8 questions to… James Governor, RedMonk


RedMonk Logo James Governor  leads the UK contingent of analysts that blog and throws himself into the open source arena using a huge number of social media tools to explain his thoughts. Continuing the ‘8 questions’ series, James gives some candid views as to what he thinks is important.

1. Why do you blog?

To get my thoughts out there and have them peer reviewed by the internet.
To build community and make redmonk intellectual property more findable.
To drive sales.
As a primary marketing and PR channel.

2. Do you think blogging will be just as important in a years time, 5 years or 10 years?

Yes and no. blogging is a horrible word in many ways, but the drive to make us all publishers will continue. I will tell you when my dad starts blogging.

3. What is your favourite blog post you have written?

I really can’t answer that question. I do still enjoy the Things To Do In the Analyst Business when you’re Dead post.

4. What is your favourite blog post you have read?

Too many to mention – probably one of Stephen O’Grady’s (my business partner)

5. How many hours a week do you spend blogging?

15 hours

6. What other new media sites do you participate in?

Facebook, TwitterFlickr and del.icio.us

7. List your 3 favourite blog sites you read regularly

Tecosystems, People over Process– they both rock. And i don’t just read them because they are written by RedMonk people
ongoing, Tim Bray
Jon Swift: reasonable conservative

 8. What would you blogging epitaph be?

I was the number one industry analyst blogger for half a day.

Thanks James for some excellent insights and look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

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3 Responses to “8 questions to… James Governor, RedMonk”

  1. Do you believe that companies like Red Monk — who base their business model on analysing from the bottom up instead of top down–can ever replace companies like Gartner/Forrester?

  2. 2 Jonny

    Nancy – companies like RedMonk are not out to replace Gartner or Forrester. They have created a niche for themselves that Gartner are not in a position to fill. In my opinion over the next few years we will see a high number of niche analyst houses filling in the gaps where the larger firms cannot compete. RedMonk do an admirable job focussing on the open source market, just as Quocirca and Freeform Dynamics do a similar job focussing on primary research through the patronage model.

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