Monday, May 09, 2005

Roderick Observed

Via blogging.la, a LA Downtown News article on L.A. Observed's Kevin Roderick and the site's second birthday.

First off, congrats on the big 2.

The article describes Roderick's rising readership - which includes devotee's in most City of L.A. offices and the Governor's office. He's certainly responsible for keeping Phoblog in the L.A. loop.

The article quotes Martini Republic's Joseph Mailander, who criticizes Observed entries from "smaller, lesser-known" bloggers. The article is hazy on what Mailander means by that - we here at Phoblog love a good L.A. Observed link (the traffic spike is noticable and appreciated) - saying Roderick's links are good for print journos but that he is "generally not good for other bloggers these days." What does that mean? Who knows - but Roderick takes input seriously, and links where linking is due. That makes him top-shelf in our book, er, blog.

So congrats again, L.A. Observed. Keep on bloggin'.

Also in the 'sphere: chatter abounds over the new The Huffington Post a celeb-post-apalooza featuring Larry David, John Cusak, and even former Phoblog guestblogger Jim Pinkerton. Just remember, he guestblogged here first (we snag even the most meager bits of quasi-credit).

Semi- or un-intentional funny alert: Huffington's banner touts "DELIVERING NEWS AND OPINION SINCE MAY 9, 2005." Wow, quite an accomplishment.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The article is hazy on what Mailander means by that - we here at Phoblog love a good L.A. Observed link (the traffic spike is noticable and appreciated)saying Roderick's links are good for print journos but that he is "generally not good for other bloggers these days." What does that mean?

You're right, they left it a little vague. Here's the full quote I gave Chris:

"I fear he's also drowning in success or has made a bad longterm
strategic decision with regards to his relationship to other
less-travelled LA bloggers. He may be providing a good service for
print journos, linking everywhere to nearly everything, but I think he
is generally not good for other bloggers these days. Lots of smaller,
individual blogs look to him, even depend on him for links as he tries
to cover everything he can in the Anglophone LA blogosphere. He
parses links out among them the way a high school paper editor
works--it's like he's mentioning everyone's name twice a year to keep
everyone happy. I think that often the smaller blogs would be better
off cultivating other blogosphere relationships, especially to
midsized national-level blogs, if they can get that kind attention.
Kevin must be in touch with five hundred people--obviously it's better
for a small blog to be in touch with a larger blog who's "only" in
touch with a hundred--and if Kevin freed himself up of this a bit, he
would give himself more time to cover Spanish media."

Hope that clarifies a bit.

Best,

Joseph Mailander
editor
MartiniRepublic.com

cd said...

Yes, it does, thanks for commenting and visiting. Though as a wee fish in the large 'sphere pond, I'm still very self-interested in his continuing to link to me. But I don't think he surfs this site regularly. He does, however, evaluate news items as they come to him. And that's a slightly different spin than the highschool paper analogy.