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Blog reader survey slices

by henrycopeland
Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

Eve and


Note that the women are 10 years older and earn more.

Latest blogad

by henrycopeland
Monday, May 24th, 2004

I glimpse most of the blogads as they shoot into our database. This one just came through to run on MyDD:

A first-time Democratic candidate is out-raising the son of a former Senator by a 4-to-1 margin thanks to blogads! Help the only state legislative candidate in the blogosphere beat a silver spoon Republican. No office is a birthright or a stepping stone. Drop $20.04 in her hat.

World turned upside down

by henrycopeland
Monday, May 24th, 2004

When a White House operative code-named Deep Throat wanted to blow the whistle on CREEPiness in 1972, he had to arrange clandestine meetings with Woodward and Bernstein of the Washington Post.

In January 1998, the Monica Lewinsky story broke when proto-blogger Matt Drudge spilled the beans Newsweek had carefully gathered.

Now, Monica’s 21st century equivalent, a Hill staffer getting paid for sex by a Bush government agency appointee, told her story on her own blog, Washingtonienne.com, detailing her lifestyle and budget. (I haven’t bothered linking the blog, since it has been taken down.)

And she’s got a blogging Boswell, Wonkette, who turned the spotlight on the shenanigans. Washington Post gossip columnist Richard Leiby
is playing catch-up on the story, but is covered in Wonkette’s dust.

See the photo of the two not-so-ingenue bloggers out for a drink Saturday night. Wonkette closes her post: “(P.S. Top that, Leiby.)”

PPS Top that, corporate press. The game is over when sources have blogs.

Sunday AM reading

by henrycopeland
Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

Feels good when a friend starts blogging. You learn more about them, and are enriched by extra exposure to their humor and wisdom. So a shout-out to my neighbor Doug Tidwell, who gets to globe-trot for IBM preaching to college kids. Our daughters are in Indian Princesses together.

Meanwhile, in Amherst, Steve survives the voyage to Plymouth on a vessel full of 4th graders.

BTW, here’s a nicely biased article analyzing why Princeton or Harvard (or other schools) haven’t monopolized the White House recently.

Blog reader survey results

by henrycopeland
Friday, May 21st, 2004

Blog reader survey results. Lots of fun surprises. More on the way next week as we slice the data.

10,000 reader responses and counting

by henrycopeland
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004

At 8:35, the 10,000th blog reader responded to our survey. The 10,000 reader came from Sean Bonner’s blog.

The 20 readers leading up to the 10,000th were sent by The Agitator, Hit&Run, Instapundit, E-Media Tidbits, Atrios, Washington Monthly, Joshua Claybourn, RogerLSimon, PoliticalWire, A Small Victory, Blackfive and Amy Langfield.

Some recent studies show that women surf more at night; men prowl by day. Perhaps that is why the male skew dropped overnight from 80.1 to 79.6%. The average testosterone of blog readers is still astonishing to me — the New York Times’ online readership skews only 56% male.

Anil Dash noted in Steve Outing’s comments yesterday that the survey “skewed heavily male because it was linked on some boyzone websites that aren’t very hospitable towards women. I bet that’ll change as the link disseminates. ” We’ll see what things look like when the dust settles. I’m still pretty surprised.

Some readers reported that survey pages 2 and 3 were taking minutes to load last night. I’m very sorry. I’ve contacted Surveymonkey’s support and hope this is something can be fixed, because I’d like to keep the survey running at least through the end of today.

To wrap up, thank you to the 10,000 blog readers who have been generous with your time and answers!

Blog reader survey

by henrycopeland
Monday, May 17th, 2004

A couple of hours ago, responses started rolling in for our long overdueblog reader survey. Thank you to , [url=]Instapundit, , [url=]PoliticalAnimal, Agonist, Asmallvictory, andRogerLSimon for sending readers to the survey.

Ranting for profit

by henrycopeland
Monday, May 17th, 2004

A mention of blogads in a succinct Newsweek article called Ranting for profit.

Nest of vipers

by henrycopeland
Monday, May 17th, 2004

D’Amato spins a superb tale about a Budapest night-spot, the Feszek Klub. Unmentioned: behind a locked door on the third floor is a 100 foot diameter circular room. Painted reflective gold in the 60’s, it’s got some Grecian motifs and a shallow dome spanning the whole space — right out of the Martian Chronicles. Peter Molnar and I staged a blast there in 1992, a party was unmatched in fervent novelty until Matt and Emmanuelle (and Jim Lowney?) rented the outdoor pool — with surf! — at the Gellert Hotel in 1997. Those were the days, my friend.

Entrepreneurship: hustling and groveling

by henrycopeland
Saturday, May 15th, 2004

The risk of carving a startup out of a big company, says one VC in a story in this morning’s NYT , “is that you’re taking on people who haven’t been out there hustling, groveling for a living. They’re not necessarily entrepreneurs.”

Sitting here at 5.30AM waiting for one image server to be revived, I have to smile.

8AM update: Image server Sparrow (our other two are named Cuckoo and Rooster) is flying again.

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