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  1. Monday, July 7, 2014
  2. Thursday, June 19, 2014

    dear tony, you are amazing and dashing and know everything about blogging 

    creative-clever-tattoos-23-277x400 i am a beautiful young lady living in the hollywood Hills having an blessed life and i want to be a fashion blogger

    for like real.

    ive spent money on a new website, a new car, and a laptop.

    now what?

    how do i make this happen?

    yours in rock,

    debra

    dear debra,

    im so glad you wrote me, i dont know how you got my phone number, but this is a legitimate question so i will answer this seriously.

    for starters, what you want is extremely difficult.

    the market is saturated. pintrest for godsake has made it worse.

    theres youtube ppl, instagram, and then all the other people who have been doing it forever.

    thats the bad news, the good news is the market is finicky and disloyal.

    everyone wants something new. the new thing. the new scene.

    new.

    you have a lot of things going for you, so maybe you can be that new scene the clickers want so badly.

    as you figure that out, you should probably take a look at canada, where all the answers usually lay.

    put on your winter coat, a Grates shirt, a warm Cubs hat and a scarf

    and buy a party ball for keri cdn because she is living the dream

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    keri gets a new car every week, drives it around, writes about it for the paper and her blog

    and for fun writes about digital security and how you can best protect yourself from bad ppl.

    she also catches and releases grizzly bears. bare handed.

    be amazed at keriblog.com

    keri used to live in the same skyscraper as casie in toronto or was it the other way around

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    no matter, casie is never home. shes constantly partying exploring or jumping off buildings.

    last weekend chevy gave her a convertible camaro. in white.

    last time she was in southern california her day was packed shopping

    going to disneyland, and then singing on stage at the hollywood bowl with that lady from wicked

    kristin cheneworth or whoever you spell it.

    anyways bloggers get whatever they want. even in canada.

    casie just wants things and they come to her.

    one day she said i want the most awesome sweatshirt ever and pow

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    miss 604 and keira-anne wanted vancouver and vancouver island, respectively

    and not only did they get it but canada asked them to design the olympics when it was up there

    but they were busy blogging.

    keira recently got hitched and has been on an extended honeymoon from blogging

    but she’s been doing it so long i cant imagine she’ll be gone for much longer

    meanwhile Miss 604 has had something very special going on over there for a solid decade now.

    beautiful choice of photos, solid writing, and actually all the things a person would want to do up there.

    one of the lessons that i learned from these ladies is: go do stuff and you’ll get invited to do more.

    keep writing, keep taking pictures, keep posting it and making it look good.

    learn from all the other bloggers out there. who is doing something right. how can you beat it.

    maybe you can just outlast them.

    the good and bad thing about the blogosphere is it’s full of quitters.

    let em quit.

    find that thing about you thats different than everyone else and milk it.

    as many times in a row as you can, online, every day.

    me, if i had to do it. id not only have my own blog,

    but id see if i could write once a week

    on LAist.

    the secret path to everything good in LA.

  3. Monday, June 2, 2014

    the world famous busblog had its 10,000th post the other day 

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    so the stray cats chipped in to buy me a gift.

    and surprise surprise it was 15 pounds of kibble.

    such smart asses.

    but seriously, thanks for all the support you’ve all given me over all of these years.

    it has been a blessing to have stumbled into blogging way back in august of 2001.

    many of the good times that i have had since then have occurred either directly or indirectly because of this blog.

    and for all of that i am extremely grateful.

    life is a giant curveball. you have to trust that it’s not going to knock you on your butt.

    instead, hang in there and swing hard when you get your chance.

    lets see if we can hit 10k new posts in a quicker time.

    and this time, lets see if they can be even better quality

    with even more magic.

