Talking about blogging

Welcome to Caribbean Cornucopia
January 14, 2010, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Caribbean

Natalie Williams, a well-known journalist from Trinidad but now living in the UK, has just launched her new blog with her thoughts about the terrible earthquake in Haiti. I know that she is determined to develop Caribbean Cornucopia into a very valuable source of news, views and ideas about life in the region. Good luck. It is a region that despite the intensive coverage of Haiti at the moment is too often neglected by mainstream media.

It is of course difficult to provide an overview of a vast region where most people live on islands with their own governments, customs and habits. Broadcast and print media tends to be very local. Maybe it is best done from outside the region.

Natalie’s other audience is the millions of Carribeans who live in the UK and other countries.


Satisfying outcome of blog talk
June 2, 2007, 9:53 am
Filed under: Blogging

On Wednesday evening I gave the talk for which this blog was set up. I was a bit apprehensive about what I should be saying but it quickly turned into a conversation and some of the things in my notes remained unsaid (I will be posting some of those shortly).

It all went to prove the point the success of a talk depends more on the audience than the speaker — and the audience on Wednesday was great. It lasted longer than expected as the questions kept on coming and I fumbled to demonstrate things badly on a borrowed laptop.

And this morning a tangible result: a link from This and That, but mostly this, which was started by someone at Wednesday’s meeting of Suffolk Mac Users. That is really satisfying.

Adding video to a WordPress blog
May 28, 2007, 8:16 am
Filed under: Blogging, Multimedia, Talk, video

The real purpose of this post is to demonstrate how easy it is to embed a video on the page. The simple way is to upload the video to YouTube and then bring that into the blog (WordPress in this case).

This video about the latest development in Google searching. You might have noticed an ‘i’ in front of the Google logo. They have brought together web pages, images, video and maps in the standard search. I warn you it is long, so you will have to be really interested in search to watch it all through.

Embedding a video from YouTube takes less than a minute. The instructions are at WordPress FAQs. While I will only mention multimedia in passing on Wednesday, it is very easily added to a blog. There is really nothing technical about it.

40 blogs launched every minute
May 27, 2007, 11:38 am
Filed under: Blogging, Talk, Technorati

There are 70 million blogs. Or there were when Dave Sifry posted his April State of the Live Web report at Technorati. With 120,000 new ones being created each day, there should be  3,600,000 more by now.

Among them is Talking about Blogging. With one incoming link, it is starting to climb up the blog rankings maintained by Technorati which provides the best way of searching blogs.

English is the second most common language for blogs. Japanese holds the number one spot.

Staying up-to-date with newsreaders
May 26, 2007, 10:18 am
Filed under: newsreaders, RSS, Uncategorized

The previous post was about RSS feeds. One of the great things you can do with them is bring together all the latest information from a range of websites and blogs, of your choice. To do this you need to use a newsreader. There is a very easy to use newsreader at Google (a Google account is needed) which is a good place to start with your own news selection.

As a demonstration I have set up a newsreader account at The user name is ‘Suffolk’ and the password ‘smug07’ . There are two folders — Mac and Photography. Select folder and feeds from all the sites subscribed to are displayed, either with the latest first or in blocks from each feed. Use Display Options to change this.)

By clicking the + sign on the folder all the feesd are shown and can be displayed individually.

Please explore and feel free to add your own feeds. Mostly sites which have feeds will have the little orange symbol RSS icon. Mostly, you just have to go to ‘add feeds’ in Newsgator paste in the site URL and the feel url will be “discovered”.

On bigger sites, like the BBC, you may have to follow a link to find the RSS details for the feed you need eg Suffolk news.


Blog syndication really is very simple
May 26, 2007, 6:57 am
Filed under: RSS, Talk

One of the things that helps blog get attention on the net is something called RSS. That stands for Really Simple Syndication which is a way of letting the world know what you are saying.

I won’t be going into detail on Wednesday evening but will put up here some notes on how to set up a news reader so that you can subscribe to RSS feeds which are built into every blog. It really is a great way to staying touch with any subject of interest.

This video on the Wallstrip video blog explains it pretty well. You would expect that of Dick Costolo boss of Feerburner. Wallstrip has just been bought by the CBS TV network in the US.

Why should we blog?
May 23, 2007, 8:18 am
Filed under: Talk

An interesting — to me, at least — debate has errupted in the blogosphere about why, or if, all journalists should have blogs. Much the same can be argued about people doing any job.

I have joined in the discussion today at Wordblog, saying the motivation and acquiring the ability to do it well are important. I include a link to the BBC’s guidelines for employees who blog: they are a model of reasonable rules that should apply in every business.

The discussion was sparked by Scott Karp who also gives some tips for people starting to blog (you need to scroll down to get to them). The first three are relevant to all starting bloggers and include the choice of blogging software. Scott recommends WordPress as the best hosted platform. SuffolkMac is on WordPress, so I naturally agree and will be demonstrating it at the meeting next week.