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Blogs

  • 4 potholes everyone faces on the road to professional blogging

    Blogging popped up in the late nineties, around the time free web publishing tools started becoming available to the general public (who remembers Geocities?). It was a way to post thoughts, ideas, knowledge, pictures…. Pretty much anything you wanted on the internet. The term 'blog' is broad and what a blog encompasses is rather broad as well. From photo journals, to online diaries to commentary pieces on superheroes and the existence of aliens -- if you want to find a thought or photo there is likely someone on the internet who has blogged about it. Towards the end of 2012,...

  • New Medium features enhance ‘open collaboration’ experience

    The nature of storytelling has evolved dramatically since the rise of the internet. Ev Williams, co-founder of big names such as Twitter, Blogger and now Medium, has contributed to this evolution and is continues to do so. New features were yesterday launched to enhance the collaboration experience of his newest publishing platform which Medium claims will drive the idea of open content forward. Medium users can now add to a whole new way of note-taking and commenting before final publishing. They can add ideas or point out typos easier than before by using the notes feature which includes highlighting text....

  • Ad-free blog raises $100k in subscriptions six hours after launching

    If you want to survive online, you need ads. It's just common sense, even Facebook and Twitter eventually figured out that you need ads to get by. Except sometimes you don't. Just ask Andrew Sullivan. The former Daily Beast writer yesterday launched an independent publishing platform called Dish publishing and within six hours of launch had raised US$100 000... in subscriptions. That's right, just subscriptions... no ads. Sullivan plans to keep it that...

  • How many pageviews make an insult insulting?

    The global protests against the anti-Muslim Innocence of Muslims YouTube clip raises the issue that anyone could post a video insulting to a religion or nation. A small number of extremists on both sides could continuously derail a country's foreign diplomacy. Insults are easily published on the internet, and easy to find, if that's what you're looking for. Are we facing years of instability in global hotspots because of extremists hurling insults online? Robert C. Post, in Foreign Policy magazine, Free Speech in the Age of YouTube writes that "Barack Obama couldn't censor that anti-Islam film - even if he wanted...

  • 5 simple steps for making your blog posts kick ass

    Blogs are lame, right? Everyone on earth has had a blog before. At one point your auntie from the sticks had a blog. Except it was just a Word document that she had been typing in and she kept referring to it as a “blob”. Anyway, the point is, you feel like you shouldn't start a blog because it has been done before. But, if you chose not to do things just because people on the internet said it was lame, or had done it before, you would never get anything done. Here are five ways to make sure...

  • 5 top tips for bloggers who suck at working with images

    Listen, if you’re one of those bloggers who would rather speak in public or jump off a tall building than figure out how to insert images into your blog posts, you’re not alone. But in today’s photo-centric internet of photo blogs and Pinterest and short attention spans, the fact is, this is one area where you can’t afford to stay in the dark. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or just started recently, take heart: working with images doesn’t have to be difficult. To help take the mystery out of putting pictures into posts, here are some quick and easy...

  • UK council unbans 9-year-old from blogging about school lunches

    One of the great things about blogging is that you're free to write about whatever you want. Unless you're in the UK, and you want to blog about school lunches. A town council in Western Scotland banned nine-year-old Martha Payne from posting entries rating her school lunches. Payne's blog Never Seconds recently passed 2-million page views and gradually became about much more than photos of what came out of her school kitchen....

  • 8 ways to put LinkedIn to work for your blog

    If you’re like a lot of bloggers, you’ve already got a LinkedIn account but probably don’t know quite what to do with it. Sure, you know you can build relationships through Facebook and find topic ideas on Twitter, but what of LinkedIn? Are there ways you can use this social network to benefit your blog? The good news is yes -- although LinkedIn is a highly under-utilised tool for bloggers, it’s also a powerful one, drawing more than 100-million members and useful for developing blog content, making connections, strengthening relationships and more. Here are eight tips for putting LinkedIn to...

  • 24 must-have widgets for your blog

    One of the best features of blog platforms is that they’re so customisable. Through plugins and widgets, you can easily add handy sharing capabilities, lists of recent posts, a live Twitter feed, whatever you like -- adapting your design to your needs, setting it apart from the competition and making it distinct. Here’s a look at some of the coolest WordPress and Blogger widgets out there, to help you spice up your blog with the features that are right for you. For WordPress Better Recent Posts Pro Enhanced way to list recent posts in a widget, complete with control over which posts...

  • Top tips for taking your blog mobile

    It’s time to take that last step and go mobile. Your competition is already there with nice, neat, accessible and entertaining blogs. Just because you’re online doesn’t mean your readers are compelled to visit you from their smartphones. You have to make it simple and enjoyable for them. Why go mobile? There is a reason people use mobile apps instead of opening clunky browsers on their phones and looking up information as they would on a desktop computer. People turn to mobile apps because they are easy. You can click your way to an entertainment news post as you wait on...

  • 4 Tips for pitching your great idea to a blog

    Part of being a blogger is constantly advertising your ideas as unique. Even if you maintain your own site, you have to establish credibility. Writing guest blogs on other prominent sites is one of the most effective ways to make yourself known as a thought leader in your niche. Here are a few tips for pitching ideas to other bloggers. 1. Know the blog You’ve got an amazing topic in mind, and you want a reputable site take a chance on you. You can increase your odds of being picked up by doing some research. Don’t pitch your ideas blindly. You could...

  • 8 Ways to beat digital writer’s block

    Admit it; just thinking about writer’s block is frustrating you. Writer’s block is a unique obstacle in that it gets worse with time. If you write for a living or for recreation, you know what it’s like to struggle with wording or to find a topic in the first place. Professional bloggers cover a range of topics and often write under irregular deadlines. Here are a few simple tips for getting your creative juices flowing. 1. Just start writing Few sights are as daunting to a writer as a blank Word document. Facing down the white screen is hard enough when you...

  • The law needs to provide better protection for bloggers

    A recent ruling in a Portland, Oregon Court decided that a blogger cannot claim to be a journalist and is, therefore, not protected by normal rules (for example to protect sources). The blogger was ordered to pay US$2.5-million in penalties. The ruling was interesting because it failed to consider just how much the world has changed. The ways in which we transmit information interact with each other have both changed in a phenomenally A large section of the online world receives its news from Twitter and blogs. In fact, I would dare to say the election protests in Iran changed...

  • Yo mama’s blog: 10 of the ‘best’

    "Why don’t you write about the non-mumsy mom type sites? Or something like that. You know what I mean" was pretty much the brief I got. And so I set out on a quest. I ploughed through pooey nappy posts and pictures. I was up to my elbows in constipation advice and lurid descriptions of piles and varicose veins. I nearly lost my bottle in an onslaught of product endorsements and cutesy pie backgrounds. And let’s not mention the disgusting disregard for spelling, grammar, and the CORRECT PURPOSE OF CAPS that afflicts some of these poor souls. I did...

  • Survey: Journalists criticise blogs and social media

    A survey of nearly 500 journalists across 15 countries has found that some journalists use social media and blogs to source and verify stories. But the majority don't. Nearly half of respondents (47 percent) said they used Twitter to source new story angles. Over a third said they used Facebook (35 percent). Blogs were also highlighted as a key element of this process with 30 percent saying they used blogs they were familiar with, while 42 percent also drew from blogs they had not visited before. However, the study also validated the continued importance of the PR representative with nearly...