June 22, 2009

Chris Anderson Doesn’t Get WordPress

I’m a big fan of Chris Anderson, the Wired editor and The Long Tail author. His most recent book is Free!, due anytime soon (for free in some versions, paid in others), and it is all about content online. I especially like his thoughts on freemium, free+premium that is, being what Flickr does with paid pro accounts that more or less makes the service free for non-paying users.

But he doesn’t get WordPress. At least not if this tip sent to WordPress developer Mark Jaquith is true. read more

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5 Tech Things Every Blogger Should Know

Where 15 years ago, having a Web site was something of a badge of nerdiness, today having a site doesn’t require much technical knowledge at all. Someone with almost no technical expertise can set up an account on WordPress.com or Blogger and be blogging within minutes.

However, this doesn’t mean that a blogger can get away with being a technical dunce. Though getting words on the Internet is pretty simple, building and growing a blog does require one to know a bit more than how to flip on a PC. Social networking sites make it easy to get online, but blogging, especially over the long haul, takes something more.

So what are those things that every blogger should know? There are many, definitely more than what is on this list, but here are five things every would-be blogger should know before, or at least shortly after, getting started. read more

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The FTC to Start Regulating Blogs?

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It’s not as bad as if the FCC were to step in and start censoring blogs, but it is a step closer to government regulation…

According to a report in The Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to rework guidelines that will permit the agency to go after bloggers who file phony claims on products – or fail to reveal if there is a conflict of interest. read more

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June 20, 2009

iPhone Blogs: 7 of the Best to Follow

iPhone WallpaperUnless you’ve been living under a rock with Internet access so limited that you get is The Blog Herald — and if that’s the case, please leave a comment because we’d love to interview you — then you probably already knew that Apple has come out with a new iPhone.

Which probably would mean that you’re also at least vaguely interested in what the blogosphere has to say about the iPhone and what some of the highest-quality blogs are that talk about it regularly.

Here are seven of them. Please add your favorites in the comments.

  1. iPhone Buzz
  2. MacRumors
  3. The iPhone Blog – How’s that for a name?
  4. iPhone Hacks
  5. Top iPhone News
  6. iPhones Talk – not “iPhone Stalk”
  7. Fast Company

Are you reading this blog on an iPhone? :)

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June 19, 2009

Share What You Love/Hate About Blogging

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Bella DePaulo, a blogger for both Psychology Today and the Huffington Post has a nice blog entry today devoted to the eight things she loves about blogging, and the three things she does not.

I’m a huge fan too, Bella! In fact, when I have periods of time where posting is not an option, I find myself suffering from Blogging Withdrawal.

We’ve spoken about this before, but since it’s a light and fluffy Friday, why not take the time to share your favorite thing about blogging AND your least favorite thing below.

It’s a fun exercise that could help rekindle your blogging passion, give you greater insight into your blogging actions, or simply, a way to vent about what blogging aspect drives you crazy.

My favorite from Bella about what she does NOT like about blogging:

Blogging doesn’t pay the bills.
If it did, I could make a career out of it.

AMEN!

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The Ad Heavy Feed Footers

It was bound to happen, ads hitting the RSS feeds. It’s not even anything even remotely new, popular services such as Feedburner (pre-Google) offered advertising solutions for your feed, and does now too, thanks to Adsense. Other players in the feed sphere did it too, and don’t forget the publishers themselves – adding something at the end of the RSS feed isn’t even all that hard. And I’m not even mentioning the fact that if you put an ad in your blog post, it’ll go right along in your feed.

It makes sense. A lot of us like to read, or at least glance, stories in the feed reader. We might not visit some sites in weeks, despite being regular readers.

Enters the ads in the RSS feeds. Problem is, where there is plenty of opportunity to make it look splendid and great on a website, the feed doesn’t have the same possibilities. Which makes it ugly. read more

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June 18, 2009

b5media Goes Community

We saw this coming, especially with the feature we did on the new b5media back in February. Mashing lots of blogs together and moving to WordPress MU, it all smelled forum integration with bbPress, and Facebook-ish social networking with BuddyPress from the start. And now they’re rolling it out, first on Splendicity and Blisstree, but the rest of the roster will get the community treatment too.

All of our bloggers will certainly play a key role in this. There are very few leaders in any given community; it is one of those miniscule percentages of total users, in the 1% range. We have a clear advantage because our bloggers are already our community leaders. […] Most importantly, it allows bloggers to interact with their readers outside of the author/commentor relationship and allow readers to start discussions about their favourite topics as well.

Read the full presentation, and the hopes and dreams of the b5ers, in the blog post.

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Fake birth blogger is reminder that not everyone online is truthful

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The story of a woman who blogged about the pregnancy and birth of her terminally ill baby, later for it to be discovered that the whole story was a fabrication, broke last week in the Chicago Tribune.

A naturally emotive subject, it attracted a huge number of visitors who sent messages and gifts to the woman who identified herself as either “B” or “April’s Mom”.

Her blog was linked to by high-profile parenting blogs and, apparently, advertisers were also looking at getting involved on the site. read more

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Anonymous Blogger? Think Again!

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The media can be a bloggers’ friend or foe. In the case of detective constable Richard Horton of Lancashire, England – it’s the latter.

The High Court has ruled that a national newspaper was entitled to reveal the real name of the one-time anonymous blogger. read more

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What Can The Iranians Read Online?

The situation in Iran is still abuzz on Twitter, but what can the Iranians access online? HerdictWeb’s got a list, built on reports from users. If you can, do contribute to the list, and read the Herdict Blog post on the matter.

You might also be interested in the collected stories about Iran by GlobalVoices, frequently updated on a geographical level. Also, this BusinessWeek story (Techmeme discussion) claims that social media hasn’t been instrumental in getting Iranian protesters to the street, SMS texting and word of mouth has been. Hardly surprising, but the #iranelection buzz almost made it sound like that was the only means of communication at one time, which of course was never the case.

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