sphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10495 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, 3764 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10495 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, 1934 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 10437 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 United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 352 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 10195 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, 2142 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9555 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, 1845 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 9451 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, 366 posts, RR: 12 Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7872 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, 9548 posts, RR: 70 Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7503 times:
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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, 3480 posts, RR: 10 Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7426 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, 6720 posts, RR: 13 Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5563 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 United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 352 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4158 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...