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Weekly Digest: End of Year Rush, Lorraine is Bad, Awards, and Kicking Blogging But – As Usual

I had last week’s Weekly Digest of “Lorelle World” ready to go, but life stepped in with a lot of snow and too many distractions. My apologies. So this week, you get three-for-one. :D I decided to have a little fun these past few weeks with the types of articles I published here and on […]

Can The DMCA Be Used Against You If Someone Doesn’t Like What You Blog?

According to the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Contract Watch, public features are misusing the DMCA, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which is designed to protect copyrights on the web. The announcement references a recent Electronic Frontier Foundation press release about a suit brought against a defendant which used the DMCA to request […]

Announcement: Blogging Tips Book By Lorelle VanFossen

My new book, “Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging”, is now available. This book began as a series of articles from this blog to be put into a hand-out for participants of the Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference (SOBCon07) held last week. As we discussed the book, it was clear that we […]

WordPress and Blogging Events: January 2007

The following are upcoming events related to WordPress and Blogging, as well as some interesting web technologies conferences and events. Unless otherwise listed ($$$), these events are free or very inexpensive. For more information on these events, contact the hosts. For more information on WordPress and blogging events in general, check out my WordPress Events […]

Blog Challenge: Have Blogs Changed the World?

I recently posted a blogging challenge on changing the world in 30 seconds and it got me thinking about how blogs have had such an amazing impact on the world today. While many think about blogs as offering examples of freedom of speech, allowing those who have long not been heard to shout their message […]

Pew Survey of Bloggers: Who is Blogging

There’s been a lot of talk a while ago about the Pew’s survey of bloggers, and here are some of the interesting comments I found on the subject recently. Buzz Machine’s “Who the hell are we, anyway?” brought up the issue of blogging verses journalism. …someone you’d know plopped down in a chair in front […]

Blog Battles Over Gallaudet University Presidents

There’s an interesting blogger-meets-journalist-meets-political ballyhoo going on over the ongoing debates and protests against Jane Fernandes, the woman chosen to be the next president of Gallaudet University, reports NPR’s Melissa Block. To understand why it keeps growing, NPR’s Joseph Shapiro says it helps to see the protest as a bloggers’ revolution: JOSEPH SHAPIRO, reporter: Ricky […]

Are Blogs Now News Sources? Google Thinks So

According to Micro Persuasion, Google has added Google Blog Search to the Google News search bar links. Hmmm, that’s interesting. Blogs as “news” or “news resources” is still a hotly debatable point. Most blogs merely rehash the news with opinions and conjecture. A few actually report the news though, which challenges the fine line between […]

Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog

If it bleeds, it leads. Punchy. Catchy. Attention-getting. Insightful. Instructive. Incentive. Luring. Fishing. Bait. Hook. These are all terms used to describe an effectively written title or headline for an article. The words chosen must provide a powerful incentive to make the reader want to read. To make them want to buy the magazine, newspaper, […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blogging About Bloggers

I’ve had fun over the past year blogging about bloggers. The first batch of bloggers I blogged about were the first bloggers on WordPress.com, followed by bloggers blogging about Hurricane Katrina, which was of special interest to me since I was in its direct path. A fun article on bloggers blogging about unusual topics was […]

Celebrity Blogs: Which Celebrities are Blogging?

A while ago I wrote about celebrity bloggers. That article continues to attract attention and that got me thinking. Who Do You Think is a Celebrity Blogger? When I wrote that article, to me, a celebrity was a movie star, famous in-the-news person. Someone with “fans”. I wanted to highlight the famous celebrities who blogged, […]

Women Bloggers: How Many and Why Aren’t There Enough?

Scobelizer recently pointed me to an interesting article from the Contra Costa Times asking why aren’t there more women on the A list of bloggers? The Contra Costa article, “Call them equal opportunity bloggers”, explains that while there are more women bloggers than men bloggers, why are men the top among the “blogging celebs”? There […]

Full Disclosure on Corporate and Commercial Blogs

The Blogging Journalist showcases the Dan Gillmor on Bloggers and Disclosure: It should go without saying that the bloggers should make this disclosure, right? No question, the ones who parrot a company line — down to using the company’s words — ought to be more forthcoming about the connections. It should also go without saying, […]

Music Bloggers

I’ve been researching music bloggers for the past several months, but other projects kept me from completing my work. Researching music, especially bloggers who blog about music, is very time consuming since I feel obliged to listen to what they recommend and plow through tons of reviews and commentaries to see if they know what […]

Developing New Ways of Thinking about Blogging

In a recent story on NPR called Back Pain Treatments Can Be Tailor-Made, a comment caught my attention. Years ago, doctors recommended that patients go to bed and stay there in order to heal. That’s absolutely not the recommendation today. In fact, not moving at all could be the worst medicine. Fishman likens the process […]

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