Being the Content Strategist for the MSDN Web Services Developer Center, one of the things I am responsible for is the list of bloggers that I have in the community section. This page has not been updated as much as it could and I have to admit that it a bit self-serving to put my own entry at the top of the list, so I’m about to re-up the list and I thought I would get some feedback from anyone willing to give it. So here’s my proposed list along w/ a little eval of each blogger (on a scale of 1 to 10 … 10 is high — and you don’t want high noise). Note that the topic is Web services, so posting about other stuff, although interesting, means a higher noise rating.
!!! I want your feedback on this !!! (please add comments to this post). Who should be added who is not listed (maybe yourself)? Who should be higher/lower in the list. Promises of more frequent and on-topic postings are considered. And please, no wagering.
Don Box Signal: 9, Noise: 2. Entertaining and worthy of our top spot.
Christian Weyer: Signal: 9, Noise: 1. Not a msft employee but stays on top of everything.
(New) Hervey Wilson: Signal: 8, Noise: 2. New entry to the list – focused on WSE.
Omri Gazitt: Signal: 6, Noise: 2. Recent high quality posts bring Omri up the list.
(New) Martin Gudgin: Signal 6, Noise: 2. Another MSFT WS Spec guru. Not many posts before Oct. but if hopefully can maintain a consistent presence.
Clemens Vasters: Signal 9, Noise: 6. Clemens dabbles in a lot of interesting things. But not too much is specific to Web services.
(New) Jorgen Thelin: Signal 6, Noise: 4. New entry from MSFT Web Service specs world
(New) Doug Purdy: Signal 7, Noise: 5. Doug has a lot to say outside of the world of Web services, but he usually has some high quality posts when he does.
Rebecca Dias: Signal 5, Noise: 4. Becky brings a refreshingly different view into the Web services world from most of the others on this list.
(New) Jeffrey Schlimmer: Signal 3, Noise: 1. PM from the MSFT Web Services specs world. Not a lot of content but it is on topic.
Tim Ewald: Signal 2, Noise: 1. Tim’s spout flows in spurts. Recently it has been off (although almost always on topic and high quality).
Keith Ballinger: Signal 2, Noise: 4. Keith has fallen off the edge of blogland but has had some consistent high-quality content in the past.
Matt Powell: Signal 4, Noise: 4. Me. I talk about the Web Services Dev Center more than Web services themselves although I suppose it is a different view on the world of Web services.
Chris Sells: Signal 10, Noise: 6. Chris doesn’t post too much on the topic of Web services but he does talk a bunch on related technologies and is generally high quality and entertaining.
Simon Fell: Signal 9, Noise: 6. I’m sure there are people at msft who would like to see him dropped from our site since not everything he says is particularly flattering to our company–in fact most of what he says about our company is unflattering–but I like his perspective.
(Dropping) Sam Ruby: Signal 9, Noise: 9. Sam is very popular but has left the world of Web services as we know it.
(Dropping) Yasser Shouhoud: Signal 0, Noise: 2. Yasser, where are you?
(Dropping) Eric Rudder: Signal 0, Noise: 9. We had hopes for an interesting MSFT VP perspective–oh well.