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. 😉
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. 😉 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!