Purple carpet coverage of the 2012 Grammys and Oscars

A major part of my gig at Yahoo! is to tell the story behind our stories, sharing our editorial successes and celebrating our content leadership. But I returned to my entertainment journalism roots as a contributing editor to Yahoo!’s record-breaking coverage of the Grammys and Oscars.

Moderating Yahoo!’s massive 2012 Grammys live blog, which attracted more than 130,000 visitors in six hours and peaked at over 10,000 active participants, was certainly a unique experience. In addition to writing about the awards show as it happened, I was pulling in select questions and comments from an endless stream of user generated content, as well as publishing relevant posts from the Yahoo! Music and official Grammy Twitter feeds. Here are a couple mashed-up examples of how we engaged our audience and added value for our users:

Things were a bit more relaxed for the Oscars. I contributed several articles on fashion to the Yahoo! Academy Awards blog, including an especially popular post on the Golden Girls of the Oscars that made it to the Yahoo! Homepage. Metallic sparklies have always had a special place in my heart.

So what records did our awards coverage break? Funny you should ask, because as soon as my editorial duties were done, I put my corporate storytelling hat back on and started digging through the data. The overarching bragging rights:

  • Users spent over 270 million minutes consuming 2012 Academy Awards content on Yahoo!, a 23 percent increase from last year. Our Oscars coverage attracted 10.7 million unique visitors during the week of the awards show and drove nearly 500 million page views in total.
  • Yahoo!’s record-setting coverage of the 2012 Grammy Awards drove over 700 million page views and 4 million video streams. On the day of and the day after the awards ceremony, users spent over 120 million minutes on our Grammys site, an 18 percent increase from last year.

It was an honor to play on both the content and the comms side for these tentpole events.

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Joining the retrotech typosphere

After writing all day at work and writing in my spare time for nonprofits, motivation to work on personal writing projects is fleeting at best. And the distractions of a connected computer don’t help. So this winter, in a fit of retrotech rebellion, I bought a typewriter. And then another. Which lead to a third. Because everyone needs at least three typewriters in 2010, right?

But my little typewriter collection really has been inspiring. I find myself looking for excuses to use them. Sometimes I’ll sit down and start typing just because I want to hear the sharp clack of the keys. When I do have an idea, I can begin work without fighting the distractions on my laptop. And, no disrespect to my sleek MacBook Pro, they are truly beautiful machines. The entire experience has helped me reconnect to my writing on a more visceral level.

So without further ado…

Hermes 3000

Torpedo 18

Olympia SF De Luxe