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Everyone starts somewhere. So, where did these bloggers start? You know, the really great ones that have such great content on Tumblr? Just for kicks, we did a little bit of investigating, and came up with this cool little bit of navel-gazing into the past of some of our favorite bloggers ever. In order, top to bottom: inothernews, kateoplis, soupsoup, brooklynmutt, pantslessprogressive, newsflick, thepoliticalnotebookmohandasgandhi, azspot (who is like a pioneer or something) and … us. What did your first post say? Find it and link to it in a reblog.

Nice idea! And fantastic company. Thank you!

99% - New Media, Old News
Blogs have become an important source for news junkies looking for breaking news and instant analysis, but blogs still look to old media for news stories. In fact, more than 99% of the news stories linked to in blogs come from traditional media sources such as newspapers and broadcast networks. The larger news organizations dominate these links. The BBC (23% of all blog links), CNN (21%), the New York Times (20%) and the Washington Post (16%) combined accounted for fully 80% of all news stories linked to on blogs. Web-only sites, on the other hand, made up less than 1% of the links in the blogosphere. - Pew 
TheDailyDish 

99% - New Media, Old News

Blogs have become an important source for news junkies looking for breaking news and instant analysis, but blogs still look to old media for news stories. In fact, more than 99% of the news stories linked to in blogs come from traditional media sources such as newspapers and broadcast networks. The larger news organizations dominate these links. The BBC (23% of all blog links), CNN (21%), the New York Times (20%) and the Washington Post (16%) combined accounted for fully 80% of all news stories linked to on blogs. Web-only sites, on the other hand, made up less than 1% of the links in the blogosphere. - Pew 

TheDailyDish 

Bloggers have Standards

matthewcerrone:

The rumor frenzy in Major League Baseball is out of control.  It seems to get more intense, yet more vague, every off season.

Now, with nearly every beat writer and columnist having instant publishing ability on Twitter or their own blog, for a fan, it is nearly impossible to believe anything anyone is writing.

There are almost too many rumors to read through; and, quite often, half of them contradict the other half.  I mean, one reporter says a team is interested in a specific player, another reporter says they are not.  Who should a fan believe?

Newspaper reporters like to say bloggers, like me, have no standards.  The thing is, I’m just being me.  I don’t claim to have standards, or a degree.  I make my living in a meritocracy, where if people do not like what I write, or do not believe what I say, they’ll stop reading.  I don’t need standards, because I am directly accountable to the people who matter most: my readers… not my editors, not my union… my readers.

On the other hand, in MLB, today, it’s the newspaper reporter, the ‘educated journalist,’ who blogs and Tweets about every thought, every conversation, every idea that crosses a GM’s mind, and now he is the one with no standards.  It’s a Wild West of information, often built on one source, all of which is published in an instant.  There is no context.  It’s just tidbit after rumor after tidbit.

These same reporters are also painfully vague, with someone recently writing, ‘The Mets could have interest in Jason Varitek,’ while citing nobody for the inclination.  Really?  They could?  Will there be a report tomorrow discussing why they might not have interest?  Or, does this type of writing only work in one direction?

This only gets compounded when a 17–year-old son of a man who is friends with people on the Yankees decides he too will blog about trade rumors; and, for all I know, is more accurate and reliable than every newspaper reporter combined.

The essence of my baseball blog, MetsBlog.com, is to try and synthesize all of this information, cut through the clutter, and provide the context and narrative that reporters no longer feel they have time to provide.  Because, frankly, without context, it’s all just random, unconnected, rumor-mongering… and, in time, I fear fans will become desensitized, treating it all as noise, with no one rumor more valid than the next.

There has to be a line that I will not cross; there has to be level of rumor I will not reference; otherwise, every rumor, regardless of context, regardless of logic, they all must be referenced, and, that’s just not possible.  There is only so much time in the day, as I sense most baseball fans can only digest so much information.

Thankfully, I have standards.

think4yourself

The Blogosphere’s Moment

“So all day long, I’m glued to your blog, Juan Cole’s blog, Josh Marshall’s blog, and a couple others reading as much as I can about the (stolen) Iranian election.

I turned on CNN, and they were going three rounds about some idiot Republican operative in South Carolina who called Michelle Obama an ape. Nothing on Iran.

MSNBC was in the middle of one of its hour-long crime documentaries.

FNC was showing a pre-taped piece on Bernie Madoff.

And I realize that it’s the weekend and they usually take the weekend off, but over at NRO, the only thing they’ve managed to post about Iran today is a link to Daniel Pipes’ piece cheering on an Ahmadinejad victory because otherwise his dream of a massive Israeli air assault would be dashed. That’s it…a staff of 10+ regular bloggers, and all they can come up with in the midst of an Iranian revolution is a single piece cheering for the status quo?

Thank God that you, Juan, and Josh are on the story.”

A Daily Dish Reader

The Blogosphere’s Moment | The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

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When the Thrill of Blogging Is Gone …

According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.

NYTimes.com