Sunday, April 09, 2006

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
- Elizabeth Taylor - Complements of Anita Sharpe

Everyone we meet in virtual blogosphere is part of the kaleidoscope of our real life. It is as a divine-plan, which helps develop us into the unique person we are today. Every experience we encounter has an effect on how we think, link and act. It gives us an opportunity to grow and evolve as a person and a big part of this, I believe, is our ability to embrace life. We even need to embrace anonymous cowards of shire boys caliber like Bob as in our real lives at work and in our neighbourhoods and clubs we all come across all kinds of nasty people and virtual life is not divorced in this context from the reality ...
Yet nice people tend to outnumber nasty people. It is the law of the universe unless we create totalitarian regimes and the web is far from totalitarianism. In many ways the blogosphere is more than making the world smaller and smaller; it's the contagious relationships we encounter, which give us the greatest challenge that test how strong our spirit is. Enthusiasm and commitment is a contagious mixture and quite catchy. Most of us tend to ignore less than witty characters like bitter Bob. How we deal with these relationships is an indication of our ability to give and receive friendship. We are few clicks away from the answer to so many issues. Can one person make a difference? It's easy to be cynical about the power of one. But a person's importance, so difficult to quantify in life, is perhaps more easily measured in death – and the gaping holes left behind. Power must be dispersed: not so much because everyone is always good, but because when power is concentrated some people tend to become extremely evil Absinthe & Cookies (a bit bitter, a bit sweet) Gathering of the Blogs 2006

Bloggers feel like they are cheating on their lovers, sneaking off to fondle the keyboard and share secret thoughts with all manner of lurking strangers hidden from sight -- like whispering in the dark or writing blind in a crowded bar Dare to Blog it

The Blog, The Press, The Media: Smallest World Ever: Some Assembly Required
The world is Szirine’s Oyster: over 110,000 reader from all over the Small World Phenomenon The Small world effect of Three Clicks of Separation: Publish, be read, and get paid. Start writing instantly! Thanks to Google, Media Dragon is an on line survivor as Google ads pay for my monthly ADSL subscription. In addition, (New Tender Brand Image) Telstra has also provided me with a sweet deal I could not refuse ;-) To Blogging like this is to be Happy forever - I could never imagined I would have readers from all over the world… I have every hope that Media Dragon like Cold River

will outlive me. If I have one reader, just one reader who is moved by my story and links to stay true to himself/herself no matter what, then I am happy, I consider that success by my own definition. The most important thing a survivor can do is remind people of the high price of freedom ... Look upon Google! Bloggers may breath a huge sigh of relief as some bloggers such as Darren Rowse are not only survivors but thrivers too ...

A year ago I attended a business lunch where the topic was blogging. I like to write, and was awaiting release of my first book, but did not know about blogs. The panelists spoke about how easy it was, how popular blogs were, the benefits of SEO and the ease of getting started. Later that night I started “Some Assembly Required: The Biz Dev and Networking Blog“. I used as my platform solely because that was what the panelist had recommended (and because it was free).
Taking up John's call for innovative new FreshTags applications

Blogging Moments Of Clarity [BNA's Web Watch Reading Room Great resource highlighting new government reports, bills filed, hearing information, and NGO reports by topic of the day Web Watch Reading Room; Bizarre passwords: 'smellyundies' "enforcer", "chunder" and "crunchymaggots" Police secret password blunder ; Charles McGrath, former editor of the New York Times Book Review recently posed the rhetorical question: “has there ever been a book that wasn’t acclaimed?” All the books are above average ... Six degrees of reputation: The use and abuse of online review and recommendation systems by Shay David and Trevor Pinch Why look at book reviews? ; I really liked a recent post by Jack Vinson on Reputation everywhere or the growth of web based rating systems Reputation Everywhere – Jack Vinson ]
• · How The American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, And Destroy Democracy Tragedy & Farce ; An empowered community of participating citizens is the ideal. But what happens if the people at its heart lack the resources needed to make it work? Bottom-up. Community-based. Multi-stakeholder. Participatory. And now Everyday Democracy. The rocky road to citizen rule
• · · Honest. Just read my piece. I Agree With You, Completely ; When old regulations meet new technologies, there is bound to be confusion. Net Gain on Campaign Finance Rules
• · · · Visits to blogs, local information and social networks drive Web growth New Trends In Online Traffic ; And brainy young things: At America’s highbrow magazines, the torch has been passed to a new generation of Baby Remnicks We’re all sort of the anti-blogs
• · · · · Blackboard Blogging: Web journals become the new fly on the wall of teachers' lounges. Some are gossipy; It's disturbing to watch bad ideas grow legs Free speech should soar above insult and injury; Slashdot vs. Memeorandum, Malda vs. the Crowds
• · · · · · This could be a good option for someone who wants something that does a bit more than Blogger but without cost. There's also an Eponym Blog Search. Eponym Blog ; I try to make a point of being seen. Sometimes when I'm blogging, I'll make a comment even though I'm not in a mood for commentariat ;-) Spendingnd the last stage of my life terrified that no one will notice when I die ;-) I am having of one those existential blogs set aside ... Send me love History of Escapes