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It’s Jeremy’s fault that I spent the last 10 minutes doing this but I’m a sucker for a good online test.

My nerd rating is 9 – They say I’m definitely not nerdy and might even be cool! Can someone please tell my wife?

My geek rating is 153 – Digital Ace – although I was penalized for being a Mac user.

Chat with me on MSN Messenger

I have had the fortune of chatting on MSN messenger today with a couple of my Problogging heroes and thought I’d like to connect with more in this way in 2005. So – with much trepidation I’m going to let you know my MSN Messenger ID.

It’s [email protected]

Please note – this is not an email address I use or check – EVER. But if you’d like a chat please feel free to add me and message me to say hi (it might be worth introducing yourself in your first message and saying you are from this blog as I occasionally get a few ‘nutters’ msg me out of the blue who I tend to block pretty quickly).

Of course some times are beter to chat than others so don’t be offended if I’m a bit slow to respond – I’ll get to you eventually but sometimes when I’m multitasking it takes me a few minutes to finish up a stream of thought (or a stream of blogging as they case will probably be).

Blog Ads seeks Sales Person – Blog Job

Blogads.com is looking for a sales person. Their advertisement reads:



Blogads.com ,a fast-growing ad network focused on bloggers, is seeking entry-level salespeople and assistants.

We’ve got offices in Carrboro, NC and Budapest, Hungary and have been featured recently in Business Week and the Wall Street Journal.

You must be an articulate, personable, pop-culture savvy, hyper-literate, ambitious media maven. You’ve got to love communicating. You are decent at math and enjoy science. You want to make money AND grow.

You will service existing clients and research and sell to prospective advertisers. You’ll analyze advertising trends. You’ll stretch and grab and pull in all sorts of unexpected directions. If you want the status quo plus 7%, don’t apply.

If you are interested, please e-mail a resume and a short cover note explaining what you think makes blog advertising special. Extra points if you already blog.’

Apply for the job at Sales person for blog ad network

Breaking News Blog Collective is Launched

One of the projects that I’ve been working on with a number of others over the past two months is Breaking News Blog. Put most simply, the Breaking News Blog project is a collective of bloggers who are each focussing upon a niche news topic. There are currently 17 blogs that are live on the network in four general themes of Technology, Health, Sport and Entertainment and Lifestyle. The latest post from each blog in the collective are presented on the central Breaking News Blog home page but each is an independent blog in its own right at:

Technology Blogs: MP3 PlayersSatellite RadioPDAsRoboticsPrintersVoIP
Laptops
Health Blogs: Medical ResearchMineral SupplementsDietsMedical Alarms

Sport and Entertainment: America’s CupJessica Simpson

Lifestyle Blogs: Personal FinanceCredit Card NewsLife Insurance NewsCar Insurance News

Also hosted by Breaking News Blog is the Blogger Idol project.

Bloggers in the collective write about areas of personal interest and expertise. Of course there is a financial element to what we do (income stream is largely Adsense, Amazon and other affiliates) but we’re not only interested in the big dollar and are looking forward to some projects in the months ahead that will make a difference to the wider community that we are a part of.

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Jeremy C. Wright – Fired for Blogging

Another blogger has joined the growing number who have been fired for blogging. Jeremy Wright of Ensight Was Just Fired for Blogging ‘divulging company secrets’. Its not a nice feeling – I’ve know a couple of bloggers who’ve been through the same thing – not nice at all. However in both cases that I know of the saga has actually led to them moving forward into new areas. One of them actually got a new (better) job via the publicity of his sacking.

So Jeremy – my thoughts are with you and the sting of this news – however hang in there – use it to your advantage as you’ve used so many other opportunities in the past. Lick your wounds (take your time on this bit – its important to take stock) and Blog on!

Tsunami Imacts Blogging

Guardian Unlimited has a good article on the impact that the Tsunami has had upon blogging titled – Blogs’ new place at the media table:

‘Blogs have, of course, been only a tiny part of the tsunami story. But the tsunami may have a profound effect on blogs. These self-published sites have played a huge role in the telling of the horror that struck – and continues to strike – south-east Asia, and it seems inevitable the impact of their role will reverberate on long after the disaster, and subsequent relief effort, have faded from our newspapers and TV screens. More after the click…

The impact for blogs? It lies in the new reach they have gained. They were already doing quite well – a survey just published in the US finds that eight million adults had blogs in the US last year, and that their readership had jumped by 58% in 2004. Probably driven by the huge popularity of political blogs in the runup to the US presidential election, the Pew report says: “By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture….”’

Six Apart to buy Live Journal

Om Malik has just revealed that Six Apart are about to buy Live Journal. This would definitely Six Apart up a notch when it comes to competing with Google’s Blogger as it would take them to 6.5 million users.

‘Folks have been predicting a big year for mergers and acquisitions in 2005, and we are starting the year with a bang. I have learnt exclusively that Six Apart, the parent company behind hosted blogging service TypePad, and Moveable Type is about to acquire Live Journal, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is a mix of stock and cash, and could be announced sometime later this month, according to those close to the two companies.’

Gawker Media seeks Corporate Intern

Gawker Media are looking for a Corporate Intern. Of course no sooner had they made that announcement than they’d asked for no more applicants as they’d been flooded with expressions of interest from eager bloggers from around the world.

Blog Herald Predictions for 2005

The Blog Herald have just predicted their Predictions for blogging in 2005 which make interesting reading (although the first three they admit they’ve been predicting for a couple of years now).

Anyway – some of the predictions are quite relevant for those wanting to make money from blogging so they are relevant to problogger – particularly predictions 5,6 and 7.

5. Blog advertising will boom – YEAH bring it on!

6. The better blogs will be purchased –
I agree – we’ve talked about this a few times at How much is your blog worth and Blog Farming

7. Other will pool their resources – ie we’ll see more networks for bloggers emerge to compete with those like Weblogs Inc. Again I agree and have seen a few examples of this recently. They’ve got some catching up to do though!



Read the rest of the list at The Blog Herald Predictions for 2005