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The American Red Cross Blog

The American Red Cross has published a wordpress blog about all efforts and news of the June 2008 flooding in Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and West Virginia.

Because of WordPress’ quick setup and use facility, the blog was able to set-up specific feeds from several Red Cross regions in the affected states.  People can subscribe to RSS feeds from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The blog currently has 23 active categories, most interesting is their photo blog (linking to their flickr feeds) containing Red Cross “in action” in those areas.

I’ve noticed that it updates quickly allowing people to get the “blow by blow” news where needed, when needed.  Another great WordPress way of initiating grass roots cooperation within, and between, Red Cross centers.

Very informative is the “how to use” section and the “maps” page.  Gives you a great feeling of what’s happening “on the ground” and where best you can fit in to help.

The developers, I see, have used a lot of the freebee services the internet has to offer, from flickr to slideshow.com to the feeds… you name it… they’ve used it.

Categories: Blogger News, General, Interesting

Where is WordPress.com right now

No, it didn’t vanish or anything, far from the truth. I’d just like to point out that WordPress, the world’s most popular blogging platform is sooo popular that for their free-service WordPress.com alone, more than 3 Million blogs to date with over 110 thousand plus posts just for today!

That is a wonderful milestone. Not really sure why they’re not banging their heads with glee when 3 Million is a milestone to celebrate for. Remember, those 3 Million blogs equate to potential impressions of compulsary ad space on every page’s prime area. If one does the math (and believe me I can’t :) ) but just to play the devil’s advocate, HOW MANY AD CLICKS DOES WORDPRESS.COM generate in a day, a week, a month, a year. Would anyone venture a guess.

I think that’s why they’re able to host 3 Million blogs for free! Could i venture that this service rakes in millions of revenue a day? :) Your guess is as good as mine.

What makes WordPress.com just so damn attractive… have a look at the features www.wordpress.com .

But for what it’s worth, I think what one sows is what he too reaps. Thanks for the freebee’s WordPress.com, I hope you get more so you can give more.

Categories: General, Interesting

Would You Pay For WordPress and How Much?

Ryan Spoon’s 15 Websites/Services I’d Pay For raises an interesting issue: would you pay for your WordPress installation?

The benefit of blogging with WP is so significant (SEO, functionality, flexibility) that it’s well worth paying for. I’d probably pay a $200 for an installation… which makes me realize how much I rely on the product.

Add to the WordPress benefits listed by Ryan, the excellent WordPress.com stats and Akismet, the spam blocker.

There is no doubt that WordPress’s popularity is largely due to its price: it’s free.
Many bloggers make a nice bonus with their blog, WordPress installation. But would they also use WordPress is it weren’t GPL/GNU based, free?

Personally I do love the double license of Akismet. Pay if you make more than $500/month.

You run a personal blog and you’ve found the secret to making your passion pay. The lines of commercial and non-commercial personal blogs are hard to draw, so we’re saying if you’re making more than $500/mo from your blog we ask that you use a $5/mo pro-blogger Akismet API key.

I wonder how many people actually respect this double license, but I would love to see this model implemented for WordPress as well. Whether you pay a monthly, minimal, fee when using WordPress as your platform of choice, or you pay a one-off fee for a commercial blog/license.

What about you, would you pay for your WordPress installation and how much?


Franky writes in his free time at iFranky and can be followed on twitter.

Categories: Interesting

What Colour Is Your Flip

Jim Kukral is a great guy, and a huge fan of the Flip video camera. Today, he uses the Flickr video service to ask “what color is your Flip?”

If you want to participate in his experiment, add a video or photo to flickr and tag it “myflipcamera”.

I love it when bloggers try to interact with people on a different level. This is also a great time to blog about the camera and attach it to the event. I have yet to purchase a Flip video camera, but it is definitely getting more and more attention every day as the Flickr or WordPress of video recording devices.

Categories: Interesting

Meeting Matt Mullenweg

Matt MullenwegOne of the most exciting parts of the recent Northern Voice conference was the opportunity to meet Matt Mullenweg. I hadn’t been able to attend any of the WordCamps as of yet and so I hadn’t had the honour.

On the first day of Northern Voice, called Moosecamp, Lloyd Budd, also of Automattic, let me know that Matt probably wouldn’t be around until the second day of the event.

I was helping Lloyd with his session on answering WordPress related questions, and after it was done, I was ready to hear how blog software could be used for more than just “cat blogs”, when from the corner of my eye I see Matt Mullenweg. I did a double take, and of course acted a bit like an idiot around him. It was almost like how people act when they meet a celebrity for the first time.

This is the guy that helped build the platform that my career is based on. Without WordPress, I doubt I would be a full time blogger today, and so while I have always been critical of certain moves WordPress has made, I was very excited to meet Matt in person.

When I went over to introduce myself, I told him who I was, and he already knew, like it was silly for me to even bring up who I was. I told him that while I expected most people to recognize him and know who he is, I didn’t think he would take the time to learn who everyone else was. It was an exciting moment for me.

Once I talked to Matt for a little while, my nerves, and excitement relaxed a little bit. I found that he has a very disarming personality, and is very down to earth.

Matt and Tim Bray

I watched as Matt Mullenweg and Tim Bray talked about photography. During the conversation, I had no idea who Tim Bray was, and just enjoyed their exchange. Tim was working on convincing Matt to use some photo editing software he enjoyed, and then had to head off as it was the end of the conference. Afterwards, Matt mentioned to me that Tim Bray is one of the people that invented XML.

The next day, Matt was scheduled to give the keynote speech. It was fairly early in the morning, and I was a bit groggy, so I didn’t know if he was going to be able to wake me up, but listening him talk about removing barriers between the publisher and getting their content into the world was very inspiring.

