About This Blog

The Web is exploding with innovations: user generated content, social networking, and new applications of audio, video and mobile access. Some are brilliant, visionary, disruptive. Some are foolish, embarrassing and a waste of time and money.

In this blog I try to distinguish between gold and garbage when these tactics, known collectively by the inane name “Web 2.0,” are applied to the mainstream Web. The key question: Do these innovations help a site accomplish its mission? Or are they just there to please the boss, investors, or restless designers?

I’m delighted to report that for taking up these questions, this blog was named one of Time.com’s Top 25 Blogs. I know, I know: I don’t belong on the same linklist as Michael Arrington. But I’ll take it.

As for me: I’m Craig Stoltz–Web consultant, former Washington Post editor, ex-Revolution Health editorial director, recidivist blogger. I contribute to The Health Care Blog and, when I’m feeling loose, The Huffington Post. I make my living, oddly enough, helping clients make their websites better, sometimes using 2.0 features, sometimes not.

See my blatantly self-promotional if modestly hand-made website at www.craigstoltz.com.

Comments always welcome, either on the site or by e-mail to stoltzc@gmail.com.


23 Comments on “About This Blog”

  1. How can I contact you directly?

  2. Michele Says:

    Steve, my name, email and web information is sticking in the fields can you omit my info from those spaces?

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  4. martin Says:

    Given your mission (top right of screen), I can’t believe you haven’t pilloried the new http://dilbert.com/ site yet

  5. Because even minor ambiguities can undercut one’s credibility, in your mission statement in the upper right corner, it looks like you’re missing an “on” in the first sentence read:

    My mission: To cast a weary eye the alarming, annoying and occasionally amazing uses of Web 2.0 [aka “social media”] technology.

    Should be:

    My mission: To cast a weary eye on the alarming, annoying and occasionally amazing uses of Web 2.0 [aka “social media”] technology.

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  6. Craig Stoltz Says:

    For that kind gesture–and at that price–hell, I’ll buy songs for my whole family. Thanks Paul. Rock on.–Craig

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