I'm now accepting submissions for the next storyblogging carnival, which, as many of you know, is our first anniversary. It's been a full year since the carnival started, and it's grown, slowly but surely. I'd like to make this one our best yet. Aside from sending me your own stories, also let your readers know about this upcoming event, so they have the chance to participate. If you have a story you'd like to submit, send it to me (dscrankATalum.mit.edu) with the following information: * Name of your blog * URL of your blog * Title of the story * URL for the blog entry where the story is posted * (OPTIONAL) Author's name * (OPTIONAL) A suggested rating for adult content (G, PG, PG-13, R) * A word count * A short blurb describing the story
Duncan Riley, Editor of the Blog Herald, said that being placed amongst the Top 500 bloggers in the world was a great honour, and proved that the Australian blogosphere can and is being counted internationally.
"Despite the Australian blogosphere still being a relatively small player in the world scene, Australian bloggers are being heard and are making a difference" said Mr Riley. "Although we may not always be recognised within Australia, this recognition at an International level may help in spreading the word that blogging in Australia is growing, and Australians do have the potential of making a name for themselves amongst the 70 million odd blogs currently in existence."
Melbourne blogger Darren Rowse, who was featured recently in The Age Newspaper and who blogs full time for a living, stated that Australian bloggers had a wonderful opportunity to make a difference on the internet.
"Geography is no longer a constraint to success. Readers in the United States or the United Kingdom don't worry about where you're from, they are interested in what you write and how you write it," said Rowse. "People want and need spaces to interact with others with similar interests, passions, problems and ideas, and Australians have a natural ability to create such spaces."
Cameron Reilly satirically added that he wanted more Australians on the list. "w00t! This is the best news I've received since I found out about the "Hot Coffee" crack for GTA. There should be more Aussies in this list though. Do we want the Yanks to dominate this thing? Let's lift our game, people. Let's take it to the streets."
...today I had the notion that a blog is a kind of bully pulpit, and that it would be fun and possibly even edifying for nonprofit bloggers engage in a bully pulpit exchange. In other words, we should get a group of folks who work for or with mission-based organizations, throw their names in a hat, and randomly assign each one to be a guest blogger for a day on somebody else's nonprofit blog.
This sounds like fun to me, and also a great way to see how somebody else looks at things. Check here for more on how you can get involved!
He said, “If we want to talk about gender issues lets talk about how to resist the small minority who are obsessed with notions of gender and race.”
As well we should. I haven’t mentioned anything about the BlogHer conference, because I feel those kinds of events are ultimately exclusionary, and divisive. Part of the problem as I see it lies in the fact that the definition of the word, “equality” has been changed over time by radical feminists to mean “supremacy” or to refer to some kind of special consideration based on gender and nothing else.
What’s happened is that those obsessives Duncan refers to simply can’t (or won’t) figure out a way to stop seeing everything in terms of somebody being oppressed or suppressed, no matter what the facts tell them. Just like hardline conspiracy theorists, who see black helicopters spraying viruses in the air in every commercial transport, and UFOs in every unusual cloud formation, the obsessives see their variety of gender bias in every collection of people. If that group of people is not at least 50% female or above, then they presume, because that’s their fixation, that some nebulous “they” is at work again to “keep women down.”
If that were true, of course there’d be no female bloggers, quietly (or not so quietly) doing their thing and chalking up millions of readers, collectively. Yet those women are out there, and most of them don’t feel they have anything to complain about.
The way I see it, the whole issue has been constructed to give credence to an erroneous and passé idea that will benefit a few self-involved individuals at the expense of everyone else. The sad thing is that so many otherwise intelligent people with honest concerns for fairness get sucked in by those who really only want a little easy publicity for their collective neuroses.
I think the self-correcting nature of the blogosphere will ultimately expose these frauds for what they are. They have depended for decades on hysteria backed by very little in the way of provable fact, and there’s just too much evidence available for them to maintain their fictions much longer.
I'm very happy to report the blogger's class yesterday went just great! There is nothing more gratifying to a speaker than to see a room full of expectant faces! We actually ran out of chairs and had to get some more from another room.
These people were motivated, interested, and had plenty of very intelligent questions.
For those of you who've wondered about the site I set up for them, it's here:
This blog contains the basic outline for the class, with all the links and bloggers we talked about during the session. We held the workshop in a room without online access, and I worked from four sheets of paper. No PowerPoint. I like the way it worked out, because when you have a roomful of people all sitting in front of computers, or even with a single main screen, this tends to become distracting and the interaction between participants gets diluted.
Like so much else online, it is a work in progress, as there will be more classes of this kind to follow!
The worldest newest weblog network Weblog Empire has officially launched today, bringing together a number of previously separate blogs, and launching a new blog, into a new network that aims to make quality content easier to find. Weblog Empire, the brainchild of Western Australian blogger Duncan Riley, the editor of the leading blogging news site The Blog Herald, leverages years of experience in internet design and marketing, in an attempt to provide a superior product that meets growing consumer demand for quality content in a crowded marketplace.
“With some 60 million blogs out there, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find quality content in the blogosphere” said Mr Riley.
“Weblog Empire aims at bringing together existing sites, as well as introducing new sites that provide quality information and content for the enjoyment of the average consumer and blog reader”.
“The network will develop a number of new sites that are targeted not only to heavy computer users and bloggers, but also to the average user who may otherwise not be familiar with blogs”. Read more here>>>
BLOGGING WORKSHOP What is this buzz about blogging?
Find out all about it at this interactive workshop that will answer these six questions: What is a blog? Who uses blogs? Where do I blog? How do I blog? Why should I blog? How do I find an audience and promote my blogs?
When: 7 – 9 a.m., Friday, June 17th Where: Room #170, Arizona Western College Career Center, 1351 S. Redondo Center Drive. Cost: $19.95 Register: Call Carmen Madero at 928-317-6181, Monday–Friday, 7a.m.–3:30p.m.
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