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This Space: On the death of book blogging (nothing unhappy)
My own luck or misfortune has been to discover that I am intellectually not up to exploring the questions that have presented themselves to me, so I am happily stuck with the amateur hobbyism of blogging about extraordinary books like The Imperative to Write and the profoundly irrationalist literary apocalypse of Maurice Blanchot. But then I wonder how much it has to do with intellect than with luck or misfortune.
blogs  literature  writing 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Blogging for business: five questions to ask before you start
This sounds so basic as to be not worth stating, but it’s really critical. What is your objective?

To have an outlet for your thoughts on some aspect of the language professions
To connect and discuss with other people in the language professions
To attract potential clients
To establish yourself as an authority about some aspect of the language professions
Something else entirely

It’s impossible to over-stress how important this is. Without a goal, it’s not worth starting a professional blog in the first place.
blogs  translation  business 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Oh, I Hate The Romans Already! | Do The Right Thing
This urge to divide the world around us, and to sort out which tribe we belong in goes deeper than would benefit our true self interests. Yet like a pair of dysfunctional co-dependents, we just can’t help ourselves, always looking for ways to find fault and a source of antagonism.

Dutch Kids Being Biked To School. Are we the same or different?

There’s always something that makes them just not like us. We ride the way people should ride, and if more people were like us, the world would be a better place.
cycling  blogs  commenting  archiving  linkrot 
october 2018 by juliusbeezer – Linux. Open Source. Privacy.
It’s Thursday! And that can mean only one thing… Linux Day on the Lunduke Show! Where you decide what we talk about… as long as it’s at least a little Linux-y!

Topics include: FreeBSD banning virtual hugs, music streaming services from the terminal, Gopher to save the web, how to get a job using Linux, getting angry at people pronouncing Linux-y things wrong, what happens to Ubuntu-based distros when Ubuntu goes away, cross-distro package formats, talking about “Windows switchers” is getting old, bluetooth annoyances, proprietary driver annoyances, and more Linux-y goodness!
linux  blogs  tech 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
Dublin hotel bans social media influencers after Elle Darby asks for free stay - Business Insider
Dublin hotel owner bans all social media influencers after 'exposing'...
white moose cafe elle darby YouTuber Elle Darby, right, had her request for a free stay at the White Moose Hotel in Dublin, left, publicly rejected.
Social media influencer Elle Darby asked The White Moose Hotel in Dublin for a free, five-night stay in return for publicity.
The hotel owner, Paul Stenson, refused and posted her request online.
After the hotel received backlash for the post, Stenson banned all social media influencers from his businesses.

A Dublin hotel and cafe owner has banned social media influencers from his businesses after he shamed a 22-year-old YouTube personality who had asked for a free stay during an upcoming trip in return for publicity.

In a Facebook post on Jan 16, Paul Stenson, who owns The White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge, wrote a reply to an email sent by UK-based social media influencer Elle Darby.

Darby, who has over 87,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and 76,000 Instagram followers, had asked for a five-night stay at his hotel in return for publicity on YouTube and Instagram.

She wrote in her email: "As I was searching for places to stay, I came across your stunning hotel and would love to feature you in my YouTube videos/dedicated Instagram stories/posts to bring traffic to your hotel and recommend others to book up in return for free accommodation...
s a result, the Dublin hotel received backlash of its own from the online community, including Darby fans, which prompted Stenson to declare that "all bloggers" are banned from his businesses.
blogs  blogola  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Bike Snob NYC: If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say About Cyclists Then You're Probably An Idiot
Didn't moderate for 10 years because for the most part it was not necessary and I prided myself on keeping an open door.

Started moderating now mainly because of a racist Trump supporter who abused the policy when I mentioned those teens who were arrested for not wearing reflective clothing after they were hit by a driver. (Driver not charged.)

Oh, well, it was a good run. Sign of the times I guess.
commenting  blogs  cycling  racism  us  politics 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
An open letter to the public – Andrea Quinton
Why am I choosing to write to you now? Well I am a police officer. I have served you for 26 years, 2 of those as a volunteer. I love my job, I enjoy going to work, and I am at my absolute happiest when I know I have helped one of you.

I have been with you when your baby has died. Nothing affected me more that carrying your baby into the white coffin in the ambulance. I wasn’t even a mum myself then.

I have sat with you and revisited you when a burglar came and pretended to be one of us, and made you feel safe again...

There are thousands of us doing more than this every single day to protect you. Yes we make mistakes. Sometimes we get angry. We get tired and grumpy, and act unprofessionally. I pick up those pieces too, making sure we deal with that, and get those officers back on track.

I have no time for cops who are criminals...

