Business Blog Summit Live Commentaries

I’m sure there are many people blogging live from the Business Blog Summit. Seeing as though those of us who are not there don’t seem to be able to participate in any other way (no feeds and the IRC channel is just full of people not there asking the two that are what is going on no) I thought I’d start to compile a list of bloggers that are doing some live commentaries (or at least making a bit of noise from within the heart of the conference) of the sessions. Feel free to add yours if you’re doing some:

Jeff Barr’s Blog – some pretty comprehensive summaries of each session so far

Common Craft (who has also set up a wiki for the conference)

The Blog Post

Chris Pirillo

Daren Barefoot

Will Pate

Ratcliffe Blog

Buzz Marketing With Blogs


Blogosphere News

I’m sure there is more – will keep adding them as they are found

I have to say that so far in reading the commentaries that the depth of topic covered is not quite what I expected so far. Perhaps its hard to convey it in writing but its a little more on the ‘entry level’ side of things in the first few sessions – I guess this is understandable as an introduction to a conference. I’m yet to stop in my tracks as I read and go ‘wow’….rewind….got to read that again! Maybe its that I just got up and need another coffee but perhaps this conference is aiming more at those beginning their business blogging journeys? Interested in the opinions of those who are there.

I am very much looking forward to hearing about the session on ‘The Entrepreneurial Blog: Monetizing Your Interests’ by Brian Alvey and Glenn Fleishman later today though – should be some good information in that.

Waiting for Blog Business Summit News

Is anyone else feeling they are missing something by not being able to get to the Blog Business Summit?

One of the things I love so much about blogging is that it is such a global medium and so accessible to such a large proportion of the world*. This particularly appealed to me as an Australian who loves to communicate and network with other fellow enthusiasts in my fields of interest from around the world – but who finds himself with a limited capacity to travel regularly. In most cases blogging has crossed the borders brilliantly but on occasions it unfortunately does not.

Conferences such as the Blog Business Summit are one time when I feel the isolation the most. There has been talk of a couple of Aussie blogging conferences in the next few months but I’d really love to get to Seattle this year to put faces, voices, handshakes to the names and ramblings of a few of my favorite blogs. There is nothing like those face to face encounters to take your online friendship and working relationships to the next level.

I was hoping that there might have been some sort of audio or even video feeds from the event but at this point it doesn’t seem like there is any. I’ll have to live vicariously through blogs themselves or the IRC channel that Robert Scoble has put up.

Anyway – enough of my whining – I’ll be keeping up to date with the latest through some of these blogs no doubt:

Paul Chaney

Todd at A Penny For

Business Logs



Common Craft

The Blog Post

Tom Peters

*I know that it doesn’t really cross all economic divides as its still a pretty middle and upper class thing with it being essential that you live in a location that has access to the internet and a computer – however there are now bloggers in most (if not all) countries in the world.

Trend Watching Websites and RSS Feeds

One skill that I think is vitally important for Professional Bloggers is the ability to keep up to date with the latest trends. So much of blogging is being able observe and even anticipate what people are interested in or looking for and providing appropriate content to meet there needs in a timely manner. Trend watching is therefore something we should either be actively doing ourselves or at the very least outsourcing to someone else to do for us.

In many regards almost every blog being tracked on my RSS feed list is a vital part of my trend watching but I also read quite a number of other specific trend sites to help me keep my finger on the pulse. Some of the more recent sites that I watch daily that specifically are looking at the latest trends in a number of industries are as follows (I’ve included RSS feeds of those that have them but unfortunately most dont seem to have caught onto that trend yet!:

Small Business Trends – which as the name suggests keeps an eye on the latest trends and influences of the global small business market (RSS).

PSFK – a collaborative trend spotting site run by a number of bloggers from around the globe (RSS).

Trend Central – Tracking trends across topics of Lifestyle, Style, Entertainment and Technology (no RSS).

Herman Group – Trend Alert – looking at trends across a number of fields in this weekly column (no RSS).

Trend Watching – A blog-like site with trends from around the globe across a number of fields (no RSS).

Google Zeitgeist – Tracking what people search for on Google (RSS)

Yahoo Buzz Index – Tracking what people are searching for on Yahoo (RSS)

Trends in Japan – Tracking the latest fads in Japan across different areas (no RSS)

Trend Report – Mainly Consumer trends (no RSS)

Trend Mag – Tracking a variety of trends (no RSS)

I’m interested to know what trends you watch for your blogging and what online (and offline) sources you use?

