randomly rexblogged | links from 11.11.2005

randomly rexblogged | links from 11.11.2005: Recent magazine news links from deli.cio.us/rexblog and other random links:

All the news that’s fit to blog | News.com
“Some of the most respected print journalists around still treat blogs as if they were lab specimens–at best interesting oddities but clearly not something to cuddle up to for very long.”

IBM Sees Blogging as Marketing Next Big Thing | AdAge.com
Eyeing blogging’s potential as a way to influence potential employees and business partners, IBM began formally offering blogging tools to its workers six months ago. The tools came complete with a list of a dozen guidelines assembled, in true new-media fashion, by contribution to an internal “wiki” over a 10-day period.

A Call from More B2B Awards for Online Work | David Shaw’s weblog
“It would be nice to see American Business Media take the lead in expanding Neal entry categories in the future. Categories that the editorially-driven Neals could also recognize: Pod/videocast, blog, digital/electronic publication (original, not repurposed, content.)

How to Write a Novel in 100 Days | John Coyne
“What you need to do each day for the next hundred days to write your novel.”

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1999 2.0

1999 2.0: There will be no links out to stories about VC funding in this post. That’s because I promised myself a long time ago to never again read (much less link to) stories about early stage VC investments in start-ups. This post may also sound like I’m whining, but I’m not. I don’t fault anyone for raising VC money and am happy for them and wish them all the best for creating and finding funds to build a company that will hire lots of people and prosper and change the world.

I’m just making an observation.

The first go ’round (1999 1.0) of tech bubbling was, in my opinion, misinterpreted by nearly everyone involved (the media and analysts, the public, the financiers, the entrepreneurs and especially, me) because the story stopped being about the reality of what was taking place (the Internet changed us radically, or have you noticed?), and became about the absurd financial expectations of those who history quickly displayed, had absolutely no idea of what was going on.

It was a financial bubble, not a technology or communications or cultural bubble. All that money being pumped into dubious ideas made for great headlines, but when the money became the story, it took a boom-and-bust cycle to ring-out the crap from the system.

And then after that, somewhere around 2002-2003, back when no one would invest in anything, it actually seemed fun again to watch new things being created by people who were being pushed by passion and curiousity and the desire to connect with other human beings (David Weinberger calls that love.)

I believe one of the most heinous contributing factors to the implosion of the 1999 1.0 economy were those daily alerts announcing who got how much VC funding. It became like a Chinese torture drill as I was often asked, “what do these people do and why do they need $5 million to do it?” (My answer: “It’s so they can issue a press release that will attempt to scare off the 50 other people doing the same thing they are doing.”)

Hey. I’m a capitalist. I love monetizing things and building value and growing companies and entrepreneurship. But when it comes to who I am cheereing for to get rich during 1999 2.0, I’m rooting for those from the Jason Fried school of keeping it small and real rather than those who base their business plan on, well, how to package it for VC funding and an exit strategy, rather than on passion to create a great product.

Again, I’m sure you can have passion to create a great product and also get VC funding before you even have a real business, but that’s just not who I’m rooting for.

Geez louise

Geez louise: NPR is podcasting lots of programs (even some from PRI and other public programming sources). I wonder how the local NPR affiliates are reacting? I don’t think the podcasts will “compete” with the local affiliates, but I think it will take an enlighted local station management to understand why. Much of the programming, however, is not available in a one-public-radio-station town. In Nashville, we’re lucky that WPLN has both an FM and AM station that provide complimentary programming and podcasts local news features (although they now seem to be hiding the fact as I had to really dig to find that page).

(rexblog podcast wishlist: Bluegrass Breakdown. p.s. I know it’s simple to hack the MP3 stream, however, I’d prefer the RSS-enabled podcast subscription method)

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Doc link love – and a map I’d like from him

Doc link love – and a map I’d like from him: Not only has he been kind enough to point here a couple of times in the past few days, but Doc Searls also gave the rexblog map a nice shout-out and added a vintage Doc shot to the rexblog map. (Okay, I am addicted. And Nick Bradbury thinks it’s contagious.)

Doc, I have a dream mashup map I’d like to see: A map-gallery that helps a fan like me understand the location of those incredible out-of-window-photos you take and share.