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Whitney Pastorek, editor of Pindeldyboz, writes in the Village Voice how blogs are ruining her life, in an article which is either satirical or deeply concerning if it were to be entirely true, about the growing blogerati in and around the literary circles of New York.
Blogging Off | Village Voice
“I am no longer getting work done. I am not sleeping enough or eating enough or editing my barely solvent literary magazine, because the aforementioned issues have made it a social imperative that I check up on all the goddamn blogs every single day (and make comments) so that people know I care about their lives/band/Condé Nast. “
Ahh… for the time, money and the energy of youth.
Student Blogs Way Through Presidential Primaries | wave3.com
“Walker, a 21-year-old Duke University senior from Louisville, spent two months chronicling the chase for the Democratic presidential nomination on his campaign blog — which is short for Web log.”
OJR has an interesting piece on Ombudsmen from a number of major US Papers & NPR discussing the Internet, with some mainly positive feedback on blogging
Ombudsmen Discuss Good, Bad and Annoying of the Internet | OJR
“Blogs are here to stay. They are a new and somewhat untested form of journalism. They are also a positive expression of the rambunctiousness of American culture and democracy…a bit unwieldy…hard to contain…often an utterly genuine expression of political and cultural vigor and excitement. Old-line media need to figure out a way to report on them…”
Another whacky internet poll has been released by the people from Pew Internet and American Life reporting findings that between 2% and 7% of US internet users maintain a blog, based mainly on a survey between March and May last year of 1,555 internet users. Based on their own calculations of 120 million internet users, the sample group comprises of 0.001% of all US Internet users. Now even if this sampling group is taken legitimately, by their own calculations between 2.4 million and 8.4 million US Internet users maintain a blog. Then enter the Australian’s New York IT correspondent Anick Jesdanun.
Long time webmaster support site Bravenet have just launched their Bravenet Journal blogging service. Whilst late on the blogging scene, the folks at Bravenet have been around for years providing free and paid services for webmasters, and the addition of a blogging service to their suite of goodies will only open up the blogosphere to even more would-be recruits. Having said that, their offering looks like it may just win a few converts to.
Tucows Inc. today announced the acquisition of BlogRolling.com, a popular website and weblog tracking service.
BlogRolling.com presently tracks over 500,000 weblog links for more than 32,000 users. Each day BlogRolling.com serves over 1.5 million blogrolls to users of all major weblog platforms. BlogRolling.com is a blogroll management service; a list of links that a website or weblog owner can include in their web pages as a public list of bookmarks. Tucows will continue to support BlogRolling.com users and all weblog platforms as it continues to develop new features for the service.
The Trott’s are hiring again with 3 new positions being advertised at SixApart, Web Designer/Developer, Server/Database Engineer and Software Engineer. Looking for a blogging related job and fit the bill?
Garrett French at WebProNews looks at a speech given by Rick Bruner on the advantages of blogs in increasing Google rankings, but unlike many, by encouraging the establishment of good blogs on topical issues.
Blogs Mean Better Listings On Google | WebProNews
“Given these examples of successful blogs, many business owners are left wondering whether blogging is right for their businesses. What are some reasons to have a blog? Bruner said, “Blog stands for Better Listings On Google” because Google favors regularly updated content. It’s also common for breaking news to be featured on blogs”