Tuesday, May 24, 2011

RIP MyBlogLog - is there an alternative?

Never more will I see this image, RIP MyBlogLog

The May 24th Deadline is here
Sometimes you cling on to things even though you know that there are probably better alternatives. MyBlogLog was one of those things. I have Google Analytics, but the easy summary dashboard view of MyBlogLog gave me a quick overview of how things were going on my various websites at a glance on one page. I never found another site that allowed that and I didn't spend much time looking. It worked and I liked it, so there was no incentive to change.

Yahoo's dead bury the dead?
As from this morning, mybloglog.com defaults to yahoo.com with not even even a transition page in between. MyBlogLog has ceased to be, and although it is still in Yahoo search, the links simply take you back to Yahoo, which isn't very helpful. Then again, what would they do instead? Put up a static page explaining how they didn't know what to do with this nifty platform once they had it, so they just let it atrophy into nothing?

Is there an alternative?
When I blogged about MyBlogLog's impending demise One True Fan stepped in and pointed out in the comments that they would be producing metrics very similar to MyBlogLog. Not a surprise since many of that team helped set up MyBlogLog in the first place. I had already joined One True Fan because of Louis Gray, but I'm still not entirely sure how I switch over. While I don't mind 'checking in' to sites that use it, I don't really want to have One True Fan running on all my browsers and all my websites. I've looked through the info on their site and I'm still not sure what I'm supposed to do. So, back to you, One True Fan....

What are YOU using as an alternative?
Has anyone else found a MyBlogLog substitute for metrics? If you have, please share!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Webseries updates: The Guild, Brains and Ackernon

Galiene in Action in 'Border Guardians of Ackernon'

Border Guardians of Ackernon - live Ustream Q and A today!
This week I announced the launch of a new consultancy that combines writing, video and social media and a new client. I've known Paul Best since we met at VCON last year, and I will be helping him to promote the brilliant new fantasy webseries, 'Border Guardians of Ackernon: The University'. Today there is a live Question and Answer with the cast on the Ackernon Ustream channel which will be lots of fun. Tune in at 2:30 PST and I'll see you in the chat room:

Webcam chat at Ustream

What a packed weekend!
It's hectic central here as we push to finish filming 'Mind My Brains, Darling!'. We had planned this weekend for our final shoots for some time, arranging for our two guest stars, Alan Douglas and Josephine Hoy to come up and making sure all the props were finished. We had a fantastic Saturday, are all set for today's scenes, and we're completely on schedule.

The Guild steals the limelight
On Friday I saw a tweet from Sean Becker to say that they were going to be finishing shooting this weekend, too. It's hard not to interpret this as a direct challenge to see who wraps first and WE ACCEPT THAT CHALLENGE! So, Sean, see you in the bar because we'll be finished first. Felicia Day also released a video of Behind The Scenes footage:

You might wonder why we haven't released any BTS videos fom the 'Mind My Brains, Darling!' set. There's a simple reason.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BTS of The Guild Season 5 - Felicia in the bathroom (SFW)

Picture is unrelated
I know, I know - that headline is horrible!
But I figure that since people already get to this blog using some truly eye-popping searches, this won't make things that much worse. We can hope. Anyway, there is actual footage of Behind The Scenes of The Guild Season 5 that includes Felicia in the bathroom along with Sean Becker and a host of people all working hard. Ms Day has her own YouTube channel and that''s the place to get see these vids (and here, obviously).

Felicia Day Glamour Shots!
I mean - using a bathroom as your control room IS glamorous, you have to admit. This video is pure Hollywood...

Felicia Goes Blonde!
We know that hair colour can be a...sensitive issue. Here Felicia is encouraging more speculation, but of a different kind. Why in the world is she wearing a Katy Perry cast-off wig??

No Words...
I don't know where to even start with this one...

At least we haven't seen this yet:
[redacted picture of Sean Becker]