JoeCanuck
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What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:05 am

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?
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sphealey
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:27 am

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.

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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:27 am

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:37 am

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.
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:38 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:39 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:35 pm

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.

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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:42 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:10 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:16 pm

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.
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:44 pm

Do we know if Jon is an A-Nutter?
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:51 pm

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

Yes

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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:11 pm

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.
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:40 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:15 am

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.
 
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:20 am

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.
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:33 am

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.
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RE: What Happened To Flightblogger?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:56 pm

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...  



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