January 2004 - Posts
Here's an interesting commentary of well-known .NET blogger Rory Blyth's appearance on the radio show .NET Rocks!. Rory responds really well here. (Of course, the ever-present antagonist Anon, showed up with his two friends, “ymous” and “Coward“.)
I like the "Third Place" analogy he illustrates. And that's pretty similiar to how I see .NetRocks!.
Maybe the problem is, its a monopoly. The naysayers didn't like the show and they had to turn it off. They had nowhere else to go except .NetRocks! rerun shows, maybe even MSDN TV.
I think we need more "Third Places" for the .NET Community. Radio shows, video shows, maybe Groove Casual Edition® or something like that.
I've looked at sites like Meetup.com, and they have good concepts, but they don't really help you if you live in Fort Wayne, IN, USA...
DonXML has brought up a new idea on supporting blogging communities. The short of it is to allot sponsors a blog entry in your main feed and then to also create a seperate blog just for sponsors. I like the idea, and one of the points I think is important is this one:
"Also long as the ads are done in a similar style to the rest of the site, it will fit in with the site and not take away from it."
On the weblogs.asp.net feed Paschal pretty much already does this. He markets products all the time and those products gain some buzz. The thing is, he writes about them as if he is analyzing them and then only provides one or two images at the most.
This doesn't bother me and I think that it would provide good exposure for possible sponsors.
Good idea, Don.
Are there any Fog Bugz users here?
It looks like an impressive application for tracking bugs and feature requests and before I downloaded the trial I thought I'd ask for any personal opinions on the application. Comments anyone?
Ok. So today, I finally found it. What I was looking for awhile ago. Someone posts an entry on their blog and thanks to simple syndication I recieve a notice in my aggregator of choice. I read the entry and I am struck with the desire to leave a comment. So I do.
Now normally, I need to remember which entry I made a comment on. So I have to go back to that page and find my comment(s) and see if there were any new comments made. Sometimes I'm lucky and the blog supports the CommentAPI and I can read it right their in my aggregator. Ok, but still I have to wade around in my feed items and hope I can remember what the title of the entry was. So it is better, but not perfect.
Now Too-daaay, Today I found something it is a lot better. I felt like leaving a comment on the Story of Feedster Blog and I noticed a little subscribe checkbox. I clicked it.
1 hour and 15 minutes later DeWayne leaves a comment on the same entry and I got an email! how great is that?
Maybe this is something that exists on other blogs and I've just missed it, but this is great. With this little addition you could leave a comment on a blog entry and know if the author (or someone else) responds to you. It seems too simple to be a new idea. I suppose there's an issue of having an email server to dish out the emails. But really you think this would be more prevalent.
I know some people don't want emails. But why not give them the choice? Enhance commmmuuunication Flow.
Ok I suddenly feel like an 8-year old who just stepped into the blog-o-sphere. Everyone's looking at me like I'm an idiot or a complete newb.
How funny is it, that the #1 ranking for "newb" on Google is http://www.newb.ie/index.shtml?
After seeing many comments by Anon, I was actually inspired by this wonderful collection of his. Thanks Anon, this ones for you...
Of those who comment
Anon is my favorite
A boundless monster
Trolling the world web
He can say what he wishes
Great courage he has
No power you gain
Over the one with no name
Liable he's not
Many wounds he makes
But the cuts do heal quickly
So shallow they are
One of so many
Your comments I will forget
No name, no effect
When you hit submit
Your opinion has been lost
One more to the void
And now I expect
To have awakened Anon
Prepare for the spam
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