IE 7 says Scobleizer “not secure”

Juha Saarinen notices that IE 7 says that my blog is not secure. Is it my bad breath? My egotistical rantings? My attempt at defining the undefinable. Speaking of which a bird has been leaving a blog on my windshield lately. How do I know it’s a blog? It’s in reverse-chronilogical order (newest “post” is on top of the older “post”). Oh, and it is even publicly-discoverable. I can even permalink to it, if I had a Flickr photo of it. It must be a blog, right?

But, back to IE 7, not sure why I’m not secure. I’ll try to fix something on my side, if there’s something I’m doing wrong.

Tech Podcasting from Ireland

I love listening to Tom Raftery speak about podcasting and tech. Makes me pine for a pint of Murphy’s stout (local drink in Cork, Ireland). Tom runs the IT@Cork conference and talks about what’s happening in the tech industry in Ireland. Oh, and one of Automattic’s developers, Donncha O Caoimh, lives in Ireland (Automattic makes WordPress, which is how I publish my blog). I like their “about page.” This interview was done by John Furrier, who gets interviewed by Tom halfway through the interview too and shares a bit about what he’s thinking about for PodTech.

Investing in blogging, part II

Don Dodge answered back my earlier post with another post. Who said blogs aren’t conversational?

He said something interesting: “Advertising is the game, and you need HUGE numbers to make that work.”


I know of a conference that charges $10,000 (or more) to get on stage to talk to about 700 people. Not a huge audience. But they always seem to have a full deck of sessions. That’s an advertising model.

In fact, didn’t the Search Engine Strategies conference sell for tens of millions of dollars? For a tiny audience! And some conferences, like the defunct Comdex (which had an audience smaller than we had at Channel 9) sold for hundreds of millions. Right?

In fact, didn’t 7,000 people come to Microsoft’s conference and they paid more than a grand a piece to be there? Not a huge audience and advertisers paid big bucks to get in front of that audience.

Some blogs (not me, yesterday I had 17,818 HTML views and 30,575 RSS subscribers) already are seeing millions of visitors per day (hello Boing Boing!)

Not to mention that Huffington Post, which is what got the $5 million in funding, is obviously not a single-person blog.

I remember working for a company with a magazine that had tens of millions in revenues and only around 100,000 subscribers.

Translation: get the right audience and you can make things happen.

But, political sites are seeing nice trend lines up and wait until the next Presidential Election!

Speaking of which, most plays of any kind are not bankable. Just ask Bill Gates to take you out to the product graveyard out by building 16 up in Redmond. There are hundreds of products listed there and I can only remember a handful making money. Most aren’t even around anymore.

Something is happening in media and the VCs just want to be involved.

Or, did you miss that Digg has built an audience somewhere around a million per day and it’s not even two years old? Kevin Rose, last week at the TechCrunch party, told me that just their podcast, Diggnation, gets 250,000 downloads per show.

Would you invest in Kevin Rose? I sure would.

There will be more Kevin’s. And Om’s. And Michaels.

Who’s next?

Calling Paul Matteucci

Paul is our VC. He lives upstairs above us in PodTech’s temporary headquarters inside USVP’s headquarters on Sand Hill Road (aka: the money bubble). I’ve just sent him this video from BetterBadNews that calls on Venture Capitalists to compete for their business. Hell, I’m gonna beat him to it. I just called the number and left a message.

Anyway, I love this line from the video: “ScccSssscccoble was going tell everybody about it.” Heheh, I should charge for THAT, if I had any business sense. After all, I just told all my competitors about this cool video show that, if I had any freaking business sense, I should keep as quiet as possible about.

But what fun would that be?

I bet that Venture Capitalists Rick Segal or Fred Wilson or Brad Feld or Jeff Clavier or David Hornick already called them.

The first 60 days of PopCurrent

Take Digg + Ruby on Rails + Entertainment Weekly and add them all up and you get PopCurrent, which is just about 60 days old now. This is site that copies Digg’s look and feel but that focuses on entertainment media rather than tech stories. Lots of entertaining video and podcasts rated here.

I was just talking with master developer Ray Slakinski (he did one of the first podcasting aggregators, iPodderX) and he was showing me around PopCurrent and explaining to me the challenges of running a Web 2.0 business that’s less than two months old.

He says most of his traffic comes from MySpace.

Not much traffic comes from traditional search engines yet, but he notices that he’s seeing growth there. He says he is getting tens of thousands of unique visitors per day. The bands there, he tells me, are always trying to find new ways to get noticed and so they talk up when they are high on PopCurrent. Also, people who have podcasts who might have 500 to 1,000 listeners talk it up as well.

Two programmers, who live in Toronto, did this site in Ruby on Rails. It’s been open since June.

One of his favorite video shows that gets featured on PopCurrent? HopeIsEmo, which is a show done by a goth girl. A sad goth girl. But, it’s funny. Thanks Ray for letting me know about that!