I’m a fan of Pam Blackstone and her blog Random Bytes just celebrated “100 Posts and Counting”.
With publication of the previous article, Random Bytes reached the 100 post milestone — a feat that seemed inconceivable when I started this blog. It’s hard to believe I’ve had that much to say. When I started blogging, I worried about finding things to write about. Today, the primary challenge lies in managing my favourites…
So I decided I’d honor her with one of my blogger brags and brag on her a little.
Pam Blackstone is a professional writer, photographer, educator, and speaker who lives in Canada. In addition to her Random Bytes blog, she also has a site for her photography business called ShutterScribe, and hosts a net search site, WebLens.org (Web Lens), which claims to “bring the web into focus”, allowing you to search a variety of resources including search engines, metasearches, directories, scholarly, and academic research, and more. The Scholarly and Academic Research search engine and directories list is invaluable for journal, science, medicine, and library research resources.
Back to her blog, Random Bytes, from among her 100 posts, I’ve found some delightful information. Recently, like so many, she’s been ripped off by splogs and others with copyright infringements. A few months ago, someone “cloned” her blog and then again. She followed the instructions I wrote in “What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content” and for the second round of the copyright battle, she was ready:
This time around, I knew exactly what to do…A quick WHOIS check revealed that these sites are hosted by DreamHost.com.
I fired off an email to DreamHost’s abuse reporting address, citing the infraction and the name and contact information of the offender.
A big thumbs-up to DreamHost! Unlike Blogger, they were fast to respond and very co-operative, advising me that — once again — I needed to file a formal complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. But before I even got that far, I heard back from DreamHost: they had contacted their customer to warn that a complaint was coming. That was all it took. The offending copies were gone in less than 24 hours.
Amazing what a few well placed emails can do.
In “Horizontal Suckerfish and More CSS Menu Resources”, Blackstone shared her struggles to design CSS menus for a website, coming up with some great solutions and recommendations in the process.
Redesigning her blog, in “Template Background Hacks and Generator Tools” she shared the lessons she learned for fixing her Blogger blog’s background look, an interesting diagonal pattern.
Expressing her love of computers and photography, she shares bubble making tricks in Photoshop in “How to Create Amazing Circles and Bubbles”. Sharing our love of photography and patterns, I adore fractals and had way too much fun with her article on “Fractal Art: Forging Order From Chaos”. And don’t miss “Using Photoshop’s Wave Distortion Filter to Create Abstract Art”, another fantastic tutorial that will twist your brain around your images.
As an avid reader, and always on the look for unusual bloggers, I was thrilled with her list of Journalist and Author Blogs.
Blackstone is such a talent and a gifted teacher and writer, sharing so much of her skills with others so freely. While the posts on Random Bytes are indeed random, they are all educational, sharing the lessons she’s learning as she blogs with her readers. Go check out the fun!