Do not give up, dammit!

This bears repeating and spreading around. It’s a quote from Jay Rosen (NYU, Pressthink) that appeared on his Facebook status today: “News people who wonder why their industry gets creamed by Google and Yahoo are the same news people who dismiss an idea after it fails once.” He may be referring to the trashing that…

Being transparent about your troubles

I did something this afternoon on a couple of my company’s websites that’s probably unusual: I admitted that they’re having a hard time, and asked users of the sites to help out if they’d like to see the sites survive. Here are the notes: on YourClimbing.com and on YourMTB.com The short version of our story…

Another reason online beats print

My business partner noted an item in Keith Huang’s Blog Watch column of the Wall Street Journal on Monday that talked about one of my company’s bloggers, Katie Brown, and her blog on YourClimbing.com. He saw it in the print edition. So I wanted to put a link to the column on YourClimbing.com, but of…

Goodbye to the home office life

Today is a personally significant one. You see, I’m moving out of my home office into a real office for the first time since December 1993! That was when I left my last “traditional” office job (at the San Francisco Chronicle). The only other time I spent in an actual office was on my several-time-a-year,…

Welcome to YourClimbing.com

During my blogging hiatus I failed to mention that my company, the Enthusiast Group, has debuted its second website: YourClimbing.com. Take a look! Enthusiast-in-chief Katie Brown (one of the world’s best climbers and former competitive climbing world champion) has already published some very cool content, including a great blog, Katie Brown’s Rock Talk. We’re looking…

A site user indirectly suggests a new feature

Whoa! That was a long time between blog posts. Y’know, sometimes you get so busy that it’s hard to keep the old blog going. … OK, I’m back at it. (Not that I’m any less busy, but I really do miss blogging when I take a too-busy-to-blog break.) Anyway, here’s something interesting from my company’s…

Marathoning at the North Pole

In my company (the Enthusiast Group, publisher of a network of citizen-media-based online communities revolving around adventure and participant sports), I get to work with some very cool people — many of them athletes, of course. There’s Walker Thompson, who is enthusiast-in-chief of our YourMTB.com site. He’s a semi-pro bike racer and all-around fun and…

Trendspotting: Tracking celebrities

Lots of folks squawked about Galker Stalker, the celebrity sightings on a Google Map feature from Nick Denton’s Gawker blog. Next comes something considerably more benign from Microsoft: Celebfavorites.com, which identifies celebrities’ favorite hangouts and adds them to Microsoft’s new mapping website, Windows Live Local. No real-time celeb spotting, just a list of places where…

The $130 pocket video cam

A key premise of my company and its websites (like YourMTB.com) is that technology is enabling people to share more of themselves with the rest of the world. Cellphone cameras, tiny digital cameras and video cams … all make it easy to document more of your life and share it with others. Sites like YourMTB…

YourMTB.com open for inspection

My company’s (Enthusiast Group) first website has opened the gates: YourMTB.com, an online community for mountain bikers that’s based on some of the principles of citizen media. This is a soft launch. We’re issuing no press releases or otherwise trying to make a big fuss. The site has basic functionality, but is still missing a…

First entry for the Press page

I guess this marks the inaugural entry to the Press Coverage page for my new venture, the Enthusiast Group. Publish (part of Ziff Davis) online media columnist Stephen Bryant interviewed me yesterday about my transition from the non-profit world (the Poynter Institute) to the for-profit world. As part of his “Five Questions” feature, we discussed…