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New Menu

11 February, 2004 3:57 PM

Do you like the look of my new menu? Still interested in feedback on the site redesign - I'm happy with it except that I haven't had time to update my blogroll...sorry to those who are waiting for me to do that....will get there as soon as possible. Thanks again to Rachel for her design work.

Controversial Blogging

6 February, 2004 9:30 PM

The last few days and weeks there have been a number of interesting discussions going on in a variety of blog posts.

- Dan at Signposts came out of the closet this week and is getting a variety of responses in comments of the post.

- Rachel's oldish post, Spam I Am, has also had some renewed interest in it with some of those mentioned in the post taking issue with the critique.

- Backyard Missionary - Hamo is reconsidering his blogging approach after unintentionally hurting a reader.

- There has also been quite a bit of recent discussion on one of my old Hillsong posts.

Blogging often takes some interesting twists and turns. It can be an incredibly rich experience of 'meeting' and connecting with some amazing people from around the globe. However in the midst of this is are also those moments when expressing you ideas, opinions and experiences opens a can of worms - touching on peoples hurts, challenging values and creating sometimes heated discussion and debate.

Blog Advertising

4 February, 2004 4:53 PM

Does anyone have any idea on how much one should charge for advertising on a blog? I'm talking about my Digital Camera one. Any ideas? Average unique hits per day are around 600 - and increasing.

Any thoughts?

Local Feeds

4 February, 2004 12:05 PM

Just stumbled upon Local Feeds which is an interesting tool that might interest some who are interested in reading what people are blogging about in your local area. Here is the description of the service from the front page:

'Welcome to Localfeeds! Localfeeds is an entirely new kind of wire service-- if a publisher supports certain standards for syndication and geographic identification, they can be part of Localfeeds without any further work.

For each city you will find:
The Latest Headlines: What are people in your neighborhood writing about?
A list of contributing sites: Weblogs and other news sources in your town.
An RSS feed: Read your Localfeed how and where you want.'

Australian Weblog Awards - 2004

31 January, 2004 12:33 AM

Congratulations to the Australian Weblog Awards winners as just announced by vlado. Well done to Vlado for all the hard work of getting the awards together. The overall winner was Looblu who has an exceptional blog that has also been nominated for best Aus/NZ blog at the Bloggies.

Paid Content and the Lazy Web Reader

30 January, 2004 10:53 AM

Blogopoly asks the age old question of can Bloggers charge for content?

I tend to agree with his argument that its highly unlikely. I think there are other ways that are more likely to earn a blogger some dollars from their blog (although I don't think many of us will get rich doing it).

Personally speaking I rarely read any blog (or online newspaper for that matter) that even asks me to subscribe (for free) before reading the content - let alone anything that will charge me for the privilege. There are just too many other free options and it is too much hassle to go through the rigmarole of having to sign up, risk being spammed etc. It isn't that I'm cheap - rather I'm just a lazy web user.

Take out the barriers to me reading your content and I will - make it slightly hard to access the content and I will avoid your blog unless the content is staggeringly good or interesting to me. That is part of the reason that I struggle to interact with LiveJournal bloggers - to leave a comment (that isn't anonamous) on their blog is just too much hassle.

I suspect that I'm not alone in my lazy approach to reading online. It is strange though - because if I hear of a good book or even article in a magazine or paper I will go out of my way to purchase and read it. But online I have never paid for content. Why is that?

Blogging Applications

30 January, 2004 12:19 AM

Tonight was fun, we had friends over for dinner. Among other things we talked about blogging - a completely new concept to them. They were really interested, he might even get into it himself! It is the first dinner party I've ever been to where I've been asked to get my laptop out to explain blogging for the guests.

I've been thinking a lot about the different applications for blogging lately. There is quite a bit of talk about 'business blogging' and a few people writing about 'educational blogging' - oh and of course some politicians are using blogs for their campaigning. People are blogging for all kinds of reasons - some purely personal, others commercial... I'm wondering what other applications people have seen it used for - or think it will end up being used for? Would love to hear your thoughts below.


27 January, 2004 1:43 PM

Blorgy is a newish blog venture that aims to rate individual blog entries. Here is how they describe it from their FAQ:

What is Blorgy?
Blorgy is a post rating system for weblogs.

How does it work?
Blorgy relies on its viewers to read posts, and vote on them. By doing this, we can rank the posts so that other readers will know what the best sites to read are.

Nice idea, although for it to work it will probably need quite a few people contributing posts and voting. So far its small - but it is an interesting attempt to help identify quality blog posts.

