Saturday, July 30, 2005

Back from Spain

Zurück aus Spanien und schon wieder voll im Alltag des Arbeitens und des Schreibens für die Diplomarbeit...allerdings ja nur kurz bis es nächsten Mittwoch weiter nach Finnland geht ;-))

Derzeit versuche ich die von Krishnamurthy aufgestellte Kategorisierung etwas zu differenzieren (benutzt in diesem Artikel - kann leider den Originalartikel nicht finden), was sich durch die hohe Heterogenität der Blogosphäre nicht mal als sehr einfach herausstellt...Ich konnte bisher nur spärliche Kommentare zur Grafik finden.

Die Ursprünge von Weblogs sind ziemlich einheitlich in der Literatur auf Tim-Berners-Lee zurückzuführen, dem Begründer des WWW, wobei der Begriff 'web log' erstmals 1997 von Jorn Barger und die verkürzte Version 'blog' erstmals von Peter Merholz benutzt wurden (in etwa 10 Artikel einheitlich verwendet).

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Warum eigentlich auch nicht mal auf Deutsch bloggen? Und ein wenig die deutsche/schweizerische/österreichische Bloggerszene unterstützen?

Nach einem längeren Kampf mit Rogator hab ichs vorläufig aufgegeben und auf umgestellt, einem kostenlosen Tool, das sehr einfach zu bedienen ist und eigentlich alle wichtigen Funktionen bietet eine anständige Befragung durchzuführen! Bin bisher ziemlich begeistert von diesem Tool! Bin etwas unsicher wie ich mein Ziel von mind.300 Leuten erreichen will...

Eine erste Testversion ist nun schon mal aufgeschaltet. Muss sich aber mit den Fragen noch wesentlich verbessern.

Ich habe derzeit gar nicht soviel Zeit auf verschiedenen Blogging-Seiten zu schnökern und hier gute Links zu präsentieren. Na ja...gehe ja Sonntags nach Barcelona und sollte daher sicherlich morgen und übermorgen noch ziemlich ran!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Just got the access to the Rogator-Software from my department. A quite complex tool - especially because the content-button for some help doesn't seem to work in this version...just tried it out the whole morning...
There are interesting pages to add some gifs and also buttons on the web. Didn't expect them all to be for free.

Blogshares, a quite strange idea - my blog was already listed. But as Drezner/Farrell 2004, p.8, tells us: 'Links and page views are the currency of the blogosphere'...

Saturday, July 09, 2005


Always the same place in the same university. Even though I know that there are better places to sit, I'm just a creature of habit and steer directly to the place I was last time...wired...I thought the only certain thing in life would be the changing...seems like I broke this rule - another uncertainty...

Found someone in Austria who's having the same idea as me. Uff, yet another one - According to the statistics and also to the stuff you find on the internet, there are not many people out there in Europe who are interested in writing scientific articles about blogging. But I think with the increasing interest of the media, scientific articles will grow as well (Most recent article about blogging on the NZZ Folio).
Interesting links they have on the NZZ-page: I like this discussion - seriousness meets fun: corporate- vs. personal blogging.

KYES and a good weekend!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

fits to my blog-title...

200 things - looks like quite randomly put together here - got 67 of them (if I counted correctly) - think sbd (or me) should publish 200 interesting things with less US-connection instead...interesting how you can evaluate a bit of the characteristic of the person ...

1. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
2. Swam with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula.
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
9. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten my own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby’s diaper
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse (even if it was only $1)
30. Taken a sick day when I was not ill
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar.
40. Seen a total eclipse. (Through one of those fourth grade cardboard “save your eyes” thingies…)
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states (...easier with 26...)
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (maybe now?)
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe (...America for Europeans...)
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records (and CD’s and tapes and and and…)
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain

79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it.
81. Visited the Great Wall of China

82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River or any other river
104. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over to be with the one you love
134. .…more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived.
140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone’s heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse

158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states (hmm...quickly possible in CH...)
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime.
173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school (...still...)
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad (part of...)
181. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read.
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. …and gotten 86?ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions
188. Had sex with someone half your age or twice your age.
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested

future of media

Hi there again!
Due to the good internet connection, I'm again in the library of the University of St.Gallen

I just found the future vision of Media 'till 2014 - interesting and nicely done!!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

spreading the word

More and more people in the library - vacation time - I can think of quite better places to go in summer - dreaming on memories long forgotten (already a year passed...;-( )
Back to reality: Just try to advertise my blog a bit with this, this, this and many more...
Uff...just looked at the Swiss Blogs and found this ...a heart-touching life story...

Hei, back to business!! - I've got about 40 pages full of citations of interesting articles/books now, but I didn't start writing yet - The 40 pages will hopefully bring about 20 pages written text - that means I have about 1/4 of my thesis in a first citation-version done!
I'm just about to organize an Online-survey as well for my thesis - But I'm still changing the questionnaire quite often, so it's not in a finished version yet...

Wow - that's interesting - students and profs writing about blogs in Germany - why are the Swiss universities not interested in this topic?? I'm studiying media science at the university of Zurich, but never heard about blogs before...
Hei, didn't know there's a swiss blog scene!! Interesting! See here and here

Monday, July 04, 2005


In the university again searching for good blog-articles/books, I found this recently added survey with more than 30'000 bloggers participating. Very interesting due to its different results in comparison to earlier studies (75% of blog readers are over 30 years old, 43% have incomes over $90,000, over 90% of readers read less than 15 blogs daily, only 8% were computer professionals, 72% have never read blogs via RSS ->discussion).
By the way, the best marketing-blogs are evaluated by marketingsherpa these days - worth a visit!
The Proximity-survey is also to mention - a good overview of the market situation in Germany.
Then the controversely discussed Berlecon-survey - in my opinion one of the best surveys available right now about marketing and blogs (Obwohl viel zu teuer und somit effektiv hauptsächlich ausgerichtet auf "dumme Marketing-, PR- und Werbeabteilungen, die unter dem dauernden Druck stehen, der Geschäftsführung neue, geile, marktpenetrative Ideen zu präsentieren" -> discussion)

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