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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 […]

Ethan Zuckerman: Blog Anonymously with WordPress.com

Ethan Zuckerman offers a way for bloggers to blog anonymously with WordPress.com. Blogging anonymously is not for just anyone. Zuckerman is very clear that this technique is for those who are blogging at the risk of their lives, not trying to hide because it’s a “cool thing to do”. The process consists of a series […]

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 […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Blogger’s Rights and the Risks of Blogging

The issues of protection for bloggers, bloggers rights, and copyright protection for web content is still an evolving issue. As more people find freedom of expression in blogging, other people seem to find more excuses to stop or control not just what they say but how they say it. There is even a guidebook for […]

One Year Anniversary Review: Comments on Comments

Comments were one of the main reasons I started exploring various Content Management Systems (CMS) a few years ago. After 10 years with a static website, I wanted feedback. I wanted interaction. Sites were just beginning to offer comments outside of guest books and contact forms, and I craved a responsive and interactive audience. A […]

How NOT to Comment on Comments

I’ve had a few comments on comments, and even discussed mean spirited comments, and now it’s time for a basic tutorial in how NOT to comment on comments. I’m not talking about comment spam comments. I talking about a tutorial on the technique of commenting in the comments on blogs and how to get a […]

How to Handle Tough Questions (and Comments) from an Audience

Reporting Spam Blogs – Splogs

Quick Online Tips recently posted “How to Complain and Report Spam Blogger Blogs”, a good look at the procedures you need to take to report, and hopefully remove, splogs. A splog is a “spam blog”, a blog that copies content from other blogs without permission (though there might be a link back), using that content […]

You Must Be Logged In To Comment

You must be logged in to comment. Okay. Tell me the truth. When you encounter a blog that compels you to respond, what do you think when you encounter “You must be logged in to comment”? Does it make you want to overcome your natural inclination NOT to share your email and private information with […]

Power Blogging: Web Browser Blogging Tips

WordPress and many other blogging tools require you to interface with your blog through your web browser, be it Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, or whatever you are using. While I’ve used any browser I could find on any public and private computer to access my blogs, and I declare Firefox to be the […]

The Committee to Protect Bloggers – Risking Your Life for Your Words

Abhijit Nadgouda of iface, someone I don’t know personally but consider a friend, recently introduced me to The Committee To Protect Bloggers, a part of Civiblog, a multi-blog hosting service acting under “an international initiative with the aim of giving voice to individuals and organizations involved in global civil society.” I’ve written about a lot […]

The Day I Looked Forward to Casinos, Drugs, and Penises

A few weeks ago, this blog was hopping with comments and massive traffic. It was exciting. I threw myself into the joy and spent way too much time monitoring the blog and rejoicing in the sudden popularity. And, as I knew from past experience, it soon died down. My blog stats leveled back out from […]

US Federal Protection for Political Bloggers

The Blogging Journalist brought my attention to a CNET article, “Political Bloggers May Get Federal Protection” you should consider reading if you are pushing the freedom of speech issues or tackling political issues on your blog. The impact of this legislation might spread farther, so be warned and get involved: Bloggers would be largely immunized […]

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, […]

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 […]

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