Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others?

Sue Polinsky (who helps to run the excellent Converge South conference) asks an interesting question: “Do big(ger) blogs have an obligation to smaller or newer ones to link to them?”

I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, but, yes, I try to link out to as many people as possible. I got found because other people linked to me, and I view it as my responsibility to link to other people as well. I also leave my comments open so people can post their own opinions and links to things.

But, I can’t get to it all. The blogosphere is too big. So, in front of every audience I speak to I demonstrate how to use blog search engines and I keep my link blog, which has linked to many many thousands of blogs.

Another thing I can do? Ask you to post your link in the comment area on this post. I’ll visit them all and subscribe to good tech blogs, which will mean more links in the future from my link blog.

So, free blog advertising! Tell us your link and why you think your blog is interesting.

Comments

  1. I started a personal blog to journal my adventures in the startup world. I want to document everything – my thoughts, personal happenings, bitching, or anything else that has to do with starting a startup. I think it would be interesting to eventually publish a book using the the blog format, regardless of whether or not the startup fails.

  2. I started a personal blog to journal my adventures in the startup world. I want to document everything – my thoughts, personal happenings, bitching, or anything else that has to do with starting a startup. I think it would be interesting to eventually publish a book using the the blog format, regardless of whether or not the startup fails.

  3. You asked, so I answer: please check out my blog:
    http://comicstripblog.com
    … where I comment BY DRAWINGS (doodles), once a day, on things happening in blogosphere, podosphere and in the world too. This blog is interesting because by watching 1 to 4 drawings, you get immediate insight into things without needing to read too much texts.

  4. You asked, so I answer: please check out my blog:
    http://comicstripblog.com
    … where I comment BY DRAWINGS (doodles), once a day, on things happening in blogosphere, podosphere and in the world too. This blog is interesting because by watching 1 to 4 drawings, you get immediate insight into things without needing to read too much texts.

  5. First of all, I really enjoy your blog and your book “Naked conversations”.

    I have learned a lot from both, and hopefully you can see improvements at my online marketing blog.

    http://www.mlmforums.net

    At first I was really thinking every post through before publishing it, now after reading your blog and your book I am more publishing frequently and trying to make a conversation with my readers and it seems to work.

    I have so many questions regarding online marketing, and using my blog seems to help myself asking the questions and it helps me (and hopefully others) to get some answers.

  6. First of all, I really enjoy your blog and your book “Naked conversations”.

    I have learned a lot from both, and hopefully you can see improvements at my online marketing blog.

    http://www.mlmforums.net

    At first I was really thinking every post through before publishing it, now after reading your blog and your book I am more publishing frequently and trying to make a conversation with my readers and it seems to work.

    I have so many questions regarding online marketing, and using my blog seems to help myself asking the questions and it helps me (and hopefully others) to get some answers.

  7. Interesting thread Robert, my blog focuses on 4 Main areas all involving usage of technology:
    1) Mobile Search Marketing – the emerging field where search engine, LBS and real-time inventory data will be merging to create innovative consumer driven experiences! It’s going to be a fun yet complex ride!
    2) Search Engine Industry General Issues
    3) Using Business Strategy in conjunction with technology to create new business practices.
    4) Customer Experience – Technology companies (and all companies for that matter) need to focus more on customer listening then innovating in real time based on feedback – where it’s flaming Dell’s or melting Apples – the examples of suboptimal customer experiences is unfortunately the norm, I want to work to change that – as Peter Drucker said – “Businesses are not paid to reform customers. They are paid to satisfy customers.” (look for a guest blog post from my Mom on Comcast shortly)

    ——————————————–
    I’m currently seeking leadership roles in companies who believe in these principles (I will relocate for the right opportunity). I bring the following experiences to the party:
    1) start up company experience, I once worked for http://www.blackrock.com – a company that used Internet to deliver ecommerce information way back in 1996! The company innovated the way bond data was used and analyzed creating structure out of chaos. Similar to how the Internet is doing now with search engine marketing, we are in the early phases of transparency and an efficient advertising marketplace. I was with this highly tech oriented company during it’s primary growth phase (80 to 800 people).
    2) Passion for making sustainable competitive advantage through superior, customer-focused data models.
    3) Top 10 MBA

    My contact info is on my blog and I look forward to hearing from you and building positive relationships.

    http://www.daviddlaka.com/createvalue

  8. Interesting thread Robert, my blog focuses on 4 Main areas all involving usage of technology:
    1) Mobile Search Marketing – the emerging field where search engine, LBS and real-time inventory data will be merging to create innovative consumer driven experiences! It’s going to be a fun yet complex ride!
    2) Search Engine Industry General Issues
    3) Using Business Strategy in conjunction with technology to create new business practices.
    4) Customer Experience – Technology companies (and all companies for that matter) need to focus more on customer listening then innovating in real time based on feedback – where it’s flaming Dell’s or melting Apples – the examples of suboptimal customer experiences is unfortunately the norm, I want to work to change that – as Peter Drucker said – “Businesses are not paid to reform customers. They are paid to satisfy customers.” (look for a guest blog post from my Mom on Comcast shortly)

    ——————————————–
    I’m currently seeking leadership roles in companies who believe in these principles (I will relocate for the right opportunity). I bring the following experiences to the party:
    1) start up company experience, I once worked for http://www.blackrock.com – a company that used Internet to deliver ecommerce information way back in 1996! The company innovated the way bond data was used and analyzed creating structure out of chaos. Similar to how the Internet is doing now with search engine marketing, we are in the early phases of transparency and an efficient advertising marketplace. I was with this highly tech oriented company during it’s primary growth phase (80 to 800 people).
    2) Passion for making sustainable competitive advantage through superior, customer-focused data models.
    3) Top 10 MBA

    My contact info is on my blog and I look forward to hearing from you and building positive relationships.

    http://www.daviddlaka.com/createvalue

  9. I have mad respect for you Robert. You really care unlike so many others. You linked to me and I’m a nobody, and I was goofing on you to boot. You widened my exposure when you could have ignored a dopey guy like me. I’ll always remember that.

  10. I have mad respect for you Robert. You really care unlike so many others. You linked to me and I’m a nobody, and I was goofing on you to boot. You widened my exposure when you could have ignored a dopey guy like me. I’ll always remember that.

  11. Robert you old firestorm starter you said in the past that WinExtra was part of your linkroll but I thought I would toss out the link once again.

    You made some comments about WinExtra which I sincerely took to heart and made some changes because of them. So maybe drop by and have a look and let me know what you think.

    http://www.winextra.com

  12. Robert you old firestorm starter you said in the past that WinExtra was part of your linkroll but I thought I would toss out the link once again.

    You made some comments about WinExtra which I sincerely took to heart and made some changes because of them. So maybe drop by and have a look and let me know what you think.

    http://www.winextra.com

  13. No, I don’t think A-listers have a responsibility to link to anybody. Linking is a way of communicating with others. To search out and find worthy reading is a huge effort, even with the tools that we have. Blogging is essentially a two communication in a world wide arena, this gives exposure to the conversation and allows everybody (that can) to participate.
    Linking is part of the blogging culture, that if you like what you read you can show where you got it from.
    With A-Listers, as with anyone with fame, you develop a level of exposure that demands a response.

    To link or not to link, that is the question! (it appears)

    Guy

  14. No, I don’t think A-listers have a responsibility to link to anybody. Linking is a way of communicating with others. To search out and find worthy reading is a huge effort, even with the tools that we have. Blogging is essentially a two communication in a world wide arena, this gives exposure to the conversation and allows everybody (that can) to participate.
    Linking is part of the blogging culture, that if you like what you read you can show where you got it from.
    With A-Listers, as with anyone with fame, you develop a level of exposure that demands a response.

    To link or not to link, that is the question! (it appears)

    Guy

  15. Hi Robert, thanks for offering this space; I am a software developer living in Switzerland, “migrating” from Microsoft technologies to open source ones, and my blog is all about that: http://kosmaczewski.net/

    By the way, I’ll be attending LIFT in Geneva too, so maybe we’ll have a chance to chat about blogging :)

    Adrian

  16. Hi Robert, thanks for offering this space; I am a software developer living in Switzerland, “migrating” from Microsoft technologies to open source ones, and my blog is all about that: http://kosmaczewski.net/

    By the way, I’ll be attending LIFT in Geneva too, so maybe we’ll have a chance to chat about blogging :)

    Adrian

  17. The PageRank algorithm is probably one of the key factors in this whole argument about link sharing. While the initial search engines used the “content” of your web site or page, nowadays (because of content spammers) authority (determined by incoming links) matters more.

    The problem is that if a newbie or Z-lister has something really important to say or has some great idea, he or she will not get the necessary audience to propagate that idea.

    I am not sure how this can be resolved because the commercialization of the Internet along with SEO businesses have changed the rules of the game that unfortunately now negatively affects new ideas.

    And yes, a tech-savvy person can get his or her idea spread, but what if the person (non-profit, medical field, etc.) has no clue about Google juice and stuff like that.

  18. The PageRank algorithm is probably one of the key factors in this whole argument about link sharing. While the initial search engines used the “content” of your web site or page, nowadays (because of content spammers) authority (determined by incoming links) matters more.

    The problem is that if a newbie or Z-lister has something really important to say or has some great idea, he or she will not get the necessary audience to propagate that idea.

    I am not sure how this can be resolved because the commercialization of the Internet along with SEO businesses have changed the rules of the game that unfortunately now negatively affects new ideas.

    And yes, a tech-savvy person can get his or her idea spread, but what if the person (non-profit, medical field, etc.) has no clue about Google juice and stuff like that.

  19. First of all, every post from you is worth a reading in my opinion. I just started blogging, mainly because the company I work for had an internal blog which died just after it started. Nobody paid attention to it, and there was no management support. I started blogging mainly for my colleagues and friends. But also because of an independed voice towards my company, a place where I can speak out free. I want to focus my blog on everything related to Microsoft, the main part is development, collaboration and unified messaging/collaboration and collaboration. Everything web/enterprise 2.0 has also my interest.
    Besides that I want to blog about everything that has my personal interest. Blogging has changed the way I live, and acquire knowledge. And yes, I link back to the source
    http://www.virtual-generations.com

  20. First of all, every post from you is worth a reading in my opinion. I just started blogging, mainly because the company I work for had an internal blog which died just after it started. Nobody paid attention to it, and there was no management support. I started blogging mainly for my colleagues and friends. But also because of an independed voice towards my company, a place where I can speak out free. I want to focus my blog on everything related to Microsoft, the main part is development, collaboration and unified messaging/collaboration and collaboration. Everything web/enterprise 2.0 has also my interest.
    Besides that I want to blog about everything that has my personal interest. Blogging has changed the way I live, and acquire knowledge. And yes, I link back to the source
    http://www.virtual-generations.com

  21. Hi Robert-

    Great idea and wonderful way to give exposure to what others are saying and doing out in the world.

    CostPerNews (http://wwww.costpernews.com) is my blog geared towards the online marketing and affiliate marketing crowd. Our little niche industry is really coming into its own as players like Google, AOL and Yahoo continue to move into the space and attempt to make use of affiliate marketing’s organic and relationship-based nature.

    Should be a fun 2007 for acquisitions!

    Thanks again, Robert… keep it up!

    Sam

  22. Hi Robert-

    Great idea and wonderful way to give exposure to what others are saying and doing out in the world.

    CostPerNews (http://wwww.costpernews.com) is my blog geared towards the online marketing and affiliate marketing crowd. Our little niche industry is really coming into its own as players like Google, AOL and Yahoo continue to move into the space and attempt to make use of affiliate marketing’s organic and relationship-based nature.

    Should be a fun 2007 for acquisitions!

    Thanks again, Robert… keep it up!

    Sam

  23. Robert was the first “big” link I ever got, when my blog was only a couple of months old.

    The fact that I was hosted on wordpress.com also and my article had been popular enough to show up in the dashboard helped him discover me, but quite a few times I’ve found smaller blogs because of his links.

  24. Robert was the first “big” link I ever got, when my blog was only a couple of months old.

    The fact that I was hosted on wordpress.com also and my article had been popular enough to show up in the dashboard helped him discover me, but quite a few times I’ve found smaller blogs because of his links.

  25. Sure, I’ll jump on the linkwagon…

    http://podophile.com

    My little iPod blog. Claim to fame: First to confirm that the Nike+iPod Sport Kit works with any brand of running shoe. My how-to “shoe hacker” guide was linked to by both Gizmodo and Engadget, so I’ve got no beef with them.

  26. Sure, I’ll jump on the linkwagon…

    http://podophile.com

    My little iPod blog. Claim to fame: First to confirm that the Nike+iPod Sport Kit works with any brand of running shoe. My how-to “shoe hacker” guide was linked to by both Gizmodo and Engadget, so I’ve got no beef with them.

