Monday, December 31, 2007

Focusing on social objects for success

Hugh Macleod made an interesting post today on "social objects for beginners". He referred to social objects as the reason why people talk to each other. Learning and reflecting about it made me realize that social objects have played an important role in my growth.

Here are some social objects that got me talking to other people:
Whenever I got asked about possible opportunities in e-commerce, I normally advise the entrepreneur to focus on things where he or she finds a need and has expertise in it. Need arises during our "conversation" with people who tells us that they are interested in availing in case it becomes available.

If the product or service delivers and customers are actively using it, then it becomes a powerful social object where users, if they know each other, are able to build a relationship with each other because of it. An example of this are some of my community members who end up working together, partner in a business, provide business support, or even develop a personal relationship.

I believe that those who eventually fail are the ones who were unable to sustain and further build that "conversation or relationship" or its premise is based on one's greed (such as some quick-rich schemes) where some of its participants have hurt their credibility in the process.

So if you have a product or service idea to offer and want to assess its viability, whether it has the potential of becoming a powerful social object or not, can give it an initial assessment using this tool. This has served me well.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Top 100 Blogs by Blog Juice (as of December 2007)

Last July 18, I posted my first top 100 blogs list by blog juice using the Technorati Top 100 as a starting point.

Here's an update of the said list looking at their blog juice - where the rating is based on Bloglines subscription (40%), Alexa ranking (15%), Technorati ranking (30%), and inbound links as per Technorati (15%). This is what I found as of December 29, 2007.

I highlighted those who have experienced an increase from the last update to this one. Around 24 blogs dropped out as well.
  1. http://slashdot.org/ - 9.8
  2. http://gizmodo.com/ - 9.7
    http://www.wired.com - 9.7 (new!)
  3. http://boingboing.net/ - 9.6
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ - 9.6 (new!)
  4. http://www.engadget.com/ - 9.5
  5. http://lifehacker.com/ - 9.4
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/ - 9.4 (gain)
  6. http://www.alistapart.com/ - 9.3
  7. http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ - 9.2
    http://www.macrumors.com/ - 9.2
  8. http://www.techdirt.com/ - 9.1
    http://www.dailykos.com/ - 9.1
    http://www.treehugger.com/ - 9.1
  9. http://www.makezine.com/blog/ - 9
    http://arstechnica.com/ - 9 (new!)
  10. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ - 8.9
    http://gawker.com/ - 8.9
    http://www.readwriteweb.com/ - 8.9 (gain)
    http://jalopnik.com/ - 8.9 (new!)
  11. http://www.43folders.com/ - 8.8
    http://www.autoblog.com/ - 8.8
    http://www.techcrunch.com/ - 8.8
    http://www.joystiq.com/ - 8.8 (gain)
    http://www.problogger.net/ - 8.8 (gain)
    http://gigaom.com/ - 8.8 (gain)
  12. http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ - 8.7
    http://blog.guykawasaki.com/ - 8.7
    http://michellemalkin.com/ - 8.7
    http://perezhilton.com/ - 8.7
    http://www.downloadsquad.com/ - 8.7
    http://www.tuaw.com/ - 8.7
    http://radar.oreilly.com/ - 8.7 (new!)
    http://channel9.msdn.com/ - 8.7 (new!)
  13. http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/ - 8.6
    http://www.37signals.com/svn/ - 8.6
    http://www.defamer.com/ - 8.6
    http://kotaku.com/ - 8.6
    http://searchengineland.com/ - 8.6
    http://thesuperficial.com/ - 8.6
    http://icanhascheezburger.com/ - 8.6 (gain)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ - 8.6 (new!)
    http://www.blogoscoped.com/ - 8.6 (new!)
    http://crave.cnet.com/ - 8.6 (new!)
  14. http://d.hatena.ne.jp/ - 8.5
    http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/weblog.php - 8.5
    http://instapundit.com/ - 8.5
    http://www.lifehack.org/ - 8.5
    http://scobleizer.com/ - 8.5
    http://www.crooksandliars.com/ - 8.5
    http://www.shoemoney.com/ - 8.5
    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ - 8.5
    http://valleywag.com/ - 8.5 (gain)
    http://www.johnchow.com/ - 8.5 (gain)
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ - 8.5 (new!)
  15. http://www.metafilter.com/ - 8.4
    http://www.scripting.com/ - 8.4
    http://consumerist.com/ - 8.4
    http://powerlineblog.com/ - 8.4
    http://www.wonkette.com/ - 8.4
    http://www.stevepavlina.com/ - 8.4 (gain)
    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/ - 8.4 (new!)
    http://www.seobook.com/ - 8.4 (new!)
  16. http://deadspin.com/ - 8.3
    http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/ - 8.3
    http://www.elise.com/recipes/ - 8.3
    http://www.seomoz.org/blog - 8.3
    http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/ - 8.3 (gain)
  17. http://atrios.blogspot.com/ - 8.2
    http://www.dooce.com/ - 8.2
    http://www.seroundtable.com/ - 8.2
    http://dilbertblog.typepad.com/ - 8.2
    http://www.tmz.com/ - 8.2
    http://crunchgear.com/ - 8.2
    http://mashable.com/ - 8.2
    http://www.searchenginejournal.com/ - 8.2
    http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/ - 8.2 (gain)
    http://www.zenhabits.net/ - 8.2 (gain)
    http://hotair.com/ - 8.2 (gain)
    http://stereogum.com/ - 8.2 (new!)
    http://globalvoicesonline.org/ - 8.2 (new!)
    http://torrentfreak.com/ - 8.2 (new!)
    http://apartmenttherapy.com/ - 8.2 (new!)
    http://www.aintitcool.com/ - 8.2 (new!)
    http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/ - 8.2 (new!)
  18. http://www.somethingawful.com/ - 8.1
    http://battellemedia.com/ - 8.1
    http://www.micropersuasion.com/ - 8.1
    http://www.toprankblog.com/ - 8.1
    http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/ - 8.1 (new!)
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog - 8.1 (new!)
    http://www.popgadget.net/ - 8.1 (new!)
    http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/ - 8.1 (new!)
  19. http://www.drudgereport.com/ - 8
    http://corner.nationalreview.com/ - 8
    http://gothamist.com/ - 8
    http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ - 8 (new!)
    http://dlisted.com/ - 8 (new!)
If you have a blog and your blog juice is in the range of the ones listed above, please post a comment and will add you.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Thank you Readers, Sponsors, and Advertisers

