Blogging Advice
. Blog Surveys & Directories
. Other Blogging Articles
Social Networking / Blogs in Business
Communications & Virtual Presence Technologies
. Technology & Society
. Other Technologies

updated Jan. 1, 2007

Blogging Advice
Loneliness of the New Blogger (February, 2003) advice for new bloggers
The Knowledge We’re Missing (May, 2003) important news & analysis that’s not available online
Blogging Metaphysics   (May, 2003) Kate’s hints for ‘unpopular’ bloggers and beating Shirky’s Law
The Tipping Point, and How it Works with Blogs
(May, 2003) How to achieve the point where popularity is easy and inevitable
Secrets of Breakout Blogs (June, 2003) Why some blogs suddenly become popular
Clay Shirky on the Design of Social Software (July, 2003)
The Blogging Process (July, 2003) a chart and description of steps to efficient blogging for newbies, plus a description of what’s missing from current blogging tools that would make the process easier
Good Weblog Design & Layout (September, 2003) nine ideas to make your blog easier to navigate and more pleasant to read
How to Make Your Blog More Valuable to Readers (October, 2003) a checklist
What the Blogosphere Needs More Of (October, 2003 update) how you could fill an untapped blogosphere need
Understanding Trackback & Comment Notification (November, 2003) how these two blogging tools work
Basic Elements of Design (December, 2003) Apple shows how to make a document visually appealing and coherent
Time Savers for Bloggers (December, 2003) 14 ways to save time without sacrificing quality
Blogging’s Role in the Media (January, 2004) 7 ways to increase your visibility and stature among mainstream writers
Tool Time (January, 2004) tools that make blogging easier
Fun with Numbers (January, 2004) Power Curves that will show you where you rank in the blogosphere
Feedster Search Bar for your Blog (February, 2004) how to add one
What’s This RSS All About? (March, 2004) a layman’s guide to publishing through RSS, and subscribing to RSS feeds
How to Increase Your Readership (March, 2004) 5 ways to improve your product, 5 ways to market it
Why Aren’t We Developing Work-arounds for Blogs’ Limitations? (March, 2004) the need to expand conversations with blog readers by using other tools and media
Web Users’ Essential Links (June, 2004) first cut, with a request to help compile it
Blog Success Formula: Filling an Unmet Need (September, 2004) using business innovation principles to attract an audience for your blog
Reinventing The News, Putting Bloggers to Work (November, 2004)  could bloggers be good investigative journalists
Bloggers, Your Audience Awaits (January, 2005)  the size of the market for your writing is growing phenomenally
A Proposal to Make Blogs More Conversational (March, 2005)  how blog-hosted conversations could be created and podcast
Making Blogs Browsable (May 19, 2005) #1151 – Let authors index blogs as they would their filing cabinet, and let readers read by topic not by date
Four Ideas for Getting Great Little-Known Blogs Discovered (June 14, 2005) #1179 – Blog jackets, an Amazon blog catalogue, hard copy samplers and hard-copy partnerships
Ten Steps to a Great Interview (July 5, 2005) #1201
The Personality of Bloggers (August 5, 2005) #1232 – How bloggers differ from their audience and how that should affect their writing style
Guidelines for Blog Hosted Conversations (August 8, 2005) #1237 – Seven suggestions for managing the next big thing in blogging
What Makes a Blog Popular? (May 28, 2006) #1540 – Kathy Sierra’s readers list 12 things, and the customers are always right

Blog Surveys & Directories
Slumming Through the Blogosphere   (February, 2003) observations from a sample of 300 blogs
Salon Blogger Survey Report (April 2003) responses to a 6-question user survey of Salon/Radio bloggers
Analysis of Salon Blogs, Most Popular Salon Blogs and Salon Blog Directory (November, 2003) survey of blog turnover and blogger profile, combined inbound link & hitcount rankings as at Nov.5
Most Popular Canadian Blogs (October, 2003) Colby Cash’s top 10 rankings
Is the Blogosphere Sexist? (October, 2003) seven explanations for men dominating the A-list
The Wild New Women of Salon Blogs (November, 2003) review of the 22 newest of Salon Blogs’ 45 active female bloggers
The Salon Blog Community Directory (upd. April, 2004) complete list of all active Salon Blogs with latest statistical report
The Long Tail: A-Listers Maybe Not So Popular After All (March, 2005) a new study suggests that lots of visitors don’t translate into much attention

