguably appears there are some informations and words of news mouth which barrels of ink can't buy:

Rupert Murdoch's MySpace blunder, by Karl Frisch, Media Matters, June 15, 2009.

Perhaps Rupert just couldn't figure out how to force one point of view down the throats of a few million users.
Go! Do things internets! I command thee!

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Which could bring some inky opprobrium posse barreling down on the intertubes:

"I'd like to talk to you about that thing you put on the Friendsters and Tweeters..." by Karl Frisch, Media Matters, June 15, 2009.

'Editor & Publisher' has an interesting look at how newspaper editors are reacting to the use of popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook by their journalists. As you can imagine, newspaper ethics policies for social networking sites are all over the map...

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