I’m on the cover of the Wall Street Journal (Weekend Section)

Wow, all this press coverage might make my ego grow to intolerable proportions. First, the cover of the Oregonian, and now, the Wall Street Journal. πŸ˜‰

There’s a story called “The Minutes of Our Lives“, about the liveblogging phenomenon. I was interviewed several times by the reporter, Jennifer Saranow, about how I liveblogged Gabriel’s birth back in August. The story isn’t just about me, but it’s still cool to be able to say “I’m in the Wall Street Journal”.

Here are some relevant quotes:

When Josh Bancroft, a 30-year-old Intel engineer from Portland, Ore., told his wife, Rachel, he wanted to live-blog the birth of their second child last August, she was reluctant at first. Once he explained that he would be updating readers with text during slow moments — and that he wouldn’t be bringing a camera and laptop — she relented. His posts include: “At the hospital now….We’re doing a scheduled C-section. It’s kind of weird, knowing ahead of time what’s going to happen when,” and a little later, “It’s a boy!” and then, “We couldn’t be happier.”

Mr. Bancroft says he had at least 4,000 readers that day — about double the usual on his tech-heavy blog — but the posts weren’t completely well received. One of the 10 comments on the day of the event, from a regular reader he only knows by screen name, IntelWife, said, “It is something you should share with your wife, not all of us.” Still, Mr. Bancroft (whose job partly entails promoting new technologies) says the live updates were the best way to record the day. “You are capturing a different set of feelings and memories than if you waited until you got home and tried to recall the situation,” he says.

Go read the whole article – it’s pretty interesting. It talks about Twitter, which anyone who has used it probably recognizes as the next “thing” in liveblogging. I’m on Twitter, if you want to add me, and keep up with “what I’m doing”.

If I keep getting all this publicity, I’m going to have to hire an agent or something. πŸ˜‰ This isn’t even the first time I’ve been in the WSJ – I was also part of an article about corporate use of wikis, talking about Intelpedia, Intel’s internal wiki that I created.

Thanks for including me in the article, Jennifer! It was fun! πŸ™‚


9 thoughts on “I’m on the cover of the Wall Street Journal (Weekend Section)

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  2. Dtalbot98 says:

    COngratulations, Josh! You mentioned in your link to the Wiki article in WSJ that you were trying to make it available apart from their $$ site. Any luck with this? I’d love to read it!

  3. Mike says:

    OK, now you need to copyright your “image”, hire a couple of flunkies to proof-read all the articles for errors you can turn into lawsuits, make sure all your quotations are being handled properly….

    Nah, blow it all off and stay home at night with the wife and kids. That whole scene just doesn’t seem to fit you, but I am happy that you are getting the coverage you deserve for your vocation/avocation. Nice job helping make the world a better place.

  4. IntelWife says:

    Hey and I, through you, made it to the WSJ! Who knew that a wife could make it to the WSJ, too! I agree with Mike! Don’t become another version of Scoble. There is always something to be said for being one of a kind…technology rules!

  5. This morning I finally got around to Friday’s WSJ, and there you were all over again.

    So have you hired a clipping service, or would you like me to send you my copies of all of these stories? They’ll make nice adds to the old resume. ;^}

  6. @ All – I definitely plan to “keep it real”, whatever that means. The big head jokes are just jokes (for now πŸ˜‰ ).

    @Marianne – Yeah, he asked if he could help me out with my blog now that I’m famous. πŸ˜‰ Actually, I have no idea where that came from.

    Google Blog Search and Technorati are my clipping service, but I don’t get the dead tree version of the WSJ, so if you still have it around, and want to slip it into an envelope, that would be awesome. πŸ™‚ I emailed you my address. Thanks!

  7. I will do so, tomorrow if I can get it together before the mail comes.

    I frankly think this whole thing is a gas. God bless you and yours, Josh. . .

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