Upcoming schedule for blogging here ...
I have a particularly strenuous photo shoot over the next few days, and I also have to make a push to comp up a rather complex site. That means I need to hunker down for a while, which diminishes my efforts here on the blog. I’ll try to look in from time to time and post something new, but my frequency will not return to normal until next week sometime.
As always, thanks for your continuing readership, and I’ll peek in when I can!
Mashable: You’ll soon be able to register a .blog domain.
Jeez, the early-access price. Vanity, thy name is .blog?
The Fully Intended: Being afraid.
BBC: News site Gawker.com to shut down next week.
College Fix: Princeton HR department - Don’t use word ‘man’.
Should this be the new ‘default’ for all weblogs and social interactions? Asking. “I’d really like to know, man.”
Wonkette: Let’s Try Talking About Juanita Broaddrick, Again.
“But truly — back then, men were taught that a girl has to say no a couple times before she says yes, so no one will think she is easy.” Read it, see what you think. Most are only linking the original article; this is the ‘apology’. In the ‘90’s? Please. ‘50’s, maybe. I was born in 1959, and I understood “No” to be “No”. And it never went that far, in my hearing. And ‘taught’? Where in the world did that idea come from? And religious redemption is the slippery slope by which terrible politicians regain the limelight.
Sometimes, as a blogger, you have to step back and avoid the ‘I need to answer my mistake right away’ urge. A longer, more thoughtful process is required. Most readers will understand the pullback-and-contemplate time, if you ask for it. “I didn’t express myself well, let me take the time to carefully rephrase my intended meaning.”
Speaking more generally: Given the youth of today’s journalists, I really do wonder sometimes at their portrayal of previous decades. It only rarely resembles the realities I lived through. The first lesson: Avoid making broad generalizations without evidence!
FishbowlNY: NPR Is Closing Its Comments Section.
“Montgomery added that social media provides a much better platform for discussing NPR stories than the site’s comments section. He’s right, of course.” Um, Twitter just encourages snark. So I respectfully disagree.
Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi on the Summer of the Media Shill.
“Media power comes from trust and respect, and both are eroded quickly if you only ever give people what they want to hear.” Can we underline that one, relink it generously?
FishbowlNY: The Drudge Report Meets Usain Bolt.
“In the month of July, there were a total of 2,678,400 news-making seconds. If you divide the Drudge July page views total by that number, you get an average of 549.66 page views per second.” One look at the DR, you feel the world’s falling apart. As bad as Amazon’s “Most Read” email, if not worse. Do we as a society really love bad news this much?
The Coolist: The 30 Best Action Movies for Men of the Modern Age.
Linked so you don’t have to read it: “... The Last of the Mohicans takes a hard stare at the cruelty inherent in the wild west as white settlers pushed native peoples off their homeland.” It’s NEW YORK, you buffoons. “Wild west”, my eye.
Catapult: Their Body, Themselves.
Parents usually learn this early. It’s all in how YOU react. Not others.
Story from my past. My father loved recounting when my sister first asked about “How do you make a baby?” He was reading the paper, as he normally did on Sunday ... nose buried deep in the NY Times. My sister walked up, out of his line of sight, and asked the question. Now, a normal parent of today might put the paper down and start into a longwinded, overwrought explanation. Not ol’ Pops. Dad slowly lowered the paper, and looked over his glasses ... and saw my sister standing there with a crayon and a piece of paper held out. She wanted to know how to *draw* a baby. Dad’s comment: “Never answer too fast.”
Columbia Journalism Review: Dear old media - Get over yourselves.
“The new kids on the block discovered what online readers want far quicker than more traditional news organizations while producing capital-J Journalism in the process. Their shortcomings are many, varied, and yes, consequential. But the same holds for what they’ve added to the increasingly urgent discussion on the future of media.” Indeed.
Just can’t get no weblog-traction today.
Requests keep pilin’ in. Makin’ money’s a good thing. You’ll understand.
With y’all shortly.
NY Times: The Blog That Disappeared.
If you use a service, be warned. Back up your stuff locally! Before using any new service, make sure you can get out what you so carefully put in.
Meeting this morning.
A biggie. With y’all later. Run along, read all about the end of the DNC. It’ll take three days for the glow to wear off. Then it gets real.
Techdirt: Nick Denton Bucks The Trend Du Jour, Thinks News Comments Are Worth Saving.
“Throwing out the entire concept of on-site comments because a jackass said something mean or pointed out you were wrong about something has never been much of a solution.” Um, been saying this for a decade at least.
538: There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds.
If only we could convince our friends and family on social channels that this were true ...
Vox: Donald Trump perfectly explains his entire campaign strategy, in one bizarre tweet.
Been trying to explain this for ages now. If you ignore him, he loses his power. After the Clinton coronation, all thinking liberals should purposely minimize their T-tweets and quash T-conversations.
SEO Chat: 4 Of the Most Destructive (And Common) Blogging Tips You’ve Ever Heard.
“Did you know that the majority of blogs become inactive within 100 days after creation?” 6,000+ days and counting ... I agree with the tips. But who’d listen to such drivel?
‘5297 unread articles.’
Not so bad, really. I’ve seen worse.
I’m here, I’m alive.
I forgot to schedule posts when I should have. 25th wedding anniversary trip! Didn’t want to let the entire internet public know my house was empty and waiting for brutalization. What a time to be gone! Nice, Baton Rouge, Tuppence (Trump-Pence). I see I didn’t miss ANYTHING ... links when I can, as I plow through the backlog. My aggregator’s probably going to force-quit itself [internet software equivalent of suicide] for overload when I open it shortly ...
Electric Lit: Brad Watson on Scoundrels, Medical Mysteries & Building His New Novel.
“Cowardice never gets a novel written.” Great quote. Write that one down.
Second Yorkshire Gold (tea) of the morning ...
I’ll get to links, really I will ...