October 23, 2003

The Inquirer goes lower than the Register dares

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The Inquirer, sister publication to the Register, the often criticised e-zine/blog has published what it arguably one of the most shallow, poor attempts at a guide to blogging we have ever read. Now the blogosphere often comments on badly researched blog articles in the press, and we will not say that the Blog Herald is perfect (please note though the spelling is Australian English, please stop telling us we can’t spell), but this article sinks to new depths. Perhaps the Register will stick the boot in like it does to well known bloggers. We won’t bother reprinting any of it here as there are just too many classically stupid and bizarre lines to chose from.
The INQUIRER Guide to Blogging | The Inquirer

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October 22, 2003

The Blog Fuhrer

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THE BLOG FUHRER | Alwayson
“Some people might conclude that I am a Blog Fuhrer. Yet, I am not setting myself as a leader of any movement; I do the opposite of a blog fuhrer, I ask questions about sacred cows, I challenge the status quo, my prequisite is to “write big, write original” to motivate thinking rather than criticism, I don’t fear the mighty wrath of groupthink or fear upsetting the political correct crowd (a concept that is the greatest rebuke to the individual spirit).”

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Selling online, the shopping blog

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Part advertorial, part test, the makers of the Blog Herald have launched National Centre, the discount shopping blog providing discount shopping links and reviews to various US shopping sites.

Duncan Riley, editor and owner of the Blog Herald and nationalcentre, said today that The Blog Herald, whilst remaining his pride and joy, makes little to no money (we cant disclose the figure, it would be a breach of Google Adsense guidelines) to cover hosting costs, it was hoped that nationalcentre would make enough money to pay for the Blog Herald, and a nice trip to BloggerCon 2 next year.

The nationalcentre discount shopping blog can be visited at www.nationalcentre.com or via the link on the top right hand side of The Blog Herald. A note to our American readers: Centre is spelt this way in English English and Australian English.

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Evan Williams on CNet

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Evan Williams, founder of Blogger (now with Google) has been interviewed in a fluff piece at CNet, remarkable only for the interviewer comparing Blogs to Geocities sites, which we’ve reprinted below: is your blog the Geocities site of 2003?
Blog On | CNet News (via Bloggerjack Reporter)
“Q: Isn’t blogging just creating Yahoo’s GeoCities all over again, for which people have their own home page and post whatever they like, including links and their personal thoughts? If someone had a GeoCities home page now, they’d likely be looked at as silly.
A: It’s a lot like those home pages. While GeoCities isn’t cool, it isn’t a bad thing. It did a great thing–enabled great people to instantly publish to the Web. This is the next evolution of that. Publishing was harder with some of the earlier tools, but it fits with personal expression.”

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October 21, 2003

BlogRunner Announces Weblog Content Portal

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A media release of interest, and they have been kind enough to feature content from the Blog Herald.
NEW YORK, Oct. 20> News junkies who must sift through
mountains of online data in hot pursuit of a story can now take heart: help is
on the way. xmatrix inc. today announced the launch of BLOGRUNNER.COM, a web portal for weblogs and other types of Internet micro-content.

By lowering the barrier for self-publishing on the internet, weblogs have
already had a profound impact on journalism and the way information is
distributed and consumed over the web. Online commentators and authors of
weblogs (known as bloggers) weave rich and complex discussion threads as they
echo each other in conversations that span multiple sites and cover a wide
range of topics.
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Columbia Journalism Review looks at Blogs

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Under the heading “Emerging Alternatives: A brief history of Weblogs”, Mallory Jensen of the Columbia Journalism Review has looked at blogs from the point of an emerging alternative. Whilst the article does not shed any new light on the role of the blogosphere in the great scheme of things, it does demonstrate a recognition by journalists, and in this case, at the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review, on the emerging place blogging has in breaking news and in serious journalism.
A Brief History of Weblogs | Columbia Journalism Review
“The growing power of Weblogs, or “blogs,” has hardly gone unnoticed. Bloggers have been credited with helping to topple Trent Lott and Howell Raines, with inflaming debate over the Iraq war, and with boosting presidential hopeful Howard Dean. Suddenly, it seems, everyone from Barbra Streisand (whose site is a lefty clearinghouse) to guy-next-door Bruce Cole (a San Francisco foodie whose blog is called Sauté Wednesday), has been swept into the blogosphere. But blogs aren’t as new as you may think. They have actually been around since the early days of the Internet. In the strictest sense, a blog is someone’s online record of the Web sites he or she visits”

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Johns Hopkins University reports on Presidential Blogs

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You know that campaign and political blogs are making a difference when John Hopkins studies them:
New Report Shows Presidential Candidates Use Blogs To Communicate
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 — The use of blogs is transforming the way presidential campaigns communicate, according to a report released today by Johns Hopkins University’s CampaignsOnline.org project. The report also found that while there has been much media attention concerning campaign blogs, only four of the nine Democratic candidates for president currently utilize blogs as part of their communication strategy.

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October 20, 2003

The Jihad against Blogspot

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Some people like Google, others don’t, but there is a new jihad in the Blogosphere aimed directly at the profit making, blogging arm of the Google machine: Blogspot. Lead by Dean of Deans World and Wizbang.com, the jihad offers blogspot hosted blogs the chance to leave the dark side and be assisted with the setup of MT hosted blogs on a free hosting package offered by 1&1. Dean states that he is sick of great online writers being stuck on a service (BlogSpot) which is often down, often unreliable, and whose archives and perma-links often don’t work. If your a Blogspot user, definitely worth a visit.

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October 19, 2003

A Better Longhorn Through Blogging

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At New York looks at how the blogs of Microsoft employees a chaging the way the next version of Windows will be.
A Better Longhorn Through Blogging | atnewyork.com
Thanks to a growing number of Weblogs (blogs) by Microsoft employees, many PDC attendees will arrive with some working knowledge of why the new APIs (define) in the pre-beta version of Windows (code-named Longhorn) are helping to form a radically new development environment, as the blogs say.

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Weblog Beats Wires in Reporting Bolivia President’s Resignation

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Even in the non-English speaking world, Blogs are at the front of breaking news
Weblog Beats Wires in Reporting Bolivia President’s Resignation | Narco News

At 1:44 p.m. today, the weblog BigLeftOutside.com reported “Bolivian President Will Resign Today.”

Agence France Press confirmed the story eleven minutes later at 1:55 p.m., the rest of the Spanish language media followed suit, but it took the English-language press almost four hours to state the news definitively.

Once again, blogs and bloggers beat, inform, provide context for, and change, the way that the Commercial Media reports the news.

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