Notes from “Maximizing Your Blogging Strategies”

These are notes from the first panel discussion from Gnomedex. These notes aren’t exhaustive–just what I was interested in nothing down.

I asked a question about rich media and blogs, and a debate ensued.

Adam Kalsey: Greatest thing that blogging has done for me is the increase in traffic. If you write something interesting, and keep writing something interesting, people will come and people will stay.

Dave Taylor: Blogging is just a content-management system. Amen. Gave him the ability to start managing data. Answers questions from readers of his books via his weblog. A fictional patina over blogging.

Hey, Ross Rader is Canadian. Who knew? A fellow Canucklehead.

Jason Shellen
: Blogging is about connectivity.

Robert Scoble: The best relationship-building tool I’ve ever seen.

Jason Shellen: Big on Picasa, BloggerBot and This is first-generation stuff, and he’s towing the partyline.

Ross Rader: He’s speaking my language–the whole Web 2.0 is about being more useful. Right now, there’s plenty of utility but no utility.

Scoble: Does that matter? People have to learn the tools.

Shellen: We have to make things easy for the consumer.

Taylor: The rich media may cause a chasm between the knows and the don’t-knows.

Shellen: Isn’t convinced about audio and video.

Scoble: Talks about podcasting–must look into this.

Rader: In 1991, we were complaining about the impact of graphics on our bandwidth–images just won’t be viable. Just because it’s unprofitable to challenge the infrastructure doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.

Scoble: Doesn’t think video-blogging is a fad. It’s here for good. There’s a problem about getting noticed with a new audio or video show–we’re limited to what we can consume. Becoming a star will be more difficult.

Taylor: It will go the way of flash mobs–it’s a cute idea, but it won’t significantly effect my life.

Scott Johnson (thanks, Adam): When porn starts to become available in a new media format, it’s a ringing endorsement of that media format. Referenced

Rader: Enclosures are binary attachments of syndication feeds. The difference between those and the regular email attachments is the time-shifted nature–you can download it when you want.

Speaker from feedster: Don’t forget about coral (

Steve Gillmor: If all this attention is being paid to this subject, it’s proof that there’s something going on here. “The largest concentration of profits in the radio business is in drive time” (the time spent in the car). He actually said “disintermediating”. Podcasting is the first step down the road to a fundamental change in the architecture of the radio industry.

Paypal dude at the mike: Slashdot insurance–a great concept. If you make things easier for people to do, they’ll do it.

Nick Bradbury: FeedDemon should help you find stuff that you’re interested in.

Taylor Dave McClure from Paypal (the aforementioned dude, thanks Dave): We need a recommendation engine for blogs.

Shellen: Raises questions of ontology about manging information overload. We should be able to consume sub-categories of people’s feeds.


  1. Nicely summarized, Darren. Feel free to ping me with further queries or thoughts, of course. One correction: I didn’t say that we needed a correction engine, Dave McClure from Paypal did. I think it’s a good idea, but in a lot of ways aggregating bloggers kind of serve that purpose already.

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