Kottke at the mercy of his readers

· Nanopublishing

Jason Kottke, one of the best-loved personal bloggers, has quit his job and is soliciting donations from readers so he can pursue his dream, Doing kottke.org as a full-time job.
It should be interesting to see whether his very large audience contains enough supporters to enable him to make a go of it.
I’m not sure this “business model,” this way of leveraging “the many” would work for anyone who isn’t over at the left side of the power-law curve, but it’s still fascinating, if only for what it says about Kottke’s desire to put his blogging on the front burner and dignify with his full attention.
Update (via Waxy): over at Ask Metafilter, they’re talking about what they’d be willing to pay, if anything, for various weblogs.

How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own) – Engadget – www.engadget.com ++

· Nanopublishing, Syndication, Weblog Concepts

Engagdget published a guide to podcasting (time-shifted syndicated online audio/radio type content developed and popularized by Dave Winer and Adam Curry) by Phillip Torrone back in October of this year (pretty fast out of the gate):

Quoting from How-To: Podcasting (aka How to get Podcasts and also make your own)


This week’s How-To is a three part special complete with our first Engadget “Podcast” MP3. The first part is how to get “Podcasts” on your iPod. So what’s a Podcast? To put it simply, a Podcast is an audio file, a MP3, most likely, in talk show format, along with a way to subscribe to the show and have it automatically delivered to your iPod when you plug in to iTunes. The show isn’t live, so you can listen to it whenever you want.
Doc Searls may have said it best: “PODcasting will shift much of our time away from an old medium where we wait for what we might want to hear to a new medium where we choose what we want to hear, when we want to hear it, and how we want to give everybody else the option to listen to it as well.”

(via Micro Persuasion)

Does blogging need an ethics committee?

· Business, Journalism, Nanopublishing, Weblog Concepts

Quoting from Blog Ethics Committee, Blog Publishers Association, and the evil Word of Mouth Marketing folks – The Jason Calacanis Weblog – calacanis.weblogsinc.com


Nick Denton put up a pleasantly surprising post today, complimenting me for being a “volunteer watchdog” for blog ethics. He proposes Jeff Jarvis and I start a blog ethics committee in order to create some standards in blog advertising. It’s a great idea, a lot of work, and very important to the blogosphere.
If you’re blogging— for money or not—we all have an interest in having a level of comfort when we’re consuming and creating media. Who doesn’t want to know if a blogger is getting paid to write about something? Who doesn’t want to see advertisements clearly labeled and outside of the content space? I can’t think of one reader of blogs who wants to be deceived….

Getting a word in, edgewise

· Nanopublishing

A bit of shameless self-promotion is called for from time to time. I mean, hell, I didn’t even pimp my last few web-development books on this site much now did I? Plus, for a nanopublisher, I’m remarkably unconcerned with the flow of money beyond the realm of between break even and acceptable losses, so hear goes.
Since about Feb 2002 (I guess that was about five months after 9/11, so I was probably noticing the political commentary was really happening on blogs by then), I’ve been putting my political and media critical weblog entries up at its own site. It has had several names over the last few years, few of them memorable, but it is now called Edgewise (and its one of the publications emerging from the Mediajunkie collective, most of which are anthologized at Telegraph).
For a while I reposted my political stuff here at RFB, but I thought that was intrusive on the more educational, less advocacy-oriented nature of this blog, although I do list my recent headlines from other blogs in the sidebar, and that includes links to Edgewise, although only to my posts there.
I like the name Edgewise. Contributor Cecil Vortex suggested it. It perfectly captures that talking back to the mass media feel we like about political blogging. I made up the subtitle, which has two meanings, one is news-interviewer cant for ending an interview, the other is a general apology for the scantiness of blogging in general.
The best thing about Edgewise is that we now have multiple writers, three or four of which have been posting nearly every day.
I’ve Edgewise
We’re pushing each other now, with these multiple voices, and as the election heats up I suspect we’ll see more sparks fly. Cecil has already called the election for Kerry and pinpointed the tipping point. New contributor Boris Khadinov has a brief against O’Reilly and the rest of the right-wing media. David Kolodney (of Ramparts fame) betrays his philosophical training as he reframes media moment after moment – I’d love to tape an interview between Kolodney and Lakoff!
Briggs Nisbet merged her occasional Hellmouth column into Edgewise and I’m on the verge of inviting so new people to contribute as well. At least one person has access to the blog but hasn’t posted yet but may at some time or another. My father has an open invitation to present the pro-Republican side of things, for example.
I will continue my policy of keeping RFB non-ideological (except maybe in the syndication wars – I’m just keeding), but I did want to plug the site at least once here, because some of my Blogistan readers might enjoy it, and… let’s face it: blogging is more fun than metablogging (blogging about blogging).
So drop by Edgewise, or subscribe to one of its RSS/Atom webfeeds, but check out the actual site – we have a good chunk of political headlines down the left margin of the page and that’s not in the Atom feed yet – not even sure it should be?).
As soon as my book is done, I’ll probably be implementing a lot of pent up blogging best-practice ideas I haven’t had time to execute yet, across all of the Mediajunkie sites.

