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What Happened To Flightblogger?  
User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5323 posts, RR: 30
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 11058 times:

I know Jon went to a paper, (the WSJ, I believe), then for a time, Flightblogger was being written by others. It hasn't been updated in a month...Has the blog been officially put out to pasture?


What the...?
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User currently offlinesphealey From United States of America, joined May 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10993 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.

sPh


User currently offlinemoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3829 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10993 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.


User currently offline747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2021 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 10935 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 !!!!

A few days later a sort of excuse followed : http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/fl...ng-747-8i-story---an.html#comments

But the damage was done, the blog had lost its credibility and the very low refresh rate (compared with Jon's frequent and actual postings) did IMHO the rest.



Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
User currently offlineRubberJungle From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 10693 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.

User currently offlineRonaldo747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 10476 times:

Quoting 747classic (Reply 3):

  

That article was a very disappointing move and unnecessary. Kind of nonsense boulevard story.

I miss the frequent updates and stories that Jon posted.


User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5323 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10077 times:

One interesting use of a blog is to go more in depth than the headline news....which tends to get forgotten once it's off of the front page.

Still, having worked in radio, the correlation to a daily show is apt...and a blog is a personal thing. I actually was surprised when it continued after Jon left.

I guess it just seemed odd that it was still up but not being updated.

Thanks.



What the...?
User currently offlinepnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 10053 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.

User currently offlinedynkrisolo From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1848 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9949 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.

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9397 times:

I too used to check it daily but since its been over a month without a posting, i will probably stop reading it. The posts after Jon left aren't that good anyway.


My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9066 times:

Do we know if Jon is an A-Nutter?

User currently offlinequeb From Canada, joined May 2010, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8967 times:

Quoting United787 (Reply 10):
Do we know if Jon is an A-Nutter?

Yes

http://www.airliners.net/profile/iad787


User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21420 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8740 times:

Flightglobal obviously doesn't care about it. If they did, they would have found someone to replace Jon, instead of doing a "blog by committee" whenever some employee gets around to it.

No individual ownership, no pride.
No pride, no commitment on a personal level.
No commitment, no blog worth following.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlinejrosa From Brazil, joined Jun 2005, 367 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8370 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.


User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9601 posts, RR: 69
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8001 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.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3493 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7924 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.

Quoting 747classic (Reply 3):

I'd forgotten about that...quite the sh*tstorm as I recall. Definitely not a great start for the new contributers.



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6911 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6061 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.

User currently offlineRubberJungle From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4656 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...  



[Edited 2012-09-13 09:48:47]

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