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August 29, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Blog News and Links

On the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in the U.S., another storm named Gustav weaves a path through the Caribbean that could end in New Orleans as early as next Monday.

Here are some of the best places online to track Hurricane Gustav’s progress and impact.

Please share your links in the comments. Let’s make this a useful resource for people who may be affected by Hurricane Gustav. read more

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August 25, 2008

How Does Weather Impact Your Blog?

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Enjoy the final days of summer, because according to the ’09 Farmers’ Almanac, we’re in for a helluva a winter. The 192-year-old journal which claims an 85% weather accuracy rate, contradicts a report from the National Weather Service which predicted warmer winter weather.

Since blogging is basically an indoor activity, you might be wondering why you’re reading about weather on BlogHerald. Well, I’m curious to hear from you if the weather – or general seasonality – affects your ability to blog.

I know, it might sound silly, but think it through for a moment. The outside environment does impact our mood, no? Quite possibly, your writing follows suit.

So how does the weather outside and overall seasonality impact your blogging skills?

For example, I find myself busier and more distracted during the summer months. But cold weather stresses me out. So what’s my perfect blogging conditions? Gray and cool. Bring it on!

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August 9, 2008

WTF Blog Clutter: How’s the Weather on Your Blog?

Let’s talk weather with our ongoing series on WTF Blog Design Clutter.

Honestly, do you need a weather report on your blog?

Before you answer, ask yourself if it important to someone who lives 3,000 miles away that it’s a pleasantly cloudy day in your neck of the planet? Does it help them understand what you blog about or why?

If you are blogging the weather, then temperatures, humidity, and general weather status reports are appropriate and helpful. If you are a financial adviser, you better display the weather report for the stock markets you cover as that can impact commodities, and skip the rainy forecast in Montana where you call home. read more

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