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Airline Weather Drama: Handling Emergency Announcements on Your Site

Our reliance and dependence upon the Internet is clearly growing, as evidenced by recent weather dramas around the world. In England, British Airways website “crashed and burned” as passengers got online to find out whether or not their flight had been canceled due to extreme fog conditions. Thousands of passengers were stranded when British Airways […]

Alaska Airlines and Jeremy Hermanns – Airline Mishap Meets Blogging Power

When I blogged about Jeremy Hermanns blogging about his hair-raising event on an Alaska Airlines flight, my reasons were mixed. First, I was stunned by the fact that this story made it to Digg and other tagging and social bookmarking services top stories, and then even more stunned that the media not only grabbed up […]

The Power of Blogging On Display – Alaska Airlines Decompression Incident

Just after the Christmas weekend, Jeremy Hermanns and his fiance were returning from a holiday trip when their Alaska Airlines MD-80 had a decompression problem and the plane made an emergency landing at SeaTac Airport in Seattle. While nonexplosive and undramatic emergency landings rarely attract the attention of the media, this one did. Why? Probably […]

Blog Exercise: When Was the Last Time You Got Personal

I walked into a friend’s home and found the fridge covered with refrigerator art from her seven year old. The traditional home often features such childhood artwork but this was extremely precious as the child has learning disabilities and drawing. The artwork was beautiful. I stood there transfixed at the crude scribbles, trying to find […]

Tips for Blogging September 11 Ten Years Later

Over the past few weeks I’ve listened, read, watched, and pondered a quilt of stories around the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, as the world celebrates/honors/remembers the event 10 years later. There are first hand stories of those who were in the buildings, rescuing people or escaping; stories by watchers, waiters, victims, […]

Basic Facts and Resources You Need to Know Now About Web Accessibility

Last night I gave a presentation for an amazing group of web designers and developers in Portland, Oregon. I spoke about web accessibility, a long time passion of mine. My co-presenter was Winslow Parker from the Oregon Commission for the Blind who has been teaching screen reading and computer techniques to the blind. He’s also […]

SOBCon 2008: FuelMyBlog Pre-Conference Meetup Friends

Tonight was the first event of the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) in Chicago at the pre-conference meetup hosted by FuelMyBlog. It was a great opportunity to socialize with many of the return participants to SOBCon, but also to meet new people. It is clear that SOBCon is going to be the event of […]

Shopping for a Blogging, Traveling Laptop

My laptop has reached the four year birthday and I’m ready for a new one. Every computer and laptop I’ve owned I’ve pushed beyond it’s capabilities from day one. I will never forget the first computer my husband and I bought “together”. Within three days, I’d filled the 2 gig hard drive, the largest one […]

Blog Resources: Researching the Research, Finding the Facts, and Seeking Supporting Evidence

As part of my ongoing series on blog resources, covering the many online resources I use to help me blog, you can tell that I don’t deal with rumors or guesses. I like facts. I don’t mind a few estimates, but I like being right when I make a claim or statement, so I work […]

Suffering From a Lost Blogging Mouse

If you think that your mouse doesn’t matter when searching the web and blogging, think again. I have bragged about my Internet savvy mouse in my series, Web Browser Guide for Bloggers, in Web Browser Guide: Button, Keyboard, and Mouse Shortcuts, and now I’m trying to function without my mouse and I’m going crazy. I’ve […]

Honoring the Hard Working Blue Collar Bloggers

While a lot of people rant on about the A-List and Z-List of bloggers, Tony Hung of Deep Jive Interests offers “A List Types Refuse to Acknowledge Blogging’s Blue Collar Class”: But with the rhetoric once again reaching shrill levels, …there’s one thing that Jeff Jarvis, Jason Calacanis, or any other A-list blogger fails to […]

Taiwan Earthquake Disrupts Internet Access

What would you do if a major disaster took out your Internet? A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Taiwan a few days ago. According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau measured it at 6.7 and was followed by an aftershock registering 7.0. While two people were killed, the bigger news has been the disruption of Internet […]

Bloggers Who Contribute to the World Benefit the World

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion writes in “Blogosphere Leaders and Losers” on how leadership tells, even in blogging: If there’s something that most of these folks have in common it’s this – they are critical, but they’re also really nice and willing to learn. They always contribute to the discussion in a positive way. They […]

ProBlogger Asks Which Bloggers Would You Love to Meet?

ProBlogger Darren Rowse asks “Which Bloggers Would You Love to Meet?” and stirs up some interesting responses. The lists of who most people would like to meet are sometimes surprising, and gives you insights into who some of the top (and most mysterious ;-) ) bloggers are out there. Check it out and add to […]

Editing Your Blog Comments

I’ve written a lot about comments, how to handle them, respond to them, and some guidelines for posting comments. One aspect of comments rarely covered indepth is the issue of editing your comments. Not “your” comments left on other blogs, but the comments you receive on your blog. As a general rule, you can judge […]

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