However, I couldn't let the weekend finish without posting a couple of pictures from the family weekend in Suffolk. I had two great opportunities for shooting candids; one at a local charity fund-raising do, and one at a food fair.
Interesting analysis of Web 2.0 hype versus reality
They’re all thinking about it�
The Telegraph is following The Guardian as a champion of blogging
Anything that invites user input can be manipulated by spammers, it seems
Synchronicity is a wonderful thing. I was in a local newsagent earlier (picking up a copy of the new-look New Statesman, more on which anon), when I spotted a couple of Mac magazines on the shelf, I suddenly realised that I haven't bought a Mac magazine in six months. I used to be a subscriber to both MacUser and Macworld, but let both subscriptions lapse. MacUser went first, a couple of years ago, and Macworld followed last last year. Why? Beacuse I was getting everything
they gave me from the internet, for free.
Every computer magazine I can think of has seen its circulation drift down over the past few years, as more and more eyeballs focus on the net. This begs the question of what the future holds for niche magazines, and I'd suggest that the future is fairly bleak. Circulations and ad revenue can only drift down so far before the quality of editorial suffers. Publishers will either seek to force staff to do more and more, or simply dump the staff in favour of cheaper freelance. Gradually, staff will leave and not
be replaced - and sooner or later this will mean that the quality of editorial suffers. Once that rot sets in, the magazine is doomed.
He's spot on, as one might expect. And what he's saying here has implications way beyond the technology niche. Technology-related matters are often, as one might expect, bellwethers for technology-related change. Many of the most popular blogs in the early days of the medium were about tech issues, for instance. So what Betteridge argues here may well apply just as much to other niche titles, including those in the business sector.
Which should give all journalists pause.
Interesting thoughts on the relationship between companies and merging technology
Becoming a father can change your brain�
I've not yet had kids of my own, and I lost my Dad to cancer a few years back. So, in memory of a good man and a great father, here's the very first picture I took of my Dad, back in the late 70s.
The idea that you can restrict certain posts to just your family or your friends is an excellent mash-up of the way that Livejournal and Flickr's community features work.... I've got a couple of invites to the standard level, one of which has already gone to a friend, and the other of which I'll use for a family member in the next week or so.