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08 December 2004


Steve Crescenzo


Steve Crescenzo here, one of the editors of the Ragan Report---thought NOT the editor who wrote the rant about blogs.

I just wanted to clear up that, while the rant appeared in Ragan Report, it was written as a column by one of the editors, David Murray. Please don't give up on the Ragan Report as a publication because you disagree with one particular column.

RR is a supporter of blogs (I have my own on Ragan's web site, in fact), and do our best to cover emerging technology in general. In fact, I just finished an interview with Shel Holtz on wikis and wireless technology and what they mean to employee communicators. It will run in the next issue of RR.

Just wanted to weigh in.

Steve Crescenzo

Neville Hobson

Steve, thanks for your comments, I appreciate your making them here.

For me, one thing that's come out of this is that I am now paying more attention to the Ragan Report website than I was before!

As I commented earlier today in Shel's post (interesting discussion developing over there, by the way), I discovered another new Ragan article about blogging that is in such contrast to David's rant: balanced, thoughtful and very much worth reading. I was totally taken aback to learn that the writer of that article is none other than David Murray.

Maybe he was just having an extremely off day when he wrote his rant.

I'll look forward to readiing your interview with Shel.

B.L. Ochman

Glad to see that someone at Ragan bothered to weigh in. Murray's attack was uncalled for. He clearly hasn;t read anything Neville, Shel or I have ever written in our blogs. Or maybe he misquoted us just to make noise. How do I know he never even looked at my blog or my website? My picture is all over both of them and he referred to me as "Mr" Ochman twice. Sheesh! At least find out who you are bitching about before you rant!

Neville Hobson

Spot on, BL.

One of the interesting things said in the conversation on Shel's blog (over 40 comments so far - an excellent discussion!) is a continuance of the type of comment I see a lot of, namely: blogs will sort of evolve by themselves into the mainstream; they don't need anyone's evangelizing.

How much further off can one be? I do agree that blogs themselves are gathering increasing momentum. As with many new things in the field of organizational communication, though, you have to thrust this in the faces of many communicators. Inevitably, with that comes resistance.

In fact, I think David Murray's rant is actually performing a great service in this regard: it's forcing it onto the agenda.

Leon Rivest

I saw a reference to Murray's post in 'The Blog Herald' and read the article. The author refuses to see what is happening on the net and really wants us to share his blindness. He is not alone in his view. It was nice to see that Steve Crescenzo got involved and showed us that others at Ragan do look around.

Whatever people think about blogging they should not take it for granted or dismiss it. This phenomenon is growing.
I have a design complaint Neville. At 800x600 in Mozilla/Linux your scroll bar at the bottom works, but your left sidebar is unreadable because it extends further to the left than the scroll bar allows.

Neville Hobson

Good points, Leon, I agree. Do take a look at the discussion going on on Shel's blog - some excellent views there.

Re the design, thanks for mentioning that. I've tested how the blog looks at various screen resolutions but not at 800x600. The template was designed to support at least 1024x768 screen res.

I can't fix that without a signficant rework of the whole blog template, unfortunately. Not something I want to do just now, frankly.

I'm curious re the left sidebar being unreadable with Firefox. I use Firefox but on Win XP not Linux. I just viewed the blog on a PC (again, Win XP) where I set the screen res to 800x600. The sidebar is readable. Is this a Firefox on Linux issue perhaps?


I saw a reference to Murray's post in 'The Blog Herald' and read the article. The author refuses to see what is happening on the net and really wants us to share his blindness. He is not alone in his view. It was nice to see that Steve Crescenzo got involved and showed us that others at Ragan do look around.


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