No Blog, No Love

I love it when bloggers get creative in marketing their sites. It gets interesting when relationships and even money are involved! At least that’s how it started with newlyweds Gail and Marc. Apparently, Gail tried to look for ways to encourage Marc to blog more frequently, which could potentially help monetize the site better.

I’ve been itching to monetize his blog ever since I sold my first link on TLA. My posts aren’t Adsense-friendly, and I’ve been hoping that Marc’s would be.

I tried to convince him by flashing at him my TLA checks—didn’t work. I showed him his site’s current PageRank—the doorknob would probably appreciate it more than he did. When his domain jumped to PR5, I knew I had to do something. And quick. – Gail

The solution? An interesting policy:

In an effort to encourage me to revive this blog, my wife has imposed this “No blog, No sex” rule. The rule is simple: I am supposed to blog at least once a week in exchange for love-making. The hornier I get, the more blog entries I get to post. – Marc

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The Longest Month

This installment of Science Blogging sees the calendar page turned to February, the longest month of the year. Out my window the snow is falling fast, finally providing that beautiful white blanket we’ve missed until now due to unseasonably warm temperatures that have kept fleas and mosquitoes alive and ready to strike whenever the mercury gets above 60. Which it has done regularly, all the way through January.

The longest month you ask? Why, anyone can tell just by looking at the calendar they got for Christmas that February is the shortest month! Ah, but dear friends, I am here to object! My seed catalogues have all arrived, I’m anxious to get the seedlings started, and I should already have planted peas, spinach and kale! But this whole long-short thing is definitely a plot by our invisible evil overlords to wreak havoc on our sense of cosmic justice.

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It’s Catching: Blog Disease

LaDawn Clare-Panton reports she has “Blog Disease”, a virus spreading across the globe:

This disease is caused by the descent into madness caused by blogging. The symptoms of this disease should be monitored closely and are as follows:

1. You are excited when anyone visits your blog.
2. You visit random blogs hoping to get tips on how to make the blog more interesting to just about anyone.
3. You are excited when your blog visits enter double digits/day.
4. You are excited when people you don’t know visit your blog.
5. You are excited when your monthly traffic hits triple digits after only 2 months and grows each month.
6. You are excited when someone leaves a comment on your blog.
7. You are sooooo excited you giggle when someone else’s blog (my sister) links to your blog.
8. You are soooooooo excited you dance around the kitchen when someone else’s blog (that you don’t even know) links to your blog in their text and even thanks you for leaving a comment…

If you have been experiencing the same symptoms, you now have a name for it. It is the ubiquitous “Blog Disease”.

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Link to a Coconut Contest

Linklove is plentiful on blogs these days, but what if you could actually get something tangible from your linking activities? No, not just cash (such as from selling affiliate links, perhaps), but something you can actually keep in a trophy case or even to throw at someone in those fits of rage.

Hawaii-headquartered Blogtown Press has an ongoing link to a coconut contest to celebrate the launch of their network. You can win “a genuine Hawaiian Coconut, straight from a Coconut tree on the shores of Oahu, dried in the Hawaii sun, and shipped directly to you, plastered with Hawaii themed stamps!”

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This Spammer named Bush happen upon my blog on an eve in November of the year 2006. Bush left a comment eight full-screen captures long that night.

“Dayum” I said.

I know of no existing copyright Spam protection laws. I urge all you creative bloggers to steal spam while you can. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s your new neighborhood garbage can.

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Echo Chamber drawing


There are times when writing about blogging or anything for that matter, where one finds she must use a different medium to express herself thru. During a recent angry couple of weeks I experienced, I wrote, scribbled and drew out my frustrations as I do, regularly, intsigated on by that emotion I feel. It was only a matter of time before The BlogVent detangled itself from typing on keyboard on laptop to pen on paper in my journal.

After the jump, the drawn and written aftermath of one such evenings blog blah vent.

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Porcelain Philosopher’s and The Writings on the Stall


Porcelain Philosopher’s and The Writings on the Stall

Have you ever sat down on the toilet? Have you ever been sitting quietly while waiting for your body to emit sound, smell and matter into said porcelain toilet and begun thinking? Maybe you began observing your surroundings? Were they located in a public place?

toiletanimedeezone.jpgFor clarities sake most of us have sat down in a public restroom stall to poop or pee. The contents we excrete, we conveniently flush away with toilet tissues after a thorough wipe or patting of our nether regions. What did you do while you were inside… other than the obvious. Many people write. They write on the stall walls, scratching or marking and even burning letters, words, symbols, images, love notes, anagrams or their personal initials into and onto it. I read it. I grimace. Sometimes I even tag it too. I have even laughed or giggled out-loud.

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How to Get on TechCrunch (The Cribnotes)

A the Web2.0 Summit, two Web2.0 luminaries, Guy Kawasaki (who if you don’t already know, should go and read his books — he was doing the startup BEFORE Mike Arrington was a surfbum) and Mike Arrington sat down to talk about the art of the startup. In particular, how to get Crunched (i.e. profiled on TechCrunch).

Well, last night I heard that the video was posted up at –  but its almost 60 minutes long!

While alternate forms of media have their roles, one of my biggest gripes about podcasting netcasting podcasting and video casting is how difficult it is to search within each to find exactly what you want; the wonders of text though make it an entirely asynchronous medium where you can scan for headlines, and so on to get around that problem. I digress.

Guy Kawasaki has posted up the cribnotes on his own blog if, like me, you find waiting through an entire 60 minutes almost intolerable. ;)

Bottom line (if I may paraphrase): treat pitching to TechCrunch as you would pitching to another VC; he gets over 30 pitches a day — make his time worthwhile.

* Dr. Tony Hung also blogs at DeepJiveInterests

2006 Canadian Blog Awards – Nominations Now Open

Think you have the Best Blog?

The 2006 Canadian Blog Awards nominations are open. Go and nominate your favorite blog(s) in the following categories:

Canadian Blog AwardsBest Blog ‘€¢ Best Conservative Blog ‘€¢ Best Progressive Blog ‘€¢ Best New Blog ‘€¢ Best Group Blog ‘€¢ Best Humour Blog ‘€¢ Best Photo/Art Blog ‘€¢ Best Entertainment Blog ‘€¢ Best Personal Blog ‘€¢ Best Media Blog ‘€¢ Best Business Blog ‘€¢ Best Religious Blog ‘€¢ Best Sports Blog ‘€¢ Best Blog Post ‘€¢ Best Blog Post Series ‘€¢ Best Activities Blog ‘€¢ Best Cultural Blog ‘€¢ Best Family Blog ‘€¢ Best Local Blog ‘€¢ Best Sci/Tech Blog

And yes, you can nominate your own blog. Nominations will close on November 12, 2006. Voting will begin thereafter on November 15, 2006. There is quite a list accumulating on the CBA nominations page. Is your favorite blog listed?