The Automattic owned avatar service Gravatar.com got a much needed site refresh just recently, and an introductionary video for you to show off to your visitors, or anyone not really getting the global recognizable avatar concept. Since Gravatar.com is integrated in just about every WordPress theme these days, you might think that the video is a bit redundant, but the service supports a lot of other platforms as well. Check out the refreshed website and the blog post that talks about everything but just the new site.
Envato continues to push onwards. Rockable Press is their latest project, a publishing outlet that connects to their other sites, such as NETTUTS and PSDTUTS. They’re using it to publish even more books in the How to be a Rockstar series, which started with How to be a Rockstar Freelancer.
Envato founder Collis Ta’eed had this to say in a post on FreelanceSwitch:
However in two weeks we have a new Rockable Press Manager starting here named Naysan Naraqi who is a former CNN Producer and globe trekker, and he’s going to be breathing life into the business. We’ve got four books and minibooks in production, so at last we’re going to start seeing some action. We’ve also finally settled on a proper name which has been checked for trademark issues.
As a part of the relaunch, Rockable Press gives away a free eBook by FreelanceSwitch editor Skellie, called Rockstar Personal Branding. All you have to do is to subscribe to the Rockable Press mailinglist. Sounds like a good deal.
Books and eBooks have been a natural extension for larger niche blogs for a long time. Is this where we’re heading, should advertising decline?
Promising to help you ‘find better blogs’ is Blogged.com. The directory site has just launched some new features and improvements. Most notably, they do a better job of highlighting interesting blogs over several niches. The goal appears to aggregate news and information that is well-written, though not necessarily accessible through mainstream media.
Among some of the content currently on the homepage:
Sure, you could visit Digg or any other wisdom of crowds Website, but the new Blogged design is highly readable with content being hand-picked by a team of editors.
Submit your blog here.