Archive for the ‘wordpress’ Category

Grass Roots Blogging

January 20, 2007

Here at WordPress things are done a bit differently. There seems to be a bit more community spirit around. For one thing, when you come across a fellow WordPresser, the status bar at the top screams this out – it’s one of us! They’re a good guy!

Another key difference is the absense of ads. This does two things –

1) people don’t try to con you

2) you don’t try to con others.

Simple. We do what we do out of passion, and for the sake of expression. If we can help change the world without taking a toll on someone, then all the better.

People do make a living out of blogging, and I don’t begrudge them that. The internet is just another form of media, and media thrives on ads. But you have to concede it’s ugliness and it’s compromise.

Let’s all promote the WordPress ethos.

Comment on Duncan Riley

January 5, 2007

Duncan Riley posted a long analytical piece on the state of blogging now and into the future. I tried to post a comment, but for whatever reason, it didn’t make it through. I thought I’d repost my comment here as it will give you an idea of where I think blogging is headed this coming year –

Hi Duncan, just a response to some of your points –

“AOL is said to be launching Blogsmith in an already saturated market”

do I really want my blog to look like it’s part of the Weblogs Inc Empire? ie 3 columns, ads under the banner, categories in the center, contributors and plugs on the right?

“It’s sad to note that there has been no great innovation in the blogosphere since the successful uptake of WordPress some 2-3 years ago”

think of WordPress as Firefox with its extensions. There are any number of plugins that can be dropped into WordPress in a snap. Sure, there’s been no new competitor on the scene, but that’s because WordPress is capable of great adaptation to individual needs. (ie there hasn’t been a need for a new blogging platform)

“In terms of blog providers, such as SixApart and Automattic, 2007 should see growth slowing, if not plateauing”

I think Steve Rubel said something along the lines of – anyone who was going to take up blogging probably has tried it by now.

Maybe the amateur, hobbyist blogger might level off, but I see huge growth in the Hosted WordPress market. Given the chance to give it a real shot, get a domain name, buy hosting, all for $100, these Blogspot punters might decide to go pro. They’ve built up readerships, have got 12-24 months experience, can drop in adsense, I think there could be some big shakeups.

“In the past I have predicted that SixApart would be sold, and in the year passed I predicted it would not be, only because I was wrong in the years preceding.”

you go on to mention Yahoo as a suitor. I think they’re really gunning for Facebook (that’s my perpetual buy). SixApart is just too much of everything – delicious was a nice swallow, as was flickr. Lot’s of integration issues, and question marks on ROI. As with digg, I think they waited for too long.

All up, nice summary. You seem a bit down on things, but I think 2007 is going to be huge for blogging. I see blogs (or quasi blogs) totally replacing print mags, lots of new voices (freelance writers with no other avenue) and crazy new plugins for WordPress.

– So there it is, everyone man, woman, and child is their own publishing press. Now to find that mythical best-selling audience …

Blogging Zeitgeist

December 30, 2006

Has there been a change of mood in the blogosphere in the last three months? A whole raft of gited amateurs have abandoned their Blogger sites, either finally getting fed up with the erratic service, or ultimately embarassed by their gawky looking sites. Let’s face it, Blogger, despite it’s latest upgrade with tagging, is a service that hasn’t shifted in three years – which is a whole lifetime in internet evolution terms.

People with an interest in blogging are going either Myspace or WordPress. One is the for social networking, the other, the real professional outfit. And the numbers that are going the dedicated hosting route are just exploding. It’s a real demographic change. Everyone is backing their freelance writing capabilites, and punting on Adsense and Text-Link Ads. The small scale, niche publisher is going to really shake things up. Loyal, informed readers can drive real change.

What’s the change from 12 months ago? WordPress.

Doing Ads. Seriously

December 27, 2006

There are WordPress themes that do ads. And there are other WordPress themes that Do Ads. Then there’s the “SEO Adsense WordPress Theme” that Really Does Ads. It might come as a bit of a shock to your everyday garden-variety amateur blogger to come across such a template, but there it is, in all it’s vermillion red glory.

I actually quite like it. The ads are quite unashamably ads, not mixed into posts like is the trend these days. In fact, it’s getting so bad, I think google is going to have to address it this year. Adsense Deluxe is just too powerful a tool.

Picked up via BlogCarta.

Left Sidebar or Right

December 26, 2006

Your template is the infrastructure of your thoughts. Having done a fair bit of WordPress surfing in the last month, and looking at a lot of custom designs, the two column approach seems the dominant choice by more than 9 to 1. And so having chosen two hands, it’s a choice of left sidebar or right. And just like the real world, it’s the right that dominates. And by about the same ratio – 9 to 1.

Those who go against the grain are those like Lorelle VanFossen (blogging about WordPress), Steve Pavlina (blogging about Personal Development) and Darren Rowse (blogging about blogging).

So are these guys all lefties or what?