If you have "no place to go," come here!

If you're a blogger who doesn't want to go on the teebee...

... and especially if you're not on the A list or you're old school, then go read this post at Wampum immediately.

NOTE And do read the final paragraph. Is there anyone we know who can help "put one's feet on the earth and push"?

UPDATE Jeebus, wrong link to Wampum's main page all day. Too little sleep. Well, you should read whatever Wampum writes anyhow.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i didn't really understand the wampum post at all. help for the intellectually challenged, plz?

Submitted by lambert on

They're arguing as I understand it for a top level domain, e.g., *.blog or *.mumble, with the following ownership structure:

I suggest a non-profit or a workers cooperative as the legal vehicle to propose .mumble, and come up with the policy, whether "open" (and undetected) or "community" (and defended by broad community support likely to (a) prevail when the "community" claim of the application is tested, and (b) repel speculative or simply other-oriented competitors), and become the contracting entity.

In other words, this is a business model for PB 2.0. Unfortunately, as I read the post, the price for an application, which doesn't equal approval, is $185,000. Peanuts for an angel, but impossible for, say, me. Know any angels? This could be big. In other words, it's not a technical issue....

Submitted by lambert on

... would let us filter out shit like this:

Many large corporations, like General Mills and Hallmark, have begun inviting high-traffic bloggers (often so-called “mommy bloggers”) to their corporate headquarters on all-expense paid trips. In return for food, lodging and airfare, these bloggers give the company their opinions on its products. The company then uses this information for marketing & PR purposes. At the end of the day, the company is trying to make money. Focus groups are nothing new, but with women, particularly mothers, making the majority of the buying decisions for their families and social media becoming a more important, effective (and cheap!) marketing tool, it’s a safe bet that these types of trips will be offered more and more frequently.

Nestle recently planned one of these trips for about 20 bloggers*, a list of whom you can find here.

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Submitted by Bryan on

But isn't stated very clearly, "Are you willing to buy a .blog domain?"

If you can get a reading for how many would buy into the domain, the money can be obtained. If there is no interest, there is no point.

This is a technical issue in that you have to establish a database server as the official repository of the domain, a machine with a fixed address that can be used by a browser to find a site with a .blog URI on the 'Net.

He is involved in several other TLD [top level domain, i.e. .com, .net, etc.] requests, and has mentioned .blog before.

If the interest is out there, this can go ahead, but there are no guarantees.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

because IT stuff always confuses me.

what is the point of having/buying/using a .blog domain? i'm not saying i can't think of any, but i'd like to hear from people who understand these issues better than i do. another thing i'd ask is how extant popular bloggers would feel about it, the people who are .com bloggers already. what benefit would there be for them to switch domains?

i guess what i'm getting at is that the blogosphere is most assuredly not a monolithic and loving family. indeed, a lot of us hate each other and actively work to mock or un-popularize each other's blogs. and do i really want to share a domain with say, Freepers and Andy Sullivan? also- would being part of a .blog universe make it easier for legislators to further restrict and control us, as recently legislation relating to the definitions of "journalist" and "blogger" demonstrate the Village wants to do?