But I am also a person. I am one of you. I am a wife and a mum of 2 young children. I do the school run. I do the shopping, the cooking and the cleaning. I hurt! I am affected by what you say. Last week it was a “whore”. That is the least of it. I am very affected by what I see.
police  uk  social  blogs 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
The 20% Statistician: Five reasons blog posts are of higher scientific quality than journal articles
I’ve tried to measure blogs and journal articles on some dimensions that, I think, determine their scientific quality. It is my opinion that blogs, on average, score better on some core scientific values, such as open data and code, transparency of the peer review process, egalitarianism, error correction, and open access. It is clear blogs impact the way we think and how science works. For example, Sanjay Srivastava’s pottery barn rule, proposed in a 2012 blog, will be implemented in the journal Royal Society Open Science. This shows blogs can be an important source of scientific communication. If the field agrees with me, we might want to more seriously consider the curation of blogs, to make sure they won’t disappear in the future, and maybe even facilitate assigning DOI’s to blogs, and the citation of blog posts.
blogs  sciencepublishing  openscience  openness  opendata 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Facebook and Google make lies as pretty as truth - The Verge
The difference between the two is the result of AMP, an HTML framework that Google created to make mobile pages that load faster. (It also likely caused the 70news piece to be aggregated into a "top news" carousel.) AMP has the side effect of making mobile websites look a little more homogenous, narrowing down the details that publishers can customize, at least without aggressive tweaks. In a small way, the system normalizes and standardizes designs like that of 70news that otherwise would look obviously askew, tacitly accelerating traffic to questionable sites and further confusing readers who haven’t learned to discriminate.

""It’s hard to make a site look like yours in an AMP format.""

Websites that operate on these homogenizing platforms, whether they offer real news or fake, exist under the same digital gloss no matter their production budget, which presents a problem for upscale publishers wanting to stand out. "It’s hard to make a site look like yours in an AMP format," CEO Neil Vogel, told Digiday in October. "You can change the header, you can change the fonts, but it’s not yours."

Over centuries, print media developed a visual language of credibility that became second nature to most readers: crisp type and clean, uninterrupted columns communicate integrity, while exaggerated images, messy layouts, and goofy text inspire doubt. On a physical newsstand, it’s still easy to tell the National Enquirer from, say, The Atlantic. Online, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between the two.
design  google  attention  internet  blogs  news 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
15 High Paying AdSense Alternatives For Bloggers [2016 Edition]
How many times have you applied for AdSense account and got rejected?

It could be several times or more. Maybe, you are still struggling to get approved by AdSense.

Most of the new bloggers apply for AdSense many times and become disappointed after getting rejected by AdSense. But AdSense is not the only advertising network for publishers. There are a lot of ad networks that share a decent amount of revenue to their publisher.

To be honest, though there are a lot of ad networks but there is no real alternative to AdSense. AdSense is still the best Advertising Network. But I believe ‘Something is better than nothing’. That’s why I am going to share some AdSense alternatives.

If you are one of them who didn’t get approved by AdSense or got banned by AdSense, then you can try the following networks. You can also use these networks along with AdSense to increase your revenue. Here is the list of AdSense Alternatives (2016) that are similar to Google AdSense.
blogs  blogola  advertising 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
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blogs  blogola  advertising  tools 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to Make Money from Blog Without Advertisements
Most of the bloggers limit themselves by using easy to use Ad networks like Google AdSense, or AdsOptimal on their blog to earn. You might be one of those bloggers who doesn’t believe in placing ads on your blog, and might want to explore other opportunities to earn from your blog.

Well undoubtedly placing advertisement is the easiest way to get started with make money blogging but I don’t challenge your noble thought of not placing ads to give a great user-experience.

Even though you need to generate some income to pay your hosting and domain bills or if not, it’s still good to make some money. Is int it?
blogs  advertising  blogola 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
13 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don’t Do | Kristen Lamb's Blog
Mental toughness is a key component to being successful. Yes, even for writers.

So I figured I would tinker with this and make it more directly apply to writers and what we must do (or not do) if we long to do well in this career. Thus, today we are going to discuss 13 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don’t Do...

If your writing isn’t working? Take classes, get feedback from experts on your areas of weakness. Pros in ALL fields do this yet we writers are notorious for believing if we need help or take classes we aren’t “talented”. That is bunk. Pro athletes have coaches and trainers. Pro musicians go study in conservatories. Pros learn where they can do better and get to work.
writing  blogs  bookselling 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
101 Tactics to Drive Blog Traffic Which You Can Use Right Now
Traffic is very important to the success of every webmaster and blogger. It doesn’t matter how great your content is, it still needs to be read and it is traffic that makes this possible. This post will be listing 101 ways by which you can Drive Blog Traffic.
blogs  blogola  advertising  attention 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How I Make Money With My Blog - ShoutMeLoud
When I started ShoutMeLoud in 2008, I never thought I would reach a point where blogging would become my primary source of income. In fact, like many others I also thought that any reference to earning money online was a scam.

I was a graduate student holding a degree in I.T., and looking forward to joining Accenture in 2009. I started blogging as a part-time hobby, and later learned about AdSense and affiliate marketing. You can learn more about how I started as a blogger on my blogging journey page.

In the last couple of months, I have been publishing monthly income reports, just to make people aware of the immense amount of money that is available in the field of blogging. I make almost $8000-9000 per month from all the blogs in my network.
blogs  blogola  advertising 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The quick and the dead – Arbitrage bidding in Adtech and network latency | TFOT
Real Time Bidding (RTB) protocol which enables publishers and ad exchanges to put ad inventory up for auction. The RTB process allows advertisers and Demand Side Platform (DSPs) to bid on ad impressions, individually or in bundles, as soon as they become available, and display the ad of the winning advertiser. When a user visits a website a cookie containing the demographic information of the user is sent to an ad exchange. The ad exchange further requests various DSPs and ad agencies to bid on the ad space. The DSP with the highest bid is offered the ad space and its ad is displayed to the user. An ad serving process to display a single ad can comprise of up to 12 such exchanges bringing in various other Adtech industry players like third party data providers and Data management platforms (DMPs). This process is completed during the time it takes the user to type in a website address to when the page is fully loaded.

