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Archives for July 2008
Having long been unhappy with the sort of news highlighted by TechMeme, Dave writes of the new site:
I created the site because I wasn’t getting enough news about products. It’s that simple. I’m interested in the other stuff too, the finance, trends, parties, puppets — but that’s adequately covered on TechMeme. What wasn’t getting through is the stuff I, as a product developer, care the most about — news about products. And the interesting new products I’d find wouldn’t make it onto the bus. If it got bought by Google or Microsoft, that would likely show up on TM, or if a VC invested a lot of money in it. But I like to find out when things are small, before other people invest. Permalink to this paragraph
It’s important to note that the Tech NewsJunk, like the political one, does not have original content, it just points to the sites that are producing the relevant stories.
I’ve been reading tech.newsjunk.com since it’s launch on July 4th and have noticed a number of stories and links that would likely have never drifted onto my TechMeme radar screen – it may do the same for you.
Duncan Riley, formerly the owner of The Blog Herald and a former writer at TechCrunch, has launched a new site for his growing Inquisitr family at Inquisitr iQ.
The site launches with three pages, a front page that offers a summary to some of the best news blogs in the 2.0 space (and the Inquisitr of course, but I’m allowed to put my own link in). The second page offers a summary of the best news in the blogging world, an early passion of mine. The third page is a summary of all the major meme trackers, so users can quickly glance at what’s hot across the web.
The original idea was to do more pages, and in future weeks and months I will roll out more.
The site is inspired, of course, by tools like Popurls – but Duncan’s has a nice look & feel – and the selection of sites is much more inspired than those of his competitor.
Today’s New York Times profiles Chris Hughes, one of the four founders of Facebook, who left the company in early 2007 to begin work on Barack Obama’s new-media campaign as a part of his run for the presidency.
His efforts, using the lessons learned from founding and running Facebook, have paid off for Senator Obama in ways many could only imagine… [Read more…]
“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), American writer
Have you lost your common sense with all the information attacking your head every day? While the normal person going about their daily work and life is bombarded by information, bloggers actually seek even more – making their brains resemble overstuffed furniture with wadding leaking out through the cracks in the Naugahyde.
I have over 350 feeds in my feed reader. I have 97 tabs open in my FireFox web browser. I have the radio tuned to National Public Radio, and podcasts are downloading onto my Zune right now as I work so I can listen to them when I work out tomorrow morning. I get hundreds of emails a day. Tons of blog comments across numerous blogs – I’m overwhelmed with information and input and I’m losing control.
How are you managing all the input a blogger needs to stay in touch, keep up with the news in your blogging industry, tracking down story ideas, researching stories and articles, reading through comments, researching the answers, and responding back…and all the things we do every day to keep our blog life alive? How do you do it?
What are the tricks of the trade you’ve learned along your blogging path? Want to share? Share your time saving, information overload prevention tips with your blogging pals and I’ll write up a summary, and maybe even honor the best offerings with my book, Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging.
Which begs the question. What is it that bloggers won’t tell you about blogging that we need to know in order to prevent blog burn-out?
I want to know what is really fueling your blog?
What keeps you blogging on? What inspires you to keep publishing content on your blog? What keeps you coming back for more?
Is it the blog traffic? Do you hover over your blog stats stressing out when the numbers go down and researching all the different ways you can keep pushing those numbers higher? Do you play with landing pages, blog carnivals, guest blogging, advertising, blog networks, and other ways of making the traffic keep coming in your blogging door?
WordCamps in Australia and Hawaii announced. Worried about security? New WordPress Plugin to scan for WordPress exploits. Lots of tips for WordPress Plugin writers. Weblog Tools Collection Plugin Competition heating up with great Plugins. WordPress 2.6 Beta Candidate part two released. Google Gears for WordPress.com. Lots of news on WordPress 2.6. And if not WordPress, what?
Scanning for WordPress Exploits: WordPress Exploit Scanner WordPress Plugin by Donncha O’Caoimh searches the files and database of your WordPress blog for signs of suspicious activity. It won’t prevent attacks but will help you find them if they do occur.
WordPress 2.6 News: There have been two beta releases of WordPress 2.6, the most recent one is WordPress 2.6 Beta 2. Improvements and changes include tag auto-suggest, Visual Text Editor, Media Library fixes and changes, SSL and i18n localization fixes, inline documentation, and more.
More news and commentary on WordPress 2.6 include:
- What Plugin Coders Must Know About WordPress 2.6 by Ozh of PlanetOzh.
