Consolidation in the Blogosphere – Part II

Yesterday, I posted a video that suggested that perhaps a little consolidation needs to happen in the blogosphere. I was not the first. At the time of that recording, it had slipped my mind that Mike Arrington predicted a roll-up of blogs back in March.

Regardless, the issue has sparked a very interesting discussion around the blogosphere. Duncan Riley took the first major step of actually putting out a call to action on the concept of an advertisement federation.

Steve Hodson complained that he was concerned about the users who read a blog for the blog and might not like editorial restraint that might come from a new “conglomerate”. He did a whole podcast around this. Thanks Steve!

From my perspective, there’s two parts to this equation. There’s a play for advertising dollars where a combined alliance of 5-8 blogs each doing 150k pageviews a month can command a far more significant direct sale interest than any one of those blogs alone.

The second part of that equation is in content, and more importantly, diversity of content. Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins seems to think there is no problem with bunches of bloggers talking about the same things all the time. I disagree, as I think most. But putting that aside, there will always be the echo chamber, regardless of alliances. It’s just that an alliance can present a distributed voice on a wide variety of topics making it more desirable for the combined audience of all member blogs put together as well as the advertisers.

End of the day, this concept still has miles to go before anything actually happens. But I’m happy with the direction of the conversation.

Here’s the second video.

How to be a Whore the Linkbaiting Way

Linkbaiting is the term used to describe activity the bloggers use to attract attention to posts. It is a popular trend with an unpopular connotation. Particularly when the linkbaiting is overtly negative. Some people can positively linkbait. Brian Clark of Copyblogger is a master. Other people, like Duncan Riley, link bait in such a negative way to whore themselves out.

Duncan’s been pretty good lately – some of his best blogging ever. But you always know when he is starting to get attention starved because he’ll resort to whoring himself out by going negative on anyone and everything. It is somewhat equivalent to a kid throwing a fit.

As an example, Duncan decided he was going to attack Celebrity Hack as a clandestine operation by Copyblogger Brian Clark. One comment from Brian was all I needed to know there wasn’t anything ugly happening.

He also went negative on me regarding the Technosailor deal. I certainly don’t need to defend my actions to Duncan who sold Blog Herald once upon a time. Just to point out that negotiations that Duncan will never know about happen behind the scenes and not out in public, just as his Blog Herald sale happened.

All in all, Duncan has resorted to linkbaiting by whoring himself out as a tabloid journalist. It doesn’t become him and he is so much better than this. However, lack of relevance will make a guy be this way I guess.