  27. I feel a bit embarassed for coming out of the woodworks like this but I’m a longtime reader and run a tech blog of sorts. I’d be delighted if you could add me as well.

  28. Hi Robert, thank you for the opportunity! Give ComeAcross a whirl when you have a few minutes. A lot of my posts center around technology, but I write about other things as well. Thanks!

  29. I feel a bit embarassed for coming out of the woodworks like this but I’m a longtime reader and run a tech blog of sorts. I’d be delighted if you could add me as well.

  30. Hi Robert, thank you for the opportunity! Give ComeAcross a whirl when you have a few minutes. A lot of my posts center around technology, but I write about other things as well. Thanks!

  31. Fun way to get back in favour, Robert!

    Seems as good a place for a comment re. linking. First of all, although I subscribe to your blog, I don’t watch your videos. I’m on a 128kbs line (rural, no ASDL) which kind of limits the media. So I’m missing out on a lot of your material. But even if I could watch it, how would I link to the interesting frame 12 minutes in? (Should be technically possible, btw). If I wanted to quote anything, would I have to transcribe it myself?

    If you want more linkage (not necessarily from the big guys), you could try providing linkable screenshots and transcripts.

  32. Fun way to get back in favour, Robert!

    Seems as good a place for a comment re. linking. First of all, although I subscribe to your blog, I don’t watch your videos. I’m on a 128kbs line (rural, no ASDL) which kind of limits the media. So I’m missing out on a lot of your material. But even if I could watch it, how would I link to the interesting frame 12 minutes in? (Should be technically possible, btw). If I wanted to quote anything, would I have to transcribe it myself?

    If you want more linkage (not necessarily from the big guys), you could try providing linkable screenshots and transcripts.

  33. I don’t think A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to lesser known blogs per se. I think the reason most bloggers are A-list is because they keep track of what’s going on in the blogosphere at large and just end up linking to lesser known blogs to get to the cool content. It’s like asking if a lion has a responsibility to eat a monkey. Well no, that’s just what the lion does. Oh and I’m always looking for a few extra clicks: Michael.NET

    What makes my blog interesting? I’m not Scoble and I don’t make the front page of Techmeme. I am the trenches baby. I write about what I find interesting be it tech or life, and I try to always put my own analysis on things rather then just blindly link to other people’s content.

    I am Blog, resistance is futile, you will be linked.

  34. I don’t think A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to lesser known blogs per se. I think the reason most bloggers are A-list is because they keep track of what’s going on in the blogosphere at large and just end up linking to lesser known blogs to get to the cool content. It’s like asking if a lion has a responsibility to eat a monkey. Well no, that’s just what the lion does. Oh and I’m always looking for a few extra clicks: Michael.NET

    What makes my blog interesting? I’m not Scoble and I don’t make the front page of Techmeme. I am the trenches baby. I write about what I find interesting be it tech or life, and I try to always put my own analysis on things rather then just blindly link to other people’s content.

    I am Blog, resistance is futile, you will be linked.

  35. Robert

    The linking takes place in the posts as well.
    At least this is the way I mostly do it and crediting my sources.

    In any case, whatever the size of your audience,it takes time to build it.

    My main blog ‘Serge the Concierge’ will turn 2 in March but it has been really picking up momentum in the past 6 months.

    I think you have to be patient and recognize the fact that after writing frequently for many months, you offer your audience more to chew on.

    I will actually start a new blog soon on the topics of Food, Wine and Travel as experienced the world over by local people as opposed to tourists and magazine writers.
    A number of people will contribute their posts, I will mix it up and serve it.

    Take care

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

  36. Robert

    The linking takes place in the posts as well.
    At least this is the way I mostly do it and crediting my sources.

    In any case, whatever the size of your audience,it takes time to build it.

    My main blog ‘Serge the Concierge’ will turn 2 in March but it has been really picking up momentum in the past 6 months.

    I think you have to be patient and recognize the fact that after writing frequently for many months, you offer your audience more to chew on.

    I will actually start a new blog soon on the topics of Food, Wine and Travel as experienced the world over by local people as opposed to tourists and magazine writers.
    A number of people will contribute their posts, I will mix it up and serve it.

    Take care

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

  37. The question of what A-listers owe Z-listers seems to be a perennial. Last time it bloomed in August, 2006 it echoed around the blogosphere for a week or so.
    Nick Carr posted a parable about peasants hungering for links from the A-listers who lived in a castle on an island. It was beautifully written, and provocative enough to get him called an A-hole by Mike Arrington and spark a flurry conversation that made it to Techmeme. Winer and Doc Searls joined the fray, along with many others. At the time, Scoble said this:

    “Ahh, why do I fall for this stuff? Nick Carr started a whole debate about why he doesn’t get enough traffic.

    “I think the whole thing is bunk. No one promised me traffic when I started blogging. I just wanted to impress Dori Smith, JavaScript guru.”

    I guess it’s different now.

    My blogs are Mickeleh’s Take, on tech marketing and media–with a special interest in how television is being subsumed and transformed by the Internet, and Mickeleh’s Soapbox, on politics. I worked at Apple for nearly a decade and at Digeo (Moxi) for more than half a decade and the Take reflects that. The Soapbox reflects some unhappiness with the current White House regime. Some random personal interests leak into both blogs.

  38. The question of what A-listers owe Z-listers seems to be a perennial. Last time it bloomed in August, 2006 it echoed around the blogosphere for a week or so.
    Nick Carr posted a parable about peasants hungering for links from the A-listers who lived in a castle on an island. It was beautifully written, and provocative enough to get him called an A-hole by Mike Arrington and spark a flurry conversation that made it to Techmeme. Winer and Doc Searls joined the fray, along with many others. At the time, Scoble said this:

    “Ahh, why do I fall for this stuff? Nick Carr started a whole debate about why he doesn’t get enough traffic.

    “I think the whole thing is bunk. No one promised me traffic when I started blogging. I just wanted to impress Dori Smith, JavaScript guru.”

    I guess it’s different now.

    My blogs are Mickeleh’s Take, on tech marketing and media–with a special interest in how television is being subsumed and transformed by the Internet, and Mickeleh’s Soapbox, on politics. I worked at Apple for nearly a decade and at Digeo (Moxi) for more than half a decade and the Take reflects that. The Soapbox reflects some unhappiness with the current White House regime. Some random personal interests leak into both blogs.

  39. Robert – a pitch for a buddy since I believe you already loosely follow one of mine (thank you).

    It’s kind of ironic that you bring up Convergence South in a post about linking to others when I know the guy (Ben) who said he was instrumental in getting you an invite to that event. He seemed a little miffed that you never acknowledged him for that here, instead choosing to thank Sue Pollinsky.

    True or false? If true, you might want to give his tech blog a little love somewhere down the line … Easy to find his site, it’s the fifth one linked on the Convergence South page.

  40. Robert – a pitch for a buddy since I believe you already loosely follow one of mine (thank you).

    It’s kind of ironic that you bring up Convergence South in a post about linking to others when I know the guy (Ben) who said he was instrumental in getting you an invite to that event. He seemed a little miffed that you never acknowledged him for that here, instead choosing to thank Sue Pollinsky.

    True or false? If true, you might want to give his tech blog a little love somewhere down the line … Easy to find his site, it’s the fifth one linked on the Convergence South page.

  41. Robert, great way to encourage people to promote their blogs, well done. You can find my own blog at http://benlucier.wordpress.com. Generally, I use my blog as a creative outlet not focused on any one subject. But, since I love my work and technology, most of my writings are business and tech industry focused.

    PS: I’ll be in SF and San Jose in March. Keep me posted on any meetups.

  42. Robert, great way to encourage people to promote their blogs, well done. You can find my own blog at http://benlucier.wordpress.com. Generally, I use my blog as a creative outlet not focused on any one subject. But, since I love my work and technology, most of my writings are business and tech industry focused.

    PS: I’ll be in SF and San Jose in March. Keep me posted on any meetups.

  43. I think it’s awesome that you encourage linking to others. Sometimes A-listers forget who got them there in the first place. Kinda like sold out pop stars who forget how integral their initial fans are.

    My blog is over at Geekwhat.com.

    I blog mainly about the projects I am involved in as well as my thoughts on tech, music, and business items. Some interesting items:

    1. Getting my music album onto Apple iTunes
    2. Writing music for NBA superstar Lebron James
    3. Photos and blog entries straight from Macworld 07

    Enjoy! :)

    Tony

  44. I think it’s awesome that you encourage linking to others. Sometimes A-listers forget who got them there in the first place. Kinda like sold out pop stars who forget how integral their initial fans are.

    My blog is over at Geekwhat.com.

    I blog mainly about the projects I am involved in as well as my thoughts on tech, music, and business items. Some interesting items:

    1. Getting my music album onto Apple iTunes
    2. Writing music for NBA superstar Lebron James
    3. Photos and blog entries straight from Macworld 07

    Enjoy! :)

    Tony

  45. Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others? Not at all. Why should they? I suspect the flip side is more appropriate… while they don’t have the responsibility of linking to other bloggers, it is irresponsible of A-listers not to link to other bloggers when they are inspired by something that they read on a smaller blog, even if it is not what they end up writing about.

  46. Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others? Not at all. Why should they? I suspect the flip side is more appropriate… while they don’t have the responsibility of linking to other bloggers, it is irresponsible of A-listers not to link to other bloggers when they are inspired by something that they read on a smaller blog, even if it is not what they end up writing about.

  47. My blog is churchtechmatters.com and I blog about ways that churches are using technology, ways the churches can use technology and a variety of other things.

    I started over 2 years ago because I couldn’t find anyone else doing this kind of thing and it seemed important to me and because I wanted to learn more about it. Now, I’m able to interact with churches and church leaders around the world, which is amazing to me.

    I love the interaction and I’m always learning new things from my readers. Also, I hope I’m providing some value too.

  48. My blog is churchtechmatters.com and I blog about ways that churches are using technology, ways the churches can use technology and a variety of other things.

    I started over 2 years ago because I couldn’t find anyone else doing this kind of thing and it seemed important to me and because I wanted to learn more about it. Now, I’m able to interact with churches and church leaders around the world, which is amazing to me.

    I love the interaction and I’m always learning new things from my readers. Also, I hope I’m providing some value too.

  49. You’ve already linked to me a couple of times (thanks!), but thought I’d jump in any ways.

    I write a reasonably popular blog for software startup entrepreneurs.

    http://OnStartups.com

    P.S. To answer your question, I don’t think anyone is really obligated to link out. I think it’s in their interests to do so, but it’s not required.

  50. Kudos to you for doing this, as the A-list often tends to be an echo chamber. Now on to the shameless self-promotion: I run a Windows Sysamin http://www.serverdays.com blog focused (for now) on Windows Vista, Office 2007 and small business IT issues.

  51. Kudos to you for doing this, as the A-list often tends to be an echo chamber. Now on to the shameless self-promotion: I run a Windows Sysamin http://www.serverdays.com blog focused (for now) on Windows Vista, Office 2007 and small business IT issues.

  52. You’ve already linked to me a couple of times (thanks!), but thought I’d jump in any ways.

    I write a reasonably popular blog for software startup entrepreneurs.

    http://OnStartups.com

    P.S. To answer your question, I don’t think anyone is really obligated to link out. I think it’s in their interests to do so, but it’s not required.

  53. Darn it, Robert. This is at least the SECONDM time you’ve linked to my blog and ConvergeSouth and it hasn’t taken down ANY of our servers. What does it take to get slashdotted anymore?

  54. Darn it, Robert. This is at least the SECONDM time you’ve linked to my blog and ConvergeSouth and it hasn’t taken down ANY of our servers. What does it take to get slashdotted anymore?

  55. One blog which is full of front-end, security, philosophy and any old crap happening at Yahoo! in London.

    In terms of responsibility I’m not sure that I would use so strong a term. However I do believe that bloggers that rode the first wave and deliberately don’t link to good material in the lesser ranks are not the kind of people that are my kind of people.

    I do wonder how many A-listers actually find the time to read non A-listers with all their side projects.

  56. One blog which is full of front-end, security, philosophy and any old crap happening at Yahoo! in London.

    In terms of responsibility I’m not sure that I would use so strong a term. However I do believe that bloggers that rode the first wave and deliberately don’t link to good material in the lesser ranks are not the kind of people that are my kind of people.

    I do wonder how many A-listers actually find the time to read non A-listers with all their side projects.

  57. On-topic, there is at least one local Greensboro-area blogger who believes that my blog is important enough that by not linking to her, I have done her a serious disservice and shown a “non-welcoming attitude” of the “Greensboro blogging community” (which is silly). I update my blogroll about twice a year and don’t think my ability to promote anyone is very serious. However, she thinks so and it’s sticking in her craw that I won’t link to her. John Robinson, our news-blog-trend-setting newspaper editor, has also often been accused of non-linking when it’s possibly, like me, a case of just not updating blogrolls.

