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 @belllindsay Don't get me started on the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer is my homie. 

 

I wish I had a good solution (that didn't involve self-promotion, which I'll resist) - but I guess in the past we've seen Building Societies form in response to the power of Banks, and Co-Operatives form in response to the power of retailers. So maybe what happens is that independent blogs club together to find ways to compete with the 'the big boys'.

 

I like the thought of that. Especially around Christmas time, it's quite Frank Capra.

1 year, 10 months ago on What’s Next for Media Democratization?

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 @Jensenborger6 Ay, there's the rub (I just quoted Shakespeare! Gold star for me!)

 

'...if only the world knew how to find it.' That's where the big advertising budget comes in. I think that's why when blogs first started to blossom we got so excited about things being different this time. Because they weren't too hard to find, so the little guy could get a huge audience without big bucks.

 

Same thing happened in video games recently with the App Store. Everyone started saying it's a new era, with two guys in a bedroom making a fortune. And then everyone did it, the App Store got swamped, and now you need huge publishers to get noticed. 

 

Plus ca change...

 

(I just used French! Another gold star. I'm on fire right now!)

1 year, 10 months ago on What’s Next for Media Democratization?

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 @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  'I think the successful media outlets (media corporations) will only be truly successful when they understand the need to include their readers/viewers in the process.'

 

Yup. While this still won't equate to democratisation it may be our best hope: readers holding media corporations responsible for being more inclusive. Because if the readers vote with their feet (um... eyes maybe) then shareholders will take note. 

1 year, 10 months ago on What’s Next for Media Democratization?

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 @jasonkonopinski Cheers Jason! You carry on meeting those deadlines, quite happy to have the compliment just sit there ;)

1 year, 10 months ago on What’s Next for Media Democratization?

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 @rustyspeidel Well I think you are already being quite the optimist in saying that the allure is the ability to make a difference. That's great to hear! Being honest, I'd find getting handed a bag of cash quite alluring, however much I like to be all 'Zen Habits' about this stuff :)

 

On a macro scale though, It feels like diversity and independence will end up in the hands of hobbyists. That's not necessarily a bad thing though - hobbyists have served us well before now. Just look at Wikipedia.

1 year, 10 months ago on What’s Next for Media Democratization?

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 @StickyBranding Thanks for this, it speaks to the heart of where we are at with our site right now. A lot of people at the party and we need to get more of them dancing.

 

Our principle of 'open blogging' means that people create whatever themes they want - which is great in one sense, but it means that some people come dressed for a beach party and others come in Halloween costume, and we need to help people make sense of it all. 

 

Hmm. I have a feeling our business conversations for the next month are going to revolve around party outfits now. Which is weird. :)

1 year, 11 months ago on How to Get Your Social Community Dancing

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 @ginidietrich Thanks Gini - We'll have a new update out this weekend too. It will make things that little bit lovelier. We hope. :)

1 year, 11 months ago on Fire the Prima Donna! Three Reasons it Will Save Your Business.

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 @Dan Wallace Yes, you're right to call me up on that - wrong person/wrong seat is only *relatively* benign. They still need to be out of there. I prefer person/seat too, sounds a lot less pompous than my version, which always helps :)

1 year, 11 months ago on Fire the Prima Donna! Three Reasons it Will Save Your Business.

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 @ginidietrich Seriously, that's great to hear :) We're based in the UK right now but the site is open to all. Still making a number of functional improvements (i.e. we are still in Beta) so I'd love any input you have if you've got time!

1 year, 11 months ago on Fire the Prima Donna! Three Reasons it Will Save Your Business.

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 @jasonkonopinski A lot of truth in that. Unfortunately the best sales guys are very good at negotiating more rope...

1 year, 11 months ago on Fire the Prima Donna! Three Reasons it Will Save Your Business.

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 @ginidietrich  @pmayze Thanks for stopping by! The idea is to help out the 90% of people (like me) who have tried blogging and, um... kind of sucked at it (like me). So people don't have to maintain a blog there, or promote themselves - anyone posts on any topic at any time. 

 

Again... I'm better with a magic marker... ;)

1 year, 11 months ago on Fire the Prima Donna! Three Reasons it Will Save Your Business.

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Thanks a lot  for this. The importance of getting rid of prima donnas reminds me of a counter-intuitive model for spotting the most detrimental staff in your business.

 

Imagine a 2 x 2 matrix, with axes representing good fit <-> bad fit (where 'fit' refers to cultural/social fit within the organisation), and highly effective <-> ineffective .

 

Your best staff are, logically enough, good fit + highly effective. So, intuitively you expect the worst staff to be bad fit + ineffective. 

 

Of course, in reality these people are fairly benign... and the worst case is bad fit + highly effective. It is these people - like the prima donnas you're speaking about - that spread a negative culture in the most insidious way, and who need to be removed.

 

I hope that description makes sense... y'know it's much easier to explain with a magic marker and flipchart!! :)

1 year, 11 months ago on Fire the Prima Donna! Three Reasons it Will Save Your Business.

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