Category Archives: Blogosphere

Le Web: Chris Pirillo's pillars of community

Chris Pirillo, founder of Lockergnome, is a philosophical and passionate person. He’s a humble guy and a funny, engaging speaker. He’s someone who loves technology, community and gadgets — and is a great speaker. At Le Web he gave us some original thoughts about “community”. It’s a bit fluffy (and if you’re a cynic, you […]

Bloggers now eligible for major journalism award

Just been informed that bloggers are eligible for the prestigious Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year award. They’re opening entries to bloggers “in recognition of just how important the blogspace has become in shaping opinion and providing analysis on matters legal…” Off the top of my head I can think of one candidate in […]

Where users are getting their information and who they trust?

Here’s a nice graph from the authoritative eMarketer. It’s a study from the US showing where users are getting their information. Interesting to see that 26% and 24% of users respectively are using social network and blog sites. Local newspapers feature highly at 63%, a slight increase from 2007, but down from 2006. Mobile media […]

Key blogs about innovation, media & biz online

When it comes to news about internet startups, web trends and innovations, blogs are a way better source than traditional media. If you want to know what’s happening on the web, there are some key blogs that should form part of your daily reading. Most serious online fundis use at least 2 or 3 of […]

Finding the SA blogger DNA

24.com have launched a nation-wide blogging survey so that the country can get a picture of what’s potting in the local blogosphere. It’s a survey for everyone: the casual bloggers, the group bloggers, the elite bloggers (who are these people??), corporate bloggers, the journalist bloggers, corporate bloggers, the everyone bloggers. The results will be published […]

When is a blogger not a blogger anymore?

A post on Poynter’s e-media Tidbits by Paul Bradshaw caught my eye. It essentially captures something I’ve been mulling for a while: When is a blogger not a blogger anymore? A typical lifecycle of some successful bloggers is that they start off as small, independent, opinionated writers but then, as they get popular and their […]

The rise of micro-blogging

Much has been written about the power of blogging. We know that the beauty of the blog is that just about anyone can be a publisher. It’s cheap and easy to publish and distribute content on the net. However, the point many commentators often miss: Not everyone is born to write. Writing a piece for […]

Int'l A-list blogger roadshow in South Africa on the cards

Have some great breaking news. Simon Barber from the International Marketing Council (IMC) and Brand South Africa is putting together an event, where some big-name international (but mostly US-based) bloggers will be doing a roadshow in the country. Planning is at an advanced stage. Budgets have been approved and the trip is being arranged by […]

Crazy thought #1028: Links in podcasts and video

What makes blogging so powerful is how it harnesses the “network effect” of the internet. You don’t just publish a piece and leave it at that. Your piece is a collection of links that refer people to other blogs and sites, thereby creating audience for other bloggers and also building audience for yourself. So, to […]

Related articles from the blogosphere and competitors

We’ve added related articles with a twist at the M&G Online. We’re relating articles from external news sites, including our competitors. We are also including related posts from blogs with our articles. The feeds still need a bit of tweaking, but the idea is there.

Thoughts about the Leaders: The columnists 2.0 model

We’ve launched our third Leader site in Sports Leader this week. It’s been toil and trouble for Nic Haralambous and our devs who have put together a fine site. This follows Tech Leader and Thought Leader which we launched a while back. On Sports Leader we’ve already seen traffic which could eventually make it bigger […]

Breaking news: Electoral authority to consider inviting bloggers to cover elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the body responsible for running South Africa’s elections, are to consider inviting and accrediting bloggers alongside media. I was invited to present a paper (pdf) on new media at the IEC conference called “The Role of the Media in Promoting Electoral Democracy” at the Reserve Bank in Pretoria on Thursday. […]

SA Blog awards 2008: This blog awarded "Best Business Blog"

Just got a call from Vincent Maher and saw on Twitter that this, here, blog won best Business Blog at the SA Blog Awards 2008 in Cape Town lastnight. I was in some very esteemed company (to name a few) and I really didn’t expect to win. Gottaquirk, in particular, is one of my personal […]

Marshall Kirkpatrick from Read Write Web to judge local blog awards

Congratulations to the SA Blog Award organisers for pulling in some big judges on the local awards this year. Getting in Marshall Kirkpatrick from Read Write Web as a judge is certainly a coup. Read Write Web is a world-famous blog that focuses on social media, web 2.0, and web technology news and analysis. The […]

Nominated for an SA Blog award :-)

I love awards. Man, I love them. I see that this blog, my namesake, was nominated in the Business category for the 2008 SA Blog Awards. It would be the first blogging related award I’ve run. The previous award I won was in Grade 2 at Parkhurst Primary for coming second in a long distance […]

Bloggerati Joburg

In case you don’t know, there’s a blogger, media and digital citizen gathering in Joburg on Saturday evening. Bloggerati Cape Town at the Long Street Cafe went down well, so we decided to do a Joburg one. It’s a relaxed get-together of geeks to network and have a good time… Stormhoek are providing some wine […]

Gathering of the Bloggerati

Bigup to the bloggers, geeks and media people that made it to the first ever Bloggerati Cape Town at the Long Street Cafe. The idea was to have a casual meet up over drinks (name tags were banned) and it turned out to be a rather cracking evening. In fact it was testament to blogger […]

Bloggerati Cape Town

If you’re in Cape Town, join Vincent Maher and myself on Thursday, January 31 after 9pm till late at the Long Street Cafe. We’re having a casual drink with some bloggers, friends and other geek types. It will be late. There’s also a vicious rumour doing the rounds that the Stormhoek guys will be there, […]

After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future's Brighter Than Ever

From Wired: In the 10 years since the first site known as a “weblog” went online, the blog has matured from a geek niche to the internet’s dominant publishing paradigm. Blogs have come a long way since Dec. 17, 1997, when Jorn Barger coined the term “weblog” to describe the list of links on his […]

Blogger covers another side of ANC Polokwane conference

Of all the news reports I’ve read on the African National Congress (ANC) Polokwane conference so far, the live coverage from our blogger Ndumiso Ngcobo, who is at the event, has honestly been the most interesting. The ANC conference is a major event for South Africa, set to determine the next leader of the country’s […]