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Blogs

  • Yo mama’s blog: 10 of the ‘best’

    "Why don’t you write about the non-mumsy mom type sites? Or something like that. You know what I mean" was pretty much the brief I got. And so I set out on a quest. I ploughed through pooey nappy posts and pictures. I was up to my elbows in constipation advice and lurid descriptions of piles and varicose veins. I nearly lost my bottle in an onslaught of product endorsements and cutesy pie backgrounds. And let’s not mention the disgusting disregard for spelling, grammar, and the CORRECT PURPOSE OF CAPS that afflicts some of these poor souls. I did...

  • Survey: Journalists criticise blogs and social media

    A survey of nearly 500 journalists across 15 countries has found that some journalists use social media and blogs to source and verify stories. But the majority don't. Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they used Twitter to source new story angles. Over a third said they used Facebook (35 percent). Blogs were also highlighted as a key element of this process with 30 percent saying they used blogs they were familiar with, while 42 percent also drew from blogs they had not visited before. However, the study also validated the continued importance of the PR representative with nearly...

  • Viral marketing with the creator of ‘The Oatmeal’ (SXSW2011)

    Meeting Matthew Inman, you'd never guess that this shy, slightly built 27-year-old is the caustic genius behind The Oatmeal, one of the web's most phenomenally successful humour sites. You'd expect someone brash, angry, and overweight (like his characters). But then he opens his mouth, and the audience quickly goes from chuckling to screaming with laughter. Speaking at the interactive portion of the South by South West (SXSW) conference, Inman shared a few of his experiences in starting The Oatmeal, which in less than two years has generated a quarter of a billion views. Inman opens with a confession: "Disappointingly I don't...

  • Tehran Post: ‘Cautiously speaking from inside Iran’

    Being the third largest blogging nation in the world after US and China, bloggers in Iran have in so many ways aroused curiosity. They have also commanded admiration for their drive for freedom of expression in an environment that is regarded as hostile to bloggers. Iranian bloggers have been thrown in jail for years and some unfortunately never return. Iranian bloggers still persist - in spite of the threats and hostility - in airing their views, passion and love for their country, culture and language. According to Wikipedia "with more than 700 000 Persian blogs, mostly based in Iran,...

  • HuffPo backlash: Money changes everything

    As is to be expected, there are a number of things that change when you are suddenly US$315-million richer. One of the first things you may notice is that your status as media-darling, underdog, lefty champion goes out the window. So it is following the acquisition of the progressive news site and content aggregator Huffington Post by AOL that multiple voices are being raised in objection. The attacks have come on multiple fronts, but most are focussed around the business model employed by the site, and Arianna Huffington's impeccable liberal credentials. In a column called Huffington's Plunder, Truthout columnist...

  • Are bloggers the new celebrities?

    Bryanboy, The Clothes Whisperer, Tavi. These are the names that are big in fashion blogging. So big that they are snapped up for major advertising campaigns and they snag the best seats at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, which is currently taking place. They also have access to backstage and interviews that many journalists don’t even have. It’s a world, it seems, other bloggers want to be a part of. A kind of new celebrity status to aspire to. At least it certainly appeared that way for many of those who attended the Independent Fashion Blogging (IFB) conference...

  • Is Gawker Media’s hydra-like content network ‘death of the blog’??

    Gawker Media launched a redesigned version of its hydra-like content network this week, bringing with it talk of the "death of the blog". Its most controversial move has been to de-emphasise "what’s new" in favour of "what’s hot". Gawker sites no longer punt their most recent articles at the top of each page, but instead feature the most viewed or exclusive stories more prominently. Content is navigated on the right side of a new two-panel layout, leaving acres of space for a single article (with large visuals) on the left. The reaction (so far) has been overwhelmingly negative, but it's unlikely...