  4. Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    ive missed the haters 

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    I’m living in that 21st Century, doing something weird to it
    Do it better than anybody you ever seen do it
    Screams from the haters, got a nice ring to it
    I guess every superhero need his theme music

    i admit it.

    they’re so scared to put their full names on things, it’s cute.

    they believe the xbi is real and the people’s blogs that they write their nonsense will track them down and… i dont know, write ridiculous things on their amazing site?

    there was a time when the web was different. when the blogosphere ruled like the dinosaurs did.

    but then there was a meteor and the ice age and most people abandoned their blogs for social media.

    strangers don’t write silly things on other people’s facebook walls. maybe in tweets, but jackasses have so few twitter followers it wouldn’t be seen.

    ive missed the haters, they remind me im better than some.

    thats a priceless commodity that some pay hookers for.

    when you blog correctly it comes free.

  5. Saturday, December 28, 2013

    find myths, then break them 

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    one of the reasons i am often misunderstood is im no good at powerpoint

    nor do i care to be.

    to me there is only the scoreboard and peoples smiles.

    if somehow you are able to win on the scoreboard

    and

    everyone is smiling, from the heart, during the process

    then you shouldn’t have to be any good at powerpoint.

    many moons ago when i sold electronics on commission the bad salesmen

    had all these reasons why certain days or months were “slow”

    implying that magic has a season and success is a hot streak.

    online i met people who honestly believed there was a good time and a bad time

    to put things on the internet

    as if we arent constantly curious to find delightfully interesting things.

    give the people good stuff as soon as you can

    and they will smile back at you.

  6. Monday, December 23, 2013
  7. Saturday, December 21, 2013

    the end of blogging? 

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    on thursday legendary blogger jason kotte declared that blogging died this year

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    i think it’s more accurate to say the fad of blogging is dead.

    as jason noted there are still lots and lots of blogs out there and many are really good.

    but simply because it’s no longer the trendy thing doesnt mean it’s dead.

    id argue that now is the time of the real blogging. people nowadays have lots of avenues in which to speak their minds.

    and some can do it in 140 characters.

    or less

    busblog doing its thing

    now that the money aspect is pretty much gone.

    and the struggle to gain and maintain an audience is tougher than ever.

    i argue that if anyone is blogging regularly now, it’s because they mean it.

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    there was a time when 22 million people watched super cool fonzie on happy days each week.

    nowadays the cool belongs to don draper on mad men, whose top numbers peak at 2.7 million viewers.

    but no one is saying television is dead.

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    if anything they’re saying we’re in the middle of the rebirth of television

    while praising the surplus of really great shows,

    and very entertaining trashy ones.

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    why isn’t blogging looked at in the same light.

    who broke the biggest stories in sports this year? deadspin, a blog.

    who broke the biggest stories in news this year? glenn greenwald, one of the best bloggers ever.

    sure he didn’t break the snowden story on a blog, but when you watch him defend himself  on twitter

    you are reminded how good he was running his salon blog up until august of last year.

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    speaking of last year, who completely made a fool out of karl rove by mocking him

    as he correctly predicted president obamas reelection as if he had flown into the future and zoomed back

    to accurately call the results in every state in the united states. as if it aint no thing.

    nate silver

    how is blogging dead if at the highest level it has had two of its best years ever?

    it’s a bad thing that lots of lazy would-be bloggers have migrated to pintrest

    twitter or facebook where it’s easier and quicker to share a quickie little idea

    or snapshot of dinner?

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    if anything id say that group’s defection has only made the blogosphere leaner and more interesting.

    powerhouses buzzfeed and upworthy might not be traditional blogs, granted

    but they owe a lot of their success to blogging, which they are more similar to than anything else.

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    so is it bad that blogging has spun off some of the most successful websites of the last few years?

    of course not

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    if anything it proves that blogging still has a lot more to contribute to digital media

    it’s just doing it so fast, and usually so much better than the traditional outlets that cover it

    that it feels like theres no more buzz around it.

    that peace doesn’t mean it’s dead,

    it means we’re in the eye of the hurricane.

