Blog business opportunity: overseas blog networks

One reason I read so many blog feeds is so I can see trends and business opportunities before anyone else does. One thing I’ve been seeing is the very rapid rise of Blognation. It already is my eighth most favorite blog (according to Google Reader’s trends) and it just started a few months ago. Yesterday Daniel Graf, Kyte.tv’s CEO, told me that on a recent trip to Europe that’s all he heard from geeks over there. Blognation has bloggers in dozens of countries with more coming soon.

It was started by Sam Sethi in London after getting fired by Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch who still owns the #1 spot on both my list of reading behaviors as well as TechMeme’s leaderboard. Yesterday Sam told me he’ll soon add video, too. I’ll find out more about his plans there soon.

Interesting behavior is that TechMeme doesn’t use much Blognation stuff while I’ve been putting their stuff on my link blog all over the place. This is an example of where TechMeme’s algorithms are slow to recognize newer news sources and changing authority and credibility behaviors. I bet that over the next three months that Blognation will start showing up more on TechMeme’s leaderboard.

But Blognation isn’t the only one. Loic Lemeur’s Seesmic is both going to be a video distribution service (I call it Video Twitter, although it really is more than that) as well as he’s building a network of video bloggers around the world and I know of at least one other blog network being built in Eastern Europe.

Now that’s only in the tech blogging space. If you get outside of the geek world then you’ve got to pay attention to Global Voices Online. My favorite blog to find out what’s going on around the world.

What does this all mean for PodTech? Well, obviously we’re watching this too and we’ll be reacting to these changes in the conversation space with our own strategies. More coming soon.

32 thoughts on “Blog business opportunity: overseas blog networks

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  2. And WeblogsAFRICA (http://www.weblogsafrica.com) should have been here a year ago, but for my heart :-)

    The idea was to bring out that little spark of light shining though the darkness on the continent of Africa — to tell the stories of the heroic young men and women who are fighting the odds, breaking all barriers, building businesses, and creating wealth for themselves and for their respective countries.

    But a sudden heart disease, and subsequent frequent visits to hospitals over the last 15-months have brought everything to a halt.

    And finding someone to run the show hasn’t been fun either.

    Good luck to the BlogNation folks.

  3. And WeblogsAFRICA (http://www.weblogsafrica.com) should have been here a year ago, but for my heart :-)

    The idea was to bring out that little spark of light shining though the darkness on the continent of Africa — to tell the stories of the heroic young men and women who are fighting the odds, breaking all barriers, building businesses, and creating wealth for themselves and for their respective countries.

    But a sudden heart disease, and subsequent frequent visits to hospitals over the last 15-months have brought everything to a halt.

    And finding someone to run the show hasn’t been fun either.

    Good luck to the BlogNation folks.

  4. You might want to do a DNS lookup on blognation.com. There may be more to your review of blognation than you imagine…

  5. You might want to do a DNS lookup on blognation.com. There may be more to your review of blognation than you imagine…

  6. About being first – haven’t you guys learned anything about that from your wifes and girlfriends? ;)

    Techmeme is not about breaking news, it is about news which are written about at the moment. Well, the algorithm is based on news submissions running especially around the valley business, as well as the english based sphere, we have known this for quite some time, not that that is going to change any time soon.

    Robert: To bad you will not be able to hop over to the Expo in Berlin next month where you could meet a lot more of the European sphere and make a lot of video. Anyone else coming over from Podtech?

    In case it is a women, she might actually attend the Girl Geek Dinner. ;)

  7. About being first – haven’t you guys learned anything about that from your wifes and girlfriends? ;)

    Techmeme is not about breaking news, it is about news which are written about at the moment. Well, the algorithm is based on news submissions running especially around the valley business, as well as the english based sphere, we have known this for quite some time, not that that is going to change any time soon.

    Robert: To bad you will not be able to hop over to the Expo in Berlin next month where you could meet a lot more of the European sphere and make a lot of video. Anyone else coming over from Podtech?

    In case it is a women, she might actually attend the Girl Geek Dinner. ;)

  8. Podshow expanding internationally? Could be risky business! I suggest doing like Curry sausage does: opens new divisions AFTER getting deals with local companies, not before.

    Anyway good luck, if you need advice regarding European countries – let me know through email, Robert!

  9. Podshow expanding internationally? Could be risky business! I suggest doing like Curry sausage does: opens new divisions AFTER getting deals with local companies, not before.

    Anyway good luck, if you need advice regarding European countries – let me know through email, Robert!