Arguably the most important and time intensive part of the RTB process is back and forth communication between ad exchanges and DSPs. During the RTB process bids have to arrive at the ad exchanges or SSPs within 100ms. This time comprises both think time and the time required for the bid requests to complete a round trip over the network. After making an allocation to computation time and network congestion which can result in frequent bottlenecks in network traffic, only 40 milliseconds is left for the round trip transit over the network.

Arbitrage bidders insert themselves into this tiny fraction of a second between the SSPs and DSPs.
advertising  internet  blogola  blogs 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Posthaven is the safe place for all your posts forever
Posthaven is a long-term project that aims to create the world's simplest, most usable, most long-lasting blogging platform. We're as sick as you are about having to move your posts and photos every time a service goes away. Other services will have more features and have newer shinier bits-and-bobs, but this one will keep plugging away year after year.
What are the key goals of Posthaven?

Straightforward, open, self-sustaining, pro-user business model
Simple, clean, usable design
Durable URLs forever
blogs  tools 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to terrify terrorists | The Only Sure Weapon
We know screaming abuse at a woman wearing a niqab on the street, or vandalising a mosque, is an abhorrent reaction.

So then all I have is this:

If you make music keep making it. Make more of it.

If you write, write more, publish more, speak more.

If you make or watch film, or theatre, or dance, or comedy, or any other form of performance, it’s now more important than ever.

However you live, from your sexuality to the way you dress, celebrate it.

Like every group that delights in public violence, those who planned the attacks on Paris are scared not by the power of governments, but by the potential of people. Worried by our tendency to think, to make things, to be creative, to welcome and evaluate theory.
writing  blogs  creativity  music  arts  politics 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Doing Is Knowing: “Sweet Jane” and the Web — Backchannel — Medium
Anyone who wants to learn “Sweet Jane” today can look it up on YouTube and get schooled by gawky kids and middle-aged instructional-video peddlers and all sorts of other people who have chosen to say, “I will show you how I do this.” You can listen to and compare a fat catalog of live performances by Reed and covers by others. (You may visit the “Sweet Jane” Museum I have assembled here, if you like.) The Web has, among many other achievements, allowed us all to produce and share the instruction manuals to our DIY dreams. Pickers and strummers everywhere who have posted your clumsy, loving, earnest videos: I thank you and salute you!
blogs  music  learning  youtube  video  dccomment 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Mystic Writing Pad
for Freud, is analogous to the way the psychic system which received sense impression from the outside world remains unmarked by those impressions which pass through it to a deeper layer where they are recorded as unconscious memory. Thus, "the appearance and disappearance of the writing" is similar to "the flickering-up and passing-away of consciousness in the process of perception" (SE XIX:230).

Freud's somewhat off-hand analogy of the way which the perceptive conscious passes experience through to the unconscious to a child's toy has had a curious career. In "Freud and the Scene of Writing," Derrida notes the father of psycho-analysis's dependence on metaphors of writing to describe psychological processes and concludes that this is no metaphor, that perception really is a kind of writing machine like the Mystic Writing Pad. Derrida in particular notes the fact that the marks on the pad are not visible due to the stylus leaving a deposit on the sheet of plastic (in the manner of a pen, ink and paper). The marks only become visible because of the contact the wax has on the reverse side of the sheet of plastic...
In hypertext, consciousness is displaced from the act of apprehension, from the act of reading, to experience of having been written.
internet  blogs  theory  psychology 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Blog @detransferendo: Should translators blog?
Should translators blog, or is it a waste of time? I recently came across “The Case Against Blogging”, a guest post by Karen Tkaczyk on Corinne McKay’s blog. Karen argues blogging is not the best use of a translator’s time and advocates a blog should be uncommon, regular with a predictable posting pattern, novel, and/or entertaining or instructive. I’m aware there are a couple of excellent specialised translator blogs out there.
translation  business  blogs 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Troll's Guide to Internet Disruption Washington's Blog
We’ve seen a number of tactics come and go over the years. Here are the ones we see a lot of currently.

1. Start a partisan divide-and-conquer fight or otherwise push emotional buttons to sow discord and ensure that cooperation is thwarted. Get people fighting against each other instead of the corrupt powers-that-be. Use baseless caricatures to rile everyone up.
astroturfing  agnotology  spam  internet  commenting  blogs 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Now that Gigaom is all grown up, it’s time for the next chapter | Gigaom
"In 2008, our company decided that we would not pray at the altar of pageviews and advertising metrics that do nothing but devalue our readers’ time and attention. Instead, we opted to take the road less traveled — subscription revenues.

"Now in 2014, we have built a new, dynamic research platform that counts some of world’s largest companies as its customers. It is a business that is growing at an astounding rate, which is why we have added new capital to our coffers and plan to keep growing our research business.

