November 23, 2004

Prayer of the Association of Bloggers

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Since mentioning the concept of an Association of Bloggers, perhaps such an association could appoint Dave Winer as its honorary god, then before each meeting members could recite the following prayer (to the tune of the traditional Anglican lords prayer)

Our Dave, who art on the internet
hallowed be thy script,
thy blogging come,
posting will be done,
on blogger as well as in userland.
Give us this day our scripting news
And forgive us our typos,
as we forgive those
who post against us.
And lead us not into atom,
but deliver us from Google.
For thine is the blogosphere,
and the postings, and the unique views,
for ever and ever. Amen.

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The problem with the blog ethics proposal

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Duncan Riley> many readers would be aware of the discussion between the nets best known money bloggers Nick Denton and Jason McCabe Calacanis on the issue of blog ethics. We’ve touched on some of the issues here at the Blog Herald before, but a new idea was put forward by Nick Denton last week proposing a Blog Ethics committing comprising of Jason McCabe Calacanis and Jeff Jarvis. I looked on with interest but didn’t blog it aside from a small mention in a related post. Why? Something just didn’t seem right. Then it dawned on me.

Representation.

Now I have nothing than the upmost respect for all three, and I think the issue of blog ethics is one worthy of debate, but the question arises: who died and made Jason, Nick and Jeff the gods of blog ethics?

Any proposals for a broad set of blogging ethics can only be made with broad consultation by a group representative of different bloggers. 3 white men aged 33+ from the United States is not very representative.

Perhaps the proposed blog ethics committee can look at a framework for the development of a code of blog ethics, which may or may not include some sort of representative body in which bloggers can vote, an Association of Bloggers if you like.

The Association could also represent bloggers on important, non-political (well, should be non political) issues such a blog standards (including RSS), blog/ comment spam, freedom of speech, and a voice for bloggers with groups such as ICANN, W3W and even bodies such as the United Nations on issues based on internet discourse.

Now of course I am by no means suggesting that the establishment of such a body would be easy nor without debate. But as such a large body of individuals, unified by our love of blogging in its many forms, it could achieve great things.

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Blogger to expand to Corporate Intranets?

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SAP Info reports that a Google executive has stated that the company may in future consider providing corporate blogging tools and expertise to interested clients.

Google deployed an internal blog for its employees shortly after acquiring Blogger in 2003. Since then, Google staffers have reportedly found many useful and creative uses for the internal blog. Asked if Google would be open to providing software and consulting to companies interested in deploying an internal Blogger version, Goldman was noncommittal but didn’t close the door on the possibility. “Sure, it may. If the right business relationship existed, that could be a great opportunity. But it’s not something we have specific plans around right now,” he said.

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Law.com Launches Blog Network with Leading Independent Legal Experts

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American Lawyer Media’s Law.com have introduced its Law.com Blog Network, showcasing respected independent blogs for legal professionals. The Network provides links to specialized blogs on legal topics, ranging from constitutional law and business litigation to solo practice and law technology, and offers commentary, analysis and advice that supplements Law.com’s award-winning legal news and information content for attorneys.

The affiliated blogs are spotlighted on the Law.com homepage and through a daily “Legal Blog Watch” which highlights blog postings, news and discussions on the Network. The blogs in the Network feature headlines drawn from the Law.com site and advertising sold by Law.com. All bloggers in the Network retain editorial control of their respective sites.

“Through this innovative partnership, Law.com has tapped into forums where important voices are providing insights into developing events and issues,” said Stacey Artandi, vice president, online publishing for ALM. “We’re excited that these closely followed and respected individuals have joined our Network and will be enhancing our daily legal coverage. Law.com will continue to add emerging thought leaders as we expand our presence in the legal blogger community.”

“The popularity of Law.com gives us a chance to reach even more readers — and articulate and legally sophisticated readers — than we could have reached on our own,” said Professor Eugene Volokh, founder of ‘The Volokh Conspiracy,’ now a member of the Law.com Blog Network.

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The Blogosphere By the Numbers

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Clickz covers some different views on the number of blogs out there.

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November 22, 2004

Wizbang Weblog Awards 2004 open for nominations

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The 2004 Wizbang Weblog Awards have officially started. Nominations in 33 categories are now and close November 28, 2004, and voting for the finalists in each category should begin December 1, 2004.

Any friends of the Blog Herald looking for support in the awards let us know.

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In China, blogs waiting to bloom

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Mecury News> They play a key role in a medium made to order for debating the issues of our times. And in the United States, Web logs spout forth a torrent of news and often scalding opinions on just about everything.

Not so in China, where a certain timidity reigns. read more>

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Blogging from the front lines

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A piece from NBC which would be nothing we haven’t heard about already, if it where not from Tom Brokaw. Whether this is web site exclusive or was read on the news we don’t know.

Dispatches from the front line are an enduring part of warfare, but they have never been more immediate than today, in the age of the Internet.

“It’s changed the connectivity. You can find out pretty much immediately what’s going on from the front if a soldier picks up a keyboard,” says Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the Web site Optruth.org. “These soldiers go back to their bases at the end of the night and basically create a diary saying, ‘This is what it was like for me today.'”

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Blogging hits “The West Wing”

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Blogging has made the West Wing.
Interesting spin on blogging ethics though. Maybe Nick and Jason are on to something?

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November 19, 2004

Limited advertising will save RSS, not kill it.

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Interesting debate emerging over RSS advertising with the latest from Wired with Andy Baio of Waxy.org making the rather bizarre statement
“RSS is a syndication format. It’s not well-suited to carrying ads…It’s designed for syndicating content, and content only. No navigation, no design, no advertisements.”
And its designed to suck up bandwidth and cost money too, Mr Baio.

RSS can, is, and will support advertising.

Whilst there is little doubt that heavy advertising would severely damage RSS (after all who wants there RSS feed dominated by large advertising banners or advertising larger than the post they are reading), limited advertising, such as one or two line text links done tastefully so as to not overpower the content (unlike that proposed by Overture) not only is a legitimate form of advertising, but will complement the format and assure the ongoing viability and success of RSS.

The alternative of no advertising in the medium to long term would see sites realise that their RSS feed is cannibalising viewers from their main, advertising supported pages, resulting in a decline in advertising revenue, costing large amounts of money in bandwidth and considering ROI (return over investment), they will limit or shut their RSS feeds, resulting in an end to the current RSS boom and a decline in the market.

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