sphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 12394 times:
Building a high-quality, relevant, daily blog is a lot harder than it looks (much as hosting a good talk radio show is much harder than most listeners think). I suspect the editors of Flightglobal thought it would be easy to find a new host for Flightblogger and found out it was not in fact easy to replace Jon.
moo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 5023 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 12394 times:
I would think its gradually been killed off - like so many of their blogs, it was all about the individual writer rather than a general writers column, so when he left a lot of people stopped following it.
THen again, I always felt that he lost something in the first year of moving to FlightGlobal - there was just something massively different about his content after the move, it was much less compelling and in many ways much less "breaking news" style than when he was independent and I stopped following it on a regular basis.
747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2618 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 12336 times:
One of the first Flightblogger articles, after Jon Ostrower left, was a total failure.
Pic's were secretly taken of a 747-8 Aircraft Maintenance Log and published with comments to pin-point the reason of the delivery delay of a Lufthansa 747-8I.
A complete row followed, the article (May 18) is now removed from the site, incl. all the (very angry) comments !!!!
RubberJungle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months ago) and read 12094 times:
You have to remember that Flightblogger started as a "newsy" channel in its own right, but when it became part of Flightglobal, breaking news became part of the main outlet. The BBC doesn't break major stories on its reporters' blogs, it puts them on the front page. Blogs are personality (and opinion) driven, and that can muddy the water when it comes to preserving impartiality and credibility, and those qualities are the life-blood of news organisations.
pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2376 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11454 times:
I used to check Jon's blog daily, often in the morning as I was getting going. I occasionally go to FlightGlobal but very infrequently and it is no longer part of my routine. The updates, hints and information value used to be very high. I think FlightGlobal has learned that having two part time individuals try to cover such a well done blog isn't at all effective. I am in marketing/advertising and as long as key decision makers are still going to the main website then ad rates probably haven't fallen but I am sure that particular blog is not at all attractive for advertisers any longer.
dynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1883 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 11350 times:
Flightglobal bought the rights to Flightblogger when they hired Jon. It had not been Jon's personal blog for a long time. He was blogging for Flightglobal. Now he has left Flightglobal, obviously he can't blog as Flightblogger. You can find him on Twitter and follow him there.
jrosa From Brazil, joined Jun 2005, 374 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9771 times:
I really miss Jon's excellent job at Flightblogger. Without a shadow of doubt Jon was the body and, mainly, the soul and spirit of the blog. It had his elegant journalist style and the blog also profited a lot from Jon superb connections and fonts, which ensured a great deal of breaking news and inside infos.
It is really a shame that FlightGlobal was not able to put someone at Flightblogger with at least half the competence of and devotion to the blog as Jon.
clickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9823 posts, RR: 64
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9402 times:
Jon loved what he did (and hopefully still does, I have not spoken to him or seen him since he moved to the WSJ), and thus it was easy for him to produce his blog. It was his passion. Assigning two people to do a "job" is just that, a job. You can't fake the funk.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3538 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 9325 times:
Quoting moo (Reply 2): I would think its gradually been killed off - like so many of their blogs, it was all about the individual writer rather than a general writers column, so when he left a lot of people stopped following it.
I think that's pretty much it. It's been pretty a disappointing transition since Jon left and I think the folks over at FlightGlobal know it. I don't expect that it will be around much longer.
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8080 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7462 times:
what do you expect? FlightGlobal is the antoChrist. They buy and destroy anything...see JP Fleets as well post purchase. It used to be incredibly accurate, then they changed the format and it sucked as a reference. Flightblogger is no different.
RubberJungle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6057 times:
Flightglobal's journalists will, I'm sure, be delighted to receive A.netters' outraged letters of complaint insisting they ought to be dedicating their own time to maintaining a completely free blog, while working a 13-hour day at the Berlin air show to produce a daily paper and a separate interactive daily magazine, without neglecting the regular weekly magazine, or its separate electronic version, or the real-time online news service...