This week’s schedule

Today: off to see Cardiff for family day.
Tuesday: traveling to London in the afternoon, speaker dinner in evening.
Wednesday: speaking at Online Information 2006 in London. Girl Geek dinner in evening.
Thursday: hanging out at Online Information 2006. Meeting with Microsoft’s accessibility team, then getting a tour of BBC around 5 p.m. Evening open so far.
Friday: breakfast with Sam Sethi of UK TechCrunch, then meet the geeks in Hyde Park. Hugh Macleod suggested meeting by the Eros statue because it’s near the Piccadilly Circus tube station. We’ll walk around, visiting tourist spots and pubs. Hugh says we’ll be “pissed as newts.” Oh, boy, that should be good for a Flickr scandal. In the evening Sam is taking us to two parties (the Firefox one, and Internet People’s Party).
Saturday: we fly to Amsterdam where we’ll stay until December 5th, when we fly home.

Anyone want to meet up? The schedule is getting tight, leave a message here and we’ll fit you in.


Digging on Digg

Through my news reader this morning I’ve seen several complaints about Digg. I too unsubscribed from the general Digg feed. Too much crap! I agree with Businessweek’s Rob Hof. TechMeme and TailRank are much better.

I think Digg is trying to get outside of the geekosphere, which will make its valuations better (normal people don’t read geeky stuff about Ruby on Rails or Java), but definitely make it noisier and less useful to people like me and Rob.

I put the best stuff on my link blog. Oh, and someone asked if my link blog has a feed that can be subscribed to. Yes, it does, subscribe to my link blog here.

Why Web 2.0 is more than a buzzword (and how Kathy is blogging better than you are)

Kathy Sierra is one of my favorite writers and her post on why Web 2.0 is more than a buzzword is a good place to start.

I’ve been getting more email lately from people asking how they could make their blog better (which, translated, means, “how do I get more traffic?”)

Well, go and study what Kathy is doing. Some things I’ve gleaned.

1) She uses great graphics that hook readers into checking out the article (I saw her post in my feed list on Google Reader, and getting me to stop hitting “J” — which goes to the next post — is something very few bloggers do).
2) She uses typography in a way no other blogger does. She emphasizes things with italics, bold, and underlines. I think I’ll start playing with those in my own writing.
3) She joins in an already existing conversation and adds to it. She doesn’t always try to start a new conversation. Joining in a conversation that’s already going means you already know that people are interested in what you’re talking about and at least you can post on people’s comments and use trackbacks and links to get people to check out what you have to say.

I love her little dig at my blog evangelism at the top of her page, too.