Cnn.com has alot of stories on very trivial matters. But this China story is anything but. It’s about:
Wei Wenhua (who) was a model communist and is now a bloggers’ hero — a “citizen journalist” turned martyr.
The world needs China to open up, and so does China. Here’s hoping they do. Everyone will benefit.
For more details, see Death pits technology against Chinese control. Kudos to CNN.
people who wonder, “why blog?”, the people at lifehack.org have listed
a number of strong reasons why you should in their article, How To Use Your Blog To Make 2008 Your Best Year Ever!
article is written from a viewpoint of how to use a blog to improve
yourself, and the bonuses they list regarding blogging (e.g. track
progress, get feedback, share knowledge) apply to anyone, either
personally or professionally.
This is a great site for all you geeks / evil mad scientists.
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – Making the World a Better Place, One Evil Mad Scientist at a Time
Tip from one of my other favourite blogs, Geekdad.
Not sure how useful this is, but based on examining my blog stats on WordPress.com, here are some observations I came up with that seem related to driving traffic to my site (not that I am Robert Scoble or anything..and what is alot for me is really not much). But they are practical tips.
Here they are:
- Make it easy for search engines to find you: use searchable words in your blog title. I used to use interesting titles. Now I think about how to put as many searchable words in the title (and hence the URL) as possible so search engines will fine it.
- Make the first sentence and the first paragraph catchy: search engine results (like Google) will have the first line or first paragraph highlighted in the search result. Make that something people want to read and therefore clickable.
- Comment on general interest topics: I wrote an entry on the social effects of Facebook. People search for that alot it seems.
- Comment on seasonal topics: like Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. People will be searching for things like that.
- Comment on things in the news: new media, people in the news, new technology. People will be searching for new things. I am a big fan of Blade Runner, so I blogged about the latest version of it coming out, and I get lots of hits on that.
- Offer helpful advice: Ok, I don’t know how helpful this is, but I used to have alot of people asking me for wine advice, so I blogged about how to find good cheap wine at the LCBO (i.e. the liquor stores of Ontario). I get alot of hits due to that, and if you google “cheap wine lcbo” I come out ahead of some established wine writers in Ontario. Go figure. I should give up this IT gig and write on wine for a living.
- Use Images: I try to use images on my blog entries to make them more appealing (and give credit where it is due). But I also get alot of hits as a result of images.google.com
- Write on offbeat topics: easier said than done, I know. I once wrote a blog entry on using a blackberry as a flashlight. I get at least 1 person a day searching on that.
- Comment on sites with automatic trackback: some blogs like those at the nytimes.com and other places have automatic trackback. If you comment on those sites and put a link on your page, you may show up on their site.
- Include a pointer to your blog whenever you can.
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Different domain name, same good contents.
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One of the nice features that WordPress has is the ability to blog via a mobile device. Just goto https://m.wordpress.com
A scathing satire of the IT industry and genius-boy himself.
And here’s the blog.
I decided to look around for a new blogging site after blogger started changing. I considered technorati, but went with WordPress for a number of features, including the option to be notified via email when updates occur (a very nice feature). More from me soon….