Expectations of a Professional Blogger

I recently asked readers for questions for my upcoming interviews with Professional bloggers. Bobby Masteria asked:

‘Ask long time probloggers what have been their fears, hopes and expectations.’

It is certainly a question I will ask in the interviews I do – but I thought I’d also answer it here for myself. I’ll start in this post with some of my ‘expectations’.

The last two years of blogging has been a whirlwind for me. I’ve learnt so much and seen so many changes in the blogosphere. I sometimes find myself staring in a daze at my powerbook’s screen wondering what the next year or two will bring. As I’ve said before – my mind boggles at where we are headed as a community of bloggers and I hardly know where or how to begin in describing my expectations. Let me give a few:

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Podcasting Consultants

Last night I fell asleep thinking of Podcasting – ok I know that is a twisted and screwed up thing to admit but its true. I was pondering the podcasting business model question and starting wondering what business applications podcasting could have. When it comes to blogging the business blog is said to be the ‘next big thing’ – as a result blogging consultants are popping up everywhere – so in what ways might the humble podcast be used in business and when will we see the first pod consultant?

That is about as far as my pondering got – I’d been out with some friends at the pub and it was late and I was slurring my thoughts a little. Anyway – this morning I start running through my morning RSS rounds and find Cameron might just have answered the question about podconstultants – it could be him. He’s just written a post titled – My first podcasting client?

‘I don’t want to say too much at this stage, but over the last couple of days I’ve been having a VERY interesting conversation with a senior manager from a tier one US company who is interested in engaging my services to help produce an internal podcast for a certain segment of their staff around the world.

The idea is something like this:

This company has thousands of people around the world all doing the same job. It’s a difficult job and one not really appreciated by other members of the team. So this person has been appointed to bring these staff from around the world into a community. Get them talking, listening, sharing, debating.’

Very interesting.

Just saw this one also. Its an official podcast of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists . We’ll see more of this I guess.

Pro-Bloggers Website

The Professional Bloggers Association has just put up their website. Great name – they’ve chosen Pro-Bloggers. For Sale – $1 Million Start Bid

Do you want to buy a domain name? Got a spare $1million dollars? Then might interest you! It isn’t a blog and therefore isn’t quite relevant here but I couldn’t resist linking up.

You see will be auctioned off to the highest bigger on January 31 to the highest bigger and the bids will start at $1million. Check out their terms for the auction at PicturePhone Domain Name Auction.

Seeking a Podcasting Business Model

Listening to a good interview with Mick and Cameron from G’day World on a Podcast with the Blog Herald. Of particular interest to me was their comments about finding a business model for podcasting. I won’t quote them directly here (editing out the ‘vulgarities’ that some complain of..hehe) but they suggest that they’d like to look at doing a similar thing to the guys at Weblogs Inc with podcasting – ie provide the infrastructure for a stable of podcasters who each produce quality podcasts on their own areas of expertise.

Sounds like a great idea – I am fast coming to see the benefits of the podcast both as an addition to a blog but also as a medium in its own right.

The challenge is to find ways of paying for it (it has a lot more overheads than the average blog) but I suspect that this wouldn’t be too hard once they become a little more widely listened to.

Mick and Cameron talk about how their latest interview with Scoble was downloading 2000+ times in a couple of days. Sounds to me like their product is getting to a level where some smart advertiser should jump on board and test the effectiveness of promoting their product or service through their next big name interview.

Weighing Up the “nofollow” Attack on Comment Spam

Is Google’s latest attack on Comment Spam going to hurt Bloggers as much or even more than the Spammers themselves?

As I mentioned a few days ago, Google have announced a strategy for eliminating comment spam on blogs by implementing a ‘rel=”nofollow”’ tag which would cause links using the attribute to not be given any credit in their rankings.

Google already have the support of some pretty major bloggers and blogging tools including.

– Brad Fitzpatrick – LiveJournal

Dave WinerScripting News

Anil DashSix Apart

– Steve Jenson – Blogger

– Matt Mullenweg – WordPress

– Stewart Butterfield – Flickr

– Anthony Batt – Buzznet

David Czarneckiblojsom

– Rael Dornfest – Blosxom

MSN and Yahoo have also agreed to the system making it a pretty big deal.

A number of people have asked for my opinion of this new development. I’ve written some initial reaction here previously before it was announced and have similar feelings now.

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