Other Blogging Articles
May Day Project (May, 2003) pictures taken on May 10
The Blogosphere in 2010 (July, 2003) a prediction of what will change, and what won’t
My Favourite Canadian Blogs (September, 2003) my favourite 14
Non-Techie Rant & Apology (November, 2003) what you see on  the computer screen isn’t, alas, always what you get
Most Important Ideas of 2003: Blogs & Blogging (January, 2004)
O Google Why Have You Forsaken Me (February, 2004) how your blog layout can stop search engine spidering
Google & Porn (February, 2004) changes in Google produce unexpected and misleading hit counts
Blogging as Conversation (March, 2004) the nature of conversation, and how blogs struggle to be tools for conversation
Pushing the Blogging Envelope (May, 2004) additional functions that could make blogging both more powerful and easier
An Interactive Table of Contents for Blogs (May, 2004) how we can make it easier to find stuff in blog archives
PTV – A Future State Story (May, 2004) how the next generation will use technology — easily
Blogs are Great Communications Media, Lousy Communication Tools (June, 2004) good placeholders for content, poor connectivity tools
Taxonomy: The Indexing of Web Pages and Blogs (October, 2004) we need a more robust way to do it, and some of the holes are in areas where the content on the web is pathetically deficient
Google’s New Personal Content Management Tools (October, 2004) Picasa and Google Desktop are a good foundation for Google to capture the desktop with a whole PCM suite
The Power of Many (November, 2004) Xian Crumlish’s principles of online collaboration, and the challenge of moving a relationship from blog to more personal media
A Blogger’s Christmas Wish List (December, 2004) ten things to make bloggers’ lives easier
Most Important Ideas of 2004: Blogs & Blogging (January, 2005)
Is the Blogosphere Like a Railway Network? (February, 2005) an interesting analogy and what it means for how to make the network better
My Blog Taxonomy (April, 2005) a snapshot of all the things I care enough to write about
How Bloggers Can Help Defeat Anti-Intellectualism (June 15, 2005) #1180 – Media have a responsibility to inform and engage the public on matters that are important and on vanguard thinking about these matters, even if they’re difficult and make the public uncomfortable
Blogs and the Gift Economy as ‘Disruptive Innovations’ (August 24, 2005) #1253 – Look for blogs to go conversational, multimedia and live, with programs instead of posts
The Span & Influence of the Blogosphere in 2010 (Oct. 27, 2005) #1321 – We’re growing slowly closer in aggregate influence compared to mainstream media, but we’re still a small minority
Sympathy (May 12, 2006) #1524 – Blogging says: “I sympathize with you, I don’t claim to really understand but I care anyway, and just in case it may be helpful or of use to you, this is what I think is happening here, what I think it means, and what has worked for me (or promises to work for me) in my possibly-similar situation.”
Do Bloggers Really Care About Their Readers?: A Speculation on the Nature of Relationships (Oct. 2, 2006) #1662 – Symmetric vs asymmetric relationships, and why the latter are harder to end and deal with
Weblogs — Why They’re Still Not ‘Happening’ (Oct. 13, 2006) #1673 – They fill a want, not a need — yet

