links for 06 April 2006

women of 2.0 (get up, stand up)

Bob Marley

It has been brought to my attention that there are no female web 2.0 bloggers or entrepreneurs in Australia. The 2Web guys were talking about it in one of their podcasts recently.

I know, I’m surprised too.

And I think we need to do something about it.

Of course, it’s complete rubbish to suggest that there aren’t smart, articulate women out there working in web 2.0 (or whatever other web-type label you feel more comfortable with). It seems, however, they generally do a pretty good job of hiding their lights under bushels (to make a vast generalisation).

Here are some smart women talking about this problem:

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blogging milestones (2 months)

In the last few days I’ve seen a few blogs I read celebrating their 4th birthday. I’m not sure what was going on this time 4 yrs ago, but it must have been blogworthy :) Congrats to you guys…. sorry I can’t remember who you are just now! (that’s the hazard of reading so many feeds, I’ve found!)

On the other hand, I’m celebrating a 2 months of blogging. The first thing is to say that it seems like so much more time than that! At the risk of sounding like an utter dork, blogging has become an integral part of my everyday. Even when I’m not actually writing a lot of posts, I’m often thinking about them. I’ve discovered that it’s relatively rare for me to blog ‘off the cuff’ in response to something I’ve just happened upon. Although, I guess, that’s what my daily links do, in a way. Blog posts actually take some time for me to craft… longer than I’d originally expected, but not so long that I actually go back and proof read them before I send them live…! Maybe next month (when WordPress launches its spellchecker!)

So, two months down and I’m still here… clearly this is not a fad. And I’m addicted to more than Google Analytics now. I finally put down some cash for BlogBeat. As I’ve discussed in the past, it’s far from a perfect stats package, but compared to other alternatives I’ve tried (paid and free), it gives me most of what I want. I still use it in combination with Google Analytics, and will continue to do so. And, I’m still waiting for the day that MeasureMap finally send out their beta invitations. I have high hopes…!

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rumours of attention scarcity have been greatly exaggerated

People have a boundless interest in those that they think worthy of their attention.

So says Stowe Boyd of /Message, and I agree entirely.

If you think something is important or interesting or worthy of your interest. You’ll make time for it. You’ll make it a priority.

Even when you have 300 blogs in your RSS aggregator, there are some that you will always have time to read.

When you scan for news online, there are some keywords that will always get your attention.

You’re not *supposed* to know everything or be interested in everything. If that were the case, we’d all be remarkably boring and alike. Stowe says:

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