Like all bloggers, I’m becoming a bit of a stats junkie, and I love the simple easy to understand information provided by StatCounter. It is so much more intuitive than so-called professional systems that I struggle with at the day job. Looking through recent keyword activity, I found this: I dont want to continue using yahoo id anymore?
It’s one of several anti-Yahoo searches I’ve seen pop up in our stats recently. Sunnyvale, you’ve got a problem. Better roll out the Yahoo damage control brigade fast. You’re alienating your users.
I’m in Washington DC next week (March 3-11) on a working holiday (as much as that is an oxymoron). If you’re a blogger, in new media or want to talk about digital journalism, drop me an e-mail, and we can grab a coffee or a drink. Looking forward to being back in the old hood.
OK, so that’s the lot! All my FOWA notes are now up. I’ll do a round-up tomorrow and actually talk about how I thought the conference went, but meantime I hope you find my notes useful. Please remember, though, that these notes were taken live and I can’t vouch for their accuracy, both because I am fallible and because I am only reporting what speakers said and not fact-checking them.
I’ve a lot of notes from yesterday still to blog, and will obviously generate yet more today, but with the wifi at the conference as good as dead, I may not get them up in real time. Sorry. We have to lay the blame for the bad wifi not at FOWA’s feet, though, as I know that they paid good money to have the same excellent level of connectivity as last year, but it seems that BT whichever provider it was, which may or may not be BT, although I was under the impression it was, has let them down.
Although the blog’s back and faster than ever, we seem to now have acquired a few problems with our RSS feed. If you’re not receiving updates in your aggregator, that’ll be why.
Despite the guys at Corante making some good advances in fixing our blog, we’re still having a few uncooperative moments from the MT installation. Sometimes Strange is here, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes you can comment, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes we can get in to the admin pages, sometimes we can’t. At least now I don’t have to connect via my mobile phone to access the admin pages! All I can say is please bear with us and with Corante. They’re working as hard as they can to fix things!
No, Suw and I have not been lazy bloggers, as a matter of fact, we’ve been itching to blog. A lot of you have mentioned to us in e-mails how slow Strange has been and time outs you’ve had when trying to post comments. Corante has been getting pummeled with spam (still is), and Movable Type doesn’t really handle spam or lots of comments very well. Lots of MT sites are struggling with this issue. The Corante tech team has been working hard to sort this out. An MT upgrade ‘borked the server’ and we’ve been down. But we’re back.
After a long podcasting hiatus, you’re going to think we’re podcasters gone wild. No, Suw and I recorded a year in review podcast with our friend Chris Vallance of BBC 5Live for the Pods and Blogs show. If you heard enough about 2006, the last couple of minutes are Suw and I talking about what we expect to see in 2007. Chris put the whole podcast up on his own blog Pocket Planet Radio.
I’m just coming back from my annual unplugged week – this year in the Mogollon Range in New Mexico – but before heading off to the mountains, I managed to talk to Jennifer Jones of Marketing Voices at PodTech, and I told her that “interactivity trumps celebrity” when trying to build a blog and community. Go here to listen to our conversation.
I had a lovely chat with John Buckley the other day, talking about all sorts of stuff, from biometrics and digital rights to blogs, journalism, Second Life, wikis and why I hate the phrase ‘citizen journalism’. You can listen over on Citizen Scoop.
John and I will be on the same Citizen Journalism panel at Podcastcon tomorrow, along with Neil McIntosh and Chris Vallance.