    People take this very seriously and it still astounds me. But folks, here’s how connectivity works:

    (1) We (mostly Ben) invited Robert to speak at ConvergeSouth and after a lot of negotiating schedules, got him here (a “yay” moment).

    (2) He and Maryam stayed with us at our home, because I wanted to absorb his energy and CS is nonprofit and it was cheaper that way.

    (3) We got to know each other, talked, drank tea, ate Thai food, and had a blast, even though his luggage was lost.

    (4) He interviewed me for the Scoble show.

    (5) Someone watched that show. Really. He tracked me down through an organization I mentioned on the interview. (They thought he was a spammer, but forwarded it anyway. Good thing.)

    (6) I got an invite to do a bi-weekly column on DownloadSquad.com, (a Weblogs, Inc. company, part of AOL).

    The online community is international and immediate. You don’t get high billing unless you write something interesting and timely and over time (see Winer, Dave). And you keep at it. Not being an “A” lister (I self-describe as an X/Y/Z lister), my goal isn’t to be on the top. I blog because I have something to share.

    One of things I always thought was wrong with America (and there are a heckuva lot of things RIGHT with America) is that people don’t have a place to tell their stories. I believe blogging is one of those places that solves that problem. Tell your story and stop worrying about who is reading it.

  58. On-topic, there is at least one local Greensboro-area blogger who believes that my blog is important enough that by not linking to her, I have done her a serious disservice and shown a “non-welcoming attitude” of the “Greensboro blogging community” (which is silly). I update my blogroll about twice a year and don’t think my ability to promote anyone is very serious. However, she thinks so and it’s sticking in her craw that I won’t link to her. John Robinson, our news-blog-trend-setting newspaper editor, has also often been accused of non-linking when it’s possibly, like me, a case of just not updating blogrolls.

    People take this very seriously and it still astounds me. But folks, here’s how connectivity works:

    (1) We (mostly Ben) invited Robert to speak at ConvergeSouth and after a lot of negotiating schedules, got him here (a “yay” moment).

    (2) He and Maryam stayed with us at our home, because I wanted to absorb his energy and CS is nonprofit and it was cheaper that way.

    (3) We got to know each other, talked, drank tea, ate Thai food, and had a blast, even though his luggage was lost.

    (4) He interviewed me for the Scoble show.

    (5) Someone watched that show. Really. He tracked me down through an organization I mentioned on the interview. (They thought he was a spammer, but forwarded it anyway. Good thing.)

    (6) I got an invite to do a bi-weekly column on DownloadSquad.com, (a Weblogs, Inc. company, part of AOL).

    The online community is international and immediate. You don’t get high billing unless you write something interesting and timely and over time (see Winer, Dave). And you keep at it. Not being an “A” lister (I self-describe as an X/Y/Z lister), my goal isn’t to be on the top. I blog because I have something to share.

    One of things I always thought was wrong with America (and there are a heckuva lot of things RIGHT with America) is that people don’t have a place to tell their stories. I believe blogging is one of those places that solves that problem. Tell your story and stop worrying about who is reading it.

  59. you are asking the right question, and no, you did not make enemies yesterday. It pains me to link to Gartner/Forrester when I know my link will require the reader to have an expensive subscription account. Ditto with the NY Times when I know they do not link back to bloggers. The sad thing is they will generously quote interviewees, but conveniently use blogger stuff with no attribution. So, yes all- A, B and C list bloggers would be better off attributing each other and linking to each other.

    Using that principle, Jeff Nolan facilitated a group of enterprise focused bloggers when he was at SAP and it has blossomed nicely in less than a year – see http://enterpriseirregulars.com/ and see the quality of stuff coming out of this group of bloggers

    The reality is in the enterprise space the industry analysts and some trade rags just happen to have pretty good content and we would hurt ourselves if we did not link to them. Hey they have been doing it 2-3 decades longer than us bloggers.

  60. you are asking the right question, and no, you did not make enemies yesterday. It pains me to link to Gartner/Forrester when I know my link will require the reader to have an expensive subscription account. Ditto with the NY Times when I know they do not link back to bloggers. The sad thing is they will generously quote interviewees, but conveniently use blogger stuff with no attribution. So, yes all- A, B and C list bloggers would be better off attributing each other and linking to each other.

    Using that principle, Jeff Nolan facilitated a group of enterprise focused bloggers when he was at SAP and it has blossomed nicely in less than a year – see http://enterpriseirregulars.com/ and see the quality of stuff coming out of this group of bloggers

    The reality is in the enterprise space the industry analysts and some trade rags just happen to have pretty good content and we would hurt ourselves if we did not link to them. Hey they have been doing it 2-3 decades longer than us bloggers.

  61. A listers have the opportunity to link to others but as free human beings they can do what they want.

    Smart A listers link to others as a strategy to maintain their high traffic levels, or as a welcome side effect of doing so.

    If someone links to your blog you’re more likely to read theirs and possibly comment on it or link to it. If that linker drives a lot of traffic to your blog, that would increase the likelyhood of that happening. It’s not easy to stay on the A list when most people want to get there and there is turnover. Blog in a bubble to long and you may lose your A list status.

    My blog http://adultaddstrengths.com focuses on adults with attention surplus condition, or as Jacob Stewart has said ” “high availability multi thread asynchronous task and associative processing skills””
    more commonly known as attention deficit disorder.
    I try to show the side of ADHD that is often missed, the advantages of having it such as being highly creative, higher energy levels, rapid processing mind, the ability to hyperfocus and multitask etc.

  62. A listers have the opportunity to link to others but as free human beings they can do what they want.

    Smart A listers link to others as a strategy to maintain their high traffic levels, or as a welcome side effect of doing so.

    If someone links to your blog you’re more likely to read theirs and possibly comment on it or link to it. If that linker drives a lot of traffic to your blog, that would increase the likelyhood of that happening. It’s not easy to stay on the A list when most people want to get there and there is turnover. Blog in a bubble to long and you may lose your A list status.

    My blog http://adultaddstrengths.com focuses on adults with attention surplus condition, or as Jacob Stewart has said ” “high availability multi thread asynchronous task and associative processing skills””
    more commonly known as attention deficit disorder.
    I try to show the side of ADHD that is often missed, the advantages of having it such as being highly creative, higher energy levels, rapid processing mind, the ability to hyperfocus and multitask etc.

  63. I just saw your blog – and really, no really(!), not intending to use it as a link thingy or whatever, I want to say a heartfelt well done. I just read your about me and I am really impressed. I hope you go from strength to strength.

  64. I just saw your blog – and really, no really(!), not intending to use it as a link thingy or whatever, I want to say a heartfelt well done. I just read your about me and I am really impressed. I hope you go from strength to strength.

  65. Scoble,

    While linking out to others can be good ka it can also be a double-edged sword. I have stopped reading many blogs because they stopped focusing on original content and became too frequent participants of the echo chamber.

    It’s nice to think that each of us has our own audience and that by pointing-out another person’s or company’s posting we are providing a valuable service to our readers. Unfortunately I thing this is an incorrect paradigm, one that is largely egocentric and does not reflect the true nature of the reader; one that does not offer a good reader experience.

    Could the real nature of the blog-sphere experience be closer to reading a newspaper? Could each blog represent a different reporter, columnist or editorialist? Could the difference be that instead of a managing editor making one choice for everyone we get to choose for ourselves the authors we want to read? At least I think it is so.

    By using a collective paradigm instead of an individual resource paradigm one could compare the modern blog reading experience as being akin to reading a Sunday newspaper where most of the stories go something like this: “Today, Angie Smith wrote a great review on the intelligence of Asian monkeys over on page 6.”

    So, to answer your question, bloggers, especially A-list bloggers, have a responsibility to be judicious when linking to others and to only link to others when they can add something of value to the conversation.

    I propose the following rules of thumb:

    1) If you have a news feed then be a news feed. If you have an original content feed then be an original content feed. If you want to do both then use separate feeds and keep the content separate. (A decent example of doing this is Tom Peters over at http://www.tompeters.com)

    2) If you want to write about a news story or about someone else’s article in an original content blog then make sure you add something new and original; add something valuable. Do not simple regurgitate with a quick, “You should read this” or, “I liked this” or, “I hated this.” Dig into your intelligence and say something worthwhile that nobody else has said. Compare the article to other posts on the same subject. Provide an educational background. Provide a comprehensive defense or attack.

    And for heavens sake, if you are not sure you can add something original or worthwhile to the conversation then do not write about it. If you think it is worth mentioning then so will twenty other bloggers. That’s twenty presses of the J key in Google Reader. That’s twenty deletes in an email client RSS reader. That’s twenty re-runs no one wants to watch.

    There are more worlds than this….and blog readers know it. Treat readers with respect and give them the user experience they deserve.

  66. Scoble,

    While linking out to others can be good ka it can also be a double-edged sword. I have stopped reading many blogs because they stopped focusing on original content and became too frequent participants of the echo chamber.

    It’s nice to think that each of us has our own audience and that by pointing-out another person’s or company’s posting we are providing a valuable service to our readers. Unfortunately I thing this is an incorrect paradigm, one that is largely egocentric and does not reflect the true nature of the reader; one that does not offer a good reader experience.

    Could the real nature of the blog-sphere experience be closer to reading a newspaper? Could each blog represent a different reporter, columnist or editorialist? Could the difference be that instead of a managing editor making one choice for everyone we get to choose for ourselves the authors we want to read? At least I think it is so.

    By using a collective paradigm instead of an individual resource paradigm one could compare the modern blog reading experience as being akin to reading a Sunday newspaper where most of the stories go something like this: “Today, Angie Smith wrote a great review on the intelligence of Asian monkeys over on page 6.”

    So, to answer your question, bloggers, especially A-list bloggers, have a responsibility to be judicious when linking to others and to only link to others when they can add something of value to the conversation.

    I propose the following rules of thumb:

    1) If you have a news feed then be a news feed. If you have an original content feed then be an original content feed. If you want to do both then use separate feeds and keep the content separate. (A decent example of doing this is Tom Peters over at http://www.tompeters.com)

    2) If you want to write about a news story or about someone else’s article in an original content blog then make sure you add something new and original; add something valuable. Do not simple regurgitate with a quick, “You should read this” or, “I liked this” or, “I hated this.” Dig into your intelligence and say something worthwhile that nobody else has said. Compare the article to other posts on the same subject. Provide an educational background. Provide a comprehensive defense or attack.

    And for heavens sake, if you are not sure you can add something original or worthwhile to the conversation then do not write about it. If you think it is worth mentioning then so will twenty other bloggers. That’s twenty presses of the J key in Google Reader. That’s twenty deletes in an email client RSS reader. That’s twenty re-runs no one wants to watch.

    There are more worlds than this….and blog readers know it. Treat readers with respect and give them the user experience they deserve.

  67. Robert,
    Let’s here it for the Asian guy, the real brains and originator of the idea for ConvergeSouth. Not that I want to take anything away from Sue (she’s fantastic) but I think he’s feeling a little left out and he’s such a nice guy and a necessary part of what keeps Blogsboro alive.

  68. Robert,
    Let’s here it for the Asian guy, the real brains and originator of the idea for ConvergeSouth. Not that I want to take anything away from Sue (she’s fantastic) but I think he’s feeling a little left out and he’s such a nice guy and a necessary part of what keeps Blogsboro alive.

  69. Hi Robert,

    I blog about technology, culture (from a tech/geek viewpoint), music and PR – particularly how it interfaces by social media.

    Best,

    Ged

  70. Hi Robert,

    I blog about technology, culture (from a tech/geek viewpoint), music and PR – particularly how it interfaces by social media.

    Best,

    Ged

  71. I don’t think anyone has a responsibility to link to anyone else. There is some great content out there that is completely independent work with no links or only a few that serve as “footnotes” to the essay at hand.

    There are other sources that have almost NO original content and who’s only purpose is to aggregate good (theoretically) content.

    The vast majority of bloggers are not making a dime off their efforts. A few are making some money, but not enough to quit their day jobs or even pay for their hosting services (if they are using one that charges).

    I think for those of us who fall into that latter category, we are fairly disinterested how many links we get.

    I feel most sorry for those z-listers who have hit the big-time for a few weeks or months and now feel compelled to stay up there in the ranks so that they CAN quit their day jobs. I bet more than a few have quit their day jobs prematurely.

    With organizations like Time laying off a thousand people at a time you have to ask yourself how many full-time expense accounted new people can this country support. Any technology based answer that comes out to “More than we have now” is the wrong answer.

