The term Philadelphia Lawyer has been around since at least 1735, when a clever barrister named Andrew Hamilton traveled to New York and won an early victory for freedom of the press.
The term Phila Lawyer brings to mind more modern liberties.
"Katherine pressed me up against the wall outside the parking lot elevator and shoved her tongue down my throat," begins the latest post from the anonymous local lawyer whose blog has returned after a year's leave.
But sometime yesterday one of you became Blinq's millionth visitor.
That's my first question after reading Henry Copeland's post in Blogads that examines results from a survey of 56,000 people who spend a lot of time reading web logs.
Those who patronize political blogs are the most educated. Music blogs readers are younger, with less money. Moms buy lots of music and books. No big deal.
The Sunday Inquirer scorched the earth to cover the blogs v newspapers debate, roping in Jeff Jarvis to posit how the era of newspaper may be over, Hugh Hewitt to argue how conservative blogs balance the liberal-dominated mainstream media, Richard Stengel to remind that to own a newspaper is to own a still-profitable public trust.
The Currents section's final word came from our newest op-ed columnist, Jonathan Last, who wrote a piece headlined, "Blog, humbug!: Good writing, news-gathering lose to speed and vehemence."
"Close-minded at a minimum," harumphed blogger Karl Martino by e-mail this morning, who underlined Last's words, "Being a good writer helps a blogger about as much as a good singing voice helps a broadcast
More blog farms on the way. Blogging Ohio has launched - it's the first statewide effort from the Weblogs, Inc., empire that AOL bought last year. Bloggers Blog did a quick domain check and found that Weblogs had snagged all five sampled, such as Blogging California, Blogging New York, Blogging Idaho. Weblogs CEO Jason Calcanis writes about the Ohio launch on his web site.
At the same time, Backfence, a suburban Washington, D.C, "hyper-local" information network, has extended its reach to San Francisco, incorporating the work of Bayosphere, the community blog created by Dan Gillmor, a former San Jose Mercury tech columnist.
Karl Martino, proprietor of the Philly Future site, wonders if this means juggernaut is coming. "Sooner of later they will be in Philadelphia," he wrote by email of the AOL venture. He fears what this means to an independent, grassroots blog community, such as his. Without such deep pockets, "I'm afraid you're going to get to a position where you're just spinning your wheels."
Third weekend in May a notebook, a url and a good pitch could get you into all of Camden's waterfront attractions for a little viral marketing experiment.
200 bloggers will be selected for weekend passes to the Riversharks baseball game, the Big Guns exhibit at the Battleship New Jersey, the Shark Realm at the Adventure Aquarium. The only requirement is the bloggers are asked to blog about their experiences.
A Forrester research report shows that while your parents have probably heard the word Podcast, they are definitely not downloading those audio files and running around with them. Neither are your neighbors. Or you. Or me. Only one percent of us download and listen to these Podcasts regularly, slightly more than the percentage who still use curb feelers. DayPop lists a Forrester's post on this as the seventh most-read piece of bloggery as of Sunday.
The summary: "Podcasts have hit the mainstream consciousness but have not yet seen widespread use. One-quarter of on line consumers express interest in podcasts, with most interested in time-shifting existing radio and Internet radio channels. Companies that are interested in using Podcasts for their audio should focus not only on downloads but also on streaming audio as a means to get their content and ads to consumers."
Here's a personal story - I get the technology. I listened to home-grown movie critics and dirty-talking Dawn and Drew while researching an article in late 2004. My iTunes lets me subscribe to different Podcasts, and I have from time to time grabbed radio programs from WXPN and KCRW to-go. But I'd rather listen to other things. I would love to hear from anyone who is an active Podcaster. What's worth the time?