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Open Media 100

AO/Technorati introduce the first annual "Open Media 100", a who's who of Blogosphere.


The Carnival of the Vanities #114 is up

This week's Carnival of the Vanities is hosted by Laurence Simon's cat, Edloe. No kidding!
Link: This Blog Is Full Of Crap: The Carnival of the Vanities #144.

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.


Serious errors by the mainstream media are breaches of trust

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.


Blogging 101

Here are the steps:

1. Get a blog.
2. Get a sitemeter (and a onestat)
3. Leave comments.
4. Use trackback
5. Take advantage of open posts - here, here, and here for example
6. Find your tribe (memeorandum, technorati, etc)
7. Email
8. Carnivals
9. Blogroll (and ping it too!)
10. Enter the Ecosystem

Link: Mudville Gazette.
I would add a few steps of my own:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Test Entry

testing with different (past) time.