And in 2015, it goes bust...
journalism  blogs  web2.0  finance 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Jekyll • Simple, blog-aware, static sites
No more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content.
cms  blogs  tools  software  web  cool  git 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Reality Check: ‘The applicant’s publication record is spotty’ » Novel Readings - Notes on Literature and Criticism
My essay on Gone with the Wind has been viewed more than 9700 times since it went live, and though you would have to read it to know, it offers an extensive ‘expert’ reading that is enmeshed in my work on fiction and ethics, as well as on historiography: it just presents that expertise in an accessible, jargon-free (well, nearly!) way. The Ahdaf Soueif essay has been viewed a modest 282 times–but reading it over, I am convinced it makes an original contribution to our understanding of Soueif’s novels, and 282 is not bad if Alex Reid and his respondents are right that the average readership for a humanities article is somewhere between 2 and 7. Why would it be better if I had padded it around with footnotes and laid it to rest in the Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures?
I can’t help but be aware, though, that to some extent I am rationalizing my own recent choices, the way I have prioritized my time. It has turned out that for me, it is not possible to do everything. One rationale often heard for academic blogging is that it can further a ‘proper’ research and publication agenda.
scholarly  literature  blogs 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
Tailspin - Pour mes élèves de Seine Saint-Denis
Je sais qu’une poignée d’élèves a refusé de faire la minute de silence, quand une grande majorité l’a respectée sans aucun problème. Curieusement – ou pas – ce sont les mêmes élèves qui, tout au long de l’année, ne respectent pas l’école ni les enseignant-e-s. Les mêmes qui viennent au collège sans leurs affaires, ne font pas leur travail, n’apprennent pas leurs leçons, perturbent le cours. Les mêmes dont les parents ne viennent pas aux réunions de remise des bulletins, les mêmes dont la famille ne répond pas au téléphone. Les mêmes dont nous peinerons à freiner la déscolarisation.
Ce n’est pas une coïncidence.
CharlieHebdo  blogs  france  freedom 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
A look at the writings of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi – sentenced to 1,000 lashes | World news | The Guardian
In Sepember 2011 Badawi launched a witheringly sarcastic attack on Saudi clerics after a TV preacher called for astronomers to be punished on the grounds that they encouraged scepticism about sharia law.

Actually, this venerable preacher has drawn my attention to a truth that had been hidden from me and my dear readers – namely, the existence of the so-called “Sharia astronomer”. What a wonderful appellation! In my humble experience and in the course of my not inconsiderable research into the universe, its origins and the stars, I have never once come across this term. I advise NASA to abandon its telescopes and, instead, turn to our Sharia astronomers, whose keen vision and insight surpass the agency’s obsolete telescopes. Indeed, I advise all other scholars the world over, of whatever discipline, to abandon their studies, laboratories, research centres, places of experimentation, universities, institutes etc. and head at once to the study groups of our magnificent preachers
blogs  saudi  politics  freedom  humanrights 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
WordPress › P2 « Free WordPress Themes
Blogging at the speed of thought. P2 transforms a mild-mannered blog into a super-blog with features like inline comments, a posting form right on the homepage, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates, and much more.
wordpress  tools  blogs  twitter 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Against clubbishness: an interview with Will Thomas and Christopher Donohue, authors of the blog Ether Wave Propaganda (1/2) | Zilsel
Within about three weeks of studying with Allen I had noticed the works of Hans Blumenberg in his office. Hans Blumenberg was the first philosopher I read in college. He was also the first philosopher I read seriously. I read first the Genesis of the Copernican World; then, Work on Myth, and finally, The Legitimacy of the Modern Age. (Allen gifted me his annotated copy of Work on Myth as well as Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations.) He gave many people books in this way...
Frankly, I don’t think there’s a lot of incentive to iron these issues out. At the end of the day, everyone wants to be free to study whatever it is they want to study and not be questioned too much about it. It’s a kind of club, and traveling and drinking are a part of that. You are, of course, supposed to question others—but not too much. Start to press your point, and you’ll be asked to resolve the dispute over drinks where it doesn’t matter. And I don’t see this changing. It’s an attractive culture, and it’s one that almost all the junior people have bought into as much as the senior people. But, yes, insofar as these debates do happen and are taken seriously, one could view EWP as trying to clarify and democratize them a bit.
history  philosophy  science  blogs 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
New Adventures in Trollsplaining in the End Times | Cunning Hired Knaves
I started to post comments around different websites, the Irish Times in particular, also The Journal, and occasionally a couple of others. But as well as posting the comments there, I’d share them on Facebook, Twitter and this blog. I tried to write them in such a way that they could make sense as standalone pieces: so that you didn’t have to read the article to make sense of the comment.

When writing them I would also try and be as politely adversarial as possible, without coming across immediately as a troll. There was an element of trolling to it though; I had no interest in getting involved in a debate with any of the other commenters. What interested me, on the whole, was trying to undermine the premises of the piece itself. To use a sporting analogy, as far as I could, I tried to get in with a crunching challenge early doors.
commenting  blogs  news  ireland 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
The threats that shut down Anita Sarkeesian’s talk come from someone who seems to be deeply steeped in the misogynstic Men’s Rights subculture | we hunted the mammoth
I went through the email – the full text of which I found in this Pastebin – cutting and pasting some of its more memorable phrases into Google to see just where – if anywhere – these phrases showed up online. And I found that quite a few of them are phrases that are used almost nowhere else but in the misogynistic subcultures I write about on this blog
Now, as I said before, none of this is proof of anything, but it is highly suggestive. The email author not only seems to share the general beliefs of Men’s Rightsers and misogynist Manospherians; he also, even in the course of his short email, falls back repeatedly on some very specific phrasings that seem to be native to the misogynistic subcultures of Men’s Rightsers and pickup artists.

