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August 23, 2005

When to Blog

Heather Green

It's a classic blog moment. After chatting and emailing with Fred Wilson, a VC here in NYC, for a story I am doing, Wilson then blogged about the conversations--though not in detail.

Knock me over with a feather. But as Steve Baker wrote here earlier this week, it's a turnabout for journalists that will happen more often. It's just another example of the new territory that's being mapped by blogs. After Wilson wrote his post, I wondered, should I have asked people here about the story? Should all stories be opened sourced? I don't think so. It's a little more intimate of a story, so lots of outside input wouldn't help my telling of it. Some stories become so much stronger through the help of a blog community, while others have been directly inspired by comments and emails from people who come to this blog.

And then, I think there are many bloggers who are looking for insight about an issue at work, home or their job, but who don't want to discuss everything entirely because they don't want to tip rivals, hurt family members, or anger co-workers unnecessarily. So again, no hard and fast rules. Do other people find this to be the case?

The funny thing was, I had asked the bloggers I was speaking with for the story if they wouldn't mind writing not writing about it until after it came out. But thinking that Wilson was less of a blogger and more of a VC (because that's how I knew him first) I didn't even think to ask him to hold off. Lesson learned. Bloggers are bloggers no matter how you know them!

05:15 PM

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so, Heather, i suppose all you can do is write your story, link to your subject's blog and let the reader decide the value in 2 sides of a story.

quite frankly, interviews will never be the same. i can envision any audio recording make during the interview will become a podcast on the interviewee's blog. no more, "i was taken out of context".

"times, they are a changin"

Posted by: jbr at August 23, 2005 06:10 PM

This may be the end of the big scoop story from the likes of 60 minutes and other TV shows that take 4 months to produce a show. Their subjects may be able to soften stories with blogs before they ever hit airways and/or press.

Posted by: robert kinsella at August 25, 2005 11:15 AM


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