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.
Mashable: How Yahoo derailed Tumblr.
IMHO, it still has the best suggestions engine. It can peg my tastes pretty damned accurately (suggestions for new Tumblrs to follow). That alone is worth big $.
General observation: You know, with auto-correct all over the place ...
... I see more misspellings than ever. I was always taught that if it is worth saying, it’s worth spelling correctly. One of the pillars of self-respect, communicating well. Depressing that even news orgs don’t even bother anymore.
(Spurred by visiting a site I pay for, and finding ridiculous misspellings through their product. If it weren’t so useful, I’d cancel my subscription.)
Techdirt: New York Times Says Fair Use Of 300 Words Will Run You About $1800.
FYI. I asked in 2000 via direct phone call about blogging excerpts. They said (NY Times, WaPo): “Source identified clearly, no more than three sentences and a link back.” I’ve pretty much tried to stick to that policy throughout my blogging career. Perhaps it is time for another phone call.
I’ll be with you soon. Tootle along for a bit.
GitM: Catching Up - Trump & the GOP.
Makes me feel better.