According to MT-medic…

· Nanopublishing

Mena has asked us to explain how we are using Movable Type so that Six Apart can understand the pricing issues some of us have (Six Log: How are you using the tool?).
First of all, I work in the publishing, media, and technology industries so I am used to paying for the software that I use to do my job and that I use to pursue my artwork and noncommercial creative efforts. I also don’t always keep a clear line between these things.
I’ve given $45 to Six Apart (I’ve also bought Radio three times and made a donation for Blogger Pro that netted me a cool hoodie). I always thought the $150 price for commercial installations was laughably cheap.
I’m not sure what I’m willing to pay a year to use an upgraded Movable Type, but I’d be most interested in an unlimited plan so that I can continue to freely spawn new blogs, websites, brands, domains, services, spontaneous logs, and so on without looking over my shoulder.
That’s a bottom-line feature for me.
According to MT-medic, on the Mediajunkie server I am currently hosting twenty-one weblogs (as used in the MT application’s nomenclature).
I manage most of these weblogs and have posting rights to most of them. Blog number one is called artsflow that will probably be folded into another one, called Telegraph, soon.
I run my link log with an entirely different data model and generally include it elsewhere with MT-RSSfeed or GlobalEntries.
I have a sandbox called Above the Fold for experimenting with designs, stylesheets, and other web development ideas, mostly unused at the moment.
I currently maintain my longrunning (on and off since 1997) online journal with MT at wake up!.
My writer’s notebook is called A Supposedly StaggeringInfinie Work of Heartbreaking Illumination I’ll Never Read.
I started this Radio Free Blogistan site on Radio and now run it with four other authors on MT.
I publish my political opinions at another group site, Edgewise. My collaborators on that site (as with this one) have been carrying it for quite some time as I wrestle with my book deadlines.
The book, The Power of Many, has its own blog as well.
I mentioned Telegraph already, right? It posts the excerpt or summary from every public blog on the Mediajunkie server whenever I get around to cranking out an update (sounds like a job for crontab, eh?)
I’ve also got a shell set up to import my Uncle John’s blog site from Blogger. It’s the last one I still run on Blogger and now I’m not in quite so much a hurry to complete the migration, although I did promise myself that I’d get everything into one database at some point before going off half-cocked with some newfangled publishing tool.
Those are just the blogs I post to (all my posts are aggregrated at a virtual blog called monolog which is just created by a special index template using GlobalEntries that most of my blogs know how to update.
The other writers I’m publishing with this single MT 2.661 installation include the four other authors here at Blogistan; five or six people with publishing privileges for Edgewise (two or three of us do most of the posting there); Briggs and Rich’s garden blog, True Dirt; Claudia Long’s scathing political site, The Great Divide; Elizabeth Spiers’ personal blog; Jeff Green’s spleen; Cecil Vortex; Martha Conway’s 12 Blog; my book editor, Pete Gaughan, who’s been keeping the Power of Many site fresh; a former contributor to my old FrontPage site; and two small children whose parents are friends of mine and whose blogs are off-limits to the public, for obvious reasons.
No money is changing hands for any of this. The Google ads don’t cover my lunch money. I do this for the love of it and because publishing is cool and because I like learning how to do things and because it keep me fresh as a writer and it’s wonderful to turn on a blog for someone (I also host people’s domains for them, such as Cecil and the Monkey Man’s Monkey Vortex Radio Theater, Marth’s marthaconway.com, Elizabeth’s ElizabethSpiers.com, Briggs’ Godetia, and so on.