    I’ve always been suspicious of any new technology that replaces a few centralized specialists with a distributed group of lower paid amateurs. Such systems, one way or another, eventually collapse, and I’m sure the the current system once it adjusts to the new tools presented by blogging will have a shake-out, just as the client server admin-heavy network systems will eventually re-centralize around systems that look a lot like mainframes (but will be called something else). (I’ve always maintained that there was little new to blogging other than the more sophisticated tool we use to update our web pages. I stand by that).

  72. I don’t think anyone has a responsibility to link to anyone else. There is some great content out there that is completely independent work with no links or only a few that serve as “footnotes” to the essay at hand.

    There are other sources that have almost NO original content and who’s only purpose is to aggregate good (theoretically) content.

    The vast majority of bloggers are not making a dime off their efforts. A few are making some money, but not enough to quit their day jobs or even pay for their hosting services (if they are using one that charges).

    I think for those of us who fall into that latter category, we are fairly disinterested how many links we get.

    I feel most sorry for those z-listers who have hit the big-time for a few weeks or months and now feel compelled to stay up there in the ranks so that they CAN quit their day jobs. I bet more than a few have quit their day jobs prematurely.

    With organizations like Time laying off a thousand people at a time you have to ask yourself how many full-time expense accounted new people can this country support. Any technology based answer that comes out to “More than we have now” is the wrong answer.

    I’ve always been suspicious of any new technology that replaces a few centralized specialists with a distributed group of lower paid amateurs. Such systems, one way or another, eventually collapse, and I’m sure the the current system once it adjusts to the new tools presented by blogging will have a shake-out, just as the client server admin-heavy network systems will eventually re-centralize around systems that look a lot like mainframes (but will be called something else). (I’ve always maintained that there was little new to blogging other than the more sophisticated tool we use to update our web pages. I stand by that).

  73. Sorry I should have given my URL: http:renaissancechambara.com/

    ‘Hi Robert,

    I blog about technology, culture (from a tech/geek viewpoint), music and PR – particularly how it interfaces by social media.

    Best,

    Ged’

  74. I don’t think any blogger has an obligation to link to another. The link should come because the new blogger is writing something interesting and pertinent and you want share it with your readers/friends.
    Robert, if your links aren’t honest your readers will lose trust and go elsewhere.
    Your book, Naked Conversations, has a lot of good advice for people. One point, be passionate about what you write about applies to this conversation I think. If you are writing about something you love, you will find an audience of like minded people. When you are writing about what you love, your enthusiasm shows.
    So the simple answer is – link to bloggers that you find interesting.

    Of course getting a link from an A-list blogger can drive a lot of traffic to your site. But if you don’t hold the readers interest, none of those thousands of readers will come back for more

  75. I don’t think any blogger has an obligation to link to another. The link should come because the new blogger is writing something interesting and pertinent and you want share it with your readers/friends.
    Robert, if your links aren’t honest your readers will lose trust and go elsewhere.
    Your book, Naked Conversations, has a lot of good advice for people. One point, be passionate about what you write about applies to this conversation I think. If you are writing about something you love, you will find an audience of like minded people. When you are writing about what you love, your enthusiasm shows.
    So the simple answer is – link to bloggers that you find interesting.

    Of course getting a link from an A-list blogger can drive a lot of traffic to your site. But if you don’t hold the readers interest, none of those thousands of readers will come back for more

  76. Sorry I should have given my URL: http:renaissancechambara.com/

    ‘Hi Robert,

    I blog about technology, culture (from a tech/geek viewpoint), music and PR – particularly how it interfaces by social media.

    Best,

    Ged’

  77. Ehh… Thanks to Tdavid and Billy for looking after my interests. Yes, I’d have to say at some point I was a bit miffed that Scoble pointed out the wifi thing was Sue’s too. Sue’s like my adopted mama, so I love her and she should get credit, but the wifi thing was mine. But when it comes to credit: ConvergeSouth founders/organizers are Sue, myself, and Ed Cone. It was my idea, but without any of the three, none of it would have happened. And there’s a whole slew of volunteers that I’m grateful for.

    Otherwise, oh well.. I’m overlooked. heh. Oh well. But I have to say that it’s rather amusing and somewhat hypocritical on the whole credit thing when there’s the whole worrying about Engadget linking back. And there-in lies the amusement.

  78. Ehh… Thanks to Tdavid and Billy for looking after my interests. Yes, I’d have to say at some point I was a bit miffed that Scoble pointed out the wifi thing was Sue’s too. Sue’s like my adopted mama, so I love her and she should get credit, but the wifi thing was mine. But when it comes to credit: ConvergeSouth founders/organizers are Sue, myself, and Ed Cone. It was my idea, but without any of the three, none of it would have happened. And there’s a whole slew of volunteers that I’m grateful for.

    Otherwise, oh well.. I’m overlooked. heh. Oh well. But I have to say that it’s rather amusing and somewhat hypocritical on the whole credit thing when there’s the whole worrying about Engadget linking back. And there-in lies the amusement.

  79. I guess I should plug my new WPF blog.

    I write about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) at http://wpfwonderland.wordpress.com

    WPF is the huge new graphic programming engine the shipped with .NET 3.0. It will change the way Windows user interfaces are written during the next 5-10 years. I believe it’s a very significant shift, but poorly understood by the average Windows programmer who has only seen a garish demo of spinning buttons and 17 color buttons at a Microsoft event.

    Code samples, videocasts, decontructing existing WPF applications, new WPF tools, tutorials and more.

  80. I guess I should plug my new WPF blog.

    I write about Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) at http://wpfwonderland.wordpress.com

    WPF is the huge new graphic programming engine the shipped with .NET 3.0. It will change the way Windows user interfaces are written during the next 5-10 years. I believe it’s a very significant shift, but poorly understood by the average Windows programmer who has only seen a garish demo of spinning buttons and 17 color buttons at a Microsoft event.

    Code samples, videocasts, decontructing existing WPF applications, new WPF tools, tutorials and more.

  81. Agree with you that we (I’m no “A list” blogger, mind; more a C or a D) have a responsibility to link to wherever we find the stuff that we point to or write about (or otherwise give credit).

  82. Agree with you that we (I’m no “A list” blogger, mind; more a C or a D) have a responsibility to link to wherever we find the stuff that we point to or write about (or otherwise give credit).

  83. The question of a-listers linking to the rest of us mere mortals seems moot to me, and I’m happy to report that at least Robert Scoble gets it. Apparently so does Arrington. Good on them.

    P.s.: I’m still waiting for mine

  84. The question of a-listers linking to the rest of us mere mortals seems moot to me, and I’m happy to report that at least Robert Scoble gets it. Apparently so does Arrington. Good on them.

    P.s.: I’m still waiting for mine

  85. Robert,

    As of this morning, I know you’ve already subscribed to the RSS feed.

    I tend to cover technology, blogging and Web, with a major focus on Google, Apple, TiVo and Microsoft. I am also an avid sports fan, covering the Oakland A’s and Sacramento Kings, and contribute to other blogs, such as The Apple Blog.

    A recent highlight I thought you might be interested in is an analysis I did on the ROI of media downloads (songs vs. films and TV)

    http://www.louisgray.com/live/2007/01/what-is-true-value-of-entertainment.html

    If instead, you prefer comics, I do weekly comics on the A’s all baseball season long, called The ANtics. They’ve been featured on an A’s broadcast, and gotten me calls from family of the players, asking for their own copies.

    Those are hiding here:
    http://www.louisgray.com/live/fun/comics.html

    Hope somebody enjoys them.

  86. Robert,

    As of this morning, I know you’ve already subscribed to the RSS feed.

    I tend to cover technology, blogging and Web, with a major focus on Google, Apple, TiVo and Microsoft. I am also an avid sports fan, covering the Oakland A’s and Sacramento Kings, and contribute to other blogs, such as The Apple Blog.

    A recent highlight I thought you might be interested in is an analysis I did on the ROI of media downloads (songs vs. films and TV)

    http://www.louisgray.com/live/2007/01/what-is-true-value-of-entertainment.html

    If instead, you prefer comics, I do weekly comics on the A’s all baseball season long, called The ANtics. They’ve been featured on an A’s broadcast, and gotten me calls from family of the players, asking for their own copies.

    Those are hiding here:
    http://www.louisgray.com/live/fun/comics.html

    Hope somebody enjoys them.

  87. “I wanna be overwieght” is my approach to losing some excess weight, combining somme well known ideas from the WeightWatchers commercial plan with some of the statistics from the Hacker’s Diet. (I have to lose about 40 lbs to become overweight instad of being obese!)

  88. “I wanna be overwieght” is my approach to losing some excess weight, combining somme well known ideas from the WeightWatchers commercial plan with some of the statistics from the Hacker’s Diet. (I have to lose about 40 lbs to become overweight instad of being obese!)

  89. Robert-

    This is a big project, I assume you will get hundreds of comments from folks who will post their link (heck, I will do it!). I like it when the Uber-bloggers like yourself are just regular folks. Too many people start to see themselves as celbrities. I also read a lot of blogs (big and small) with authors who never site anyone for any idea or topic they write about. Nobody can come up with it all on their own, thus linking and giving credit to others is just what everyone should do.

    I know you will have a lot of blogs to visit based on this project. Already around 70…I predict you hit over 300. I hope you find something to smile at on my blog, “Some Assembly Required”:

    http://www.thomsinger.blogspot.com

    It is mostly networking, business development, sales, marketing, PR, advertising….but also has a lot of my personal rants and raves.

    In answer to the question, I don’t think anyone is required to link to others….but I do believe it shows a lot of class when someone like you invites others to be showcased like this.

    Have A Great Day.

    thom

  90. Robert-

    This is a big project, I assume you will get hundreds of comments from folks who will post their link (heck, I will do it!). I like it when the Uber-bloggers like yourself are just regular folks. Too many people start to see themselves as celbrities. I also read a lot of blogs (big and small) with authors who never site anyone for any idea or topic they write about. Nobody can come up with it all on their own, thus linking and giving credit to others is just what everyone should do.

    I know you will have a lot of blogs to visit based on this project. Already around 70…I predict you hit over 300. I hope you find something to smile at on my blog, “Some Assembly Required”:

    http://www.thomsinger.blogspot.com

    It is mostly networking, business development, sales, marketing, PR, advertising….but also has a lot of my personal rants and raves.

    In answer to the question, I don’t think anyone is required to link to others….but I do believe it shows a lot of class when someone like you invites others to be showcased like this.

    Have A Great Day.

    thom

  91. Oh man Robert, I guess I will get my links in.

    I started off in the PDA world with a small site about the Dell Axim that ended up being a huge site, http://www.aximsite.com, Aximite really isn’t a blog, but it spawned another site that is now a blog, http://www.mobilitysite.com. It started out as just a forum community, but now the front end is run by Movable Type Blogging software. We have gotten links from both Engadget and Gizmodo in the past. Engadget more so than Gizmodo. If my personal blog is of any interest, it at http://chris.leckness.com and is basicly a place for me to share some tech stuff, pics of the kids, car, devices, etc… And Yogos! I love Yogos now!

    I met you for the 1st time in Vegas and wish we could have finished out iPhone conversation but I had to get to dinner. Sorry. Not sure if you remember that. :)

    That’s for the call to visit our Z list blogs!

  92. Oh man Robert, I guess I will get my links in.

    I started off in the PDA world with a small site about the Dell Axim that ended up being a huge site, http://www.aximsite.com, Aximite really isn’t a blog, but it spawned another site that is now a blog, http://www.mobilitysite.com. It started out as just a forum community, but now the front end is run by Movable Type Blogging software. We have gotten links from both Engadget and Gizmodo in the past. Engadget more so than Gizmodo. If my personal blog is of any interest, it at http://chris.leckness.com and is basicly a place for me to share some tech stuff, pics of the kids, car, devices, etc… And Yogos! I love Yogos now!

    I met you for the 1st time in Vegas and wish we could have finished out iPhone conversation but I had to get to dinner. Sorry. Not sure if you remember that. :)

    That’s for the call to visit our Z list blogs!

  93. I’m no tech blogger, but I am a billionaire who sometimes invests in tech companies. I expect soon to overtake Mark Cuban’s blog soon as top billionaire blog.

    I enjoyed your and your wife’s talk at ConvergeSouth. It helped inspire me to start blogging.

  94. I’m no tech blogger, but I am a billionaire who sometimes invests in tech companies. I expect soon to overtake Mark Cuban’s blog soon as top billionaire blog.

    I enjoyed your and your wife’s talk at ConvergeSouth. It helped inspire me to start blogging.

  95. Surely you only have the responsibility to link to blogs that are worth reading, independent of if they are small, new, big or old?

    I wouldn’t expect you to link to my blog since I’m still quite new at it, my content is of limited appeal outside the small community I’m involved in and I think I am still to find my proper blogging voice.