I am very happy to have met Matt. I now feel like I understand Automattic, WordPress, and Matt a lot better. I also owe a big thanks to Lloyd Budd for taking the time to answer my nagging WordPress questions. It was worth going to the conference just to listen to both of them.

Categories: Interesting, WordPress News

nextMEDIA: Measuring Success in the Digital Space

This is continuing coverage of the nextMEDIA conference in Toronto. To find all the posts related to nextMEDIA, check out Splashpress’ Blog

The third session of the first day was by Robert Jenkyn, the VP of On Demand Media. They consider themselves media experts, and have customers like Telus, WestJet, Best Buy and Futureshop.

Robert was quick to point out that with advertising online, most companies are beyond the point of asking themselves “if” they should enter the space, but instead are saying “how much?”

They want to know how much time, money and resources they should be investing into the ever growing market of web users in the world.

In Canada alone, eighty-two percent of adults have Internet access, and out of an audience of nearly fourty million, half use the Internet, every single day. Canadians spend more time online than reading books, magazines, watching television or listening to the radio.

And what’s great about all this is that it is highly measurable with things like impressions, clicks, sales, rich media interactions, and brand awareness.

Robert said that what web publishers and content producers need to deliver to get advertisers interested is information like their audience composition, niche, ad inventory, and create valued editorial environments.

He brings up two studies in his talk, and the more compelling one to me was their Telus example. Telus is a cellular service provider in Canada and is one of the top three companies in its niche.

Recently, there was a shift in the legal requirements of cell phone companies to allow consumers to bring their number from one carrier to another, rather than having to sign up for a new number with each carrier.

On this day, Telus made it a point to advertise all over every Google property, including YouTube, targeting Canadian consumers, welcoming them to Telus with the telephone number they valued so much.

They used multiple advertisement formats, on every site they could afford, and tracked the awareness, web traffic and reach of their message.

Once bloggers noticed that Telus was buying up all the advertising spaces on Google owned sites, they began to write their own reports about Telus, and what it was doing, further expanding the reach of their idea.

Over the course of twenty-four hours, Telus received fifteen million unique visitors, which accounted for over 64% of all Canadians online during that day.

They continued to receive traffic that ballooned to a 250% increase for the month, and they found their visitors were much more likely than regular search traffic to view multiple pages on their website.

Telus concluded that this advertising was much more effective and cost effective than either a television roadblock or full page ad on all major daily newspapers.

Robert definitely made it look like companies are waking up to the value, cost effectiveness, and reach of the web.

Categories: Advertising, Interesting

David Airey’s $4000 Blog Anniversary Prize Draw

David Airey, a great logo designer in Scotland created a contest to give away over $4000 in prizes and services to celebrate his blog’s first anniversary.

The contest includes dozens of great supporters, and some insanely amazing prizes, including blog consultation, a USB podcasting kit, graphic design work, advertising and more.

The top three prizes, labeled Gold, Silver and Bronze include full packages to revamp and revitalize any blog.

The gold package includes:

The Silver prize package includes:

And finally the Bronze prize pack includes:

Check out the full contest on David Airey’s blog, and enter for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes. Contest ends September 26th.

Categories: Blogging News, Interesting

David Airey’s $4000 Blog Anniversary Prize Draw

David Airey, a great logo designer in Scotland created a contest to give away over $4000 in prizes and services to celebrate his blog’s first anniversary.

The contest includes dozens of great supporters, and some insanely amazing prizes, including blog consultation, a USB podcasting kit, graphic design work, advertising and more.

The top three prizes, labeled Gold, Silver and Bronze include full packages to revamp and revitalize any blog.

The gold package includes:

The Silver prize package includes:

And finally the Bronze prize pack includes:

Check out the full contest on David Airey’s blog, and enter for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes. Contest ends September 26th.

Categories: Blogging News, Interesting

is My Home: Local Blogging Launches

Bloggy Network has started another blog network focused on local blogging.

Here are some details about the network from the Bloggy Network blog:

As such, Bloggy Network is very proud to launch a new mini-network centered around local cities called ‘is My Home‘. We have started out in nine cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, and Philadelphia.

Each is My Home blog is tailored to your city – this ain’t no cookie-cutter content. Our bloggers will be poring over their cities, making sure you know what is going on. If you are looking for a great wealth of local information, and haven’t found what you are looking for, our blogs are a great place to start.

It is just the start of a much larger network and project, and we hope you’ll all check it out, and let us know what you think.

Also we are looking for more bloggers to talk about their city (US only at this time). Feel free to contact me at [email protected]
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Categories: BloggingPro News, Interesting

Summer Ride Share

My friends do the wildest things, one has gone over to Afghanistan twice, another moved across the country for his first real job, and another is driving from place to place for his vacation.

Now this doesn’t sound amazing or interesting, but Justin isn’t choosing his destination, or even his meals for that matter. He is letting the people he picks up along the way decide the adventure he takes.

He calls it the Summer Ride Share and it seems like its already been a lot of fun. Now on day five, he continues to struggle on getting people that’d like to come with him, and I hope that some increased press, which he has been getting left, right and center, will help him in his journey.

Why would he do this?

I wanted to go on a summer road trip, but I was not sure where exactly I wanted to go. I looked on Craigslist’s local rideshare listings and noticed that everyone else seemed to know exactly where they wanted to go. So here I am, doing what I believe to be most logical, driving across North America and picking up new friends along the way.

A great idea for a summer vacation. Good luck Justin. Check out Summer Ride Share, if you haven’t already.

Categories: Interesting