I think it’s safe to say that this is a person deeply steeped in this subculture – and frankly, more interested in the antifeminist crusade of the Men’s Rightsers than in video gaming as such.
feminism  psychology  corpus  language  blogs 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
What kind of blogger are you? | Media Network | Guardian Professional
Instead, play to the strengths of the form: in blogging, context is just an embedded link away and a follow-up post is whenever you choose. As such, the atomised pyramid helps define a new model of storytelling.

With this in mind, here are four blogging archetypes worth exploring:
writing  web  blogs 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Shorter, better, faster, free — Advice for authoring a PhD or academic book — Medium
Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams’.
scholarly  socialmedia  blogs  twitter  sciencepublishing 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Labtimes: Interviews with: Altmetrics specialist Martin Fenner
Altmetrics can help with this discovery process but for the most part, these kinds of tools are still missing. It is one of the things that is on our development roadmap for the next 12 months.

PLoS ONE publishes about 3,000 papers a month. Even if you filter by subject area, you cannot read a table of contents that long. One way to improve this is to use article-level metrics as a filter, to generate a table of contents small enough for people to read it every week.

At PLoS ONE, you're saying you're suffering from information overload?

Fenner: Absolutely. PLoS ONE publishes everything that is solid science and doesn't pay any attention to the perceived impact a submitted manuscript will have. One consequence is obviously that PLoS ONE publishes a lot of papers, another one that it publishes good papers, excellent papers - but also not so good papers. PLoS ONE makes it easier for the author to publish but it makes it more difficult for the reader to find the most relevant content - a reader can't read all papers he finds interesting in PLoS ONE, he needs tools to help him find the most relevant papers.
sciencepublishing  scholarly  altmetrics  search  overlay  blogs  internet 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Beyond the donut: the Altmetric story |
What first got you interested in altmetrics?
I used to work in bioinformatics, in a lab at Edinburgh University. I wrote a blog about interesting papers or methods I’d come across, and there was a great set of computational biology blogs by others that I’d read every day.

I found those blogs far more useful than, say, journal club. I always wondered why you couldn’t see links out to blogs from journal articles, or conversely have an index of which papers were being mentioned by who. There’s a lot of good discussion happening around research online and it isn’t usually linked to where it’d be most useful to see it, next to the research in question.

So that was one thing that got me interested in these kinds of ideas. The other was a broader problem about getting credit (and funding) for your work. It’s crazy that we still have to do things like write articles about datasets or software not because people need to read the article but because without it some people will assume it cannot be formally cited, and their uses may not be recognized.
altmetrics  citation  blogs 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Don't blog, just write
About two years ago, I wrote a guest post for Corinne McKay: The Case Against Blogging. I suspect it is the most widely read piece I have ever had published online. The comments thread was a mile long and insightful, both supporting and knocking what I had written. I received emails off-line as well—only supportive though. The post also brought me the ultimate accolade for a translator: Pierre Fuentes found it inspiring enough to want to translate it. For those of you who read French, he produced this lovely post.

So what was all the fuss about? I said that I don’t think that blogging is an effective use of most freelancers’ time.
translation  blogs 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Mapping the climate sceptical blogosphere
Online sources such as blogs are an especially under-investigated site of knowledge contestation. Using degree centrality and node betweenness tests from social network analysis, and thematic content analysis of individual posts, this research identifies and critically examines the climate sceptical blogosphere and investigates whether a focus on particular themes contributes to the positioning of the most central blogs. A network of 171 individual blogs is identified, with three blogs in particular found to be the most central: Climate Audit, JoNova and Watts Up With That. These blogs predominantly focus on the scientific element of the climate debate, providing either a direct scientifically-based challenge to mainstream climate science, or a critique of the conduct of the climate science system.
climatechange  blogs  agnotology 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Art of Writing Great Google+ Posts - Copyblogger
he nuts and bolts of publishing great content on Google+
google  blogs  writing 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
French Praxis Course Helps Give Voice to Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo : News
The students in Agnès Peysson-Zeiss’ Praxis III French course are hoping to help improve this lack of awareness as they partner with World Pulse, an online media network Namadamu is a part of, to broadcast first-hand accounts of life in the DRC by women who live there.

This fall, the seven students in the Praxis course are each translating five blog posts from French to English every two weeks for World Pulse’s PulseWire, an online community of citizen journalists and bloggers.
translation  journalism  blogs  education 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Peer Review, Part 5: The Importance of Gatekeepers
why insist on limiting the number of papers?

The answer is simple: time. It’s the only resource we can’t make more of, and it is the one that limits what we can possibly consume. Being able to find work that has been vetted, rather than having to vet it all yourself, is hugely valuable. You can now trust that the work has at least a minimum quality level, and is not just a video of somebody’s sleeping cat.

