Weblogs and big-time news
: Let the record show that weblogs were handy — no, critical — to our news operation in the aftermath of the Great Blackout.
Because the power surge fried a part that still has not arrived [Cisco sucks. Cisco sucks.] we could not update our sites.
So the editors of one of our services, NJ.com, created the Blackout Blog and we pointed all our home pages to that weblog to keep the audience updated.
Next, the editors of our regional web services put up their own local weblogs with news from the papers and the wires and we pointed to them. See AL.com‘s, OregonLive‘s, Masslive‘s, Nola.com‘s, Syracuse.com‘s, and MLive.com‘s.
Weblogging is, after all, just the product of the world’s easiest, fastest, cheapest publishing tool connected to the history’s best distribution network and it works even for the big boys.
Art imitates art
: Too funny: Rob Lowe will reportedly join Schwarzenegger’s campaign as a top adviser. Arnold: Rob merely played a political adviser on TV. He read the lines. He didn’t think them. You’re trying to run a state, not cast a movie.
: John Scalzi, hired as the pioneer AOL blogger to set an example for the mobs to come, gives us a link to his beta blog. (Now what am I going to have to do to get on his blogroll? Haven’t I written about AOL blogs enough? I guess I need to read “How to get linked.”)
: Advance Internet just put up the latest edition of the blackout blog.
: A Bush/Cheney-2004 blog quotes a 2001 speech from Vice President Cheney that will be one of many told-ya-so’s we’ll be hearing:
“One of the concerns, obviously, is the aging power grid and the growing problem that we have in getting electricity from the power plant to the light switch. It’s clear that we must upgrade and expand the power grid. If we put more connections in place, we’ll go a long way towards avoiding future blackouts. Another broad aim is to increase energy supplies from diverse sources; from oil and gas, renewables, coal, hydro and nuclear.”