May 03, 2007
After a couple of years' hiatus...
...I thought it might be time to start blogging once again. As the old saying goes, 'If you haven't got anything to say, don't say it.' That doesn't seem to have stopped millions of other bloggers. However, I think there are - at last - some things I would like to say.
So, like riding a bike, I hope I can simply push off, wobble a little, perhaps, and then get back into my rhythm once more. Of course, there's no guarantee that anyone is reading.
May 16, 2005
Of course, it's merely an interesting diversion for a Monday morning, yet it tells you a lot about the state of the blogosphere in May 2005 and what its creator values. It will be an amusing document in a few years time when people fondly recall the early days of Skype. Cue plenty of debate about the placing of entities like boingboing against feedburner, say.
I wonder where Typepad is...
Perhaps someone could create a dynamic board where people get to move the 'properties' around the board and aggregate the current values to give a picture of what is hot and what is not.
*In fact someone else did, but not so elegantly.
February 11, 2005
New blog: altfunction
At last, time to unveil a sibling for A Gentleman's Commonplace: altfunction - a blog exploring corporate responsibility, technology, media and creativity.
Everything that doesn't fit there will still appear here, though you'll need to check that your bookmarks are for http://firstdraft.blogs.com/gentlemanscommonplace, as very shortly http://firstdraft.blogs.com will default to altfunction
Go on, have a look.
*Update: Thanks Jane - link amended*
January 30, 2005
I couldn't help myself
Every passing social software gimmick appeals to me like sweet-wrapping to a magpie. Next up del.icio.us, the self-described 'socal bookmarks' website. Of course, I've almost certainly signed up just after its stopped being the next big thing. Perhaps it is at last time to get an iPod...
January 21, 2005
One day, perhaps...
This gentleman is unfortunately not in a position to have his suits lovingly made to his every whim, but one day - one day dammit! - he shall.* In the meantime I will have to do with pipedreams fuelled by the likes of Thomas Mahon, a mate of Hugh Macleod.
Tom explains the origins of the term 'bespoke':
[It] dates from the 17th century, when tailors held the full lengths of cloth in their premises. When a customer chose a length of material it was said to have “been spoken for”, hence a tailor who makes your clothes individually to your specific personal requirements, is called bespoke. Unlike “made to measure” which simply uses a basic pattern which is then simply adjusted to your measurements.
This is no mere historical blog, though. It is a marketing tool and one I expect to be most successful, particularly as he resides in Cumbria and has an office in Saville Row and therefore, though there are perhaps fewer overheads, there's also less scope to advertise a presence in the Row. He also writes well with a few barbs for the press:
No journalist ever had to spend seven years as a proper tailor's apprentice. Their agendae are different from yours.
All business is personal. Especially in tailoring.
A bespoke suit. Drool.
*(I do buy them from Saville Row and Jermyn Street, however they remain very much, off the peg)
December 21, 2004
As noted below, I've been wanting to get more of a sense of how many people read this blog via news feed readers. Suw has pointed me in the direction of Feedburner which you may all know about. But if you don't, do have a gander: it does exactly what I was looking for and more (and for free too - bargain).
I've changed my feed now, not that the old one won't work, but this might work better in more browsers etc: the A Gentleman's Commplace feed
December 17, 2004
A technical blog post
(Please ignore if posting about the humdrum aspects of running a blog bore you)
A while back it occured to me that TypePad doesn't register RSS readers. If most people you know and read use these, it means you have very little idea how many people do read your posts. This largely leaves the stats on my site coming from Google. Now, of course it may just be that all I get are Googling Jerry Garcia acidheads and some links from other sites, but unlikely.
Any suggestions? Do you use StatCounter or similar that might give me more of an idea how many people read via NetNewsWire and its ilk?
November 23, 2004
Blogging marches on
Yet more evidence rolls in that blogging is subtly reshaping current affairs.
First of all, the Guardian in the UK has led with a verbatim copy of a blog post by cameraman and journalist Kevin Sites. Sites made the news by recording a US marine shooting an Iraqi. I suspect it is the first time a mainstream national newspaper has led on its front page with such a source (though I am willing to be corrected).
Next up there is Fistful of Euros' coverage of the election crisis in Ukraine that provides an excellent digest of what is going on. Best of all, the assorted bloggers at FfoE link to Veronica Khokhlova:
You should've seen the crowd walking past our windows, along Khreshchatyk and towards the Central Election Commission... This is a wonderful time here in Kyiv.
Like Salam Pax before her, in Khokhlova you have a talented writer on the ground who knows the issues and, because they are linked to from a trusted source (FfoE) they are treated with greater respect by the likes of me, who have little time to trawl the net for a decent Ukrainian viewpoint.
September 14, 2004
Blogging in the news
As I type Salaam Pax is explaining the current state of Iraq most eloquently with some fantastic graphics (provided with paper, scissors, a marker and some magazine photos) on BBC2's Newsnight. That he blogs is covered briefly with a simple explaination of blogging ('online diary') and then is only referred to with occasional images of our correspondent typing. Otherwise he is an expert on the ground with access other journalists in the west might find hard to come by. Gripping stuff.
Contrast this with (usually excellent) Channel4 News report covering the Hartlepool by-election: it mentions the LibDem's candidate Jody Dunn's blog and a spot of trouble about Dunn's light-hearted rendering of local life (looks pretty tame to me). The article featured lots of tapping into keyboards and references to blogging which got in the way of either the story about the state of the by-election or the story that a by-election candidate is bypassing normal channels to put her view across. Shame really.
Blogging is no longer novel: its what people do with it that matters, as Salaam Pax so perfectly demonstrates.
August 30, 2004
Who reads blogs in August anyway?
I've been in Greece for the last fortnight (not at the Olympics), hence no posting - I didn't even catch a glimpse of an internet cafe and only used the word 'broadband' once (and instantly regretted it).
This is good for the soul, I suspect, as I have engaged in sustained, long-term attention span reading about issues other than politics, technology, sustainability and the correct way to make a dry gin martini.* Too often I find by the end of July that my attention span is less than that of a goldfish with ADD, meaning that I fly through the links on the web rarely stopping to hit 'read more' or 'page 2' and certainly not taking anything in properly.
So here's to an Indian Summer, some thoughts on time and more patience on my part.
* However, on returning I find Ben Hammersley recommends Bombay Saphire. Taste is a subjective issue, clearly, but I must recommend Plymouth Gin or Tanqueray, as the botanicals in the BS don't work so well with the vermouth (Noilly Pratt, preferably).