Social Networking / Blogs in Business
The Weblog as Filing Cabinet   (March, 2003)
A Weblog-Based Content Architecture for Business   (March, 2003)
Blogs in Business: Finding the Right Niche   (May, 2003)
Social Networking, Social Software, and the Future of Knowledge Management (May, 2003) a call for Social Network Enablement to replace KM
High-Level Spec for Business Blogs & Social Software (June, 2003) what such software would look like and do
Clay Shirky on the Design of Social Software (July, 2003)
Social Networking Software: Have It Your Way (August, 2003) the importance of letting everyone use their own taxonomy and definition of networks and communities
The Future of Knowledge Management (October, 2003) a downloadable paper on how social networking applications and personal productivity improvement will transform KM
Business 2.0’s Best New Technologies (November, 2003) top 10, and the winner is Social Network Applications
Personal Content Management: An Exploration (February, 2004) how it would have to work to really improve ROI of PCs
What’s Wrong with First Generation Social Software (February, 2004) the three fatal flaws of the early prototypes
Personal Knowledge Management (February, 2004) social networking apps + personal content management
Pushing the Blogging Envelope (May, 2004) additional functions that could make blogging both more powerful and easier
Blogs in Business: What We Could Do Now (June, 2004) a 12-step plan for introducing them into businesses large & small
Expertise Finders: Looking for Answers (August, 2004) how they should operate
Google”s New Personal Content Management Tools (October, 2004) Picasa and Google Desktop are a good foundation for Google to capture the desktop with a whole PCM suite
Finding Partners (October, 2004) why technology that helps us find partners needs to accommodate stories, multimedia connectivity, show us in action, and schedule face-to-face meetings
The Power of Many (November, 2004) Xian Crumlish’s principles of online collaboration, and the challenge of moving a relationship from blog to more personal media
When Will Business Embrace Blogs? (February, 2005) when they get exec sponsorship, or when they’re redesigned to improve productivity, or when they have no choice
Could Social Networking Save the World? (March, 2005) Rob Paterson argues that social networks could allow us to connect and transact with each other so powerfully it could replace our economic system
Broken Networks: The Weakness of Weak Ties (April, 2005)  the cost of maintaining networks, lack of trust, signal loss through intermediaries and filtering all prevent networks from working as they could
Rescuing Social Networking (June 16, 2005) #1181 – Three tools that would actually help searchers find what they need
What Should Your Corporate Policy Be On Blogs? (June 19, 2005) #1184 – Seven guidelines for policy development
Seven Principles of Social Networking (July 14, 2005) #1210 – Truths about relationships may explain why social software tools haven’t worked
A New Model to Improve Social Network Mapping (July 24, 2005) #1220 – Those we have relationships with define us
Social Network Analysis: What to Map (August 11, 2005) #1240 – 16 attributes of relationships more important to track than the volume of calls between them
Blogging from the Connect & Collaborate Conference – Part One and Part Two (Sept. 27-8, 2005) #1286-7 – Liz Lawley and others profile social networking apps that actually work
The Social Networking Landscape (Nov. 2, 2005) #1327 – Mapping all the apps by what they do, which ones are working, and why the rest aren’t
Wikis: A Tool for a Democratic Revolution in Business? (Nov. 16, 2005) #1341 – Wikis, properly designed and kept simple to use, could replace entire corporate Intranets and spark astonishing peer-to-peer business activity and learning
Sharing Your Brain: Making Your Hard Drive into a Wiki (Nov. 28, 2005) #1354 – Could this simple tool automatically capture, store and share all the important knowledge and thinking in your brain?
The Page as Tableau, the Mind as Visitable Place, and Collective Knowledge as Landscape (Nov. 30, 2005) #1356 – The page is the best construct we have for how our brains and ideas are organized, and a set of organized pages is a map to our personal and collective mental landscape
Playing With Words: More on the Page as Tableau (Dec. 2, 2005) #1358 – How the page cramps our style and the idea that the scanner, not the word processor, should be our document management tool of choice
Blogging’s Simple Future (Dec. 15, 2005) #1374 – Could a simple meta-application that allows us to create a page with whatever we wanted on it, and then put it/share it anywhere, make everyone a blogger?
Simply Brilliant: Google Moves to Own the Desktop (March 10, 2006) #1461 – With the acquisition of Writely, Google could create a single, ubiquitous desk-topapp that would be the electronic equivalent of pencil & paper — the only app you need
Creating Our Own Peer-to-Peer Expertise-Finder (May 1, 2006) #1513 – How peer production might design and implement a ‘know-who’ application
Social Networking: Still Not Meeting its Critical Promise (August 14, 2006) #1612 – What’s worked best so far, and what’s still needed
Social Networking: Why are Conversation and Collaboration Tools so Underused? (August 27, 2006) #1624 and Writely or Wrongly, a Failing Grade, So Far (Sept. 1, 2006) #1630 – Eight perfectly human reasons for underuse, and an unsatisfactory experiment with Writely
Getting to Know You (Dec.1, 2006) #1713 – What is this strange process we use to get to know strangers?
Social Networking in Business: An Update (Dec.5, 2006) #1717 – A review of different types of SNAs: people-connector tools, social publishing and information-sharing tools, and collaboration & communication tools, with the best examples of each of 19 different types

