9 Types of Blog Posts: Which ones are yours?

30 Mar 2007 (Fri)

NINE TYPES OF BLOGGERS (slightly adapted from Collis’ 9 Essential Posts Every Blogger Should Know About, thanks, Lucas):

  1. Speedlinker: Roundups, Comments, Trackbacks, etc of interesting posts. E.g. Problogger.com
  2. Quoter: Blockquoting an interesting point of view, extract or news snippet and add a short bit of opinion and sourcing information. E.g. Susan Mernet’s “Quote of the Day”.
  3. Entertainer: Amusing video, cartoon, image or joke. E.g. CartoonStock.com, BLaugh.com
  4. Questioner: On-topic, interesting and conversation generating question. Insightful and interactive.
  5. Updater: Ongoing project statistics or status.
  6. Newsreader: Interesting news from press releases or grapevine. E.g. TechCrunch.com
  7. Recycler: Dragging out some old goodies from the archives and reposting them for your new readers. (Collis didn’t have any example here, so I’ve added one. This “recycler” is a good online friend of mine. Her blog, a model for me at one point, also contains other types of posts.)
  8. Guest-Poster: Your guest gets an extra plug, you get a day off and your readers get some variety.
  9. Announcer: Own local blog news, short and sweet. E.g. what you plan to do, a new competition, reset of top commenters.

I think I’ve done 1-4, 6 and 9. Which about you?

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Saying “No” To Say “Yes” (Web of Mass Distraction II)

30 Mar 2007 (Fri)

Nexus2007 logoONE GREAT IDEA that I took away from Nexus 2007 is what Nathan Torkington (O’Reilly) calls Continous Partial Attention. Not that the phenomenon is new, but because it describes succinctly what I’ve been (and still am) experiencing. Finally, I can name it.

This is a new design challenge in this age of information anxiety and abundance of meaning. More and more people, myself included, are doing many things at the same time. However, decades of research (and common sense) have indicated that the quality of one’s output and depth of thought deteriorate as one attends to ever more tasks. For example:

  • “We are under the impression that we have this brain that can do more than it often can,” says René Marois, neuroscientist and director of the Human Information Processing Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, quoted in a recent NYTimes piece about how multi-taskers max out their brains, creating neural network bottlenecks and causing confusion and mistakes (thanks, Susan Mernit).
  • When people try to perform two or more related tasks either at the same time or alternating rapidly between them, errors go way up, and it takes far longer–often double the time or more–to get the jobs done than if they were done sequentially, says David E. Meyer, director of the Brain, Cognition and Action Laboratory at the University of Michigan: “The toll in terms of slowdown is extremely large–amazingly so.” (thanks, DeedsDoing 2006)
  • “Kids that are instant messaging while doing homework, playing games online and watching TV, I predict, aren’t going to do well in the long run,” says Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, quoted in a CNN report last year.

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O’Reilly Calls for Blogger’s Code of Conduct

29 Mar 2007 (Thu)

Tim O’Reilly photo by etech on FlickrTIM O’REILLY, one of the web’s most influential thinkers, has just told BBC Radio Five Live that it could be time to formalise blogging behaviour:

“I do think we need some code of conduct around what is acceptable behaviour, I would hope that it doesn’t come through any kind of [legal/government] regulation it would come through self-regulation.”

While condemning the bloggers who issued the threats, Mr O’Reilly was keen that the whole blogosphere should not be tarred with the same brush.

“…The fact that there’s all these really messed-up people on the internet is not a statement about the internet.”

O’Reilly’s call came shortly after high-profile blogger Kathy Sierra reported feeling threatened and at risk online. Coincidentally, the Media Development Authority of Singapore has just opened some guidelines entitled Internet Code of Practice for public consultation a few days ago.

More details on BBC Technology News page, Susan Mernit’s post, Doc Searles’ post on this (based on a letter from Alan Herrell, apparently one of those who threatened Kathy on MeanKids) and a ChannelNewsAsia report.

Update 30-03-2007: See also Bjorn Lee’s Death Threats on the Blogosphere.

Update 09-04-2007: See also Blogger’s Code of Conduct at Wikia, BlogHer’s Community Guidelines and A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs at NYT.

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Claiming My Blog on Technorati

28 Mar 2007 (Wed)

FINALLY, I CAN CLAIM MY BLOG ON Technorati logo (after at least a few months to almost a year… I simply lost count).

Just received an email message from a support guy. He wrote:

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We’ve been experiencing a backlog in support and are working hard to address everyone. I’ve taken a look to see why you are unable to claim your blog “http://www.clappingtrees.com”. It seems your blog was marked for review. I’ve made a small adjustment and our spiders have revisited your blog.

Everything now appears to be working as it should. You should now be able to successfully claim your blog from:


Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for using Technorati!

So, I’m now claiming my blog using Post Claim (by adding this link): Technorati Profile

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