Rumor: Xbox Natal is Actually Microsofts Next Console: News from

Yes, there will be a new Xbox console next fall.

However, the new console wont just be an Xbox 360 with a camera, though — weve heard it will be considered a new platform and carry a new name Xbox Natal?. Its not clear what sort of upgrades we might see, but some have suggested it will be an slight upgrade of the current Xbox 360 technology.

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Happy Holidays!

As a token of my gratitude for all those who have read the posts here, linked to them or participated with us in conversations that are increasingly occurring beyond the walls of this blog, we would like to extend our best holiday greetings to all of you. Feliz navidad y prospero año.

You are a fantastic audience and always thoughtful in your agreements and criticisms. We cannot ask for more. If our stories and content have caused you to stop and think about something in a different way, then agree or disagree, we have done our jobs.

Baltimore Holiday Pub Crawl

Consumer Confidence Building Exercise for Black Friday

In the comments below, please itemize what you bought today for Christmas. Comments will remain open until Monday and, although I’d like you to identify yourself, I also don’t want to give Christmas or other Holiday gifts away… so feel free to be anonymous. Just be honest and open. Tell us what you bought, and how much it cost.
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The Best of 2007

Hey everyone. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, happy Winter’s solstice, Kwanzaa and Chanukah. (Yes I know that Chanukah and the solstice are passed, but bear with me).

In light of Darren’s best of 2007, I figured I would follow suit.


  • Posts: 324
  • Comments: 2086
  • Pageviews: 1.53M
  • Visits: 558k
  • RSS Subscribers: 900+

In earlier days, I might be tempted to feel down about these numbers. After all, the numbers have not dramatically increased since last year. For instance, in 2006, I had 1.2M pageviews making my growth an approximate 20% increase from last year. My RSS subscriber base has more than doubled but my post count has plummeted from 496 posts in 2006 to 324 in 2007, a 35% drop. Comments, likewise, have dropped from 2752 in 2006 to 2086 in 2007.

The reason I don’t get discouraged about this is because of the quality of the writing, the quality of the commenting and the quality of the readership. In the past year, the one post written by anyone on any topic that stuck with me as the most relevant and interesting was a Friday Whiteboard conversation with Rand Fishkin a few months ago called Every Blog Has its Way. In this short video, Rand described six types of bloggers. Most bloggers (particularly long tail bloggers who idolize other elite bloggers and try to mimic) see really two types of bloggers – elite and non-elite. In reality, it breaks down to power blogger, the commenter, the email guru, the networker, the influencer and the forum god.

After watching that video, I realized that this blog fell into the influencer type. In other words, it’s fairly unlikely that I will ever have the massive numbers of some others in the industry, but that it is likely I will have the right people reading. Knowing that I can take two approaches: I can try futilely to do it anyway and be discouraged when I don’t succeed or I can make my play to get in the ears of strategic people. I’ve decided that the latter is the best approach.

As a result, the quantity of entries has decreased (down from 496 to 324), but the quality has increased and my readership has grown.

Specifically, my RSS subscriber base has grown. In my industry, we are an RSS savvy bunch. As a result, I know that if my RSS subscriber base over doubles, and my pageviews has increased only a fraction of that, that more of the people I want to reach are being reached. Follow that?

Good stuff. It’s always nice to analyze metrics at the end of every year. At this rate I’ll have 2000 subscribers going into 2009 and nearly 2M pages around the same time.

But back to 2007. Here are the best posts (which is a very loose hybrid that combines the number of comments with my personal favorites).













Again, thank you all for making this year bigger than previous ones and I look forward to 2008!

Pick your favorite from the list: