Earlier this year, while trying to figure out where to go on vacation, we came up with a few destinations, one of which was Maine. That didn’t pan out, and we ended up having a great week-long trip to Cape Cod instead. We had gone to Rhode Island the previous summer, and this year to Harwich Port on the Cape. My appreciation for New England grows with every trip we take.
Still, Maine is on my list and if it’s anything as relaxing as this video, I can’t get there too soon:
[Hat Tip: Twitter]
The man believed to have been imprisoned longer than anyone else in the world for the contents of a blog, Egyptian Abdul Kareem Nabeel Suleiman, has been released after four years and 10 days of detention, his supporters have announced on their blog.
Suleiman, who blogged under the name Kareem Amer, was sentenced in 2006 to four years of jail for insulting religion and the leadership of Egypt on his blog. He was critical of, among other things, Egypt’s treatment of women and of its Coptic Christian minority. Supporters report that during those four years, Amer was tortured, beaten, attacked by other prisoners, disowned by his family and had his books, letters and personal effects taken away.
His case is of international interest not just because of his humanity, but because of the political conflict between authoritarian states and a new world of freely self-published bloggers who would challenge them with new Web technology.
Just added The Unofficial Apple Weblog to the blogroll, as I can’t stop reading the damn thing.
What’s driving the growth of reporting on technology? The blogs:
“In technology coverage, what happened was blogging,” [Rivera] said. “And the best bloggers got readers, which encouraged more bloggers to emulate them. And it just added pressure for everyone to become better and faster. A lot of the characteristics of blogs made their way into more established media sites, even as some of the larger blogs became more like mainstream media. And mainstream media got a lot more bloggier.”
One of the local websites that I go to for local news in Jersey just started a writers blog called Writer’s Retreat, where the goal is to discuss established writers’ work and for locals to submit their own work.
This should grow into a great resource for writers and bloggers here in New Jersey.
Jay Rosen, journalism professor at NYU on the importance of links to information on the Web via blogging:
The link [...] is actually building out the potential of the web to link people, which is what Timothy Berners-Lee put into it in the first place.
…[W]hen we link, we’re actually expressing the ethic of the Web, which is to connect people and knowledge. And the reason you link doesn’t have anything to do with copyright and property, it has to do with that’s how we make the Web into the Web of connections and that’s how we connect knowledge to people.
As a blogger, what I try to do is do everything well, all the time, and give you way that you asked for every single time you come to my blog. More knowledge than you thought, more links than you’d bargained for, more nuance, more depth, more education than you imagined when you clicked that link.
That last paragraph is the essence of blogging as I see it. It drives me nuts when bloggers don’t link to sources.
Well, the blog has been live for a week and one day now.
It’s a miracle I still remember the login ID and password. I know I mentioned this in my first post, but WordPress has really stepped up its game since I started looking at the platform nearly a year ago. Kudos to them.
Looking at the stats, the blog has 210 unique visitors since it went live. That’s an astounding fourteen views a day, on average! Who would’ve thought?
Is this thing even on?
Blogging is not a full time gig for me, unfortunately. I work at a start-up community bank, having been in banking for most of my 10+ years young career. I helped to organize and start the bank, at which I have been working for slightly over four years.
So technically, it’s really not a start-up any longer. It’s more like your typical corporate environment, just not as stringent.
That being said, corporate life blows. Seriously.
I don’t know what the outcome of this will be, and if my life history is any indication, I just might get very easily bored with this within a few weeks. First off, hats off to the people at wordpress.com for making this and all of their thousands of other blogs possible. Their upgrades over the past few months are light-years ahead of where they were a year ago.
Secondly, I have to mention this piece from New York magazine titled “Blogs to Riches” which was published in 2006, almost four years ago, which is an eternity in the blogosphere.
Before reading that article way back when, I was aware of blogs and had been reading a few here and there. But it was this article that got me to understand the potential of it all and how it was going to change our national discourse and become part of the social fabric. It was in this piece that I first read about Peter Rojas, founder of Engadget, one of the sites I check out regularly. Rojas began blogging about what he was passionate about—gadgets and electronics. And Rojas was the first blogger, from what I can tell, that profited nicely for his efforts.
For me, the notion that blogging was no longer a nebulous form of communication, but rather a medium in which just about anyone could participate was hatched from that moment.