Archive for the 'Blogging' Category

Goodbye, World!

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Harvard emailed me to let me know they will no longer host j’s scratchpad in August because of changes they are making to their blog platform. Among other things, administration is moving away from the Berkman Klein Center to the more centralized Harvard IT office. My past affiliation with Berkman Klein and running the blog […]

WordCamp Boston 2014 MIT Media Lab/Workbar August 23-24, 2014

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

WordCamp Boston 2014 is being held at the MIT Media Lab on August 23, 2014 while the Contributor Day is being held at the Workbar in Cambridge on August 24, 2014. The cost is $20.00 to attend both days. Wordcamp, which is held across the country and the world, deals with all aspects of the […]

WordCamp Boston 2013 October 25-27, 2013 Microsoft NERD Center Cambridge Mass.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

WordCamp Boston 2013 is being held on October 25-27, 2013 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. WordCamp deals with the WordPress blogging program which this website uses. Beginners and advanced users are welcome. Costs: Full weekend $60.00 Saturday/Sunday $40.00 Friday $20.00 For more info: Posted by Rich

Newberry College Offers Social Media Major

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Via a Washington Monthly blog post, RKO told me a college close to my heart, Newberry College, now offers a social media major. According to the press release: “Offered through the Department of Arts and Communications, the Social Media major will be an original interdisciplinary program that would capitalize on the strengths of existing courses […]

Campaign Blogging 9 Years Down the Road

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Just the other day, I was telling someone about blog group’s quest to attend campaign events for the Democratic presidential nominee candidates back in 2003 and how I should have been thinking about doing a little bit of that this fall while I don’t have a full-time job taking dibs on my weekdays. Today, one […]

When to Post What Online: Balancing Social Media While Job Searching

Monday, October 29th, 2012

As if hunting for a job is not tricky enough, social media users now have to ponder what they want to post with what a potential employer might think about the content. has an amusing flowchart giving pointers about when to post what online while looking for work and statistics about recruiters’ and hiring managers’ […]

PodCamp Boston September 24-25 Microsoft NERD Cambridge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

PodCamp Boston 6 is being held on September 24-25, 2011 at the Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cost is $30.00 For those who need a reminder of what PodCamp is all about: “Podcamp is an unconference where newbies and advanced content makers alike come to learn more about and share their knowledge of podcasting, blogging, […]

Bloggers Wanted To Cover Digital Commonwealth Conference March 25

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

The Digital Commonwealth is offering free registration for bloggers to cover the March 25 Conference: “Want to come free? DigiComm offers free registrations to three people who will blog the conference. Each blogger will cover the keynotes and one of three breakout tracks:” 1. Getting Started with Digital Commonwealth; Metadata 1; and the Role of […]

Deloitte Offers Webcast in Harnessing Social Media while Mitigating the Risks, 12/8, 2 pm EST

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Deloitte’s upcoming webcastSocial Media and Government: Managing the Blurred Line between Personal Lives and Official Business discusses how businesses and governments can take advantage of social media while handling the risks of employees using the tools. Registration is free. The event is Tuesday, December 8, at 2 pm EST. Addenda 12/08/09: The webcast hit on […]

The Shifted Librarian Using WordPress Lifestream Plugin

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Jenny Levine of the Shifted Librarian library blog started to use WordPress’ Lifestream plugin which allows her to post feeds from her major sites such as Flickr, delicious, Twitter, Google Reader, and Youtube onto her blog. It also allows her to add any other RSS feeds not listed. This looks like an interesting experiment using […]

UW Library Students Blog about Internships in Botswana

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The latest issue of Jottings, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies newsletter, announced Sarah and David, who hope to graduate this year, are spending a few months in Botswana to intern at two new public libraries. Wow! What great opportunities! They’re blogging about it, of course: Sarah Elsewhere dave 2.0 (Had […]

Spring Cleaning and Blogs

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Garrett suggests doing some spring cleaning on blogs, particularly those running WordPress. I’d be a lot more inclined to follow some of the suggestions, like updating software and going through old posts, had I access to the server and had this blog far fewer than 5,000+ posts.

