I’ll be in Vegas in a few hours getting ready to enjoy what should be two pretty exciting conferences (MAX and MAXUP). I’ll be doing some light blogging here, but I’ll be doing a majority of the blogging over on ZDNet. I think we’re going to see a lot of new information about a bunch of technologies, so I’m looking forward to some suprises.
If you’re in Vegas and want to get together, drop me an email (email@example.com) or give me a call on my cell (267-250-9422). I’ve got a bunch of people I plan to meet up with, but I always like adding to the list.
Steve Rubel has a post about the “Underground” blogosphere. What is this? Here’s the info straight from Steve:
The Underground Blogosphere is an intricate web of hundreds of thousands of emails that bloggers send to each other every day. In essence, they are “pitching” their latest posts in hopes of getting a link.
I hardly ever do this. Why? I just didn’t think it ever actually worked. Shit, as a Y-list blogger I would love to have more links, and more people talking about RIAs, but I’ve never actually thought that emailing a bunch of A-listers would result in links. Now allow me to make a broad generalization: I don’t think very many other Flash/ColdFusion/RIA/Adobe bloggers do either. Why? Because we have MXNA. All of the fun conversation is on MXNA and it’s really easy to see what posts the community thought were the most interesting. It’s a great tool, and I use it all the time. I assume that others do the same, am I off base on this? Do you guys send other bloggers posts you’ve written in hopes of getting a link? If you want a link from a Y-list blogger, send them to me!
Now that I know this actually works I’m going to be an emailing fool and spread the word about Flash, RIAs, and Apollo. Wish me luck.
I’m taking the plunge and switching over to WordPress. I’m hoping to make the full switch tonight, but I may have to wait a bit to get all of the entries converted over. Big thanks to Ray Camden and his BlogCFC which is what I had been using. I still need to tweak the site quite a bit, but you can check it out at http://blog.digitalbackcountry.com.
The address won’t change at all, and some of you won’t have to change your feeds, but if you’re using the old rss.cfm feed, you’ll need to update it to my http://feeds.feedburner.com/ryanstewart/. If you have any tips on migrating to WordPress, let me know.
It’s been a crazy and bizarre week. I always try not to take myself too seriously. I started this blog a year and a half ago just because I wanted to talk about Flex. I can still remember getting the email from MXNA that my blog was going to be aggregated and thinking how cool that was. Then a funny thing happened – people started reading my blog. People started commenting. When I moved to Seattle, I got dinner with Hans just because he read my blog. Then when I heard ZDNet was looking for bloggers, I emailed them on a whim and offered up my services. When they gave me a shot I had to step back and make sure there wasn’t some other Ryan Stewart they were talking to.
Since then it’s been awesome. I’ve had amazing conversations with people at Adobe, at Microsoft and a ton of cool companies making use of RIAs. Every day there’s something interesting in my inbox, and I love it. But every once in a while I feel like I’m in over my head. I’m just a guy who really likes RIAs. I see so much potential out there and my naÃ¯vetÃ© allows me an almost unnatural amount of enthusiasm about what’s possible. But now I’m in the maze of PR firms and journalistic integrity. It’s a crazy world, and I hope I don’t lose the enthusiasm. This week I got caught up a bit and started taking myself too seriously. Jeff Houser (whom I owe a beer next week at CFUnited) once left a comment that said “I read yours [blog] because you’re the most optimistic person I know”.
With everything happening right now, it’s hard not to be optimistic. Look at Apollo, Flex, WPF, the Mobile World, broadband penetration, Web 2.0, hell even Ajax – the web is cool! But I’ve spent too much time trying to be a “real” blogger and not enough just writing about the cool stuff. I need to do more of that.
I don’t usually plaster myself all over the front page, but I liked this picture. I climbed Mt. Adams with my father-in-law and brother-in-law last weekend. I got badly sunburned but had a great time. The picture is from our camp the first night.
The Tech Crunch party last night here in Seattle was awesome. Great, great time (John Cook of the Seattle P-I has a good write-up). Things I noticed in reverse order of importance:
- Chris Prillo is very, very small. I’m pretty short at 5’8″, so I kind of live in a glass house, but the guy is tiny.
- Michael Arrington is a really nice guy. Even at 10:00 after he’d been bombarded with startup after startup, he was going strong. He’s also got a pretty sharp wit. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was great to meet him. I hope he’s back in Seattle soon.
- I finally met Bryan Zug.
- Flash is the king of Seattle. I was blown away, but everyone is using Flash and everyone loves it. Redfin and Farecast, two of the hosts, are big Flash users. I talked to the main developers for each of the apps and they have a ton of great ideas and enhancements coming down the pipeline. It’s going to be exciting to track these companies.
- Random people love Flex. Everyone is pumped about Flex 2. I was doubtful that Adobe had gotten the message out, but almost everyone I talked to knew about Flex 2, knew it was free, and most of them had taken time to play with it. If it’s possible, I’m even more excited about having Flex 2 released. Smart people are going to create some great applications. Combine that with Apollo……well that’s just too much excitement for one post.
Wow, are people pissed. Techmeme is on fire with people angry about O’Reilly and CMP and how they handled the Web 2.0 half-day conference (sending them a cease and desist letter). I think the guys over at CMP made a mistake, and I think that it leaves O’Reilly looking bad, but people are acting like Tim himself went to Ireland and shot Tom Raftery. It was badly played, and there’s a lesson to be learned here, but there are more productive ways to start a dialogue about what those lessons should be.
Blogging over at ZDNet has been a blast, and even though I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit, it’s allowed me to branch out a bit and take a look at a lot of different things. People tend to respond to my emails more now . All in all, it’s been great, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. Today however, I got my first jolt of reality.
I want the innocent to remain nameless, but I emailed someone about talking with them about their project. It’s a pretty big deal, and I didn’t think I’d hear anything, but I wanted to see if they were free to talk over beers sometime. The person emailed me back and sounded happy to get together. We were in the process of setting up a time when I get this email:
Hey Ryan, I just found out that I cannot meet with you since you are “press”. I?m going to forward your mail on to our team?s PR contact. I?m sorry about this.
It’s difficult for me to think of myself as “press”. I’m just a guy who is really passionate about RIAs and is very enthusiastic about how they’re evolving. The person seemed genuinely disappointed, and the press person who contacted me was very nice, but it was still a bit of a shock. I suppose it’s something I’ll just have to get used to.
It looks like my blog over at ZDNet has been activated and all that’s missing is my mug shot on the blog page. You can check it out by visiting http://blogs.zdnet.com/Stewart/ or subscribe to the feed here. I’m hoping to get the feed added to MXNA (or AXNA?) so that you can follow it without too much extra effort.
I seeded the blog with some of my past posts, and I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who has read and commented on this blog. As I went through those posts I realized that I have a lot more comments than some bloggers and that the comments always created interesting conversations. Those conversations have been invaluable in helping me hash out my ideas. So again, a big thanks for reading and participating. Here’s to many more mind-expanding conversations.
I meant to mention this a couple of weeks back but just didn’t get a chance to. I’ve noticed that I’m being aggregated by Feed Squirrel which is a new Adobe aggregator. It’s got a pretty slick interface and is a good way to get a snapshot of the community.
We seem to have a pretty good trifecta with MXNA, Feed Squirrel and Fullasagoog, but I’d love to see someone come up with a memeorandum-style meme for Adobe news. Having a bit of filtering so it’s easy to see the most popular discussions would be pretty cool.