Associated Blogosphere Seeds Begin To Sprout

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I’ve been trying to coin phrases since I started this gig in 2005—fraugs (fraud blogs), googlings (Google nuts), spitter (Twitter spammer) etc.—and not a one has stuck except “hamsterbating,” which I didn’t actually create but was credited for in an online dictionary.

I only bring it up now because if Danny Sullivan gets credit for “Associated Blogs” then I’m gonna blow my top, kick some dirt, and whine a whole lot about it. In 2006, I wrote “Seeds of an Associated Blogosphere” and have mentioned it every chance I got since then, including last month in “The AP’s Battle for Relevance in a Decentralized Universe.”

Associated Blogosphere is mine. I want it. Replace hamsterbating with it, please, whoever actually runs the Internet neologisms department.

Since Danny brought up my concept, and in the spirit of great minds thinking alike (because I assume he missed those articles), let’s take a look at Danny’s post, entitled “Dammit, I’m a Journalist, Not a Blogger: Time for Online Journalists to Unite?

In a nutshell, Danny bemoans all the special treatment the traditional mainstream press gets while bloggers get “bupkes.”

“I wanted to float the idea that perhaps it’s time for an Associated Blogs to take on the Associated Press,” he writes.

That should read: I wanted to float the idea that it’s time, like WebProNews’ Jason Lee Miller has repeatedly suggested, for an Associated Blog[osphere] to take on the Associated Press.

After that, we’re cool, and ready to cheer on some classic Sullivan-esque ranting:

“we’ve got a newspaper industry increasingly portraying us as part of an evil axis that’s killing them. Blogs steal their attention, and Google steals their visitors.”

Yeah! That sucks!

“I don’t recall Google calling me in, or TechCrunch, or ReadWriteWeb, or VentureBeat [or WebProNews] or any number of other online media outlets and asking about our financial health and ways they could help us. I don’t recall any groups proposing special laws to help our financial health. But I do get sick and tired of seeing the journalism we do not getting near enough credit from mainstream media sources that depend on us, plus us being dismissed as mere bloggers."

Preach it!

“I’m a journalist, not a blogger. I use a blog platform to publish, but that doesn’t make me a second class citizen in the journalism world.”

Rock on, Danny, you tell’em. and I’m all about promoting “your” idea of an Associated Blogosphere, or Online Journalism Association or United Bloggers, I guess, whichever you prefer, so long as, if everybody goes the Associated Blog[osphere] route, I get mentioned in the Wikipedia article about it. ;-D Cheers.      


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  • http://kayday.com Kay Day

    I agree with the idea of some sort of branding, but we’d be going up against existing brands. There’s an association for bloggers (I forget the name). I thought about joining, but they wanted me to take some sort of test about liabilty. I would do that, except I’m already a journalist vetted by some fairly hard orgs to get into and in 20 years I haven’t been sued yet. Though with current political adaptations that may change if I use a politically incorrect word.

    There are brands like Pajamas Media, but I think that’s pretty closed to newcomers. And there’s Newstex, a syndicator–I signed on with them recently but have no idea whether it will be profitable. There are blog directories like HuffPo–hey! You can write for free and maybe get bumped to the lead page once or twice before you die.

    I’ve also noticed many top returns for blogs on Google are now dominated by “pomp media,” as I call the dinosaurs, a number of which I’ve written for over the years. And they’re all on the same page. I also notice most of those PM bloggers do very little research; the result is an ill-informed electorate, but that is of course another rant.

    I know it’s all about SEO, but I’m a writer not a tech person. I recently screwed myself royally by pointing my domain and selecting the www version for the primary. Result? Google bumped me down to a 3 public rank and somehow retooled my backlinks to 35 instead of the roughly 2000 + links I accumulated with literally backbreaking work over a one year period.

    I feel better now.

    best, Kay B. Day

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