2011 In Review

Looking back over 2011, my blogs were certainly more active than previous years. Here is the top 9 on teamsiems.com:

  1. How To Install Custom Ringtones on Samsung Galaxy S (T-Mobile Vibrant)
  2. Before You Forward Chain Email “Interesting about McDonalds”
  3. Windows Movie Maker for Windows XP SP3
  4. Social Media Effects On Student Writing
  5. Mobile Applications for Higher Education
  6. UPS vs FedEx (again)
  7. Hi! I like that you’re the kind of person who scans codes on people’s shirts
  8. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – S.1867
  9. It’s Turkey Time

It’s worth noting that only 1 of these posts was written in 2011 and in December none the less.

My adventures in flying blog saw a lot of traffic looking for reference information about FSX airplanes. Here is the top 9 of aif.teamsiems.com

  1. Mooney M20M “Bravo”
  2. Beechcraft Baron 58
  3. de Havilland Beaver DHC2
  4. Grumman Goose G21A
  5. Piper J-3 Cub
  6. Maule M-7-260C Orion
  7. Cessna Skyhawk SP Model 172
  8. DG-808S Competition Sailplane
  9. Water Runways and Seaports

This year we also added the Noms For The Win blog at http://nomsftw.teamsiems.com/ It’s still new and doesn’t get a lot of traffic yet.

My other blog at http://tweets.teamsiems.com/ isn’t really a blog but more of a tweet catcher. It gets some traffic, mainly from Google.

Gap Between Mainstream Media and the Social Web

Although blogs cover many of the same topics, the study found that bloggers tend to focus on more ideological and emotional stories — particularly those concerning human rights, like access to healthcare services or privacy on Facebook — and often with a personal or partisan angle. Bloggers also like to make a story out of “off-beat” or “buried” items in mainstream media coverage. Source: Huge Gap Remains Between Mainstream Media and the Social Web [REPORT] | Mashable.com.

You think… I’m one of the “off-beat” and “buried.” (Such violent metaphoric language.)

I just realized that I don’t have a “mainstream media” category. To me it’s all media: web and print and broadcast floods our world every day and we might consume 1% of it. If 99% of bloggers get their information from mainstream, and mainstream goes payware, what will happen to bloggers? I think they continue to seek free sources until there is none, at which time we’ll make up our own news from observation of our world. I think a lot of bloggers are already doing this. They add commentary on mainstream sources, but they also report what they observe; issues important to them. I also think if all mainstream media dried up behind the paywall then there would be fewer blogs. But so what. I blog to record my thoughts. I get news from broadcast, from the web and occasional from print. If I see or hear something that peeks my interest I blog about it.

It also suggests that if traditional news companies want to succeed online — that is, if they want to attract a large number of page views and be relevant to users on the web — they may need to alter their content to match readers’ interests.

Well, I for one, don’t what to read about RayWilliamJohnson on NYTimes.com or see what @justinbieber is doing on CNN TV. I think consumers keep the gap between mainstream media and social media for a reason: they fulfill different needs. I watch CNN TV  read NYTimes.com for world news. I watch YouTube videos because they’re funny or educational. I use Twitter to stay connected to people. At the end of the day I blog my thoughts about what these other media are saying.