    Even when I do, I still wouldn’t *expect* a link from an A-list blog unless it warranted it.

  96. Surely you only have the responsibility to link to blogs that are worth reading, independent of if they are small, new, big or old?

    I wouldn’t expect you to link to my blog since I’m still quite new at it, my content is of limited appeal outside the small community I’m involved in and I think I am still to find my proper blogging voice.

    Even when I do, I still wouldn’t *expect* a link from an A-list blog unless it warranted it.

  97. [...] Scoble recently wrote an entry about how some of the biggest blog sites on the internet don’t allow links out of their site to less important blog material. He has reflected quite a bit on the [...]

  98. Holy Cripes, a comment spam free-for-all on Scoble’s blog! http://www.paulshort.com

    BTW, about this linking thing – I’ve found that a lot of the blogs that were cool 2-3 years ago have now gotten so big, they are (more or less) MSM now in internet terms. Either that or they have been absorbed by one of the many blog networks out there and often only link to their sister/brother sites.

    At any rate, the blog linked from my name below will be seeing a lot more tech/biz/blogosphere banter soon… and tons of heavy linking out, no matter how popular it gets.

    Keep pissing off the blogsphere, Robert. I’m reading.

  99. Holy Cripes, a comment spam free-for-all on Scoble’s blog! http://www.paulshort.com

    BTW, about this linking thing – I’ve found that a lot of the blogs that were cool 2-3 years ago have now gotten so big, they are (more or less) MSM now in internet terms. Either that or they have been absorbed by one of the many blog networks out there and often only link to their sister/brother sites.

    At any rate, the blog linked from my name below will be seeing a lot more tech/biz/blogosphere banter soon… and tons of heavy linking out, no matter how popular it gets.

    Keep pissing off the blogsphere, Robert. I’m reading.

  100. Hi Robert,
    It’s terrific to see the variety of sites that start popping up as you do this; for all the democratization the Web promises, it’s not always easy for people to build audiences for new and niche topics.

    One of the central issues to me is that smaller, more focused tech communities like creative sites often can’t get the attention “mainstream” tech topics do. In these comments alone, I’ve just picked up a music blog and WPF blog I hadn’t seen before. Part of the reason I write creative music and motion blogs is because I’m as interested in promoting those technologies and artists as I am in myself:
    http://createdigitalmusic.com
    http://createdigitalmotion.com

    And while I’m at it, I’ve been really blown away by this site:
    http://www.retrothing.com
    … because James (who I met as a reader of my site) seems equally interested in producing professional-style writing and video on topics that are way too focused for anyone else (like reviewing an arcade cabinet stand).

  101. Hi Robert,
    It’s terrific to see the variety of sites that start popping up as you do this; for all the democratization the Web promises, it’s not always easy for people to build audiences for new and niche topics.

    One of the central issues to me is that smaller, more focused tech communities like creative sites often can’t get the attention “mainstream” tech topics do. In these comments alone, I’ve just picked up a music blog and WPF blog I hadn’t seen before. Part of the reason I write creative music and motion blogs is because I’m as interested in promoting those technologies and artists as I am in myself:
    http://createdigitalmusic.com
    http://createdigitalmotion.com

    And while I’m at it, I’ve been really blown away by this site:
    http://www.retrothing.com
    … because James (who I met as a reader of my site) seems equally interested in producing professional-style writing and video on topics that are way too focused for anyone else (like reviewing an arcade cabinet stand).

  102. Robert:

    I do think it is fundamentally wrong not to link back to someone if you find it useful. It is not always in the interest of main stream media to link back. The fact that bloggers are able to get information before they can must drive them crazy.

    My blog is http://www.madtechie.com/

    I blog about anything technology related but in general have a bias for all things Microsoft – especially XBOX 360 and Windows Vista.

    By trade I am a technolgy executive/strategist.

  103. Robert:

    I do think it is fundamentally wrong not to link back to someone if you find it useful. It is not always in the interest of main stream media to link back. The fact that bloggers are able to get information before they can must drive them crazy.

    My blog is http://www.madtechie.com/

    I blog about anything technology related but in general have a bias for all things Microsoft – especially XBOX 360 and Windows Vista.

    By trade I am a technolgy executive/strategist.

  104. Link to me when you think your readers might find what I say interesting. Ignore the other 25 posts I make. I’ll do the same for you. If I link to you enough maybe you’ll become famous. :-)

  105. Link to me when you think your readers might find what I say interesting. Ignore the other 25 posts I make. I’ll do the same for you. If I link to you enough maybe you’ll become famous. :-)

  106. I feel strongly that regardless of who the author is or what their media, it is their responsibility to provide proper credit to the source of the information being written about.

    That said, although there is no responsibility, per se, for an “A-list” blogger to link to smaller or newer ones, I can say from experience that it is an absolute thrill when it does happen.

    I had only been blogging for three months when I wrote about Mary Jo Foley moving to “ZDnet”. In less than a week after starting at ZDnet, Mary Jo linked to a post I wrote about Microsoft support ending for XP SP1 and 1A. I was so excited that I told everyone I saw for the next few days. (Just don’t tell Mary Jo that not everyone knew who she is. ;) )

    Mary Jo’s link was a thrill for a beginner.

    References:
    http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2006/09/leaves-arent-only-things-changing.html
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=21

    My Blog: http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/

  107. I feel strongly that regardless of who the author is or what their media, it is their responsibility to provide proper credit to the source of the information being written about.

    That said, although there is no responsibility, per se, for an “A-list” blogger to link to smaller or newer ones, I can say from experience that it is an absolute thrill when it does happen.

    I had only been blogging for three months when I wrote about Mary Jo Foley moving to “ZDnet”. In less than a week after starting at ZDnet, Mary Jo linked to a post I wrote about Microsoft support ending for XP SP1 and 1A. I was so excited that I told everyone I saw for the next few days. (Just don’t tell Mary Jo that not everyone knew who she is. ;) )

    Mary Jo’s link was a thrill for a beginner.

    References:
    http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2006/09/leaves-arent-only-things-changing.html
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=21

    My Blog: http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/

  108. Do you know me?:-?:D

    Before you linked to me? I had a total of 300 hits in the 3 months before, and some 3k hits in the one and a half year before that…

    After? I get 300 hits a day, in addition to a 2k spike when you link to me. Thanks.

    But, more important than the traffic, is the friends. I got to know you, David Willson, Guy, Rob, lots of people. Thanks for that! And, I couldn’t have gotten that shiny new cam without your links. Thanks again!

  109. Do you know me?:-?:D

    Before you linked to me? I had a total of 300 hits in the 3 months before, and some 3k hits in the one and a half year before that…

    After? I get 300 hits a day, in addition to a 2k spike when you link to me. Thanks.

    But, more important than the traffic, is the friends. I got to know you, David Willson, Guy, Rob, lots of people. Thanks for that! And, I couldn’t have gotten that shiny new cam without your links. Thanks again!

  110. Just look at the front page of Podtech… the content looks so boring.

    Having a hard time generating traffic Robert? Microsoft made you interesting. Now you’re just another marketing channel to be manipulated by PR.

  111. Just look at the front page of Podtech… the content looks so boring.

    Having a hard time generating traffic Robert? Microsoft made you interesting. Now you’re just another marketing channel to be manipulated by PR.

  112. Oh and by the way, you were far better interviewing engineers and product managers.

    Watching you interview CEOs and senior management is cringe-worthy. It’s embarrassing to watch.

  113. Oh and by the way, you were far better interviewing engineers and product managers.

    Watching you interview CEOs and senior management is cringe-worthy. It’s embarrassing to watch.

  114. Me personally I only think that there is a moral obligation to link to others if you are referencing them. As far as it being an A-list bloggers responsibility, no I don’t think you can expect anyone to do you any favors, or hold anyone to doing favors. At the same time, like with anything someone does and is successful, you should always remember where you come from, and appreciate your success, don’t take it for granted or get to a point where you feel “above things” now that you’ve made it (saying “you” as in a general you, not you specifically).

    My blog is http://www.jonzee.com
    Been doin it for about 5 months, and its a blog about shopping online, and consumer/product information. With a heavy focus on tech and electronic products, deals, reviews etc. Theres also a Podcast associated with the blog (links are all on the site).

  115. Me personally I only think that there is a moral obligation to link to others if you are referencing them. As far as it being an A-list bloggers responsibility, no I don’t think you can expect anyone to do you any favors, or hold anyone to doing favors. At the same time, like with anything someone does and is successful, you should always remember where you come from, and appreciate your success, don’t take it for granted or get to a point where you feel “above things” now that you’ve made it (saying “you” as in a general you, not you specifically).

    My blog is http://www.jonzee.com
    Been doin it for about 5 months, and its a blog about shopping online, and consumer/product information. With a heavy focus on tech and electronic products, deals, reviews etc. Theres also a Podcast associated with the blog (links are all on the site).

  116. Why is my blog interesting? Well, it’s a blog about financial aid. I blog regularly about one of the topics that’s opaque to most people in the hopes that more people will find it accessible and hopefully achieve their college goals. It’s also the show notes for my podcast.

    http://www.FinancialAidPodcast.com

    Eagerly awaiting the Seagate drive from Podtech.

  117. Why is my blog interesting? Well, it’s a blog about financial aid. I blog regularly about one of the topics that’s opaque to most people in the hopes that more people will find it accessible and hopefully achieve their college goals. It’s also the show notes for my podcast.

    http://www.FinancialAidPodcast.com

    Eagerly awaiting the Seagate drive from Podtech.

  118. Hi Robert,
    Since you asked, there are lots of interesting things cooking in the science blogosphere these days. Now that Web 2.0 (which is so over!) is a “hot” property with the mainstream, the science community has taken notice and certain groups, particularly science database managers and science publishers, are uncertain about how they’re going to make it through this huge wave that is upon them. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts from the “purist” tech world as they might apply to the area where science meets the web. I’m blogging at Element List.com, which is a science blog that covers new and interesting science websites, and has been for the last two years. Stop by and say hi.
    - Jackie

  119. Hi Robert,
    Since you asked, there are lots of interesting things cooking in the science blogosphere these days. Now that Web 2.0 (which is so over!) is a “hot” property with the mainstream, the science community has taken notice and certain groups, particularly science database managers and science publishers, are uncertain about how they’re going to make it through this huge wave that is upon them. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts from the “purist” tech world as they might apply to the area where science meets the web. I’m blogging at Element List.com, which is a science blog that covers new and interesting science websites, and has been for the last two years. Stop by and say hi.
    - Jackie

  120. I hack code, give personal opinion on tech issues, and share methods/tips/strategies that I find helpful.

    I don’t really like blogs that just recycle content from other blogs and add no value of their own. So I try to avoid that as often as I can. I rarely just link to something. If you don’t contribute, why bother… at least that’s my opinion.

  121. I hack code, give personal opinion on tech issues, and share methods/tips/strategies that I find helpful.

    I don’t really like blogs that just recycle content from other blogs and add no value of their own. So I try to avoid that as often as I can. I rarely just link to something. If you don’t contribute, why bother… at least that’s my opinion.

  122. Responsibility? No.

    However, if they don’t… then bloggers are stupid to keep linking to them. If they can’t figure out where they came from and who helped them get there… shame on them.

  123. Responsibility? No.

    However, if they don’t… then bloggers are stupid to keep linking to them. If they can’t figure out where they came from and who helped them get there… shame on them.

  124. Well… I am a reader of your blog, and because of your interaction with gizmodo and the like I decided to add a blog to the website I started up, but alas it is not a tech blog, so no free advertising for me.

    But I will be linking you tonight as I put the final touches on it, and make my very first post. :)

    Funny tho, my first post tonight is going to be about linking on blogs. So I guess your original rant about the video was good for me, because it finally prompted me to be a blogger instead of a blog reader! hahahaha…

    -Guy

  125. Well… I am a reader of your blog, and because of your interaction with gizmodo and the like I decided to add a blog to the website I started up, but alas it is not a tech blog, so no free advertising for me.

    But I will be linking you tonight as I put the final touches on it, and make my very first post. :)

    Funny tho, my first post tonight is going to be about linking on blogs. So I guess your original rant about the video was good for me, because it finally prompted me to be a blogger instead of a blog reader! hahahaha…

    -Guy

  126. My blogs interesting because I give away the sales secrets that have helped me sell over $40 million worth of product and I offer nothing for sale on my blog. All content, all the time.

  127. My blogs interesting because I give away the sales secrets that have helped me sell over $40 million worth of product and I offer nothing for sale on my blog. All content, all the time.