  10. This is great….we all love techcrunch, but they are either too busy or not as motivated anymore. I submitted my company http://www.crazymenu.com, we have several products (one patent pending) and everyone from Raffe at webware.com to others who have seen our products, rave about it. But I didn’t even got a simple acknowledgement email from them, not even an automated one telling me if I am in the queue or anything.

    In contrast Raffe of Webware.com was very gracious and we exchange several emails and that was during a very busy time for him covering a tech convention.

    The same thing was with the TC20 or should I say TC40-something. They could have quickly emailed the ones who didn’t make the first internal cut.

    TC is getting so bad that just the other day I was speaking with another entrepreneur who also applied for TC40-something and he suspected all the picked ones where not on merit but through connection and he felt the same about write-ups. This is obviously true in any business, but the point is TC diminishing brand among some people.

    So I am really glad to see other emerging players. What TC is going through is natural, when you become this big and everyone who you meet tells you how great you are-and can you do a write up-it all gets to your head and you become complacent. To be honest, I would too. And the only remedy for this, is good old competition.

  11. This is great….we all love techcrunch, but they are either too busy or not as motivated anymore. I submitted my company http://www.crazymenu.com, we have several products (one patent pending) and everyone from Raffe at webware.com to others who have seen our products, rave about it. But I didn’t even got a simple acknowledgement email from them, not even an automated one telling me if I am in the queue or anything.

    In contrast Raffe of Webware.com was very gracious and we exchange several emails and that was during a very busy time for him covering a tech convention.

    The same thing was with the TC20 or should I say TC40-something. They could have quickly emailed the ones who didn’t make the first internal cut.

    TC is getting so bad that just the other day I was speaking with another entrepreneur who also applied for TC40-something and he suspected all the picked ones where not on merit but through connection and he felt the same about write-ups. This is obviously true in any business, but the point is TC diminishing brand among some people.

    So I am really glad to see other emerging players. What TC is going through is natural, when you become this big and everyone who you meet tells you how great you are-and can you do a write up-it all gets to your head and you become complacent. To be honest, I would too. And the only remedy for this, is good old competition.

  12. Thanks from Japan Robert! Pleased to see you’re watching as we put things together.

    The sun TRULY never sets on blognation. We collaborate 24 hours a day to keep an eye and what is happening in our own corner of the world regarding tech, as well as everything else in it. Also trying hard not to be just part of the echo chamber as well. Cheers.

  13. Thanks from Japan Robert! Pleased to see you’re watching as we put things together.

    The sun TRULY never sets on blognation. We collaborate 24 hours a day to keep an eye and what is happening in our own corner of the world regarding tech, as well as everything else in it. Also trying hard not to be just part of the echo chamber as well. Cheers.

  14. Thanks for the shout out Robert. We’re still in the early stages of getting the network built out (Russia just came online and we have a few other countries in various stages of development). When I had the chance to join Oliver Starr on the US blog and work with Sam, I jumped at the chance (and I don’t need to tell you that leaving ZDNet was not an easy decision!).

    We are assembling a great team of well-respected bloggers from around the globe and have some exciting things planned for the coming months. Stay tuned!

  15. Thanks for the shout out Robert. We’re still in the early stages of getting the network built out (Russia just came online and we have a few other countries in various stages of development). When I had the chance to join Oliver Starr on the US blog and work with Sam, I jumped at the chance (and I don’t need to tell you that leaving ZDNet was not an easy decision!).

    We are assembling a great team of well-respected bloggers from around the globe and have some exciting things planned for the coming months. Stay tuned!

  16. Mike: I don’t see Blognation on TechMeme’s leaderboard. Yeah, I’ve seen some posts on TechMeme, but not very many. Certainly far fewer than show up on my link blog.

  17. Mike: I don’t see Blognation on TechMeme’s leaderboard. Yeah, I’ve seen some posts on TechMeme, but not very many. Certainly far fewer than show up on my link blog.

  18. FYI Rob, TechCrunch has a UK site too (I run it). Both TechCrunch UK and Blognation have both been appearing on Techmeme for weeks now – you must have just missed us. I should think Techmem’s issue is just about breaking stories, which TCUK is doing. Want video too? That’s easy. Actually I emailed you months ago about doing stuff on Podtech, remember? Good luck discovering the rest of the planet.

  19. FYI Rob, TechCrunch has a UK site too (I run it). Both TechCrunch UK and Blognation have both been appearing on Techmeme for weeks now – you must have just missed us. I should think Techmem’s issue is just about breaking stories, which TCUK is doing. Want video too? That’s easy. Actually I emailed you months ago about doing stuff on Podtech, remember? Good luck discovering the rest of the planet.

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