JB wrote: "This is a useful discussion, and I think Kosara is to be congratulated on posing what might be called the attentional argument for peer review so clearly, even if it does turn out to be ultimately false. My own view is that scholarly information seeking habits have been so radically changed over the past 20 years that is hard to be confident that any element of the print-based system will necessarily be valuable in the age of ready access to networked computers, but, you know, old habits die hard.
We also know, as randomwalk nicely illustrates, that traditional peer review is not good at identifying truly radical scientific breakthroughs. We know that it is hardly effective at detecting scientific malfeasance. We know it consumes a tremendous amount of reviewer time, and most of the time the reports they produce are simply buried–a tremendous waste. We know that ‘glamour journals’ sustain their 90%+ rejection rates as much as on a ‘sexiness’ criterion as on any of scientific rectitude. We know that junior colleagues fear the career consequences of criticising their seniors. We know their seniors, on occasion, abuse peer review by nicking ideas from unpublished manuscripts.
And as the function that Kosara claims for it here, of correctly apportioning scientific attention, is among the easiest to imagine replacing with modern tools such as overlay journals and microblogging platforms like Twitter, I suspect it is misguided of him to defend the status quo on these grounds."
attention  peerreview  sciencepublishing  blogs  twitter  scholarly  jbcomment 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
NEJM Publishes Erratum After Social Media Peer Review - Things of interest to a medical librarian. - Krafty Librarian
Journal club finds stat errors in NEJM paper; blogs it, comments come in, author responds "graciously" and NEJM publish a correction.
socialmedia  peerreview  blogs  commenting 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Blog Commenting - The True Value
What is a blog commenting campaign? A blog commenting campaign is a concerted effort to seek out blogs to comment on in order to highlight your company. With so many blogs in your industry and within related industries, there are countless opportunities to plug your company. That’s the fantastic thing about blogs; unlike a website, they are usually open for commenting...
So what is the best way to make your comments count? Ideally, you want to find the right blogs with the desired audience. Search for blogs that are within your industry. Include niche blogs that talk about specific products you may offer.
commenting  blogs  business 
january 2014 by juliusbeezer
Tweeting and blogging aren't wastes of academics' time – they can be valuable outreach -
However, if a site is really to count as ‘impact’ in the particular way the REF implies, as opposed to any more workaday definition, then you need to demonstrate in some way that is not merely reaching an academic community. I’d like to think that my own sporadic blogging for the Guardian Science blogs suggests I am trying to reach a broad public audience and that (rather than my personal blog) was what got snuck into my local REF Impact Template. I don’t have proper metrics for that, but at least I can demonstrate I am writing for a wider public than simply physicists.

So where does the tweeting come in? For myself, I use tweeting as a way of picking up useful links to stories that I might otherwise miss.
blogs  twitter  scholarly  sciencepublishing 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Open and Shut?: Let’s be open about Open Access
Richard Poynder goes in search of the shadowy author of a blog hosted at "" who seems unnecessarily biased towards a world view that completely excludes discussion of Green OA. I point him to the sourcewatch wiki.

[update 19/4/17: interestingly now only a comment by Harnad remains below that post, with two evident spams. But it looks like Poynder has deleted mine nevertheless]
openscience  openaccess  sciencepublishing  scholarly  blogs  transparency  internet  anonymity  dccomment  commenting 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Montaigne, the Godfather of blogging - The Ed Techie
Blogger sees Montaigne as first blogger; neglects role of translator in the sensations experienced
dccomment  blogs  français  literature 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
This is the first blog I’ve written since writing blogs for the respectable charity Booktrust. Booktrust gave me no rules for writing blogs, except that they said I couldn’t swear. So after six months of non-swearing I have been bursting to fucking swear. I really fucking have. I just need to get it out of my system.
writing  funny  blogs 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
NeuroDojo: Back room science
What strikes me about both North’s and Schram’s comments is they reflect a desire for there to be a back room. You know, the place where work gets done, out of sight. Then, after all the real deals are made, a glossy fait accompli version that lacks blemishes is presented for “the official record.”
openaccess  blogs  peerreview 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
11 Spam Comments That Look Like Drunk Thesauruses (And Why) | Mental Floss
Recently, a spammer accidentally posted an entire spam template to Scott Hanselman's blog, where you can see how this synonym substitution works. For example, one comment template reads:

I {want to|wish to|desire to} {read|learn} {more|even more}
{things|issues} {approximately|about} it!
spam  blogs 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Virtues of Excrement: Lili Loofbourow on Blogging and the Academic Life « UC Berkeley English Department
Academic writing will always be more complicated and more ambitious than blogging, but I’ve found blogging and tweeting really useful because they force scholars into informal encounters. I find this hugely productive because MY GOD, we need to let the dynamic energy that goes into scholarly work express its dynamism somewhere. Conferences at one time served that purpose, but they’re part of the professionalization machine now; they’re not creative testing grounds, they’re where you recite some finished work to prove your competence and say you did. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say they’re presenting a conference paper, then sigh that they finished it some time ago and are working now on other questions. The same is true for publishing. It takes passion to be an academic and yet the ways in which academics exchange ideas is so antithetical to passion, so glacially slow, that an article might receive a response (if indeed it receives any response at all) a year or so after it was published. Again, the original author will have long since moved onto other projects, and the conversation languishes and dies there, mostly unseen.

