Resolving to Blog More Everywhere

bloggingIt’s a tradition of mine to declare each year to be the Best Ever, each summer the Best Ever, etc. What can I say, I wake up every day feeling like I’m going to save the world — whatever that means. Last year really was the best year so far — the longest, most productive, and most enjoyable. Professionally I closed out a year of employ with Warner/Chappell Music and moved on to my current job at Live Earth, where I am director of interactive — a position so exciting, all-encompassing, and full of boundless possibilities, that I am still training myself to get an adequate amount of sleep. Thanks to the closure of the office for the past ten days, I have slept — a lot — and am now gearing up to return to 125% productivity.

My one-day-at-a-time lifestyle makes it difficult to put an entire year in perspective, for I don’t generally think in terms of beginnings and ends; life is more like an upwardly mobile spiral that cycles with the seasons. And yes, I very much recognize the seasons even here in Los Angeles. While we don’t really have Winter, I could never really pinpoint Spring in Chicago. So the grass and weeds in my yard may be greener than they ever have been before (it’s a brown wasteland in summer) but the days are only now finally growing longer.

I’m very grateful to do what I love professionally and have met some incredible people recently and am ambitious about a 2009 which is bound to include many exciting goals, milestones, and accomplishments on a monthly, weekly, and daily level.

I will blog more this year, however, as is obvious by my recent dearth of blogging, I currently favor other publishing avenues – be it my work blog, or LAist, where I continue to serve as News Editor. There are other places where I plan to publish stuff as well — stay tuned on that. (I DO need to update this blog to a new theme and would still like a WOOZradio logo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my internet radio station).

I’ve added a “lifestream” tab to this blog where you can follow much of my activities, thoughts, and schemes if you wish. Over the past year I’ve continued utilizing the social web as a personal archive and journal via microblogging and other services.

Much of this is aggregated on my Friendfeed page.
I am an active Twitter user.
I enjoy keeping up with friends and events on Facebook and Upcoming.
I actively post photos on my Flickr account and stream live video to Qik, among other places.
And I continue growing my professional network on LinkedIn.

I keep a list of the (many more) social media tools and services I use here. Please contact or “friend” me on any of the above by clicking on the hyperlinked details. If you’re interested in the sites I browse (when I can), you can browse them too or add my OPML feed to your personal news reader at netzoo.net/opml.

Coming soon: I’ll blog about many of the individuals who’s online presence has helped inspire and influence me in the past year via Twitter and elsewhere.

Happy New Year!

NowPublic Names LA’s 20 Most Influential Individuals

Crowdsourcing news site NowPublic released a list of LA’s ‘Most Public’ and — however arbitrarily — selected many of my favorite people both online and off including #4: Micki Krimmel, #5: Zadi Diaz of Epic Fu, #6: Dave Bullock, #8: Zach Behrens of LAist, #10: Kent Nichols of Ask a Ninja, #15: Sean Bonner of MetBlogs, and #20: Efren Toscano of TechZulu.

The full list (and [purported] methodology) is here.

Coolest thing about the list? It drew me back to NowPublic for the first time in months and I really like the re-design. Last year NowPublic’s partnered with AP and more recently, believe it or not, NP acquired Guy Kawasaki’s Truemors. Most attractive about their redesign is the dynamically updating homepage… much more inviting as a reader and contributor.

UPDATE: Sean Bonner wrote a great post exposing the true annoyance of such link-baiting tactics as engineered (in this instance) by PR firm morris+king to exemplify how filling a page with self-referential links (all of the names on the list refer not to that individual’s web site, but to a nowpublic.com member page, created especially for this campaign) and baiting such “influentials” to spread the word and linkylove spam is ugly and should be seen through. THIS is where the rel=”nofollow” comes handy. By adding that tag to the end of a URI, search engine robots and crawlers are flagged to not weigh the reference of a hyperlink to the rank or relevance of the destination.

Are You Internet Famous?

Wired built a tool to provide a very vague measurement of your Webebrity-ness:

Cool use of the Google Social Graph API, but I’d say needs more variables. There’s no way I’m more Internet famous than Julia Allison (I scored 1879), who not-so-coincidentally is this month’s Wired cover:

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