The Winnie the Pooh Guide to Blogging

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

James Chartrand of wrote an interesting post called The Winnie the Pooh Guide to Blogging: “Sometimes, expert advice comes from where you least expect it. Winnie the Pooh himself will tell you he is a “bear of little brain,” but he also has an uncommon, clear-eyed wisdom. You may have heard of The Tao of […]

LibWorld – library blogs worldwide book

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

There’s another library blog book called LibWorld – library blogs worldwide: Description: “On April, 23rd 2007 a series of postings started on, where guest authors from all over the world introduced the library and library related blogs of their own country. This book is a collection of 30 revised LibWorld articles, accompanied by a […]

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 book

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Walt Crawford has published a book on library-related blogs called The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: Description: “Liblogs–blogs written by library people, as opposed to official library blogs–provide some of today’s most interesting and useful library literature. This book offers a broad look at English-language liblogs as they are and as they’ve changed between 2007 and 2008. […]

My Halloween Costume

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I thought some of you might want to know what my Halloween costume is. After all, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a cat. Um … consider this an early Blogacatmas present!

Happy 5th Anniversary, Typepad!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I’ve been blogging longer than Typepad has been around. *feels old* And, yes, I have blogged on Typepad.

Technorati 2008 State of the Blogosphere report

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Technorati has released it’s 2008 State of the Blogosphere Report which states: * Blogs are pervasive and part of our daily lives: “There have been a number of studies aimed at understanding the size of the Blogosphere, yielding widely disparate estimates of both the number of blogs and blog readership. All studies agree, however, that […]

9/16 Webcast: Blogging, Journalism and Reality, 12:30 p ET

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Tuesday’s (9/16) Berkman Center lunch is, as the title suggestions, about blogging, journalism, and reality. Tune into the webcast. It’s too late to RSVP for the lunch. (One of these days, I’ll post one of these notices so there’s enough time to RSVP and attend.) Blogging, Journalism and Reality Persephone Miel, Berkman Fellow Tuesday, September […]

NELINET IT Conference 2008 – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? Bryant University Oct 10

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

NELINET is hosting it’s IT Conference 2008 – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island on Friday, October 10, 2008: “This year’s IT Conference – Web 2.0: Where Are We Now? will feature exciting new developments, updates and improvements to Web 2.0 tools in the library world and beyond. […]

Cape Cod Blogger Sued for Libel

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Some folks are suing a Cape Cod Today blogger for libel because of the words he used when discussing who’s responsible for not dredging the waterway. The number of lawsuits against bloggers, especially for libel, is increasing.

Understanding Your Legal Risks When You Blog or Publish Online

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

David Ardia of the Citizen Media Law Project had an excellent posting called “Understanding your legal risks when you blog or publish online”: “Every time you publish something online, whether it’s a news article, blog post, podcast, video, or even a user comment, you open yourself up to potential legal liability. This shouldn’t come as […]

City Spokesman Participates in Online Community to Reach Citizens

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

The Boston Globe discusses the spokesman for Somerville, Massachusetts, and his attempts to reach citizens via a community on LiveJournal in which city residents share blog posts. Despite some people finding his participation helpful, after some of his attempts to do good didn’t work quite as he hoped, he discontinued his blog.

