What If He Were a Blogger?

Much has been written around the blogosphere about the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. As of this writing, the top three keywords on Technorati are about the killings at Virginia Tech. Here at the Blog Herald, Tony has written about bloggers’ knee-jerk reactions, while Lorelle linked to the April 30 day of silence. I don’t mean to disrespect the victims and the bereaved by focusing on the periphery rather than the issue (32 innocent persons have died). But here’s another interesting blogging-related angle, as blogged by none other than my own mom (yes, my own mother is an avid blogger, and is into problogging, too). She asks: what if Cho Seong-hui, the gunman, were a blogger? Cho had been described as a loner, and had manifested violent behavior prior to the shooting incident.

I would only like to think of the “What if”. What if he were a blogger? Would he have done the same? I am inclined to say, maybe not. If he were a blogger, he would have diverted his energies and negative thoughts into writing. He would have vented his anger in the blogosphere. Blogging would have been an outlet. Bloggers may be alone, they may be lonely, but they can reach out to others. They also have other people reaching out to them at the click of a mouse. Blogfriends are just a click or even a chat away.

If he had surfed he net, he would have found that there were other people who were in a more miserable state. Maybe, he could even have sympthized with other people who are in the same helpless frame of mind.

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Social News Idea Grab Bag

Here’s a list of ideas I’ve had over the past year or so while using social news sites. Most of them are ideas that I think would improve sites like Digg, Netscape and Reddit in one way or another. Admittedly, one or two of them would just be interesting to see implemented on an experimental level. Either way, feel free to rip each and every one to bits.

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Can You Get Sued For Tracking Your Blog’s Uptime?

I would say the answer should be no. But some people think otherwise. Earlier this month, BlogFlux launched its uptime tracker, which was intended for bloggers to monitor their blog hosts’ uptime. Apparently, hosting company ISPHost.org felt that this was tantamount to an invasion of, or an attack on, their servers. They sent BlogFlux a cease and desist letter, as Ahmed cites at Tech Soapbox.

The latest one (in a long line of bizarre ones) comes from ISPhost.org. Yet another web hosting company out there (with what has to be one of the ugliest designs out there) sent us a nice little letter threatening to sue us. It was boilerplate: We are from XX, how dare you track us and attack our servers, cease or we will sue.’

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Is There An A-List? The Debate Goes On

There is an ongoing debate over at Deep Jive Interests, where our very own Tony Hung has challenged Jason Calacanis‘ claim that “there is no A List,” and that “it’s a myth.”

This issue basically cropped up after Tony criticized those who were vocal against PayPerPost-type schemes for not recognizing the existence of the so-called blue collar bloggers–those of us who don’t have the connections, notoriety, nor capital to launch, run, and earn from a popular blog. Blue collar bloggers, according to Tony, make do with whatever monetization mechanisms are available to them, and pay per post schemes are among the most accessible and easiest way to earn.

Jason’s argument was that the so-called A List doesn’t exist because the people who are supposedly A-listers are no different from the rest of us.

What a joke… a couple of years ago Scoble, Jarvis, and I were the blue collar bloggers! We were hustling trying to get our vocies heard and a couple of years later–after blogging daily/hourly–the supposed “A List” got some traction and attention.

Here is a tip: THEY EARNED IT!!! They busted their butts for years blogging in an intelligent way. They were not given their seats at the table–they took them!

[T]here is no A-List in blogging. Just people who’ve been blogging longer than others and who are smarter or better writers–or all of those things. [Relevant links added -Ed]

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What’s the perfect formula for blogger payouts?

There’s been a long discussion for a week now on Wisdump on why Blog Networks Failed which branched out at 901am with the reasoning that blog networks don’t seem to be paying their bloggers enough. Jeremy Wright took it a bit personal, wrote “Do we pay our bloggers enough?“, and was a little frustrated that outsiders are always criticizing b5media without an inkling of suggestion for improvement or an alternative solution of some sort.

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Microsoft Offers Blogger Money To “Fix” Wikipedia Errors?

When it comes to marketing your companies image as “good,” Microsoft seems to fail miserably within this department. It seems that Microsoft, upset about certain inaccuracies within Wikipedia, is paying blogger Rick Jelliffe to sift through and correct the “technical errors” that appear on everyone’s favorite Wiki. Is it me, or does anybody sense a potential conflict of interest here?
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Busting Blog Ad Clutter

Example of a blog stuffed full of advertising

I recently ran across a brilliant article that might help us all improve our blogging and blogging experience. The title was titillating and I knew it would solve my problems, but it took a while to find the blog content. When I did, I had to weigh a very important decision.

Is the content in the article worth the advertising assault on the eyes?

I wanted to write about the article. I wanted to promote it to my readers to let them know I’d found a worthy treasure. I wanted them to take time from their busy schedule to seek out this treasure and learn and grow from digesting the wisdom in the article. Yet…

My eyes hurt scanning the page looking for the words of wisdom I knew would be there. I had to poke and scroll around looking for the magic words. Finally I found them, under 6 rows (and 8 ads) between the header and the content.

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The Universe of People, Black Holes, and Stars


I wish I could blame the Time Magazine Person of the Year 2006, but the problem is older than Time putting YOU on the cover. The problem just seems to be getting larger. It’s awfully easy for folks to think that the universe begins and ends with them. You can pick out the folks I mean by the stars in their eyes and the ME in their conversations.

Nan S. Russell gives a model of this “universal human being.”

I realized Stan wasn’t listening. He didn’t care what I had to say; he was waiting for his turn to talk. And talk he did, monopolizing the table’s conversation with his back-patting soliloquy.

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Has MySpace Replaced MTV?

Well, Tom Anderson of MySpace seems to think so.

In an interview with Germany’s Spiegel, he and Chris De Wolfe offer a few ideas about where MySpace has come from, how it has become an important part of youth culture, and answers a few hard questions about where its going around the world (nowhere fast).

When asked about how it has affected popular culture, Mr. Anderson had this to say:

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