Among 16 books that were shortlisted for the prestigious Blooker Prize, a book based on blogs also had its place. The contenders were the books by a London call girl, Belle de Jour blog and Julia Child’s, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. As per Stephen Fraser, a spokesman for digital do-it-yourself publishing house Lulu: There is genuinely a trend in publishing of bloggers adapting the material that they’ve originally published on the Web into book form.
The Pour is a blog by Eric Asimov and it is a blog based on wine. As per Eric: In The Pour, I’m going to avoid tasting notes like the avian flu. Instead, I will talk about the pleasures of drinking, about wines I have tried at home with family and friends or with people in the wine business. I will also take the opportunity to expand on issues that appear in the newspaper, either with the Times’ tasting panel or with The Pour column. Asimov had been a chief wine critic with The Times and now he writes for The New York Times. Via: The Pour
A recent example of community-based journalism is an article published in the Toronto Star. The article was based on a dispute between a motorist and a bike rider, but the article was originally posted in a blog, which was then taken-up by Toronto star without the permission of the blog citynoise.org. Though Toronto Star gives due credit to the blog, the Stefen Sinclair Online Blog, which elaborates on this Copyright violation says: As someone who likes to use images in my blog posts, my class presentations, etc. (without always the due diligence that could become a full-time job), I won’t be the first to cast a stone, but I find it truly remarkable(and a bit disheartening) that a commercial publisher like the Star seems to blatantly ignore copyright laws when it comes to digital materials found on the web.. The article in the Stefen Sinclair Online Blog also says that the editor of the citynoise blog claimed: The photographer explicitly denied the Star permission to use the photographs. Via: stefansinclair
A study published in the latest issue of Behaviour and Information Technology shows that people pass judgement on a particular site within a fraction of a second based on the external appeal of a particular website. Gitte Lindgaard, psychology professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, in a statement to Reuters said that: It really is just a physiological response. So web designers have to make sure they’re not offending users visually. As per Lindgaard there is no criteria to judge a website when it is tested for a forst time and therefore a website should have enough tro give to its readers for them to reach on a judgement and rest all depends on readers’ personal choice.
A survey named “Blogging ‘Naked’ at Work” of women bloggers on the BlogHer Network revealed a statistical data that 95 percent bloggers out of which 85 percent of them were female voted for money being the most sensitive issue to discuss over a particular blog. Jory Des Jardins, a BlogHer co-founder and SXSW panelist who writes Pause, a single blog combining personal and professional content says: While many respondents reported positive business outcomes from sharing their personal lives, most also made it clear that there are still taboo topics. The taboo topics in blogging included romance, salary, sexual messages and other such personal issues. Well it is upto the readers to be comfortable with a particular topic or not otherwise they should not read the personal manifestations in a couple of personal blogs
Guardian newspaper is recruiting Britich writers for its new blog ‘Comment is Free’. This blog was launched last week and has already taken 200 writers for the purpose. As per the editor Georgina Henry: It will incorporate all the regular Guardian and Observer main commentators, many blogging for the first time, who will be joined by a host of outside contributors – politicians, academics, writers, scientists, activists and of course existing bloggers to debate, argue and occasionally agree on the issues of the day. Why are we launching it now? Because it’s obvious to us that our major competition for opinion and debate is moving online, and unless we move with it, we’re failing our journalists and future generations of readers.
SeattlePI blog has launched three new blogs, which are written by SeattlePI readers. The three blogs are Bus Chick, Transit Authority; Ear Candy and A Radial Centrist on globalism and Trade. The main idea of the editor was to encourage the SeattlePI residents to write about the subjects they are passionate about. As per the editor Brian Chin: We’ve ramped up our citizen blogging effort with the launch of three new blogs written by SeattlePI.com readers. We don’t tell them what to write and we don’t edit what they post. Via SeattlePI
Charlene Li of the Charlene Li’s blogs reviews about the new website of Google called as Google Finance. sghe writes about the charts, search criterias and message boards used in the sute and then goes on to compare with Yahoo Finance and MSN. But Charlene does not seem very satisfied as she says that: But these features are all window dressing. In the end, Google Finance is a definite improvement on existing services, but it didn’t blow me away. It felt like it was incremental improvements rather than something that fundamentally changed the financial site game. Via: Forrester
Richard Sambrook, Director of Global News at the BBC and guest writer of the blog cybersoc.com, writes on the citizen journalism and elaborates on the ongoing debate to give citizen journalism its legitimate place. He categorizes the citizen journalism into four areas where he recognizes citizen journalism as a part of journalism. He concludes by saying: And citizen participation is going to spread out beyond the media into areas like health and education and of course politics – which is why more and more politicians are starting blogs to speak directly to the public – from Mohammed Abtahi, Iran’s former vice President, to Barack Obama, US senator for Illinois and the latest candidate for “first black president”, to, I gather, David Miliband who will be the UK’s first cabinet minister to blog. Citizen journalism? Hardly, but important voices in the global conversation which now surrounds us all. Via: Cybersoc
KeepMyGolfScore.com officially launches KeepMyGolfScore 19th Hole Golf Blog on the 5th of March and it is everything about the world of blog, covering golf on the categories of chipping and pitching, driving, golf general, golf philosophy and putting. The following update says everything about KeepMyGolfScore.com: Originally launched in 2001 as a pay-for service, KeepMyGolfScore.com was always a quality service. The site was turned into a free service in 2003, and was then completely redeveloped late in 2004. Within about 18 months thousands of new golfers had joined and upgrades, refinements, and improvements have continually been made to the service. Via: KeepMyGolfScore