Pew Internet Project: Blogging and Blog Readership Stats

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The Pew Internet Project has new spring stats on blogging and blog readership: “Blog reading In our spring tracking survey we took two new measurements of blog reading, each of which captures a slightly different set of behaviors. Our first measure of blog readership uses the present-tense question, “Do you ever read someone else’s online […]

Scientific American: Blogging: It’s good for you

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The May issue of Scientific American has an article called “Blogging–It’s good for you: the therapeutic value of blogging becomes a focus of study”: “Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving […]

Blogger Gathering at Wild Ginger in Seattle, um, Now

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

I was going to try to make the blogger gathering at Wild Ginger in Seattle this evening, but I don’t think I should try to do that with the News Division banquet starting at 6 p. The two are far enough apart that the timing just won’t work out for me to do both, especially […]

AP Grapples with Bloggers Quoting Articles

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

“On Friday, The A.P. issued a statement defending its action, saying it was going to challenge blog postings containing excerpts of A.P. articles ‘when we feel the use is more reproduction than reference, or when others are encouraged to cut and paste.’ An A.P. spokesman declined Friday to further explain the association

Starwatching xkcd

Friday, May 30th, 2008

xkcd is awesome. Here’s another bright one from Randall about blogging.

Bloggers Happy Hour at SLA Annual

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

For those library bloggers going to SLA in June: From What I Learned Today library blog: Wow! Time flies! It’s nearly time for SLA Annual in Seattle and that means tons of get togethers and social events. Make sure you don’t miss the Blogging Section Happy Hour: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 5:30PM – 7:30PM Location: […]

BusinessWeek Beyond blogs: what business needs to know

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

BusinessWeek has updated their 2005 article called “Blogs Will Change Your Business” with “Beyond Blogs: what business needs to know”: “But blogs, it turns out, are just one of the do-it-yourself tools to emerge on the Internet. Vast social networks such as Facebook and MySpace offer people new ways to meet and exchange information. Sites […]

Boston Media Makers Meeting June 1 10 am Doyle’s Jamaica Plain

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

The Boston Media Makers is holding their monthly meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2008 at Doyle’s Cafe in Jamaica Plain at 10 am. “Boston Media Makers get together at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain for a BIG meeting on the first Sunday of each month from 10 AM – Noon. We gather around a big table […]

Happy Birthday WordPress!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

WordPress turns 5 today May 27 Version 2.5.1 is available for downloading. Also there are several WordCamps happening in the U.S and around the world this year: Wondering if one can be held in Boston? Just asking. Link via MaisonBisson: Posted by Rich

Haiku about Blogging

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

It has been a very long time since I’ve posted poetry on the scratchpad. Here are some haiku BO and I composed while exchanging emails about personal blogging. I had a flash of inspiration while laying down for a nap that led to my longer responses in haiku. BO’s three are labeled BO:. Mine follow […]

The Washington Post’s Obituary Blog: Post Mortem

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

One of the (dis)advantages to working on a cool Web site like Babbledog is that I’m always finding cool things to read and note. Here’s another one. The Washington Post obituary writers have a blog called Post Mortem where they share stories about the folks who died. “Obituaries have become an increasingly popular feature in […]

MASSLIB08 David Lee King Managers Pay Attention! Why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library

Friday, May 9th, 2008

David Lee King, digital branch & services manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library gave a talk called Managers listen up!: why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library: Some people think change means: fresh breeze at beach or screaming at the laptop why pay attention to change There are best practices […]

Britannica Offers Its Content Free to Web Publishers

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

According to a bit in The Wired Campus Garrett sent me, Encyclopedia Britannica is offering people who publish on the Web regularly (Webmasters, bloggers, etc.,) access to its content for free. Usually, it charges fees. This move is likely in response to the growing popularity of Wikipedia. I wonder if Britannica includes Wikimedia contributors among […]

5 years blogging is lots of wasted time … or is it?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Can you believe today is j’s scratchpad’s fifth anniversary? Yeah, well, I can. I guess it’s about time for me to get a life. I took some time away from this space and from blogging during the last year, but I keep coming back to it for some silly reason. I guess I’m just one […]