  128. My, my, I must say I am impressed – you are certainly setting the panties straight again in the blogosphere.

    eMoms at Home is an entrepreneurial blog for work at home parents – I can’t say I write a ton about tech stuff – it’s more about keeping yourself motivated when you’re at home and don’t feel like writing about tech stuff that day. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity! -Wendy

  129. My, my, I must say I am impressed – you are certainly setting the panties straight again in the blogosphere.

    eMoms at Home is an entrepreneurial blog for work at home parents – I can’t say I write a ton about tech stuff – it’s more about keeping yourself motivated when you’re at home and don’t feel like writing about tech stuff that day. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity! -Wendy

  130. Thanks, Scoble. You’ve always been kind to me in our email dealings. I’ll be glad to add to your feed bloat:

    http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/davak/

    I discuss the running of tech-recipes.com, give my opinions on tech-related issues, and occassionally debunk hot medical BS posted around the blog world.

    I’ll be adding a lot of the guys/gals above to my reader tonight.

  131. Thanks, Scoble. You’ve always been kind to me in our email dealings. I’ll be glad to add to your feed bloat:

    http://blogs.tech-recipes.com/davak/

    I discuss the running of tech-recipes.com, give my opinions on tech-related issues, and occassionally debunk hot medical BS posted around the blog world.

    I’ll be adding a lot of the guys/gals above to my reader tonight.

  132. Comic Strip blogger is a hoot — and Adult ADHD Strengths is a darn fine blog, too. :0

    Mine is such a potpourri (odd time signatures that it’s not really in your context, but I do link to you when I blog about Internet life and of course, all of your photowalking videos are mentioned in my photography section. :)

    I loved your rant about linking yesterday — it’s frustrating to really work on something and not get the linkbacks for it.

  133. Comic Strip blogger is a hoot — and Adult ADHD Strengths is a darn fine blog, too. :0

    Mine is such a potpourri (odd time signatures that it’s not really in your context, but I do link to you when I blog about Internet life and of course, all of your photowalking videos are mentioned in my photography section. :)

    I loved your rant about linking yesterday — it’s frustrating to really work on something and not get the linkbacks for it.

  134. Robert,
    I find it interesting that of all your post today, the two that talk about blogging have 267 comments ( as of this comment’s time) and the other 5 post have less than 100.
    The next contender is the post about China, and most of that is between Ann and Peter.

    I still stand by my comments that the quality of your posts have changed, and thats alright, it’s your blog. With your job at PodTech, you need to work that also, (the magic of channel 9 is not there, hopefully you will find the magic in this endeavor), With these latest post this weekend you have defined who and what you are, somebody that can start a conversation and keep it running.
    I started reading your stuff about a year ago (when CoComment started) it was then that I saw what can happen when anybody talks to the world.

    Guy

  135. Robert,
    I find it interesting that of all your post today, the two that talk about blogging have 267 comments ( as of this comment’s time) and the other 5 post have less than 100.
    The next contender is the post about China, and most of that is between Ann and Peter.

    I still stand by my comments that the quality of your posts have changed, and thats alright, it’s your blog. With your job at PodTech, you need to work that also, (the magic of channel 9 is not there, hopefully you will find the magic in this endeavor), With these latest post this weekend you have defined who and what you are, somebody that can start a conversation and keep it running.
    I started reading your stuff about a year ago (when CoComment started) it was then that I saw what can happen when anybody talks to the world.

    Guy

  136. My Blog is at dotcult.com – It’s basically a mixture of everything. Mostly internet culture related stuff. (please ignore the fact that the current post is kitten pictures.. I’ve been told it’s a requirement if you’re a geek blogger)

    I’ve had just about every type of writing published (book, articles, poems, essays for a book of essays, etc) … but now I develop software and just blog about random shit on the internet that intrigues me, makes me laugh, or pisses me off.

  137. My Blog is at dotcult.com – It’s basically a mixture of everything. Mostly internet culture related stuff. (please ignore the fact that the current post is kitten pictures.. I’ve been told it’s a requirement if you’re a geek blogger)

    I’ve had just about every type of writing published (book, articles, poems, essays for a book of essays, etc) … but now I develop software and just blog about random shit on the internet that intrigues me, makes me laugh, or pisses me off.

  138. See, this is the side of Scoble people love. Forget that other Scoble who had the meltdown earlier. He’s the evil twin.

    Because of this thread I found Louis Gray and his Oakland A’s comic strip! I guess today’s not a total loss. I take back all of the bad things I was thinking earlier (mostly).

    To be honest, I’m not sure if you’ll dig
    medialoper.com, but you might take a look just in case.

  139. See, this is the side of Scoble people love. Forget that other Scoble who had the meltdown earlier. He’s the evil twin.

    Because of this thread I found Louis Gray and his Oakland A’s comic strip! I guess today’s not a total loss. I take back all of the bad things I was thinking earlier (mostly).

    To be honest, I’m not sure if you’ll dig
    medialoper.com, but you might take a look just in case.

  140. I personally think that a-list” bloggers can be in some of a conundrum; larger blogs get more traffic and comments, which means that the blogger has to respond more on their own blog & that the blogger then has less time to venture off of their own community (Scoble does a great job at responding to as many posts as he cam, IMHO). I think it can be extremely hard for larger guys to “link out” to other folks…

    Why is my blog interesting? Ummm…not sure;-) Perhaps it is because I’ve already had a great deal of success participating in online communities & have some practical perspectives on it? I also don’t look at blogging as the only aspect of community relations w/customers (I can be quite critical of blogging).

  141. I personally think that a-list” bloggers can be in some of a conundrum; larger blogs get more traffic and comments, which means that the blogger has to respond more on their own blog & that the blogger then has less time to venture off of their own community (Scoble does a great job at responding to as many posts as he cam, IMHO). I think it can be extremely hard for larger guys to “link out” to other folks…

    Why is my blog interesting? Ummm…not sure;-) Perhaps it is because I’ve already had a great deal of success participating in online communities & have some practical perspectives on it? I also don’t look at blogging as the only aspect of community relations w/customers (I can be quite critical of blogging).

  142. I think linking to others is a key part of the conversation.

    My blog, the Depraved Librarian, is a link blog. It’s a carnival of news and information about culture, law, music, technology and research, from a computer librarian, Palminatrix, and choral singer.

    Thanks for visting.

  143. I think linking to others is a key part of the conversation.

    My blog, the Depraved Librarian, is a link blog. It’s a carnival of news and information about culture, law, music, technology and research, from a computer librarian, Palminatrix, and choral singer.

    Thanks for visting.

  144. I was just blog surfing and I came across you. I’m not much of a tech guy and my blog is not a tech blog, but I saw this post and just wanted to say, very cool of you.

    If you or any of your readers want to read about being a dad and a husband from a slightly raw point of view, please visit me at http://www.mitchmcdad.com .

    Now I’m going to check out your blog a bit more and get a little more tech savey.

    Take care
    ~Mitch

  145. I was just blog surfing and I came across you. I’m not much of a tech guy and my blog is not a tech blog, but I saw this post and just wanted to say, very cool of you.

    If you or any of your readers want to read about being a dad and a husband from a slightly raw point of view, please visit me at http://www.mitchmcdad.com .

    Now I’m going to check out your blog a bit more and get a little more tech savey.

    Take care
    ~Mitch

  146. I keep the blog for EmiratesMac.com. We’re the only English-language web site in the Middle East (as far as we know) that focuses solely on Apple stuff, and we’re the only registered Apple User Group in the UAE (and one of very few in the entire Middle East). I try to write about local/regional issues that would be of interest to our members, and try to cover any Apple news with a local/regional perspective. We face a number of particular issues here in the Middle East, including higher prices on Apple products, Apple not being well known, and Apple being represented here by an IMC.

  147. I keep the blog for EmiratesMac.com. We’re the only English-language web site in the Middle East (as far as we know) that focuses solely on Apple stuff, and we’re the only registered Apple User Group in the UAE (and one of very few in the entire Middle East). I try to write about local/regional issues that would be of interest to our members, and try to cover any Apple news with a local/regional perspective. We face a number of particular issues here in the Middle East, including higher prices on Apple products, Apple not being well known, and Apple being represented here by an IMC.

  148. So whos gonna link and subscribe to monkeynuts? (linked via my name) Mostly just linking to other stories but from time to time my own life including my love affair with all things tech is covered. Oh and you may also get lucky and find the odd drunken ramble on there too.

    Oh and I need more followers on twitter (http://twitter.com/monkeyleader) :(

    Nige

  149. So whos gonna link and subscribe to monkeynuts? (linked via my name) Mostly just linking to other stories but from time to time my own life including my love affair with all things tech is covered. Oh and you may also get lucky and find the odd drunken ramble on there too.

    Oh and I need more followers on twitter (http://twitter.com/monkeyleader) :(

    Nige

  150. Hey Robert interesting article and since my pingback didn’t came through I’ll just add it manually. http://blogs.msdn.com/mscrmfreak

    A site you linked to last year just because you liked my name..I hope you and everydbody else also like the content I have been bringing the past year about Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Keep your eyes open for my new blog in a couple of months…

  151. Hey Robert interesting article and since my pingback didn’t came through I’ll just add it manually. http://blogs.msdn.com/mscrmfreak

    A site you linked to last year just because you liked my name..I hope you and everydbody else also like the content I have been bringing the past year about Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Keep your eyes open for my new blog in a couple of months…

  152. The recent blogger/Ferrari laptop fiasco made me think about this issue from a different angle. The result of that incident was that a lot of bloggers resented people getting freebies – primarily on the grounds that they were (allegedy) little more than bribes – and thought that bloggers should have the same ethics and integrity as journalists and therefore shouldn’t accept gifts which could be seen to compromise their “journalistic integrity”.

    On the other hand a number of bloggers argued that they are not journalists – they are enthusiasts and are not getting paid so shouldn’t have to conform to the same standards as journalists – personally, I agree.

    Whether or not you believe bloggers should act and be treated like journalists surely they should be like journalists in one particular way: report the news from wherever it comes irrespective of source – if you want to call it an obligation to other bloggers then so be it.

    Large news agencies collect stories from smaller, independent journalists so I firmly believe that bloggers should follow that lead. I certainly think that it would be wrong not to link to a “lesser” blog just because you deem it is “beneath you”.

    http://randomelements.me.uk

  153. The recent blogger/Ferrari laptop fiasco made me think about this issue from a different angle. The result of that incident was that a lot of bloggers resented people getting freebies – primarily on the grounds that they were (allegedy) little more than bribes – and thought that bloggers should have the same ethics and integrity as journalists and therefore shouldn’t accept gifts which could be seen to compromise their “journalistic integrity”.

    On the other hand a number of bloggers argued that they are not journalists – they are enthusiasts and are not getting paid so shouldn’t have to conform to the same standards as journalists – personally, I agree.

    Whether or not you believe bloggers should act and be treated like journalists surely they should be like journalists in one particular way: report the news from wherever it comes irrespective of source – if you want to call it an obligation to other bloggers then so be it.

    Large news agencies collect stories from smaller, independent journalists so I firmly believe that bloggers should follow that lead. I certainly think that it would be wrong not to link to a “lesser” blog just because you deem it is “beneath you”.

    http://randomelements.me.uk

  154. Hi. I’m one of John Battelle’s authors, part of Federated Media. We’ve been blogging for a good two years now. The site’s ohgizmo.com. Even though we may seem like “yet another gadget blog”, if you do give the site a quick visit, you’ll see there’s more to it than regular, mainstream gadgets.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  155. Hi. I’m one of John Battelle’s authors, part of Federated Media. We’ve been blogging for a good two years now. The site’s ohgizmo.com. Even though we may seem like “yet another gadget blog”, if you do give the site a quick visit, you’ll see there’s more to it than regular, mainstream gadgets.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  156. I am enjoying all the discussion on linking. In many ways it is similar to the discussions relating to Wikipedia and NoFollow.

    Google uses links to determine original source of content, so if someone grabs someone elses story, and doesn’t give a link, Google has a hard job determining who was the original source, especially when a larger more popular site picks up a story and others then link to them, and not the site that broke the news first.

    Some of my posts discussing NoFollow were aimed at my own readership, so more for the SEO and marketing crowd, but I did write one more piece in more simple terms that your readership might enjoy.

    http://andybeard.eu/2007/01/exactly-why-nofollow-at-wikipedia-is-bad.html

    In many ways it also applies to your current situation and discussion.

    Oh and who might deserve a link?

    Alister’s Scoble Search – he did a lot more work than I did with the Scoble toolbar.

  157. I am enjoying all the discussion on linking. In many ways it is similar to the discussions relating to Wikipedia and NoFollow.

    Google uses links to determine original source of content, so if someone grabs someone elses story, and doesn’t give a link, Google has a hard job determining who was the original source, especially when a larger more popular site picks up a story and others then link to them, and not the site that broke the news first.