A Blogger’s Christmas Wish

I could say that 2007 is my best year in the field of blogging. Although I started tinkering with blogs in 2001, most time was spent working on my e-commerce book site. To summarize the blessings in blogging alone, here is what I am happy about:
  • Got bloggers to join our blog ad network (of which I'm still accepting members today).
    • Started a collaboration with Ratified last August in marketing the Philippines and Australia site. As the adjustment and learning phase is almost over, things will start moving in the weeks to come.

  • Got part time writers and bloggers for the corporate blogging projects I got recently. Great to see Philippine companies exploring blogs and some have tapped me for it.

  • Sponsor several blogging initiatives and contests. Many thanks to our e-commerce club members who also sponsored our activities in 2007.

  • The above developments, the writing projects, and controversies has also put me on the map. I know that things will never be the same again.
This blog is where I document a lot of personal things - think of, read, and learned. Many thanks to all of you who took time to check it out.

For favorite posts, there's too many to mention. However, feel free to cite which one do you like the most, if any.

In addition, topic suggestions and questions that you'd like to be answered in future blog post are more than welcome. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Preparations: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008 Writing Project

With the response we got in the top 10 emerging influential blogs in 2007, I often get asked if we'll do it again in 2008. After giving it a great thought, I've decided to do it again.

I encourage you to subscribe to our blog and receive updates as this writing project evolves. This will keep you posted on upcoming activities too.

To be better prepared, here are some early pointers I'd like to share:
  • New blogs created from July 2007 to the present are qualified to be cited. They are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership and influence.
    • Old blogs who move to a new domain are disqualified
    • Blogs who remove their archives just to fit in the cut-off date are disqualified.
  • Bloggers interested in joining can start writing a blog entry beginning May 3, 2008 citing up to 10 blogs they found to be emerging and influential. I will be making a blog post at that time where link to entries can be submitted.
    • Any blogger in the world can participate in this writing project.
    • Any blog in the world can be cited.
    • It is likely that most of the guidelines last year shall be followed for the 2008 edition.
  • Writing project entries shall be accepted up to August 2, 2008 (tentative).
This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as PRC Board Exam Results.

Parties interested to sponsor or donate raffle prizes during the eyeball/announcement day can e-mail me at digitalfilipino (at) gmail (dot) com. As usual, prizes will be given or raffled to writing project participants only and not to the blogs they cited.

May this serve as a worthwhile learning experience and be able to spot new blogs that are making great waves out there! Cheers!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Aileen Apolo: a great 2007 and busier 2008



Saying that 2007 was a hectic year for Aileen Apolo can be an underestimate. In the video enclosed in this post, she shared her humble view on how 2007 went but she is determined to outperform herself in 2008 and give more back to the community. Her being active also made me cite her several times through the year that includes:
How did your 2007 go?

Thanks to Filipino videographer Buddy Gancenia for taking this video shot.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Most popular blog posts and top problogger

Basapa's post on the most popular Filipino blog posts of 2007 and 2007 top Pinoy probloggers attracted my attention.

I am happy to see that the posts: top 10 emerging influential blogs of 2007, join the Filipina writing project, and winners of the top 10 emerging influential blogs of 2007 made it to that list.

These blogging projects came to life out of my desire to discover new bloggers and support efforts to boost the online identity of the Filipina. These activities also opened opportunities for blogging consulting projects and continuous flow of advertisers in our blog advertising network.

Browsing through Basapa's list clearly shows that 2007 is a year of contests and events that attracted bloggers attention. For those who have been blogging for quite sometime, you will see the connection between those posts as they have an effect on each other. It is also a reflection that despite the challenges and antagonisms, a lot manage to be proactive, respectful, humble, forgiving, and vigilant.

On the 2007 top Pinoy probloggers, I am happy to be in it but at the same time unsure if I should be there. I guess if it is a listing of blogs, ranking according to their blog juice, then perhaps I am. But if it is assumed that we pro-blog on the blogs listed and where we get our income, then that does not necessarily apply to me. Nevertheless, great to see that new bloggers who got cited in the top 10 emerging influential blogs of 2007 like Carl Ocab, Paolo Mendoza, and Juan Karlo Licudine made it to that list.