- Reuters has launched a blog, featuring several of their writers and showcasing breaking news. (via Andrew Lark)
- If you’re looking on information on RSS that’s easy to understand and will help you along the way look no further than the BBC. Their guide to feeds is absolutely fantastic. (via Jeff Jarvis)
- It’s better to build a tool that will be extremely useful to a niche audience than not build it because it will never reach mass adoption. That’s what blogs are all about, not to mention other technologies. (via Tom Biro)
- Constantin fleshes out the PubSub PR List with a group of new blogs/bloggers that have come on the scene since it was first built.
- I’m way late on this but heartfelt congratulation to Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson on show #100 of For Immediate Release. If there are two guys how have added more to the PR/technology discussion out there I’d like to know about them. As it stands these two are the gold standard.
Looks like Cuba Gooding Jr. is trying for some career rehabilitation, at least that’s the conclusion I reached after watching the trailer for Dirty. It’s a gritty, hard-hitting tale of two corrupt cops who abuse their position and, quite frankly, only looks passebly good.
I know some have said that Disney’s The Wild is a blatant rip-off of Dreamworks’ recent Madagascar but I have more faith in this than I did that one, which is odd for a Disney film. Maybe it’s because of the more photo-realistic CGI and that it seems to work better, or at least be not quite so jaw-droppingly annoying, as the cartoonish look of Madagascar and other films. It seems to have the same sort of humor but, based on the trailer, I just think this looks like it’s going to work better. It also gets points for the alligators in the sewer. That’s good stuff.
Despite whatever issues I might have personally one of the best things to come out of blogging has been not only a genuine (if sometimes fleeting) sense that I do good stuff here on MMM and the other blogs I’m part of is the sense of community among blog writers. I’ve made some great connections both personally and professionally. Guys like Tom Biro, Pete Vonder Haar, Tim Nudd, Joseph Jaffe, Blake Barbera and Constantin Basturea are all gentlemen whose writings I look forward to greatly and whose comments, either on our blogs or via email, I enjoy.
One other name I want to mention is Mack Collier, one of the writers on Beyond Madison Avenue. Not only is BMA a must-read-daily feed for me but Mack has also gone out of his way to link to me when possible. On BMA he passed on some words of encouragement for me and other G-list bloggers who aren’t doing this for the money but because we’re devoted to putting out quality content. And that’s what we try to do.
I could – and did for a while – try to beg for links from some of the top-tier blogs but it wound up being a zero-sum effort. For all the time I spent tracking down email addresses, deciding if I was being appropriate or not and ultimately writing an email saying “you might find my post on ____ interesting” I got just a handful of links and almost no traffic out of it. And I wasn’t even trying to get Robert Scoble or Steve Rubel to talk about me.
No, I agree with Mack. If you’re struggling with writing or any other creative art just keep at it. Try to improve yourself and don’t worry about whether you’re going to make it into someone’s “Daily Links” post. Good content is it’s own reward. Do what you do to satisfy yourself. Some days that’s a hard enough goal without piling other concerns on top of it.
MMM has been provided with a TV spot and four clips from Buena Vista’s upcoming Glory Road. The movie tells the story of NCAA basketball coach Don Haskins and how he put the first all-black team on the floor. Check them out below.
TV Spot: “Intense”
Clip: “Shut ‘em up”
Clip: “My son Harry”
Clip: “Take it”
On a Clear Day is another movie from across the pond about a middle aged man going on a journey of self discovery with the help of his friends. This time the main character, when he reaches the end of his rope and feels there’s nothing left to lose, decides to swim the English Channel. I’m sure the words “funny” and “heartwarming” will be all over descriptions of the film, and based on the trailer deservedly so.
If you just can’t get enough Lindsey Lohan and really believe that when she said she was bulimic and had tried drugs she didn’t really mean she was bulimic and had tried drugs then check out the trailer for Just My Luck. She plays a very lucky girl who swaps that luck with a guy who can never catch a break. I’ll be over here.