Advancing Citizen Blogs on News Sites

Advancing Citizen Blogs on News Sites | Editor &
“The online news business has introduced plenty of buzzwords over the last decade. Among the latest crop is “participatory journalism” — the idea that citizens can be empowered to publish their own “personal journalism,” alongside (and complementary to) professional reporters.

The industry has also been dabbling in “blogging” for a while now. Web logs have been around for several years, and now news organizations are taking the trend seriously.

Combine participatory journalism and blogging and what have you got? Why, citizen bloggers, of course — who could bring big changes to online news.”

Dr Elwyn Jenkins responds to the Register

A funny thing happened in the Blogosphere last week: Dave Winer came out in defence of Australian based blogger Dr Elwyn Jenkins of Microdoc news after an attack from the UK based The Register. In an article on a Google bug, the UK e-mag that touts itself as “biting the hand that feeds IT” labelled Dr Jenkins a spammer in a seemingly targeted way, in a story that was essentially unrelated to Dr Jenkins. Always interested in the opinion of Dave Winer, we also discovered Google-watch accusing Dr Jenkins of flawed research techniques and implying that he was responsible for the down fall of Standard Reserve, a failed online currency experiment. We contacted Dr Jenkins for comment, and in an Exclusive, unedited interview he responds to his high profile critics.
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Blog bonds: Virtual communities grow from online journals

An interesting look at the social structures of the blogosphere, and blogging as a tool for social interaction.
Blog Bonds: Virtual communities grow from online journals |
“Blogs were originally solitary endeavors, free digital soapboxes for anyone to rant or publicly wallow in angst or sorrow.

Now, they’re connecting people. For a decade, Net observers have talked and written about how electronic communications could foster meaningful social connections, or virtual communities. Blogs seem to be fulfilling that role. “

Will Jay Allen be blogger of the year: MT-blacklist set to be released

Blogspam (or comment spam) has become the nightmare of many blogs, including The Blog Herald, with spammers increasingly utilising blogs to increase traffic to their sites in a way that threatens the very nature of the blogosphere: the ability to contribute comments to blogs. Whilst we have previously exposed here one such spammer, the daily blogspam load has increased exponentially since, with no possible way of combating this nuisance: until now, and hopefully, once it is released, with much gratitude to Jay Allen.

Allen’s MT-Blacklist promises to be the plug-in of the year for MT users, with its ability to blacklist blog spammers utilising a central black list. If it works, Jay Allen would surely be up for nomination for the blogger of the year, well at least by The Blog Herald, for the sole basis of the amount of time we will save in not having to delete the spam from our comments. We look forward to installing it and reviewing the results here later in the week.

Blogging for a job

An interesting tale in the Chicago Tribune about bloggers being employed on the strength of their blogs and blogging: although we would not be alone in disagreeing with the headline given to the story:
An unlikely new source of writing talent: Blogs | Chicago Tribune
“The publication that got Elizabeth Spiers her job at New York magazine never saw print. Her witty synthesis of media news and celebrity gossip was showcased on a frequently updated Web log (or “blog”) called, which made its debut late last year and soon became a daily stop for more than 40,000 Web surfers, including much of Manhattan’s media elite.”

Review: The GodBlog

Many bloggers blog for a cause, others may do so for personal gratification (see, and some blog for a higher power. The Godblog, as well as having a great name, covers a range of Christian philosophy and belief in a way that is easily accessible by a wide audience and is regularly updated with new posts.

“But I’m not a Christian” you say, we’ll the site is a great example of spreading a message in a clear and concise manner: it won’t win awards for design, but the layout is clean, simple, and draws the reader to the message at hand.
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POTUS blog launched: unable to connect

News of the launch of the George W Bush weblog has been both welcomed and scorned in the Blogosphere, however the blog has been down for lengthy periods and was not accessable by The Blog Herald at time of writing this post, as was the entire website. Whether this is a sign of popularity or not is yet to be seen. reports that the blog is running MT which is sure to be seen as a coup for the Trott’s at Six Apart : MT really has become the choice blogging tool of movers and shakers, and there is no one higher on the world stage than the President of the United States.

TypePad officially launched

After beta and demo testing the Trott’s have finally launched TypePad; this from their media release:
Six Apart Ltd., the makers of the highly acclaimed Movable Type weblog software, today launched TypePad(TM), a hosted service providing powerful, yet intuitive tools for creating full-featured private or public weblogs. Built in response to the needs of the next generation of webloggers — everyday people who wish to use weblogs to communicate with family, friends and topic-focused communities — TypePad is designed to make it simple for anyone on the Internet to publish easily accessible, media-rich weblogs and photo albums.
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