- Weblog Tools Collecton – What You Need To Know About WordPress 2.6 covers post revisioning, improvements in the Press-It (now called “Press This”) bookmarklet, faster WordPress Administration Panels, incorporation of Google Gears to enhance speed improvements, XML-RPC requires Administrator Permissions to enable, ability to activate multiple Plugins at once and delete them, ease of deleting Plugins you no longer use, the ability to move the config file to different directory, moving the content directory, image previewing, and customizable default avatars.
- Dougal Campbell – Update on WordPress blog APIs covers the issues around changes to the XML-RPC and Atom blog APIs being disabled by default in WordPress 2.6.
- Aaron Brazell – 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.6 covered Shift Click selection of multiple check boxes in the WordPress Administration Panels, Google Gears support for pre-caching, avatar options, XML-RPC as an option to enable XML-RPC editing and upgrading, Press This, Theme preview, post versions, Page Templates over XML-RPC, and Plugin mass activation and deletion.
- Shoemoney likes Post Revision, the new feature that allows you to compare the same post in multiple windows, excellent for Internet glitches and multiple authors.
- Dougal Campbell is also jazzed about Post Revisions and Google Gears support, and describes some of the other new features in greater detail including support for the XML-RPC and Atom client APIs being turned off by default for security protection, improved SSL access to Administration Panels, a new version of the “Press This” (formerly Press-It) bookmarklet, avatar options, improved WordPress Plugin management, and more.
- Blog Security explores the security improvements in WordPress 2.6 and reports that a number of XMLRPC features will be deactivated by default, adding more protection, along with improved password and cookie security improvements in past versions. They say it’s on the right track for strong security standards.
- Peter Westwood is excited about the improvements in the security of WordPress 2.6 including support for SSL and disabling remote publishing protocols by default.
- Lester Chan, popular WordPress Plugin author, is excited about the new features including the new link in the top menu called “Speed Up” which connects with Google Gears, the new Dashboard Panel feature “Right Now” which gives a breakdown of your blog’s activity in the moment, the new Word Count feature, and Theme Previews. However, with the some recent changes in WordPress versions which impact WordPress Plugins, Chan is debating whether or not to maintain WordPress 2.5 compatibility for the next wave of WordPress Plugins, especially those impacted by the new features that allow
wp-config.phpto move up one level from the WordPress root and allowing the
wp-contentdirectory to be in a custom location.
- Many are reporting their excitement about the new WordPress Auto-Upgrade feature which will make upgrading WordPress easier, though rumors are flying that this might be pushed back a version.
British companies which pretend to blog as ordinary members of the public, or post multiple positive reviews as if from consumers, are now breaking UK law, yet many don’t know anything about the new legislation, according to Brands2Life.
Its director, Gareth Thomas, said that, “Most people don’t know about this law,” adding, “there is a misconception that these devices are clever, but they can backfire.”
The new Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations legislation came into effect at the end of May 2008.
Drew Benvie, director at Hotwire, said, “This law change affects everyone in PR. If customers have any presence online, it’s definitely their business to know about it.”
(Via PR Week)
The concept may not be that new, but a couple of weeks ago a colleague introduced me to Berocca’s Blogger Relief Pack. I signed up with one of my blogs, and yesterday received the pack.
While it’s not the complete answer to managing the stress of blogging, a tube of Berocca and a nice glass to drink it in is welcome, and the quirky stress toys are amusing enough.
I must make it clear that I’m not on any kind of commission here, though if the Blog Herald makes it onto the “featured blogs” section as a result, so much the better.
Berocca’s welcome letter says that “this is just the start of what we’ll be doing with bloggers and we have exciting plans for the future. If we’re doing something that’s cool, worth blogging about and relevant to you we’ll be in touch, but we promise we won’t spam you needlessly.”
Freebie toys and gadgets from companies are nothing new, and it’s fun to get a few perks for blogging now and again. Companies wanting to get their products in front of more niche influencers (rather than mainstream journalists and other media people) isn’t new either. I just hope that they keep it as real and as fresh as possible.
Oh, and any other companies who want to send me free food, drink, and
iPhones gadgets, feel free!
Once again, Gawker Media has cut the pay of their bloggers, according to a post over at Radar.
You may recall that not too long ago, Gawker Media moved to a model where their bloggers were tied to the traffc on their individual blog posts – along with a system of traffic bonuses and other incentives.
The declining economy may have had an impact on Gawker Media, thus driving down the payrates… [Read more…]