The Mysteries of Brooklyn
There was a time when the comments on Brownstoner approached those of the Brooklyn turf wars of yore. New York magazine even wrote an entire feature about it.
But lovely surprises were buried in there, and one blossomed into a beauty to rival the entire Brownstoner enterprise (all respect to the blog itself). That would be the thoughtful work of Montrose Morris, an anonymous longtime resident of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights who knew the neighborhoods, their history and architecture, better than just about anybody.
Regular columns ensued, and they will continue. But they will not be the same. Montrose Morris is leaving Brooklyn.
Blogging for the Washington Post probably isn’t that bad. Still, the Post‘s ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, felt the paper deserved a spanking after the recent resignation of BlogPost blogger Elizabeth Flock. In his opinion piece regarding Ms. Flock’s resignation following what amounted to a (minor and perhaps unintended) plagiarism scandal, Mr. Pexton detailed the unrealistic demands made on young journalists who find themselves fielding blogging duties at a major newspaper. He noted BlogPost was expected to garner up to 2 million hits a month, with Ms. Flock publishing 5-6 posts a day. She wasn’t writing simple paragraphs hitting major points in a story either, but full-on 500-word pieces aggregated from multiple sources.
Traffic expectations and heavy workload contributed to Ms. Flock’s two mistakes, which included re-writing a Discovery News post without crediting the source, the incident that led to her resignation. “[Ms. Flock] said it was only a matter of time before she made a third one; the pressures were just too great,” wrote Mr. Pexton.
It turns out launching a blog without publicly acknowledging its existence may not be the best way to attract an audience, after all.
On Wednesday, Village Voice Media gave its sex blogger Jamie Peck notice that the racy sex-news site she’d edited for eight months, Naked City New York—the curiously unheraled existence Read More
means of production
As talk of payouts for the exposure-hungry bloggers who contribute content to The Huffington Post ramps up, California’s Media Worker’s Guild is sponsoring a Facebook campaign asking Arianna Huffington to “spare a dime” out of the $315 million pricetag her company fetched in a recent merger with Aol.
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All Twitter Everything
Mediabistro today launched a blog, with editors and everything, that focuses entirely on news and events related to Twitter. It’s called All Twitter and, naturally, it has a Twitter account.
What stories, then, will All Twitter be writing and then linking to on its Twitter? Today there’s Read More
Joan Didion: immensely respected, supremely gifted, a voice that’s spanned decades. But will she ever take her talents to, say, the blogosphere? Or does she even read blogs?
“Well, I don’t really understand blogging,” she told Guest of a Guest at yesterday’s luncheon for the new Colin Firth film The King’s Speech, at the Read More