TopRankBlog: 10 Real Time Content Discovery Tools for Curation, Engagement and Sharing.
Hmmm. I’ve not yet hit such a service that can gauge my taste accurately. I spend my time in them going, “Really? That’s the best you’ve got for me?” RSS still rules the airwaves for my linkblogging.
I’ll get there, I’ll get there.
SER: Did Metafilter’s Founder Matt Haughey & Google’s Matt Cutts Talk About Google Ranking Issues?
There is a chart, at the bottom, to show an uptick for MeFi. I’ll note that I have not had any more takedown notices since the last surge.
Seattle Times: Why in the world I hand-wrote my emails – and what it taught me about how we wr
10,000 Words: Source Sleuth Looks to Connect Journalists, Bloggers with Quality Sources.
“… we assign a researcher to each query that comes in. They look through our database to find quality sources and then reach out to sources to see if they are interested in helping out with the story.” Of interest. I wonder what criteria is used to judge a ‘quality source’.
ReadWrite: An Early Fourth - Welcome To ReadWrite 4.0.
Another redesign. I swear, Evan W. should charge for Medium copycats. It has had such a huge impact on design.
Zeldman: Netdiver returns.
Blast from ye olde blogging past.
Youtube: Lily Allen - URL Badman (Official Video).
Whether we want it or not, looks like bloggers have an anthem. The lyrics: “I don’t like you, I think you’re worthless; I wrote a long piece about it up on my WordPress …”
He’s baaaaaack … eye update, longer version.
Well, I had my macula mapped, and a whole host of other tests. The good (?) news is that my vitreous has detached from my retina cleanly. Got to see a nice little cutaway scan of my eye (like a horizontal slice showing the separation). My macula is clean. I’m still having flashes, and apparently that’s to be expected. I have a very small blind spot just above center in the right eye. Seems to be diminishing as the PVD progresses, so we’ll just continue to observe its progress. Doc says everything is ‘normal’ … but I should not go out and engage in kickboxing for the next three months. Impact sports are forbidden. I have a host of floaters, too, that occasionally make viewing a monitor a real penance. There is no change to my overall prescriptions.
Best news: The headaches have subsided, the light sensitivity is gone.
Net-net, though: I can start posting with normal frequency again. The floaters do, however, annoy me to death, so if I am suffering from their blurriness, that will naturally slow down my posting. I hate having to read blurry type. Best description is, the floaters can be numerous enough, it’s like trying to read through a bowl of chicken noodle soup.
Links later on. Tootle along.
Wired: Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online.
“We often think of the internet enables you to do new things. But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done.” Well, that explains Washboard.co (sadly, defunct already).
NIce Marmot: Fair Winds and Following Seas.
RIP, Jack Williams Rogers. My heartfelt condolences, Dave.
Scripting.com: I know what a blog is.
“When you click the Publish button you should feel butterflies, at least sometimes, because there’s no one to pass the buck to. If someone else wrote the headline, or did a copy edit, or even reviewed what you wrote and critiqued it before it went out, it’s still writing, but it is not a blog.”
Even after all this time, butterflies still arrive. I still feel like I’m in rehearsal for the blogger I will someday become. A lifetime of practice. Tenure, popularity, profit … all these are but ephemeral rewards. Publishing is the thing. Publishing that which we value. It’s like the creative urge - it simply must be done as breathing must be done.
I suppose my blogging time can be summarized as, “What did you learn today?” The day I say ‘nothing’, is the day I stop.
To be more precise, learning and sharing the learning.
My skills as a rhetorician are failing me on this fine Friday. Note, however, my difficulties are … unedited. [HAH.]
The Register: Yet another WordPress vuln: Image furtler plugin lets BADNESS in.
TimThumb again. Folks don’t always list it on their theme descriptions - dig around in your code to find if it exists. I banished it from all my WP installs - and, BTW, it is included in some other CMS themes as well.
Medium: I Know Times Are Changing.
Anil, in his element, talking of Prince.
Poynter: ‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge.
“Some blogs are quite popular, but others ‘“got very, very little traffic, and they required an enormous amount of resources, because a blog is an animal that is always famished.’” Information point, fellow bloggerati.
The Pastry Box Project: Let’s Talk About Comments.
Neuromarketing: It’s Time to Forget the Fold.
In my opinion, small mobile screens have encouraged scrolling for value.
Vox Product Blog: Editorially Joins Vox Media.
“Bloggers expect less abstraction between what they create and what gets published. Bloggers use the medium to start and engage in conversations. Bloggers build communities. Bloggers keep their eye on the traffic dashboard. Bloggers have painstakingly grown an audience from nothing by personally distributing their own work in the same way they discover the work of others: through search and social platforms. We built our platform, Chorus, from this perspective.”
SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.
We need to rout around Google indexing.
TNW: Technorati Quietly Killed its Blog Index in May.
End of an era. Klout should start counting down the days. Take note, all ye who overvalue ‘blog rankings’ services.
Naked Cap: Google Algorithm Change Whacks Naked Capitalism.
Another Huguenot. Welcome to the club.
junkculture: Artists Explore the Abandoned Railways of Mexico in a Homemade ‘Spacecraft’.
“Between 2010 and 2012, Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene set out to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador in a retro-futiristic silver vehicle converted for rail travel called the SEFT-1.” [Ed. note: their misspellings.] Read on, read on.
Contently: New Report Reveals Just How Drastically Brand Engagement is Plummeting on Facebook.
Hitching your wagon to any service, whether Google, Facebook or other(s), seems the height of unwisdom these days.