    Some of my posts discussing NoFollow were aimed at my own readership, so more for the SEO and marketing crowd, but I did write one more piece in more simple terms that your readership might enjoy.

    http://andybeard.eu/2007/01/exactly-why-nofollow-at-wikipedia-is-bad.html

    In many ways it also applies to your current situation and discussion.

    Oh and who might deserve a link?

    Alister’s Scoble Search – he did a lot more work than I did with the Scoble toolbar.

  158. I don’t think it’s an obligation but it’s certainly nice. Finding a blog that you like is hard, so once you do, you might as well use their opinion on what other blogs are good. I’ve started to post more regularly on my blog which is not strictly a tech blog (as you’ll see by the food pics) but most of the posts happen to be about my complaints with current software. I try not to just complain but actually give feedback of what’s good and how I’d like to see it improved.

    Thanks.

  159. I don’t think it’s an obligation but it’s certainly nice. Finding a blog that you like is hard, so once you do, you might as well use their opinion on what other blogs are good. I’ve started to post more regularly on my blog which is not strictly a tech blog (as you’ll see by the food pics) but most of the posts happen to be about my complaints with current software. I try not to just complain but actually give feedback of what’s good and how I’d like to see it improved.

    Thanks.

  160. Hi. All you guys are very much into technology, so I hope it wouldn’t bug you if there’s a blog about green design. The term concerns design products that lower the use of natural resources. For instance, magnetic fridges, as able as current ones but with a fraction of their energy needs. Or solar-powered cellphones. The url is: http://cocolico.info.
    Cheers.

  161. Hi. All you guys are very much into technology, so I hope it wouldn’t bug you if there’s a blog about green design. The term concerns design products that lower the use of natural resources. For instance, magnetic fridges, as able as current ones but with a fraction of their energy needs. Or solar-powered cellphones. The url is: http://cocolico.info.
    Cheers.

  162. Is there some sort of responsibility present? Yes… I like using the word responsibility to describe the idea. I don’t like telling anyone that they *have* to do something, and so responsibility implies that rather than linking out being something you must do, it’s something you should do. That responsibility applies to every blogger, however. Linking is a two way street – linking gets others noticed, and it brings them right back to you. It’s all part of the concept of a conversation.

    Finally, here’s a link to my own blog:
    http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/
    Of Zen and Computing is a tech blog whose goal is to help the everyday person become more comfortable with technology.

  163. Is there some sort of responsibility present? Yes… I like using the word responsibility to describe the idea. I don’t like telling anyone that they *have* to do something, and so responsibility implies that rather than linking out being something you must do, it’s something you should do. That responsibility applies to every blogger, however. Linking is a two way street – linking gets others noticed, and it brings them right back to you. It’s all part of the concept of a conversation.

    Finally, here’s a link to my own blog:
    http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/
    Of Zen and Computing is a tech blog whose goal is to help the everyday person become more comfortable with technology.

  164. What was it that American economist said? “A wealth of information leads to a poverty of attention?” While there likely should be some responsibility to link to others, there’s also a responsibility to make it manageable for readers. Or maybe the word practical is more appropriate. I’m not sure.

    Anyway … my blog is Writelife: http://writelife.net

    It’s sometimes tech focus but I’d say it’s more musings on working as a writer commercially, meaning business writing, technical writing, marketing and so on.

  165. What was it that American economist said? “A wealth of information leads to a poverty of attention?” While there likely should be some responsibility to link to others, there’s also a responsibility to make it manageable for readers. Or maybe the word practical is more appropriate. I’m not sure.

    Anyway … my blog is Writelife: http://writelife.net

    It’s sometimes tech focus but I’d say it’s more musings on working as a writer commercially, meaning business writing, technical writing, marketing and so on.

  166. You’re going to be busy checking out all of these blogs ;) Great stuff here, its fun to see who your other readers are and what they are about.

    I started my blog last summer during a job search, and I blog on all things career management – organizing a job search, networking (thanks Thom Singer), personal branding, etc.

    It does not have an IT slant on it, although I *was* an IT guy in a former life. I started the blog with the idea of supporting the website (JibberJobber) and with the hope of encouraging more folks to pay more attention to their career management!

  167. You’re going to be busy checking out all of these blogs ;) Great stuff here, its fun to see who your other readers are and what they are about.

    I started my blog last summer during a job search, and I blog on all things career management – organizing a job search, networking (thanks Thom Singer), personal branding, etc.

    It does not have an IT slant on it, although I *was* an IT guy in a former life. I started the blog with the idea of supporting the website (JibberJobber) and with the hope of encouraging more folks to pay more attention to their career management!

  168. My site is called ITsVISTA (http://itsvista.com). The site focuses on everything Windows Vista, but leans towards resources most useful to IT professionals. I currently have 30 tips available, with more everyday, and some feature stories. As I derive my deployment plan for Vista, I’ll share all the methods and info that I learn to help others along the same path.

  169. My site is called ITsVISTA (http://itsvista.com). The site focuses on everything Windows Vista, but leans towards resources most useful to IT professionals. I currently have 30 tips available, with more everyday, and some feature stories. As I derive my deployment plan for Vista, I’ll share all the methods and info that I learn to help others along the same path.

  170. Hello Mr Scoble,

    I found your blog via a blurb posted in John Gruber’s http://daringfireball.net, a space I read frequently.

    The answer to the questions posed in this post is not an easy one. “Obligation” and “Responsibility” sound like strong words, and I tend to agree to those who commented that it would be a nice, correct thing to link to someone else’s blog or website when that blog or website happen to be the source of information that’s being discussed, agreed, criticised. If I find something interesting and worth posting through another blog/website, I think it’s just fair to give the reference. If I find that someone has posted an insightful, informative piece about the same topic I’m writing about in my blog, I will provide a link to that piece.

    I think it’s fair behaviour, whether a “Z-list” blog is pointing to an “A-list” one or vice-versa.

    Now, for the “free blog advertising!” part:

    I began journalling in early 2001 on LiveJournal, and my journal talked about personal things and musing, sometimes experimenting with the prose, sometimes posting unpublished poems and short texts. In 2005 I started my first blog, in Italian (my mother language). Since I’m a freelance translator, tech writer, typophile and a Mac user, my blog was and is about those topics. I generally write my opinions on things Mac, I write small reviews of software I find useful, and sometimes about the joys & pains of being a freelance translator.

    My audience is very very small and my blog is still into deep obscurity (I think Google page rank would laugh at me if it could). The other day I started an English version of that blog (wanted to go international, heh), called “System Folder” (http://systemfolder.wordpress.com). It’s very new, only one entry so far, but I plan to translate and publish old entries from the Italian blog that might still be of some interest and worth republishing.

    I want to improve my job and my online presence. I think it’s crucial to stay afloat today. When I saw your post and all this feedback, I thought “why not add a comment?” – I have nothing to lose, haven’t I?

    My apologies for my verbosity. My compliments for your blog and what you do.

    Cheers
    Rick

  171. Hello Mr Scoble,

    I found your blog via a blurb posted in John Gruber’s http://daringfireball.net, a space I read frequently.

    The answer to the questions posed in this post is not an easy one. “Obligation” and “Responsibility” sound like strong words, and I tend to agree to those who commented that it would be a nice, correct thing to link to someone else’s blog or website when that blog or website happen to be the source of information that’s being discussed, agreed, criticised. If I find something interesting and worth posting through another blog/website, I think it’s just fair to give the reference. If I find that someone has posted an insightful, informative piece about the same topic I’m writing about in my blog, I will provide a link to that piece.

    I think it’s fair behaviour, whether a “Z-list” blog is pointing to an “A-list” one or vice-versa.

    Now, for the “free blog advertising!” part:

    I began journalling in early 2001 on LiveJournal, and my journal talked about personal things and musing, sometimes experimenting with the prose, sometimes posting unpublished poems and short texts. In 2005 I started my first blog, in Italian (my mother language). Since I’m a freelance translator, tech writer, typophile and a Mac user, my blog was and is about those topics. I generally write my opinions on things Mac, I write small reviews of software I find useful, and sometimes about the joys & pains of being a freelance translator.

    My audience is very very small and my blog is still into deep obscurity (I think Google page rank would laugh at me if it could). The other day I started an English version of that blog (wanted to go international, heh), called “System Folder” (http://systemfolder.wordpress.com). It’s very new, only one entry so far, but I plan to translate and publish old entries from the Italian blog that might still be of some interest and worth republishing.

    I want to improve my job and my online presence. I think it’s crucial to stay afloat today. When I saw your post and all this feedback, I thought “why not add a comment?” – I have nothing to lose, haven’t I?

    My apologies for my verbosity. My compliments for your blog and what you do.

    Cheers
    Rick

  172. Every day I post a new joke about how much Jim Sweeney loves cock. It doesn’t really have a whole lot to do with technology, but it is hilarious. And sometimes I find ways to link elsewhere. But really, you didn’t know cock jokes could be this good.

  173. Every day I post a new joke about how much Jim Sweeney loves cock. It doesn’t really have a whole lot to do with technology, but it is hilarious. And sometimes I find ways to link elsewhere. But really, you didn’t know cock jokes could be this good.

  174. This is very noble of scoble(rhymes – funny). If everyone was as helpful(i know a lot are), the medium of blogging would evolve even quicker.

  175. This is very noble of scoble(rhymes – funny). If everyone was as helpful(i know a lot are), the medium of blogging would evolve even quicker.

  176. The blog that my name currently links to… is probably not very link-worthy. Why? Because I don’t think I’m as much in the industry as I would like to be to provide any staggering insight into anything going on today. (I’m working on that).

    I do have another blog, one that seems to be doing better by leaps and bounds over Web.Impact. It’s called 25 cents. (URL here: http://25cents.wordpress.com) It’s a look through my eyes at my quarter life crisis, or at least what’s left of it. I don’t really write for anyone. I write for me — but looking at the numbers, it appears my voice is something people my age can identify with. It’s got humor, inspiration, and insight. And geekiness.

  177. The blog that my name currently links to… is probably not very link-worthy. Why? Because I don’t think I’m as much in the industry as I would like to be to provide any staggering insight into anything going on today. (I’m working on that).

    I do have another blog, one that seems to be doing better by leaps and bounds over Web.Impact. It’s called 25 cents. (URL here: http://25cents.wordpress.com) It’s a look through my eyes at my quarter life crisis, or at least what’s left of it. I don’t really write for anyone. I write for me — but looking at the numbers, it appears my voice is something people my age can identify with. It’s got humor, inspiration, and insight. And geekiness.

  178. Robert-
    You’re a good guy! Thanks for your invitation and I wish you all the best of continued success in you blog. I wonder if you’ll get this far down on the list. You don’t have any other green furniture bloggers…here’s your first one!

    Peggy Farabaugh
    http://www.VermontWoodsStudios.com
    Fine Furniture from Sustainable Sources

    Providing you with the world’s most beautiful custom and limited edition furniture while helping to preserve the world’s forests for your children.

  179. Robert-
    You’re a good guy! Thanks for your invitation and I wish you all the best of continued success in you blog. I wonder if you’ll get this far down on the list. You don’t have any other green furniture bloggers…here’s your first one!

    Peggy Farabaugh
    http://www.VermontWoodsStudios.com
    Fine Furniture from Sustainable Sources

    Providing you with the world’s most beautiful custom and limited edition furniture while helping to preserve the world’s forests for your children.

  180. So I just have to ask…how do you define a good tech blog? Good is pretty subjective and as for technology…it has so many faces. A similar idea I struggle with is what is a geek? You call yourself a geek but you can’t write code. You report on the tech sector and you’re a gadget guy. I call myself a geek but I am not an early gadget adopter. I love building software products and getting my hands dirty with tough problems. We both are geeks. But the label geek doesn’t seem to yield a clear image anymore.

    Just wondering…

  181. So I just have to ask…how do you define a good tech blog? Good is pretty subjective and as for technology…it has so many faces. A similar idea I struggle with is what is a geek? You call yourself a geek but you can’t write code. You report on the tech sector and you’re a gadget guy. I call myself a geek but I am not an early gadget adopter. I love building software products and getting my hands dirty with tough problems. We both are geeks. But the label geek doesn’t seem to yield a clear image anymore.

    Just wondering…

  182. Hello, Robert. By now, you have a huge reading list composed of rather short comments on this page. That’s why I wasn’t originally going to write anything here, but I’ve decided against it after watching Linkbait is for losers.

    Let me short-circuit my reasoning (I’m sure you’re pressed for time) and just state the obvious. I have two ventures you might be interested into:

    - My online magazine Rudd-O.com (controversial subjects, open source, religion, ethics and a couple of quips).
    - A WordPress-based CMS designed for pro bloggers and Web marketers, called Turbocharged. I’m posting this because I also believe in being transparent and not hyping stuff up, and that’s exactly how I plan to continue selling this CMS.