Blogging and Tweeting force speed. Twitter especially guarantees a sort of amnesiac impermanence, and that’s useful for a lot of academics who feel able to safely try thoughts and ideas out before developing them into their more formal and rigorous scholarly iterations. It’s a format that encourages collaboration and dialogue and lets you sometimes say, “hey, look at this! It’s neat,” without having to say anything more about it. Which we should be able to do and say, because so much of the pleasure of academic work lies in those moments of discovery.
scholarly  blogs  doctoratix  twitter 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
Why I blog | This Sociological Life
Sociologist reflects on her motivations for blogging. Speed, control, ability to go off-topic, along chief reasons: comments substitute for peer review to a certain extent.
blogs  sciencepublishing 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
Science blogs in research and popularization of science: why, how and for whom? | Antoine Blanchard -
why science blog? 1. to build online profile; 2. to make research process more transparent; 3. to increase public understanding of science. Un très bon synthèse!
blogs  sciencepublishing 
april 2013 by juliusbeezer
dougie's blog
My best link so far for "dougie's blog." Evidence of existence.
blogs  archiving 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Blog : Cosmic Variance
the key skill of a physicist is to asses a system, which is often very complex, daunting to the untrained eye, and somehow boil it down to its essentials, sometimes making incredible simplifications, but in the end often being able to say something extremely useful about the system. Now this requires an awful lot of hubris. How do you know you can really neglect all that other stuff, and focus on the few variables that are really important for analyzing a system? That’s what we do. Great progress has been made in science in several fields in this way, and long may it continue. Unfortunately, this very boldness, this hubris, this attitude, this confidence in simplicity in the face of superficial evidence of complexity, this certainly in the rightness of their position, so useful in the practice of their craft, is precisely what makes more than the average number of physicists very annoying. In fact, some of them rank among some of the most obnoxious people I’ve ever met. (It also a style of operation which, in my opinion, in its misapplication is partly responsible for why the field of physics has found it difficult to recruit people who are traditionally “not supposed to be able to do physics at a high level”
blogs  funny  science 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Why more academics should blog (cuz you can!) : Gene Expression
I think a huge number of academics fall under the intersecting conditions of:

1) Specialized knowledge
2) Passion about that specialized knowledge

To give a concrete example of why I think more academics should be blogging: I’m sick of hearing selective quotes in the media from specialists who are consulted after a big splash is made by some result in the popular press. I want to hear the specialists at length in their own words. And don’t tell me it would take too much time, from what I can tell most of the time one is interviewed by the media 95% of the content is not transmitted. Not only that, you don’t have a choice on which quotes are excised out of the full context of your assertions.
blogs  sciencepublishing 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Tout est politique - Le blog de Seb Musset: Qui a lu Le Monde ne le lira plus
Chaque année, entre ses couvertures sur l'immobilier, les francs-maçons et l'impératif d'austérité, dans son aristocratique bonté et en attendant l'argent de poche de Google, la presse daigne verser une larme de ses millions de subventions publiques pour annoncer la mort des blogs pour cette année.
blogs  journalism  français  funny 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
Deep Inside - A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars | Jon Millward - Blog
Sometimes when I hear people railing against porn, declaring it as the downfall of society, a poison infecting masculine minds and demeaning female ones, I wonder what kind of porn they’re talking about. To me, porn seems a lot like sport. I don’t mean the sex in it looks like a sporting activity (maybe it sometimes does, but that’s a separate point), but rather that there are as many types of sex in porn as there are forms of sport.
porn  writing  journalism  science  statistics  sciencepublishing  blogs 
february 2013 by juliusbeezer
» The Impact of Social Media on the Dissemination of Research: Results of an Experiment Journal of Digital Humanities
Academic in digital subject area has positive experience with open access + tweet + blog dissemination method.
openaccess  twitter  socialnetworking  blogs 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Web We Lost - Anil Dash
The tech industry and its press have treated the rise of billion-scale social networks and ubiquitous smartphone apps as an unadulterated win for regular people, a triumph of usability and empowerment. They seldom talk about what we've lost along the way in this transition, and I find that younger folks may not even know how the web used to be.