  • Q & A: Vanessa Raphaely on blogging, fashion and 21st century media

    Vanessa Raphaely, aka Hurricane Vanessa, is a force of nature in the local fashion and publishing worlds. Firing off humorous anecdotes, intelligent opinions and withering critiques at a rate of knots, she manages to hold a day job as editor of South African Cosmopolitan and editorial director of Associated Magazines, not to mention as publisher of Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and House and Leisure, while also blogging as Hurricane Vanessa...

  • The WordPress evolution: 10 major media players that use it

    Over the past three years WordPress has evolved from being predominantly blog-centric into a full, hands-on content management system (CMS) with more than 15-million blogs being hosted on WordPress.com. While it’s impossible to count the number of standalone sites that are powered by WordPress.org, the self-installed version of Wordpress, we can expect that the number is growing exponentially as the open source software has distinguished itself as the world’s most popular CMS and blogging engine. With thousands of widgets, plugins and themes -- all of which are fully customisable -- the unique system has given managing web content a...

  • 10 of SA’s favourite women bloggers

    These 10 remarkable women have all captured our online imaginations with their style, wit and wisdom. As the South African blogosphere matures and deepens, we thought you should know and appreciate the established, the new, and the ones to watch. No doubt there are others out there, toiling away, looking for an audience. Let us know who they are and where we can find them. 1. The Magazine Queen Hurricane Vanessa – “Is there more to life than sex and shopping?” The editor of Cosmopolitan SA and editorial director of Associated Magazines, Vanessa Raphaely makes witty observations on popular culture,...

  • NASA announces arsenic-eating bacterium, ending ‘alien life’ speculation

    So what were you expecting? A real-life alien to waltz out onto stage? Pictures of life lived happily on another planet? Intense speculation and wild theorising came to an end after NASA's press conference to announce the discovery of an arsenic-eating bacterium. The space agency had created monumental online buzz with its mysterious announcement of a news conference on Thursday to discuss a scientific finding that relates to the hunt for life beyond the planet Earth. Alien speculators went into overdrive. The truth is far less dramatic, but could eventually be equally as profound. The news that a...

  • Don’t feed the trolls: A guide to who they are and why they do it

    They hide under the bridges of online anonymity, ready to pounce on unsuspecting forums, chat rooms, news sites and blogs. They can ruin a lively debate with one well-placed comment. They do not care about contributing. Often they don’t even believe what they type. Their only desire is to provoke you – they are the internet trolls. What is a troll? The term originated from “trolling”, a method of fishing where bait or a lure is dragged behind a boat. This was reappropriated into the online world as "trolling for newbies", where experienced chat room users would "catch" and reveal...

  • 22 black SA bloggers you should be reading

    The South African blogosphere has in the past copped its share of criticism for being rather male, and rather pale. In recent years, there has been a surge of black South African bloggers writing on matters ranging from fashion to music, politics and the economy. Here is a list of black bloggers who are carving out mini-publishing empires -- and who provide a compelling snapshot of life, culture and business in South Africa right now. Khaya Dlanga - Thought Leader, YouTube, Personal blog, Memeburn, News24 Dlanga is arguably the most popular and successful black blogger in South Africa whose work spans...

  • What the Techcrunch deal means

    Congratulations to Michael Arrington and team on the TechCrunch acquisition by AOL. Techcrunch is a leading Silicon Valley technology blog ranked 302 on Alexa's worldwide rankings and near to being one of the top 100 largest sites in the US. The terms of the deal have not been made public, however AOL will be required to make an SEC filing in the next few days if the amount is "material". AFP says various reports put the purchase price at between US$25-million and US$40-million. Building a media company is hard work and Arrington has certainly put in the hours. The TechCrunch editorial...

  • ‘Simple blogging’ with Posterous takes off globally

    In June, blogging platform Posterous launched an all-out assault on other services, hoping to convince bloggers from WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr to switch over. At the time, the move was considered by some to be overly aggressive, even “preposterous,” but the move appears to be paying off. Rich Pearson, VP of Marketing at Posterous, said the service has seen a 50 percent jump in new signups since launching the campaign. Although defecting bloggers account for a large piece of the growth, emerging markets like Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and India are helping the company take off on a global...