BTW thanks to whoever nominated the Blogger Idol Posts.

Redecorating the LivingRoom

25 January, 2004 9:39 PM

Welcome to the new look Living Room. You might say we've redecorated the room. Firstly let me say a bit thank you to Rachel the best web designer I know. She's exceptional.

Secondly I'd like your feedback on its design and useability. The brief I gave Rachel was for a warm and inviting look which will make people feel welcome, comfortable and want to pull up a chair, grab a coffee or wine and stay for a while.

What you see is Version 1.0 of the new design, there are a few new things in my mind that will come soon and a few things that we need to tweak — but what do you think so far? What works well, what doesn't? What are your first gut reactions? How do you find navigating around?

I'd love to hear your constructive criticism, thoughts and ideas in comments below. What do you think?

Blogger Idol Update

14 January, 2004 9:26 AM

Week 1 of Blogger Idol is approaching. I wasn't sure if anyone would want to participate when I first wrote about it - but so far we have 35 45 55 75 blogger idols. Every time I check my email there is another one or two - thank you to everyone for pitching in.

Before we kick off with the first theme on Sunday can I ask for people's opinion on two things.

1. Fat Guy Little Coat has generously designed 5 'Blogger Idol' buttons. These can be used by participants on their 'entries' each week to identify them as blogger idol participants. They will have a link back to a central blogger idol page to explain what it is and encourage more people to participate. Which design do you like best? Vote by going over to Fat Guy Little Coat and leaving a comment.

2. I'd like to hear some suggestions for weekly themes in comments below. Themes should be general enough to give people scope to be individuals but tight enough that they are distinct. Any ideas?

Lastly its never too late to join the project. You can join in or opt out any time so feel free to sign up in comments below simply by saying 'email me' and I'll add you to the list.

What is your chance of winning a Bloggie?

14 January, 2004 9:00 AM

There's a 35% chance that I'll win a Bloggie™.
What's Your Chance to Win a Bloggie™?


Blogger Idol

12 January, 2004 2:23 PM

Want to be a Blogger Idol? Showcase your blog alongside hundreds of other blogger idols by all writing on the same them at once. Sign up here!

With the start of American Idol on 19th January (in the US - 25th Jan here in Australia) I thought it might be fun to have a 'Blogger Idol' series.

I don't believe in competitive blogging so we won't eliminate people each week or declare someone an outright 'winner' in the end - but we'll have a bit of fun with it and hopefully get people reading some new blogs and making connections with previously unknown people. Are you in?

How will it work?

1. Each Sunday (Australian time) I will nominate a theme for the week. I will endeavor to nominate a variety of themes (feel free to submit your own suggestions below). Over the month or so there will be serious, fun, personal, creative etc themes.

2. During the following 3 days participants should submit an 'entry' on the given topic. To submit the entry they should post it in full on their own blog and then leave a link to their entry in the comments under the theme announcement on this blog. Entries can be rants, stories, photographs, art, poems - anything goes.

3. After 3 days (I'll do it Wednesdays Aussie time) I will post a complete list of entries on my blog.

4. There won't be any formal or central 'judging' process. What you do from this point is up to each person. You may just wish to read each entry or you might want to nominate your favorite post/s on your own blog. There is no overall winner, but instead its about finding and showcasing new blogs, swapping ideas on a common theme and getting your own voice heard by a few new people.

People are welcome to join or leave the series at any point.

Is anyone interested? Leave your thoughts, ideas and willingness to participate in comments below and we'll start up next week with the first theme posted this coming Sunday.

If you'd like to receive the themes via email leave a comment below with the words 'email me'.

update wow - so far we've got almost 30 75 people signed up to participate, this could be fun. More info here


11 January, 2004 11:05 PM

The inaugural Australian Weblog awards are happening. Voting is on now via email. Thanks to who ever nominated me - Livingroom is listed in three categories (not quite sure I fit into the 'technical weblog' one though!). Check out the list - there are some fantastic Aussie blogs there.

Also The Bloggies are on again. You've got til 16th January to get your nominations in.

Last year there were some quality blogs given awards It will be interesting to see how it unfolds this year.

So Called Blog

11 January, 2004 3:43 PM

Just read a great little article from the NY Times where the author is attempting to understand the fascination of teenagers with blogging.

