Didn't mean to quit blogging

I didn't mean to quit blogging, but I've been busy at work and living in two cities. And honestly, I've grown tired of the old pointless debates: free or paid? is the Internet the end of journalism or a new beginning? and so forth. Twitter has displaced blogging of the "blurb and link" variety, and Facebook has displaced blogging of the "I just want to express myself" flavor. I think that narrows the purpose of a blog, but it does not eliminate it. Maybe I'll do some more, now that I hacked my way past a forgotten password problem.

It's an 'and' universe: responsive design with a companion mobile app

We pulled the veil off DoSavannah.com today. It's our first foray into fully responsive Web design, adjusting automatically to viewport size with optimizations for smartphone, tablet and desktop viewers. At the same time, we launched a mobile app for iOS and Android.

Your email marketing is outdated

News alerts, headline pushes, weekly digests, Daily Deals ... most of us running news organizations use email marketing to get the word out and drive website traffic. It's cheap, it's easy, and it addresses the Web's greatest weakness -- that it's a pull medium, not a push-delivery medium.

Staffers, freelancers and photography

The news that the Chicago Sun-Times is laying off its entire photo staff is puzzling on many levels except the financial one: it reeks of desperation.

Fear and paywalls

Alan Mutter finds "paywalls" scary. I don't. Here's why:

Hyperlocal vs. the United States of Generica

Another day, another smooth-talking dotcom entrepreneur with big ambitions runs aground trying to build a national hyperlocal site, or network, or something. Jeff Jarvis has studied the matter and concludes:


Continuing the "free AND paid" theme: Do Savannah, our weekly arts and entertainment section, just had a do-over. Effective today it's redesigned and expanded to 40 pages of expert coverage of arts, music, community, movies and food.

Print distribution continues to include all of the Savannah Morning News circulation, but we're adding more than 80 locations where you can pick up a free copy. We're also reworking the website and preparing a Do-specific mobile app, with more to come.