Posts filed under “Weblogs”

Does Nate Silver’s 538 Change the Model for Blogger Journalists?

On Sunday, I pulled aside a few links about how ESPN convinced Nate Silver to join them (and ABC/Disney) when his 3 year contract ended with the Times. The Politico version was the deep dive into the back story.

Since I scheduled that to post, a few new articles have come around, the mos interesting of which was by  Margaret Sullivan, the Public Editor of the NYT. She pens a wistful explanatory about how “Nate Silver Went Against the Grain for Some at The Times.”

“I suspect that this question of feeling at home in the Times culture was a relatively small factor. The deciding elements more likely were money, a broader variety of platforms and the opportunity to concentrate on sports and entertainment, as well as politics. It all added up to a better package – a better fit — at ESPN, and last week he told The Times of his plans.

Are some at The Times gratified by his departure? No doubt. But others are sorry to see him go. Count me among those.”

I doubt it was the intention of the public editor to make the Times staff look like a bunch of old school, anti-data, petty old farts — “Yeah, We Screwed Up with Nate Silver” — but that’s how I read the entire piece.

The more important question is about the structure: Did Nate Silver’s 538 in some way change the model for journalists/bloggers/wonks?

I can think of a handful of people who have similar relationships to their media parent companies: Ezra Klein at thee Washington Post (wonkblog), Felix Salmon Reuters/Counter-parties), Andrew Sullivan (formerly of Atlantic).

Question: Is this potentially a new model?

 

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Category: Financial Press, Weblogs

Why I Write: Barry Ritholtz

  I did a longish, NSFW, no holds barred interview with Marco Nappolini and the folks at Pieria. The concept of the series was “to shed light on the motivations, inspirations and writing processes of some of the leading financial bloggers.” I suspect I gave them more than they were looking for. Here is an…Read More

Category: Apprenticed Investor, Digital Media, Financial Press, Weblogs

Blog Finance: Advertising, Sponsorship, Advertorial, Subscription?

In light of that incidence last week with those terrible pop up ads, I have a question for the assembled multitudes: Running the blog at this point requires a decent amount of expenditures. Hosting, editorial assistance, research all costs some shekels, and that cost is covered with the current advertisers. I keep getting pitched on…Read More

Category: Weblogs

Update: Rotation, Gold and Markets

A quick note on some of our commentary in April — it has been an interesting month for TBP. On April 9th, I mentioned that the Great Rotation theme was incorrect: It was not stocks into bonds, as is so commonly claimed. Rather, it was a New Great Rotation: Commodities into Bonds. Since then, Bond…Read More

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Valuation, Weblogs

TBP Redesign: Final Thoughts

The blog redesign is now just about finished. There are still a handful of tweaks left, but I am 90% of the way there.  The feedback from readers — see this and this — was very helpful.

I have seen immediate improvement in the site:  The main page loads 4X faster; it now generates much more detailed page analytics (what people are and are not clicking on/reading); the page views/visitor have increased. The average length of time per post has also increased.

Based on your comments and emails, here are the changes I implemented:

• Changed the color scheme from candy color to something more subdued

• Reduced the size of the artwork (“marginalia”)

• Reduced the size and color of the navigation links in the header

• Removed the Twitter/Facebook/G+/Linked In  icons from all 10 home page posts (only on the top/open post)

• Removed superfluous content in the sidebar

• Reduced the number of adverts on the page;

Since the last few iterations, the site is light and fast and pleasing to the eye.

I still think the navigation links up top are too big and spread out – since the way I run my business is strictly word of mouth and referral, I prefer these to be smaller and less in your face. Also, I think I can get rid of “Home” and just go with: Asset Management/Speaking/Book /Contact.

I still have a few other things left to tweak:

• Reduced the size of icons next to each headline ((I’d like to make those icons about 30-40% less large on the page as well)

• Reduce navigation links down a font size

• Replace blue Favicon with old color (black & tan)

• Make the “Read More” red or more visible

The 5 little icons correlate to the tabs in the old design. According to Google Analytics, those old icons were hardly clicked. The reason, I assume, is as soon as you scrolled an inch or two, they were off your screen.

Your most emailed questions and their answers are after the jump . . .

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Category: Weblogs

TED: 100 Websites You Should Know + Use

How crazy cool is this: Back in 2007, a TED video discussed a list of 100 websites you should know and use. It became one of their more popular pages. They just updated 100 Websites You Should Know and Use, and through some administrative snafu, the Big Picture is right there in the BUSINESS +…Read More

Category: Web/Tech, Weblogs

30 Days to Better Business Writing

Discover the antidote to bad business writing and gain the edge over your competition. Give me one hour a day for 30 days and this book will make you a better writer. 30 Days to Business Better Writing by Matthew Stibbe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales…Read More

Category: Think Tank, Weblogs

Site Redesign: Update

Last week, we rolled out the new site design. Lots of very helpful and productive comments.

Here is the general overview of what most readers were saying:

The positives: Cleaner; Site loads much faster (about 4X); is more stable; creates more meta-data about posts; generates more page views per visitor.

The negatives: Clicking to open pages annoys some; colors are distracting; sidebar is “filler.”

Overall seemed positive, with the two biggest complaints being clicking to open pages and the candy colors.

If the layout  were to open every post, there is a load penalty for graphics, flash, charts, video, etc. This applies to all pages, even the ones that you may not be interested in.

That tradeoff is something I don’t want to make, and too be blunt, I don’t find clicking on a page to be all that troublesome. The tradeoff of speed for convenience is huge, and it simply mean you have to click.

Perhaps a good balance could be achieved opening the first 2 or 3 posts.

As to the candy colors, I totally agree — they did not translate that well from the original design to a web version. It is something I plan on changing shortly.

I have been thinking about variations on the illustration theme; one possibility is after the jump.

 

Please share your thoughts.

 

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Category: Weblogs

A Little Background About the Site Redesign

I have been wanting to refresh the site for sometime now. Last major overhaul was in October 2008 – some timing, uh? – when I migrated the site from Typepad to WordPress and my own domain. It has been over 4 years, and the dark tabbed design was tired. That, plus lots of site bugs…Read More

Category: Weblogs

New Site Design Coming This Weekend!

You’ve  been hearing about the development of a new site now for quite a while — we are now in Countdown mode — less than 24 hours to go! I write up some details and pull together some screens how the new design developed (I might even find some shots of the history of the…Read More

Category: Weblogs