When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, it's best to walk away from the table and let the cats deal with the picky details.
Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog has a great (and very popular) post on "How to Become an Early Riser". His advice, wake up at a fixed time everyday irrespective of when you go to sleep and go to sleep only when you feel like it! Simple, isn't it?
Posner calls serious errors by the mainstream media as breaches of trust:
Inaccuracies in blogs are less pernicious than inaccuracies in the mainstream media even apart from the superior opportunity for prompt correction of bloggers' errors. The reason is that bloggers are known not to employ fact checkers or editors; there is no pretense that they have the resources to eliminate all errors in their postings. The mainstream media, in contrast, represent to their public that they endeavor assiduously to prevent errors from finding their way into articles and broadcasts. They ask the public to repose trust in them. Bloggers do not. That is why serious errors by the mainstream media are played as scandals; they are not merely mistakes--they are breaches of trust.
I couldn't agree more! Update: Derek Rose disagrees as he thinks that bloggers should be responsible for what they write and should be held accountable. My response is that bloggers present themselves as a network. The debate conducted by bloggers through the network of posts linking to each other as a whole makes more sense than a single post on its own. This is unlike newspaper articles which generally stand on their own and the sources cited (case in point, the Newsweek's article about Kuran abuse). This is an important difference. I haven't seen many cases where inaccuracies in any newspaper article were exposed by another newspaper. But in case of bloggers it is routine to comment and debate among each other.
At Bayosphere, we're going to create a community fueled by that notion. We will reflect -- and reflect on -- the news, needs and ideas of the San Francisco Bay Area and especially the technology sphere that is the prime economic driver of the area.
Make sure your blog has a RSS (or atom) feed turned on. Better still, use feedburner. That way, your readers can subscribe to and/or syndicate your blog. They don't need to keep checking your blog to see if there is any update. You can also allow your readers to subscribe your RSS feed or blog through email using a free service called Bloglet.
Register your blog (and its RSS feed) in various directories, such as BlogLines, Technorati, Yahoo!, Dmoz, etc.
Happy blogging! Update: Here is the details on trackbacks. In a nutshell, it is a way to tell that you have put a up a post with a link to another post (on somebody else's blog). That target blog will automatically list all the links that refer to its posts.