2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health.

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New blog stuff, and issues

[MJL20060330: UPDATE: — This is a blog entry about adding Categories to Blogger, and a problem I encountered. Since migrating to WordPress, I no longer need to do these crufty hacks, as this feature is built-in. Compare this post with it’s Blogger original if you’re interested]

I’ve recently added blogging tags to my blog, courtesy of Userscripts.org and Greasemonkey for Firefox.

Unfortunately, it (or the way I’ve put it in my template) appears to have a conflict with Flickr’s BlogThis feature, such that the image citations are hidden when the posting is viewed… not sure what’s causing it or how to fix yet.

So, if you’re the owner of some flickr photo’s that I’ve blogged and wonder where the citations are, then I’m sorry, they get hidden as soon as I tag my post, and I’m working on how to restore them. In the mean-time, clicking the picture does still take viewers to your page, so they can view the actual owner details from there.

Can’t trust the papers…

Why does “mainstream media” think blogging is such a huge hit? It’s not that Internet is immediate, or that anyone can do it (which has big down-sides as well as it’s egalitarian advantages). It is simply that people everywhere are fed-up with WWII-era propagandists telling us what to believe and have started researching it for themselves.

This is the Information Revolution: the Revolution is greatly improved access to the information. People are more educated now than they were 50 or even 20 years ago and can make informed judgements. They don’t need some “journalist” to do it for them. This is quite appart form the fact that today’s journalism is extremely poor compared to yester-year’s.

I don’t buy papers because I know that I can’t trust them to bring me news in an unbiased, non-politically or commercially influenced fashion, or full of Tabloid rubbish like British newspapers. I accept the risk that the news I learn via the Net can be from the “uninformed” masses and mitigate this by using many sources so I can judge for myself where the “truth” may lay.

I won’t even read over people’s shoulders anymore.

For at least the last 10 years, newspapers have been good for only one thing: the ink used in newspaper presses is fantastic for removing streaks and smudges from my computer monitor!

Blogging on blogging

Well it’s been a little while…

I’ve set up a new blog to trace our new baby’s progress for family and friends who are interstate. It was fun playing with the template, I might try “fixing” this blog’s template also, so the width is not fixed…

Having fun trying to find relevant links in the other blog. Not a lot out there that I could find on fatherhood, which surprised me. Maybe I need to search harder though.