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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Analog Blogger

This story via SlashDot: you have to admire this guy. In Monrovia, Liberia, a place with poor access to news via the state-run media, a man uses a low-tech solution to broadcast news: a dry erase board. He watches the news and summarizes it on a publicly accessible "white board." He apparently has many appreciative readers of this analog blog. Here is the SlashDot article, which leads to one with a video.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Is Blogging Dead?

This is my first real-time blog post. As I'm writing this, I'm reading a Mashable article about the future of blogging. Already, the author, Mr. Steve Rubel, has wondered if blogging is dead. If that is the case then, I might not finish this post because, well, if blogging is dead, what would be the point of flogging a dead blog, right? So if I just stop like

<-that, then you may infer that blogging is dead and you should spend more time tweeting. So, I'll read a little more now...still alive...still alive...has to evolve or succumb to Darwinism...doesn't sound good...oh, I could be syndicated!...or not. I'm not in a blog network; might be doomed. Ew! I might merge with a journalist. And there's a complicated diagram; I hope there's not a test. Ew! There's stuff about connective tissue in the future-of-blogging diagram. Sounds like Borg issues. A join the continuum Borg blog?

What a minute! The article stopped without a definite yes/no answer. Did blogging just die? Let me check...no, they want you to add more ideas to the blog diagram to help save blogging. OK, I suggest that bloggers be paid huge sums out of national coffers. That would save it for sure.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Top Ten Literature Blogs

Here is a list of the best literature weblogs of 2008, based on an Internet vote taken by weblogawards.org. Internet votes are always problematic since they can be manipulated. This is especially true when one of the blogs is written by a very popular writer these days, Neil Gaiman. Even so, this is a remarkable result for Gaiman's weblog:


To put it into perspective, Neil Gaimans's 33% represents 1980 votes...not huge by Internet standards, but still impressive by comparison.

Literature is only one of many voting categories covered by weblogawards.org. According to their website:

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition with over 545,000 votes cast in 2007 edition and nearly two million votes cast in all editions since 2003.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Five Reports: Technorati's State of the Blogosphere

A post yesterday mentioned Technorati's top 100 blogs. (Um, this one is not in that list.) Why should we care what Technorati's opinion is? They are the Google of blogs...a blog search engine. Their criteria for assessing the ranking of blogs is arguable but reasonable. They also carry enough weight now that their prophecy's can be somewhat self-fulfilling.

But that's not what this post is about. Technorati very generously publishes their State of the Blogosphere annual report for the public. If you're looking at blogging seriously, or are just interested, you may find the report a treasure trove of information. It is published as five reports, found here. The subject matter of the reports is:


  • Day 1: Who Are the Bloggers?
  • Day 2: The What And Why of Blogging
  • Day 3: The How of Blogging
  • Day 4: Blogging For Profit
  • Day 5: Brands Enter The Blogosphere

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