So here's a few glimpses of a web that's mostly faded away
internet  socialmedia  blogs 
december 2012 by juliusbeezer
L’artisan me paraît la figure parfaite d’une synthèse entre la science et l’art. La science comme manière habile de mettre en œuvre des connaissances acquises dans une technique, et l’art comme création d'objets ou de mises en scène spécifiques destinées à produire chez l'homme un état particulier de sensibilité, plus ou moins lié au plaisir esthétique. Voici une définition du mot « orfèvre » : « artisan qui fabrique et/ou qui vend des objets de parure ou de décoration en métaux précieux finement travaillés » (CNTRL). Chaque objet fabriqué par l’orfèvre est à la fois fonctionnel et esthétique. L’orfèvre doit se plier à des contraintes (fonction de l’objet, modèle, techniques de fabrication et savoir-faire) mais aussi faire preuve de créativité (innovation esthétique). Ainsi, deux orfèvres ne fabriqueront jamais le même chandelier et ce, quand bien même ils partiraient tous deux d’un même modèle théorique. De la même façon, deux traducteurs ne produiront jamais la même traduction quand bien même ils partiraient d’un texte source identique à la virgule près. Et plus encore, un orfèvre ne fabriquera jamais deux chandeliers identiques, tout comme un traducteur ne traduira jamais de la même façon un même texte. L’artisan reproduit un objet en s’efforçant d’être fidèle à un modèle théorique qu’il ne respecte jamais parfaitement. En somme, en cherchant à reproduire un objet, l’artisan ne fait jamais que le recréer. Il en va de même pour la traduction, jamais le traducteur ne transpose ou ne reproduit, il recrée. Autant de raisons qui me font dire que le traducteur est un artisan de la littérature, ou que la traduction est une orfèvrerie des mots.
translation  français  writing  blogs 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
Ted Nyman | The Horrible Future of Social
"It's not really sex until it's on"
The end-game is this. Slowly, gradually, without realizing: we stop participating in our own lives. We become spectators, checking off life achievements for reasons we do not know. At some point, everything we do is done soley to broadcast these things to casual friends, stalkers, and sycophants.
socialmedia  blogs  future 
november 2012 by juliusbeezer
La mort les blogs ? | RJ45
C’est un peu comme une maison de campagne : on se dit qu’on devrait y aller (publier) plus souvent, on projette éternellement d’y faire des travaux (mises à jour wordpress) qu’on remet toujours à plus tard, on trouve que c’est le meilleur endroit pour inviter des amis, mais il faut les persuader d’affronter les embouteillages, on risque de se faire cambrioler (hacker ou spammer), mais on se résout difficilement à s’en séparer. Et aussi : Il y a toujours un micro-climat juste à l’emplacement d’une maison de campagne, cela permet d’en parler aux amis au moment d’allumer le barbecue : ce qui est bien, ici, c’est qu’il y a une sorte de micro-climat, il ne fait jamais très mauvais temps, en tout cas ça ne dure jamais très longtemps. Il ne fait jamais mauvais très longtemps sur nos blogs.
français  blogs  writing 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
3 Alternatives to Blogger's Default Comment System ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog
These 3 websites let you change the comments system in your blog, by disabling your default comment module and replacing it with a new one (just a JavaScript).
commenting  tools  blogs  socialmedia 
october 2012 by juliusbeezer
Oh I get it, it’s a sci-fi novel! « LRB blog
In which I was inspired to follow a rich hypertextual path while reflecting on personal libraries, marginalia, and book legacies. In all this, I was still unable to decide if I wanted to read any works by David Markson. I suspect he may be the kind of writer who is best experienced in an LRB article, rather than taking one of his books off the shelf.
writing  blogs  literature 
august 2012 by juliusbeezer
Main Page - b2evolution manual
LAMP stack GPL'd blogging software
tools  blogs 
june 2012 by juliusbeezer
PLoS ONE: Research Blogs and the Discussion of Scholarly Information
RB bloggers show a preference for papers from high-impact journals and blog mostly about research in the life and behavioral sciences. The most frequently referenced journal sources in the sample were: Science, Nature, PNAS and PLoS One. Most of the bloggers in our sample had active Twitter accounts
blogs  sciencepublishing  twitter 
may 2012 by juliusbeezer
Social media – why it’s useless for democratic politics | Charlie Beckett
Chinese bloggers for example hardly ever hyper-link, Russians link obsessively – so blogs will have different network effects.
socialmedia  socialnetworking  blogs  politics  dccomment 
september 2011 by juliusbeezer
Scholarly review article on blogging: with exponential growth curve
blogs  sciencepublishing  scholarly 
march 2011 by juliusbeezer
Denton: Why Gawker Is Moving Beyond The Blog
Nick Denton: I'm out of blogs

The solution? First, the creation or recognition of two different classes within the editorial teams: the curator or editor; and the producer or scoopmonger. Second, it means we have to abandon the single blog flow -- and separate out the strongest stories in a zone much more substantial than the existing skyline.

We need a few breakout stories each day. We will push those on the front page. And these exclusives can be augmented by dozens or hundreds of short items to provide -- at low cost -- comprehensiveness and fodder for the commentariat. These will typically run inside, linked by headlines from the blog column, so the volume doesn't overwhelm our strongest stories.
blogs  internet  journalism 
december 2010 by juliusbeezer
I Am a Blogger No Longer - Marc Ambinder - Politics - The Atlantic
Five years ago Chuck Todd hired me away from ABC News to create "Hotline On Call." I was to be the first political reporter working for a mainstream news organization whose output would be exclusively online. Back then, reporters didn't blog. Newspapers and magazines hired curators to update their websites, and reporters would occasionally post online, but there was a strict separation based on platform. You were considered legitimate only if your byline appeared in print. You were considered a blogger if it didn't. And you didn't want to be a blogger, because bloggers back then were second-class citizens of the country of journalism. Bloggers were partisan activists, yellers, provocateurs and upstarts.

The great cultural meshing of print and web journalism was a few years in the future. I know this because I toured several of the great American newsrooms and knew how many of their residents disdained the web and hated having to spend time writing for it.
november 2010 by juliusbeezer
P.O.S.Z.U. » The Agonist’s Seven Vials of the Wrath of Blog
If anything proves that the field of meaning is changing significantly from that nostalgic “cloud-free” blue sky of intentional informing, it is the number of bloggers out there that do not necessarily seek to inform, and are bloggers, nonetheless. And yet we can identify them as part of the same blogging world–that continent of the damned, always on some corner sliding into the sea. Bloggers can be journalists, they can be curmudgeonly semioticians, or they can be performing whatever pseudo-academic off-brand of awesome Geoff Manaugh perpetrates on BLDGBLOG. Or they can… LiveJournal. And yet, we realize they are all bloggers.
november 2010 by juliusbeezer
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