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July 5, 2006

How I Blog: John Evans, Syntagma Media

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John Evans, CEO – Syntagma Media, Blogger

How I blog is determined by why I blog and how the “why” came about. So a little background first:

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I’m a full-time professional writer and author, so everything was already in place for my career in blogging (minus quite a few technical skills).

I graduated from MSN forums about a year and a half ago to the free blogging services, where I built up a small stable of blogs, including Syntagma. I was quite happy with that because, although I’d toyed with Adsense, it was more of a hobby than part of my professional life.

Then the bombshell exploded: Jason Calacanis sold Weblogs Inc to AOL for $25 million or so. In retrospect we can now see that this was a climacteric in the blogosphere.

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July 2, 2006

How I Blog: Karissa Van Tassel

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Karissa Van Tassel, Mom, Blogger.

As a stay at home Mom, I don’t have always have the luxury of writing when it’s convenient. Ironically, stay-at-home Moms should have more free time because they don’t have a “job� per se, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. For myself, I spend my days chasing/playing with my 2 and 3 year old. It’s kind of like herding cats somedays—you work hard and never seem to get very far.

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June 27, 2006

How I Blog: Aaron Foley

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Aaron Foley

I decided long ago that I’ll never make a living blogging. I’m just not that interested in blogging about digital cameras, search engine optimization or web 2.0. I blog simply for the fun of it.

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June 26, 2006

How I Blog: Hot Johnny

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John Flowers, Blogger.

For me, blogging begins after about the fourth beer on a Friday night. In Fibonacci fashion, at zero hour, I down one and then one more until IÂ’ve told two people three things I shouldnÂ’t have. And then after five more drinks itÂ’s 8 am and IÂ’ve got 13 cents to my name (and so on and so on).

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June 25, 2006

How I Blog: Wayne Yang

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Wayne Yang

Wayne Yang, Freelance Writer, Photographer, Blogger.

Sometimes my blog looks like a photoblog. Other times it’s text heavy with reams and reams of I/O I/O I/Os.

My blog used to be more of a grab bag, an electronic scrapbook of articles, book excerpts and electronic marginalia, unruly and bursting at the margins in which I’m forced to (self)-publish. These days, I’m more focused instead on my personal writing and photography. Recently, I’ve started using my blog to conduct interviews of photographers, writers and editors who I want to meet online. We never get to see eye to eye, and yet I get to ask them for their deepest thoughts. My blog changes as my interests change.

Freelance writer/photographer Wayne Yang blogs at Eightdiagrams.com.

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June 22, 2006

How We Blog: The Man Blog Bloggers

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This one is a little different. Our friends over at The Man Blog offered to share their own blogging manifesto known as ‘How We Blog’. I’ll warn you now – if you’re easily offended, don’t read this.

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June 20, 2006

How I Blog: Keith D. Souza

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Keith D. Souza, Blogger.

Well there is another question I should start here, why I started blogging.

Blogging always amazed me and I have always been a regular reader of so many blogs, I was totally amazed by the way people could express themselves without fears, let people on to information and ideas of things ranging from technology to cooking, raising a child to protesting against cruelties, whatever topic can come to mind has one or manys blogs that relate to it.

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June 19, 2006

How I Blog Series

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We’ve fired off over 20 profiles of bloggers in our How I Blog series… Some very interesting stories and methods from a fascinating cast of characters.

But we’d like a few more!

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June 18, 2006

How I Blog: S A J Shirzai

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S A J Shirazi, Writer, Columnist, Blogger.

What started as a casual pursuit have become part of my day job and important part of my leisure activities. We are still a less connected country of 165,803,560 people (July 2006 estimated) with only a few bloggers though the users’ base is exponentially growing. What is a blog, most people still ask here.

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June 16, 2006

How I Blog: Abhijit Nadgouda

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Abhijit Nadgouda, Software Engineer, Blogger

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I am one more of those converts who cared a damn about blogging a year back, and now cannot stop writing about it. I am Abhijit Nadgouda, have lived my career mostly as a pragmatic software engineer. Recently, very recently – Feb 2006, I started my weblog – Abhijit Nadgouda @ iface, and realised that it was my ignorance that kept me away from it for so long. I had always equated blogging to a personal diary, and I sure didn’t want to publish mine (I do that in my vim). I got exposed to the full power of blogging through a project, just because we chose WordPress (IMHO the best blogging tool around today) to create an article management system. It will not be unfair to say that today I blog only because of my introduction to WordPress.

I realised that blogging is more about communication than anything, which really is the essence of Internet. I had been craving for discussing my understandings/rants/perceptions of the software world with others, getting their opinions and perceptions. Blogging does all that and it even crosses the boundaries of countries and worlds for me, and provides an excellent platform to reach out and invite people to discuss. It has been so effective that me and my big mouth have coerced a couple of my friends and my wife to start blogging.

It did one more thing for me. It has expanded my reading space, I read over 70 feeds and it seems to keep on increasing. I have come to respect technologies like feeds and feedreaders. On that note, when I read, I use the feedreader (Bloglines) to identify who has new stuff and then I visit the site to actually read the article. I don’t think feedreaders, by themselves, can provide the same ambience as the blogs/sites who host the articles. The design is as much an important element of the article as the text. I digress, this ever increasing list keeps me uptodate with the world and is one of the prime causes of my continuous improvements.

The tools I use to blog are not many. My blog is hosted on WordPress.com, they take care of the webmastering and hosting for me, for which I didn’t have enough time when I started. I don’t blog from any specific machine, it is either my Dell Inspiron 700m or Toshiba Satellite A25 or my Linux box. That is why I try to use the web editors more than offline publishing tools. BTW, Texturize is the best editor, yes, even better than the WYSIWYG ones. I hope offline publishing tools include it soon, till then I am going to stick to the web editors. Just like the machines, I am not very particular about my ‘blogspace’, it can be my work area or the living room, bed room, the terrace – you name it – the only pre-requisite is the Net connection.

I am trying to improve myself by adding some discipline to my blogging. I am trying to set a specific time of the day for blogging and trying to write everyday. A lot of times I lose the thought just because I don’t note it down, so I have started to note down anything that comes to my mind, however silly it is, in my handy dandy notebook (Blues Clues!!!). When working on the computer I use my global editor vim to take the notes down.

Lastly, I will love to hear what you have to say about my blogging, I am ready for brickbats or bouquets. My current blog is more of a professional blog, not a personal one. I write mostly about software and its impact on the world. But it has been so terrific that I am tempted to start more blogs, on more subjects. I will do it, but only when I will be able to keep writing there. I hope it happens soon.

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