Tag: blogging

  • Intel blogging

    Blogging is becoming a way of life at Intel but most of it takes place behind the firewall where Intel’s watchers and customers cannot see it. Here are a few notable exceptions:

    If the purpose of blogging is to start a communication, it looks like TinyScreenfuls and Intel Perspective are doing a better job (certainly a better job than blogan.net). Why, you ask? Look at the number of comments, especially this one where Josh invites questions about Intel.

    I’m excited to see what will happen to Josh. According to his “Caveat Lector” he is doing this without official blessing.

    The content of this blog is my personal opinion only and although I am an employee of Intel, the statements I make here in no way represent Intel’s position on any issue, nor am I authorized to speak on behalf of Intel on any matter.

    Will Josh be able to walk the fine line of keeping an interesting discussion going without running afoul of the powers that be? Will he become Intel’s Robert Scoble? Or will he become Intel’s Heather Armstrong?

  • Army Strong without milblogs?

    Sometimes, I think the Army gets it. One example is their new ad campaign, “Army Strong.” This is an ad that must have been created for new media. (The Army’s not going to buy time on TV to run a 2:34 minute ad.) YouTube is hosting it for free.

    The military is attempting to shut down milbloggers in the interest of operational security. Yes, I understand that the Army must watch to ensure sensitive information is not disclosed. Yet, I can’t imagine why the would want to shut down what is becoming the primary source of positive news on the war. After all, the War on Terror has transitioned from a military battle to a media battle. Let’s not abandon that battlefield.

  • Who’s a lonely blogger?

    Oh, come now. There’s no need to perpetuate such hurtful stereotypes, regardless of how accurate they may be. ;-)

    Hat tip: realVerse

  • Don’t blog

    Ivan Tribble warns blogging can be dangerous to your employability. He apparently has some expertise on the matter, having recently served on a faculty search committee.

    Job seekers who are also bloggers may have a tough road ahead, if our committee’s experience is any indication.

    You may think your blog is a harmless outlet. You may use the faulty logic of the blogger, “Oh, no one will see it anyway.” Don’t count on it.

    After providing some amusing examples of harmful blogging behavior, Ivan then claims none of the blogging activity actually disqualified an applicant. (Doesn’t this negate the whole point of the article?) At the end, we learn that even “Ivan” is a pseudonym.

    Could it be that blogging isn’t the only online behavior with consequences?

  • blogan’s 1/2 Birthday

    Blog stats — Six months ago, I published my first blog post. Since then, I’ve published 189 more posts and blogan has more than 225 comments. blogan’s daily traffic has increased from just me to somewhere between 20-30 visitors. Even so, I’m (at best) a D-List blogger.

    D-List blogger? — What makes one an A-List blogger? Adam Weinroth analyzed three blogging rock stars, showing that they are primarily linkers, not commentators.

    To see how blogan stacks up, I analyzed my 190 posts, using Adam’s categories. Like Adam, I allowed a post to be classified in more than one category if it seemed appropriate.

    Clearly, I don’t have the mojo to be an A-list blogger. I spend too much time on issue analysis or commentary, though not as much as I’d like. (I still owe one semi-regular reader an answer on Social Security reform, though I’ve clearly lost interest interest in the topic or the will to fight or both…)

    How do you find me? — Judging by my access logs, blogan is discovered mainly by people searching for:

    • Free teleprompter software
    • Mirror image fonts
    • Free TNIV
    • Random header images
    • How to make a memory map
    • Microinequities

    However, those searches find posts outside the mainstream of blogan articles. I’m sure it results in many one-hit visitors.

    Still blogging… — So far, I’m not here, yet.1

    If I were, I suspect you’d know it before I did.

    1. Comic credit. “Nothing to Say“, by Hugh MacLeod. Used under a Creative Commons license
  • The map room

    Oh, wow! A blog about maps. The Map Room is now on my list of links and RSS reader.

    Update: For my faithful readers (you know who you are), here are a few links gleaned from The Map Room:

    Hat tip: Robert Scoble.
  • Blog Law

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a legal guide for bloggers.

    Hat tip: Michael Pollock of Small Business Branding.
  • Counting blogs

    Carl “The Numbers Guy” Bialik at The Wall Street Journal asks how many blogs, how many blog posts, how many blog readers, and why this is even important.

    First, let’s step back and consider why we’re counting blogs at all. You no longer see articles that attempt to demonstrate the legitimacy of the Web by stating how many Web pages there are. But blogs are still in the process of entering mainstream consciousness, so numerical credibility is important; bloggers themselves cite the statistics a lot.

    I tend to believe the statistics generated by actual blogging activity, whether posting or visiting. Fortunately, posting is relatively easy to measure. Technorati and BlogPulse can count active blogs and ignore the rest. That’s certainly more useful than Blogger or MSN Spaces claiming that 3.7 gazillion bloggers sign up each picosecond and then never post again after “this is a test.”

    Unfortunately, counting blog visits is much more difficult. As much as I like to watch my traffic meters, I recognize they are more useful for measuring trends, not absolute numbers. Earlier this year, Michael J. Totten wrote a great article on measuring blog traffic. Rather than attempt to summarize, I’ll refer you there. Do not miss the comments.

    What’s it all mean? Probably not a lot. After all, you’re already a blog reader. You like blogs enough to spend the most limited resource you have: your time.

    We don’t need someone else telling us whether blogs are mainstream. It doesn’t matter.

    Hat tip: Brother Bob via e-mail.
  • Airport blogging, part II

    Once again, I sit in an airport terminal, blogging. However, unlike last time, the experience is not “too cool.” My flight from Sacramento to Portland is delayed about two hours, meaning I won’t take off until after I was supposed to land. And the wireless, though it exists, is not free. I’m too cheap to pay, so my wireless experience is limited to glancing at the green wireless network status indicator. Mousing over the green yields the useless tip, “Excellent Link Quality 80%.” For fun (woo-hoo!), I point again. “Good Link Quality 73%.” Now, thanks to the Windows SP2 issue I mentioned earlier, the indicator is red, and the pop-up box is truthfully declaring, “Wireless network unavailable.” It’s time to plug in my headphones and listen to Robben Ford. Somehow, “Don’t Deny Your Love” seems strangely appropriate.

    What’s next? Coin-operated meters on electrical outlets?

    I hope one of these days airports and other public facilities treat wireless access like mains power: they install it because they need it for their operations and don’t prevent others from using it as well. What’s next? Coin-operated meters on electrical outlets so airports could make a few extra bucks off travelers charging their cell phones or running their laptops during extended delays? That would be real customer service!

  • Airport blogging

    I’m at the PDX airport, waiting for my flight. Yet, I’m online, using my laptop, completely unwired. Too cool.1Yes, I hate it when the big name bloggers talk about their travel plans and brag about blogging from the back seat of a taxi using a bluetooth cellular phone networked with a PDA using a WiMAX connection. I’m so sorry. I couldn’t resist. ;-)

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      Yes, I hate it when the big name bloggers talk about their travel plans and brag about blogging from the back seat of a taxi using a bluetooth cellular phone networked with a PDA using a WiMAX connection. I’m so sorry. I couldn’t resist. ;-)



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