  8. Friday, December 20, 2013

    today is kristin pony’s birthday, shes 24 

    christmas

    if i was president obama theres a few people who id force to blog.

    todays birthday girl is on that list.

    others include: splink

    jennifer lawrence

    courtney love

    vp biden

    hologram tupac

    bob dylan

    and the entire supreme court

    of course theyd probably assassinate me

    but when i got to the pearly gates id get a high five from st. peter for trying.

  9. Thursday, November 7, 2013

    today is the day ev became a billionaire 

    me and eveons ago i read an article about ev williams and his new free software for blogging called Blogger.

    it seemed perfect for me so i signed up in july of 2001 and in august the busblog began rolling. i wasnt the only one who used the platform, millions did.

    so many that in feb of 2003 ev sold blogger to google.

    soon he left google to start another thing, Odeo, which was about podcasting or blogging by telephone with a product that posted audio on your blog.

    in a strange but interesting move, not long after Odeo was funded, ev returned the money to his investors, plus interest, in a way that everyone was financially happy about.

    i interviewed him at his SF office about it, but of course i put it on a Yahoo video hosting service that no long exists, and naturally i cant find the original right now cuz im an idiot.

    in that interview he mentioned something about Twitter and later at SXSW he, Biz, and Jason Goldman tried to explain to me what Twitter was. That 2006 interview was also on the Yahoo video hosting site and I no longer have easy access to that either.

    But what I remember is we were all drunk, they were happy because Twitter won all these Webby and Bloggy awards and the service was a huge hit at SXSW. I asked them how they felt Twitter could be used outside of party zones like Austin and they explained it to me: but i didn’t fully understand.

    Like, at all.

    In fact I felt so little use for Twitter that I don’t think i signed up for it until like a year after that drunken night.

    Here we are in 2013 and Twitter’s IPO just went off to a smashing success, opening at 26, closing at 44.90, making all of the founders super rich, and turning Ev into a billionaire. “overnight.”

    i’ve often said that i owe Ev everything. i had a pretty successful website before blogging, but blogging and blogger.com catapulted me into a place i never dreamed id ever be.

    today it looks like Ev was paid back for all the good he helped all of us achieve. And by Ev, of course I mean he and his team.

    God bless the Internet

  10. Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    today’s the internet’s birthday, it’s 44 

    my room on haight street

    this was my room at 591 Haight Street in San Francisco in 1995.

    that white Mac in the center was the first device that ever gave me “high speed” Internet accessibility.

    we paid lots of money to have an ISDN line which allowed us not only to be on the web at a blazing fast 28.8 mbs

    but we could also receive a phone call simultaneously. which was a big deal when you shared a house with 5 other dudes.

    the ISDN hardly worked. which was ok because the web in 1995 was so tiny and insignificant that even Wired didn’t wanna put their full name on their website, instead they made Hot Wired to distance themselves from whatever the hell the WWW was in its infancy.

    internet machinelittle did we know that the Internet had already been around nearly 30 years (thanks to the help of UCSB). albeit way more boring. but dudes were exchanging files so technically the web was on.

    as “journalists” all of us in our Haight House marveled over the fact that we could be instant publishers. in color. for free. with a potentially unlimited audience.

    before the web the closest one could get was either a Zine or an English Newspaper in Prague. but the downfall was, if everyone bought up all of the copies of that issue, that was it. the end.

    but online: if you had the proper servers, you could reach millions of readers overnight, and barely notice.

    that excited me. unlimited success. unparalleled opportunities for creativity. the blankest canvas ever with free admission to anyone with a connection.

    and back then, back when the wild west was truly wild, and you had very little competition, and if you had been somewhat trained in the art of written communication: it was probably the same feeling chuck berry felt when someone handed him an electric guitar.

    or the same feeling eddie van halen got when he stepped on his first pedal.

    before the Internet, loneliness was a concept i could occasionally relate to.

    nowadays the amount of 24/7 love and attention and options and opportunities to connect and learn overfloweth.

    not bad, Internet.

    can’t wait to see what the next 44 years will be like.