    I certainly hope those two links are useful to you. Have a great day, and keep writing, because I’ll keep you on my Flock feed list.

  183. Hello, Robert. By now, you have a huge reading list composed of rather short comments on this page. That’s why I wasn’t originally going to write anything here, but I’ve decided against it after watching Linkbait is for losers.

    Let me short-circuit my reasoning (I’m sure you’re pressed for time) and just state the obvious. I have two ventures you might be interested into:

    - My online magazine Rudd-O.com (controversial subjects, open source, religion, ethics and a couple of quips).
    - A WordPress-based CMS designed for pro bloggers and Web marketers, called Turbocharged. I’m posting this because I also believe in being transparent and not hyping stuff up, and that’s exactly how I plan to continue selling this CMS.

    I certainly hope those two links are useful to you. Have a great day, and keep writing, because I’ll keep you on my Flock feed list.

  184. Hi Robert,

    My wife and I actually met you a couple months ago. We founded MyChurch.org, social networking for churches. When we met, you told us about your visit to Fellowship Church in Texas.

    We arranged with Irina to do a video interview shortly afterwards, but our schedules had conflicts unfortunately (you actually offered to come check out our church on Sunday at San Jose State). Even though we never got a chance to be interviewed, we never forgot your kind offer!

    In any case, feel free to check out my blog where I talk about the trials and tribulations of getting churches to blog and use Web 2.0 tools to enhance their communities. We’ve gotten 2500 churches on board, and we’ll be demoing at the Community Next conference at Stanford on Feb 10th.

    Thanks,
    joe

  185. Hi Robert,

    My wife and I actually met you a couple months ago. We founded MyChurch.org, social networking for churches. When we met, you told us about your visit to Fellowship Church in Texas.

    We arranged with Irina to do a video interview shortly afterwards, but our schedules had conflicts unfortunately (you actually offered to come check out our church on Sunday at San Jose State). Even though we never got a chance to be interviewed, we never forgot your kind offer!

    In any case, feel free to check out my blog where I talk about the trials and tribulations of getting churches to blog and use Web 2.0 tools to enhance their communities. We’ve gotten 2500 churches on board, and we’ll be demoing at the Community Next conference at Stanford on Feb 10th.

    Thanks,
    joe

  186. Oh pleez, oh pleez…link me.

    Actually, I always wonder what constitutes blog content that’s worthy of attention. Is it being concise? Pithy and witty? Living in the Bay area? Looking really great in a tight sweater?

    For shits-n-giggles, the last week of December I went back through *all* of my posts dating back to Dec of 2004 when I started. I also listened to most of my podcasts (though scrubbed through stuff even *I* now find boring). It sort of saddened me that so much stuff I’m proud of may never be read and I feel pretty good about most of it.

    Major attention isn’t the goal. Putting valuable perspective into the mix is. I guess I always wonder how a guy like you — who gets hundreds of emails — expects to find someone like me (even though we interacted a bit after that post Hot, Naked Geeks: http://www.iconnectdots.com/ctd/2006/02/hot_naked_geeks.html).

    Keep lookin’ and turnin’ over rocks. Mine is probably under a boulder…but check it out: http://www.iConnectDots.com

  187. Oh pleez, oh pleez…link me.

    Actually, I always wonder what constitutes blog content that’s worthy of attention. Is it being concise? Pithy and witty? Living in the Bay area? Looking really great in a tight sweater?

    For shits-n-giggles, the last week of December I went back through *all* of my posts dating back to Dec of 2004 when I started. I also listened to most of my podcasts (though scrubbed through stuff even *I* now find boring). It sort of saddened me that so much stuff I’m proud of may never be read and I feel pretty good about most of it.

    Major attention isn’t the goal. Putting valuable perspective into the mix is. I guess I always wonder how a guy like you — who gets hundreds of emails — expects to find someone like me (even though we interacted a bit after that post Hot, Naked Geeks: http://www.iconnectdots.com/ctd/2006/02/hot_naked_geeks.html).

    Keep lookin’ and turnin’ over rocks. Mine is probably under a boulder…but check it out: http://www.iConnectDots.com

  188. Hi Robert – Thanks for posting on this; I’m still (slowly but with passion!) producing that documentary and video series for Living with Geeks (…interviewed a couple last week who mock-dueled eachother with their Star Wars’ lite sabers. In between editing/posting footage – I’ve linked to some of your stuff to at least keep conversational. So thanks for posting the volume that you do!

  189. Hi Robert – Thanks for posting on this; I’m still (slowly but with passion!) producing that documentary and video series for Living with Geeks (…interviewed a couple last week who mock-dueled eachother with their Star Wars’ lite sabers. In between editing/posting footage – I’ve linked to some of your stuff to at least keep conversational. So thanks for posting the volume that you do!

  190. Just keep doing what you are doing Robert. I get sick of all the people who try to get you to link to them by mentioning your name in a post. How on earth are you expected to link to all of them? You’d have to employ a full-time team of 100 devotees to keep track of all your links.

    Yes, A-list bloggers tend to link to each other and it’s a virtuous circle, but that’s just the way of the world.

  191. Just keep doing what you are doing Robert. I get sick of all the people who try to get you to link to them by mentioning your name in a post. How on earth are you expected to link to all of them? You’d have to employ a full-time team of 100 devotees to keep track of all your links.

    Yes, A-list bloggers tend to link to each other and it’s a virtuous circle, but that’s just the way of the world.

  192. I’m not sure my blog is interesting to anyone but me. I tend to link little because all so often an article has said it all.

    People don’t come to me for links to other places, they come by happy accident mostly, so lots of this-is-cool links probably wouldn’t be appreciated by anyone.

  193. I’m not sure my blog is interesting to anyone but me. I tend to link little because all so often an article has said it all.

    People don’t come to me for links to other places, they come by happy accident mostly, so lots of this-is-cool links probably wouldn’t be appreciated by anyone.

  194. Robert,
    ‘Nuff thinking (actually almost 37 hours of it !) – my guitar heroes post is the testimony of the unusually intense and strenuous mental activity.
    My thing is to advise clients sensibly on how to deal with Social Media, and the purpose of the blog is to avoid the Unmarried Marriage Consultant syndrome.
    I’ll go back listening to Duane Allman, now!

  195. Robert,
    ‘Nuff thinking (actually almost 37 hours of it !) – my guitar heroes post is the testimony of the unusually intense and strenuous mental activity.
    My thing is to advise clients sensibly on how to deal with Social Media, and the purpose of the blog is to avoid the Unmarried Marriage Consultant syndrome.
    I’ll go back listening to Duane Allman, now!

  196. Hey Robert,

    Your blog was one of the first I read (in the days of C9) and I am still subscribed to you.

    Even though you are always busy I find it awesome that you manage to talk to everybody and view everybody’s vlog and the likes.

    Anyway here is my blog: http://thejoshblog.wordpress.com – it is about anything I want to talk about (generally Programming, Microsoft, etc)

  197. Hey Robert,

    Your blog was one of the first I read (in the days of C9) and I am still subscribed to you.

    Even though you are always busy I find it awesome that you manage to talk to everybody and view everybody’s vlog and the likes.

    Anyway here is my blog: http://thejoshblog.wordpress.com – it is about anything I want to talk about (generally Programming, Microsoft, etc)

  198. Just don’t confuse links from your site to links in your link blog. Your link blog is just shared items from Google and therefore has a seperate address and does not carry the weight that a link from your domain does.

    Shared Items are a great way to show others what you are reading, but they do not carry the value gained from a “real link” on your blog.

  199. Just don’t confuse links from your site to links in your link blog. Your link blog is just shared items from Google and therefore has a seperate address and does not carry the weight that a link from your domain does.

    Shared Items are a great way to show others what you are reading, but they do not carry the value gained from a “real link” on your blog.

  200. Linking is necessary, not for promotion of bloggers, but instead for revealing your sources. So A-list guys should do it too.

    Traditional journalism is viewed by many as untrustworthy. See this link where as much as 75% of journalists are considered untrustworthy: http://www.thinkandask.com/news/becomeareporter.html

    Bloggers offer information “straight from the horses mouth” and to make sure the words are correct, the source should be linked. This also promotes people with original thoughts and ideas (as it should be).

    My blog is here: http://longstation.com/

  201. Linking is necessary, not for promotion of bloggers, but instead for revealing your sources. So A-list guys should do it too.

    Traditional journalism is viewed by many as untrustworthy. See this link where as much as 75% of journalists are considered untrustworthy: http://www.thinkandask.com/news/becomeareporter.html

    Bloggers offer information “straight from the horses mouth” and to make sure the words are correct, the source should be linked. This also promotes people with original thoughts and ideas (as it should be).

    My blog is here: http://longstation.com/

  202. Coming late to the party here but….my blog is mostly technical but tends to wander form time to time. Recents posts: Posts on the Newspaper Association of America Marketing COnference in Vegas (They have a blog and a social networking session!), IBM’s Social software offerings, disposable underwear, a piece on the guy who blew up the buddhist staures in Afghanistan in 2001 (he was killed last week), MSM coverage vs bloggers at Davos, My ideas for dining VRM, brian finerprinting, ideas for a travel coffee maker and a new Vista boot screen, CES coverage, and is poker a game of skill or chance….

  203. Coming late to the party here but….my blog is mostly technical but tends to wander form time to time. Recents posts: Posts on the Newspaper Association of America Marketing COnference in Vegas (They have a blog and a social networking session!), IBM’s Social software offerings, disposable underwear, a piece on the guy who blew up the buddhist staures in Afghanistan in 2001 (he was killed last week), MSM coverage vs bloggers at Davos, My ideas for dining VRM, brian finerprinting, ideas for a travel coffee maker and a new Vista boot screen, CES coverage, and is poker a game of skill or chance….

  204. Wow, 186 comments now? Intense. I hope you make it through the list!

    My blog is a choose your own adventure site where people choose my adventures ha ha. Random idea, but has the potential to be fun… if people actually submitted ideas.

  205. Wow, 186 comments now? Intense. I hope you make it through the list!

    My blog is a choose your own adventure site where people choose my adventures ha ha. Random idea, but has the potential to be fun… if people actually submitted ideas.

  206. WOW,

    Love your blog… A living legend. I log how when you left microsoft their stock fell the next day.

    Any who……

    I have developed an integration between Solomon and Microsoft CRM. I have a great blog. But … Hard finding people in my community who will link. Very frustrating…

  207. WOW,

    Love your blog… A living legend. I log how when you left microsoft their stock fell the next day.

    Any who……

    I have developed an integration between Solomon and Microsoft CRM. I have a great blog. But … Hard finding people in my community who will link. Very frustrating…

  208. One of the comments here mentioned how they hate to link to sources of information that will charge the viewer to see the content. The example of IT analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester was given.

    I started a blog to aggregate and comment on the analyst reports that are licensed and distributed by IT vendors. These are complete reports from those same leading IT analysts, but you don’t have to register anywhere or pay a fee to get the report.

    Hope you find it useful. vantelo.com

  209. One of the comments here mentioned how they hate to link to sources of information that will charge the viewer to see the content. The example of IT analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester was given.

    I started a blog to aggregate and comment on the analyst reports that are licensed and distributed by IT vendors. These are complete reports from those same leading IT analysts, but you don’t have to register anywhere or pay a fee to get the report.

    Hope you find it useful. vantelo.com

  210. No, there is no obligation to link anyone. There are far too many blogs out there to do that. Besides, a blog is supposed to be more personal than other media types and with that the right to list only the the blogs you desire to be listed on your site. In closing, I shall thank you for the opportunity to list my new blog in this comment.

    http://www.blogatation.blogspot.com/

    Please feel free to spam my blog with your website in return, if you should so desire.

    Best wishes

  211. No, there is no obligation to link anyone. There are far too many blogs out there to do that. Besides, a blog is supposed to be more personal than other media types and with that the right to list only the the blogs you desire to be listed on your site. In closing, I shall thank you for the opportunity to list my new blog in this comment.

    http://www.blogatation.blogspot.com/

    Please feel free to spam my blog with your website in return, if you should so desire.

    Best wishes

  212. I am very passionate about my blog, but since it is a guitar instructional blog, it is extremely specific. There are a lot of guitar blogs but not that many instructional blogs, or at least not that many that actually keep up with it. Tech and financial blogs are always in demand, but it makes me wonder how personal blogs are able to do well. There doesn’t seem to be as much of a demand for these types of things, but maybe its just me.

  213. I am very passionate about my blog, but since it is a guitar instructional blog, it is extremely specific. There are a lot of guitar blogs but not that many instructional blogs, or at least not that many that actually keep up with it. Tech and financial blogs are always in demand, but it makes me wonder how personal blogs are able to do well. There doesn’t seem to be as much of a demand for these types of things, but maybe its just me.

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