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Blog Exercises: Mashups

One of my favorite odd-ball mashups is the movie Moulin Rouge! Released in 2001, the movie features Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, and an outstanding cast of top notch actors singing their way through a Bollywood-style production set in a 1899 France cabaret. There are few original songs in the film. Instead they used pop songs […]

DuckDuckGo: The Search Engine You Need to Meet

Recently, DuckDuckGo has been turning up in my referrers list. Curious about the name, and thinking it was a spam site, DuckDuckGo needed investigation. Seems I’ve been missing out on what could be the major competition to Google as a search engine. Here is a quick summary of what I learned about DuckDuckGo. It is […]

Security and Protection: Understand the Social in a Crime Network and How to Protect Yourself

While the following is a bit off-topic, my head is spinning with all the layers and networks I’ve uncovered within this recent experience. A friend of mine called this a combination assembly line meets Wikipedia of crime social networks. It begins with my car being broken into and my purse stolen a few months ago, […]

The Art of the Fan-Based Blog: Connections Make the Blog and the Community

By DB Ferguson of the No Fact Zone Another treasure trove of knowledge from my series on The Art of the Fan-Based Blog that can help you to be a successful fan blogger is to reach out to your peers, fandom webmasters. You’ve build the community, now it’s time to make those connections pay off. […]

The Art of the Fan-Based Blog: Copyrights for You and Your Content Sources

By DB Ferguson of the No Fact Zone I know I just recommended aggregating news stories from sources outside of your blog in my series on The Art of the Fan-Based Blog, and that search engines were your friend. They are. However, I cannot stress this enough, be extremely mindful of every single word or […]

The Art of the Fan-Based Blog: Content, Content, Content

By DB Ferguson of the No Fact Zone Content. Ah, now we’re getting to the fun part in our series on The Art of the Fan-Based Blog. After all that technical mumbo-jumbo, we finally get to talk about the one thing we want to talk about – our fandom! Before you jump into the deep […]

Duke DesRochers: Future Social Media Renaissance Man

In this modern world where entertainment has many fronts, movies, network television, cable television, and the web, The Food Network is among many entertainment companies trying to notch it up and take advantage of online social media to find The Next Food Network Star. My cousin, Duke DesRochers, has entered the contest, and as far […]

What Inspires Your Readers to Interact With Your Blog?

By Rachelle Chase Static content that talks to readers is not enough today, especially with the meteoric rise in popularity of online communities and social networking. Good content is still the key to attract and compel people to return to your site, however giving them more than static content and blog comments for interaction gives […]

WordPress.com Marketplace and The Theme Debate

Last week, Matt Mullenweg made public his idea on creating a WordPress.com Marketplace to add more options to WordPress.com bloggers for a fee, especially meeting the demands of so many for more, more, and more. Among the proposals under consideration, and I stress that, since this is not a done deal but an idea, is […]

Promoting Your Wares to Bloggers

In RainToday’s “The Must-Know Dos and Don’ts of Marketing to Bloggers”, the author offers great tips on how to promote your business, blog, advertising, wares, and promotional events to bloggers. In summary, the tips are: Do not send obvious form letters. Do not ask for links, unless you are willing to pay for them. Do […]

Tips for A Good Corporate Blogging Guidelines

The Rambling Librarian addresses the issue of blogging guidelines for employees with a subtitle of “What might make a good corporate blogging guideline?”. I tend to agree with that premise. You don’t need a lawsuit or negative publicity in order to do things right. Basically, the guidelines are to manage employees but not in an […]

Aboutus.org: A Wiki Directory With Every Website Listed

TechCrunch discussed “AboutUs: A Wiki About Every Website” recently. Portland, Oregon based AboutUs announced this week that it has closed a Series A round of funding and raised $1 million. The site is a wiki directory of web sites, mostly populated automatically but with a healthy amount of traffic and a growing number of edits […]

W3C Announces Widget Standard Proposal

Micro Persuasion’s Steve Rubel announces the “W3C Proposes Widget 1.0 Standard” coming from the The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the governing body that determines Internet standards. The proposal covers “small client-side applications for displaying and updating remote data, packaged in a way to allow a single download and installation on a client machine.” The […]

Google the Brand Name or google the word?

Joanna Tidball pointed me to some news stories on Google attempts to prevent the use of “google” as a generic and general reference for searching the Internet. According to The Independent: In June, Google won a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, while “to google”, with a lower case “g”, was included last month in […]

When The Blog Breaks: Site Monitoring

A few months ago, it seemed like every two or three hours, my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, would go down. Eventually, with the help of my fabulous WordPress friends, we discovered that my host server changed their database monitoring security method to prevent abuse by putting a limit on the number […]

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