But his obsessive online habits are hardly exceptional; he is one of a generation of compulsive self-chroniclers, a fleet of juvenile Marcel Prousts gone wild. When he meets new friends in real life, M. offers them access to his online world. ''That's how you introduce yourself,'' he said. ''It's like, here's my cellphone number, my e-mail, my screen name, oh, and -- here's my LiveJournal. Personally, I'd go to that person's LJ before I'd call them or e-mail them or contact them on AIM'' -- AOL Instant Messenger -- ''because I would know them better that way.'' ...But for a significant number, they become a way of life, a daily record of a community's private thoughts -- a kind of invisible high school that floats above the daily life of teenagers....

Blogging is a replication of real life: each pool of blogs is its own ecosystem, with only occasional links to other worlds. As I surfed from site to site, it became apparent that as much as journals can break stereotypes, some patterns are crushingly predictable: the cheerleaders post screen grabs of the Fox TV show ''The O.C.''; kids who identify with ''ghetto'' culture use hip-hop slang; the geeks gush over Japanese anime. And while there are exceptions, many journal writers exhibit a surprising lack of curiosity about the journals of true strangers. They're too busy writing posts to browse.

Fluid Faith

10 January, 2004 11:31 AM

Fluid Faith has been doing some great blogging of late. I love the introductory paragraph to the blog:

'Welcome, Friends. Help me, please. I'm in a mood to re-discover, unLearn, and reframe everything I know about faith and the practice of spiritual living in the emerging reality growing around us. � So, jump in! Grab your morning coffee, share your thoughts, check out the links, read a new book. Let's talk about this new way of thinking about our faith.'

Through fluid faith I also just found Be Church which also looks like a good read.

Blogging in the Press

29 December, 2003 1:05 PM

Blogging is getting more press.

The Sarg Moves On

21 December, 2003 9:06 AM

It is always sad to see a fellow blogger decide to end their blogging journey. Actually its more mixed feelings that sad. Often they move onto bigger and better things.

One of my favorite bloggers - Josh Sargent has decided to move on to new things. I'll miss his blog on my daily rounds. All the best Josh.

Where Personal and Business Blogs Collide?

19 December, 2003 10:26 AM

What's Your Brand Mantra? is an interesting blog that I've been following recently. It's focus may not appeal to everyone - its about 'Branding' and 'Marketing'.

I come from a Marketing background and I try to keep up with some reading in this area so Jennifer's writing interests me.

Yesterday's post, Shining through, got my attention. In it Jennifer shares how she was recently challenged by another Marketing Blogger to reveal more of her personality on my blog.

Its an interesting comment. Brand Mantra is a business blog and therefore has quite different goals to most of the blogs on my blogroll which are personal in nature. I've read a lot of business blogs lately and to be honest I find many of them to be quite boring and sterile. I often come away from them wondering who the person behind them is and if they have a sense of humor.

Many people keep business blogs and personal blogs at arms length - I know people who have one of each. There is good reason for this - you don't want post about 'what I did last night' or 'what my kid said to me over breakfast' plastered through your corporate blog. However I wonder if there is opportunity for some overlap. I think a business blog that used humor and was written by someone that readers could relate to on a personal level would do quite well. Perhaps personal bloggers could be teaching and modeling personable and engaging blogging to business bloggers?

On the flip side perhaps there might be some lessons to be learnt from bloggers like Jennifer's and other marketing bloggers who might teach us a thing or two about presentation, promotion and finding readers.

These thoughts are works in progress. Feel free to add yours.

Secret Santa Introduces Rodney

18 December, 2003 11:14 PM

The following is a post from Rodney's Secret Santa. To keep it anonymous I'm posting it here on their behalf.

Introducing Rodney!
I'd like to draw your attention to a new blog The Journey - Taking the road less travelled written by a guy called Rodney.

My name is Rodney and I live in Perth, Western Australia. The loves of my life are God, my gorgeous wife, my adorable kids and cycling

It doesn't take long to work out that he loves his time on the bike - he recently rode across Australia: I cycled in a team from Perth, Western Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania. 4233.77km in 32 days.You did what?!

He also has some things to say about taking the church outside the usual four walls, and is reading The Shaping of Things to Come - Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch like everyone else I seem to read. He has been listening to Abba - but I think we can overlook that.

So as your Christmas present to Rodney - stop by his blog and make a comment - and add him to your blogroll (list under "Down Under").

Secret Santa Strikes

16 December, 2003 8:26 AM

I'll post any happenings in Secret Santa Blogger land here - let me know when/if your SS strikes.

Irene's Secret Santa struck. - 'I discovered I have a very efficient secret santa; have already gotten an email message, an e-card, and an Amazon gift certificate! The e-card made my day. Thank you!'

phew - it works....

Just realized I forgot to include myself in the mix....doh!

upate: Thanks for the person who decided to be my secret santa - your email was much appreciated.

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