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 ...
ProBlogger: My Blogging Income Breakdown for the First Half of 2016.
I find these things fascinating. Amazing what readers find of value.
Email today ...
“I like your blog. I’d read it more, but I just don’t understand it.” Sorry you’re having a hard time. Specifics?
Got busy. Links soon.
Geek and Sundry: The Original Internet Hoax Story Has Returned to YouTube.
Poor title. Not the first internet hoax, not by a longshot. Kaycee Nicole, five years earlier at least. Wikipedia gets a lot wrong, as usual. The MeFi’ers who started digging called themselves the “Scooby Doos”, determined to push the whole thing back to facts.
Catapult: Misadventures in Micronesia.
Clever. Flavor of Griffin and Sabine.
The Millions: There Is No Handbook for Being a Writer.
“You’ve only failed when you’ve stopped trying.” Sort of like blogging (wink).
Sorry for the missing sidebar this morning.
Blew past my self-imposed disk allotment on the server. Fixed.
Editor’s note: Apologies about titles percolating to Twitter.
Because of all the work in-house, I’m not being as careful as I should about title lengths. They get truncated by EE1, and I don’t generally notice until I post the *next* entry. Trying to be better, but things still slip through. Another reason to upgrade (another item on the to-do list!).
GalleyCat: Writing Quality Decreases Among Those That Read Online Only.
Bah. I’ll argue sample size.
Donald’s broke, and I can’t find anything to link ...
I have to run out to another photo shoot. Back later! Promise!
Guardian.UK: Lonelygirl15 - how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet.
“The thing is, Bree wasn’t real. Lonelygirl15 actually had a small team of writers. Bree and her best friend Daniel were played by actors.” This has occurred in so many of the internet’s niches. A popular blog goes viral. Turns out, the long posts, the artful photography, the well-produced videos ... are the results of an uncredited team of people. And, more often than not, wealthy sponsors pushing brands. Bottom line tends to be if it’s too good to be true, if it looks perfect ... it’s a ruse.