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Monthly Archives: March 2006

2006 Bloggies Awards Announced

The results are in and the winners of the 2006 Bloggies have been announced. The Bloggies Award list is hard to read so here is a list of the award winners. Congrats to all. Best Web Application for Weblogs – Blogger Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog – Loobylu Best Asian Weblog – Tokyo Girl […]

Traffic Trolls – Creating Controversy to Increase Blog Traffic

Wil Wheaton’s post “On the Rise of Trolls” takes a good look at the rise in sensationalist to attract blog traffic. Trolling online is nothing new, but trolling to drive traffic to your blog and make money is definitely on the rise. I first noticed this new trend a few months ago when this guy […]

Gossip Rules Memory

In an article from New Scientist, “The secret to soap opera addiction”, it appears that people are more interested in gossip than about their day-to-day lives. Humans are more interested in juicy gossip about their friends and acquaintances than the mundane details of their lives, so pay more attention to it We remember juicy gossip […]

Michael Crichton – Freedom of Speech vs. Patented Speech

In a very unusual and interesting editorial in the NY Times, Michael Crichton reports that “This Essay Breaks the Law”: Actually, I can’t make that last statement. A corporation has patented that fact, and demands a royalty for its use. Anyone who makes the fact public and encourages doctors to test for the condition and […]

Blogging Going to the Birds

I’ve seen a lot of novel things done with blogs, but this one looks like it’s at the top of my list for creative and strange uses of a blog. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Reuters, and other sources, there is an experiment in California that uses pigeons to blog about smog conditions. Yes, […]

Mean Spirited Comments and Blogging

Trolls. Flamers. Meanies. Vicious. Not Nice. Unkind. Rude. Inconsiderate. Nasty. Whining. Bitching. Moaning. Bastards. Where there are humans, you will find humans who seem to have more than their share of these personality traits. Blogging is no exception. Even the most non-controversial blogs, like this one, is the target of the blogging thug, mean spirited […]

What Are You Wearing While Blogging?

BoingBoing brought my attention to an interesting study called “Survey Shows Employees Rate Productivity High, Security and Clothing Low When Working From Home”. This survey studied a wide range of issues covering telecommunters, including what they wore. All respondents were relaxed about their personal habits when working remotely. While about 39% of respondents of both […]

Advertising on Blogs – Affiliate Programs

Use-it’s look at affiliate programs is worth a read if you are considering adding advertising and income sources to your blog. An affiliate program is a way for sites to pay for incoming traffic: when site A links to site B, there is some mechanism for site B to pay a referral fee to site […]

Keywords Versus Tags

Topic.net Blog’s discusses how “Every Word in Every Document is Already a Tag in a way I found fascinating. Back when web directories were still cool, AOL had an effort to build their own based on the Dewey Decimal System. They had 60 contractors in Arizona typing in web urls and assigning DDC numbers to […]

Big Brother, Government, Corporations, and Perverts May Be Reading Your Blog

Business Week brought up an interesting point recently in Big Brother Is Reading Your Blog and I thought I’d ask you want you think about this and if it worries you. It’s not just the prospect of predators and swindlers that has the social-network set alarmed. University officials and campus cops are scouring blogs and […]

Helping the Ultimate Tag Warrior Work with Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugins

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I’m a huge fan of Christine Davis’ Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin. I’m also pushing both publicly and privately to get it put into WordPress.com. It makes adding tags incredibly powerful. Unfortunately, the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin doesn’t play nicely with another of […]

Adding RSS Feeds to WordPress

For the Full Version of WordPress Only There is a lot you can do with feeds on WordPress blogs, and I’ll be talking about that more over the next few months, but here is an interesting new WordPress Plugin and technique for creating feeds on a Page on your blog. Shaolin Tiger’s “How to Use […]

Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin Update Released

One of my favorite WordPress Plugins, The Ultimate Tag Warrior, has a new release for WordPress 1.5x and WordPress 2.0. The new version includes AJAX features for WordPress 2.0. You can add tags on your Write Post panel, or directly on posts with an AJAXy box, or “in posts using special syntax from external editors […]

Creative Usability with WordPress.com Blogs

Taking a few notes from a recent article I wrote on Usability Isn’t Expensive. It’s Practical. Usability is Useful., Abhijit Nadgouda @ iface decided to take his WordPress.com blog, a blog with no control over the look of the WordPress Theme or any core programming files, WordPress Plugins, or templates, and put into practice what […]

Good Reasons to Upgrade WordPress

Alex King explains why you should upgrade WordPress, with some interesting explanations on the changes in WordPress. There is one simple reason why you should upgrade: security. The 1.5 branch of WordPress isn’t getting the security patches that the current development branch is. And even if someone were vigilantly applying patches to the 1.5 branch, […]

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