Communications & Virtual Presence Technologies
The Future of Communications (July, 2003) a decision tree to decide what communication medium to use
Back-Channeling & Multi-Tasking (July, 2003) doing it efficiently without being rude
Pollard’s Proposal to Save E-Mail (October, 2003) use of transient subdomains
Listening Online (December, 2003) the best online Radio ‘stations’
Picasso SVP (December, 2003) spec for a simple virtual presence technology that could change everything
Testing Desktop Video (March, 2004) Dave gets a webcam and puts some of the best-rated video software to the test
PTV – A Future State Story (May, 2004) how the next generation will use technology — easily
Virtual Collaboration: If You Can’t Work Side by Side (March, 2005) different collaboration tools, and how they might be put together
Will DVD Be the Death of Television? (Oct. 19, 2005) #1309 – The TV appliance, and scheduled-by-others programming, are on their last legs
Useful Technologies That Are Too Complicated or Geeky to Use (Dec. 4, 2005) #1361 – Videoconferencing, voice recognition, wearable screens, and music and video composers: make ’em much simpler to use, please
The Economics of Communication and Effective Learning (Jan. 17, 2006) #1409 – What different media and formats work best where
I’d Like to Keep My Memory All In One Place (April 11, 2006) 1494 – We need a mechanism to create a searchable and browsable index of everything we write and everything we ‘bookmark’, regardless of where it is physically located
Communication Technologies — A Decision Tree for Users (Nov. 24, 2006) 1706 – What’s surprising is how often we use the wrong tool, and how most of the tools are now free

Technology & Society
Can Technology Help You Think (May, 2003) tools that assist analytical and creative thinking
The Hydrogen Economy (May, 2003) a primer on how it works and the political challenges it faces
The Social Life of Paper (July, 2003) a challenge to technology innovators to emulate virtually the physical desktop and physical paper
Business Needs a Corporate Mapquest (August, 2003) using technology to find people
The End of Privacy (August, 2004) video ubiquity — good or bad?
Finding Partners (October, 2004) why technology that helps us find partners needs to accommodate stories, multimedia connectivity, show us in action, and schedule face-to-face meetings
If You’re in IT, Please Get Out (October, 2004) IT people should get out of their intellectual ghetto, and become entrepreneurs in real science
What Should Your Corporate Policy Be On Blogs? (June 19, 2005) #1184 – Seven guidelines for policy development
Why Google’s Business Model is So Revolutionary (Oct. 16, 2005) #1305 – Is Google using IPO money to play Robin Hood, and to produce the People Finder we’ve all be waiting for?
The Atomization of Software (Nov. 6, 2005) #1331 – Why isn’t all software open source and built around a basic, stripped down core functionality with everything else added modularly?
The Phishing Menace (Dec. 21, 2005) #1382 – The online crime that threatens the Internet most
Two Tier Internet Service (March 11, 2006) #1462 – Doc Searls explains how it threatens to kill the Internet by turning it into a series of toll-roads, with only the rich getting what we all get now
Making Web 2.0 Work: Embracing Complexity (May 9, 2006) #1521 – Nine ways the Web needs to change in order to be really useful and not just interesting
Other Technologies
Why Widescreen TV and Landscape Screens Make No Sense (May, 2003) the argument for 4:3 TV and movie screens and square monitors
The Future of IT (July, 2003) a pessimist’s view from the HBR
Advice Wanted: Essential PC Software and Online Music Sources (November, 2003) readers suggest the best in both categories
The Joys of UXGA (November, 2003) seeing two full legible 8.5×11 pages on your screen at once transforms the user experience
New York Times’ Best Ideas of the Year  (January, 2004) a rather drab list of new products, concepts and ideas
Web Users’ Essential Links (June, 2004) first cut, with a request to help compile it
My Dell Story (July, 2004) a company that needs a lot of improvement, and where it should start
Aussie Breakthrough on Solar Energy? (August, 2004) well, maybe
Pitch Lock: An Untapped Innovation (September, 2004) it might even replace reading and writing
The Technology in ‘The Incredibles’ (November, 2004) it raises the possibility of everyone being able to make their own movies
RedHerring’s Top Ten Tech Trends for 2005 (December, 2004) move along, folks, nothing much new happening here
Expertise Finders: Illumio, Privacy, and Better Ways to Find People (May 31, 2006) #1543 – Finding an ‘expert’ is all about establishing a relationship, and that requires some ice-breaking, nurturing, and evaluation that is as much emotional as rational
Crash-Proofing Your PC (Nov. 23, 2006) #1705 – How to do it, and what we need to do it more completely