A Dreamy Summer Roadtrip: 50 Bloggers in 50 States

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Patrick Curl is making a summer roadtrip that makes me jealous: 50 bloggers in 50 states. If Patrick is going to Alaska, too, I wonder if he’s going to keep true to the roadtrip and drive there and back. I love roadtrips. Two of my life’s goals are to go to all 50 states (I […]

Design in 6 Minutes and 40 Seconds

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

And now for something completely different … It’s been a while since I’ve just blogged something for the sake of being an on-the-spot blogger. Tonight’s blog group is visiting Pecha Kucha Night Boston #4, hosted by group member Brett Stilwell. The idea is that we geeky types will live blog, Twitter, photograph, film, and otherwise […]

Notes from the BCAE Blog Class: Session 2 (Dec. 8)

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Click more for the outline for the second week of the blogging class I taught in December at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

Notes from the BCAE Blog Class: Session 1 (Dec. 1)

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Click more for the outline for the first session of the blogging class I taught in December at the Boston Center for Adult Education.

63 Essential WordPress Hacks, Tutorials, Help Files and Cheats

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The Specky Boy blog has posted a listing of 63 essential WordPress hacks, tutorials, help files and cheats: Link via iLibrarian blog: Also the WordPress blog has a sneak preview of version 2.5: Link via the What I Learned Today blog: Posted by Rich

Do Journalists Lower Standards When They Blog?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

While Jon was talking about faceted blog archives at blog group, he mentioned a locker room incident where someone shut out a journalist who blogs based on the idea that journalists who blog should be treated no differently from other bloggers. The statement provides more details about the situation, thoughts about reporters who blog, and […]

Corporate Blogging Spree Over?

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Garrett let me know about an article in Monday’s Boston Business Journal announcing the death of the corporate blog. Apparently, the number of new corporate blogs and the amount of content on corporate blogs have been declining. Once enthusiastic blogging organizations are not keeping their blogs as lively as they once were. (Access to this […]

Blog Archives at Tonight’s (3/13) Blog Group

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

I completely forgot to tell you that tonight’s (3/13) blog group discussion is going to be about weblog archives—as in the way blog platforms create mechanisms to allow people to view older posts. On this weblog, for example, you can browse back by date and topic. (Sadly, the search box does not work.) Tonight’s speaker […]

Religion vs. Blogging

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

During the height of winter holiday season*, someone sent me a link to this amusing gapingvoid comic with the text I don’t need religion; I’ve got a blog. Thanks, GE! *Yeah, that’s how far behind in e-mail I am right now …

NewBCamp 08 Providence RI Feb 23 9 am

Friday, February 15th, 2008

There’s a NewBCamp 2008 being held at Johnson & Wales University in Providence on Saturday, February 23 from 9 am to 4 pm. “What is NewBCamp? It’s a one day conference to introduce people from all professions and walks of life to emerging technologies, as well as provide primers for how to get started in […]

MTV Trains Own Journalists for Political Coverage

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

A project to grow their own journalists to add pizzazz to the channel’s political coverage, MTV hired and trained one young journalist for each of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC. “The idea behind MTV’s project, known as the Street Team, is having citizen journalists across the country bring a fresh perspective and grass-roots […]

A Blogger’s Last Words: Soldier Andrew Olmsted

Friday, January 11th, 2008

This post is a bit more morbid than the usual posts in this space. I am going to talk about death. As if that isn’t enough, I’m also going to talk about the conflict in Iraq. Some of you might wish to skip this entry. Let me assure you upfront that I am fine. My […]

Blogging about What the Clergy Wear

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

A few weeks ago, the radio show Weekend America aired an interview with PeaceBang, a woman who shares fashion tips with the clergy via a weblog. A minister herself, she blogged anonymously at first, but has gradually opened up about her online identity. Some of the discussion reminded me of some common perceptions about librarians […]

LiveJournal Sold to SUP

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

News that is rocking some parts of the blogosphere and making bloggers nervous: Six Apart sold the popular platform LiveJournal to the Russian company SUP. This sale has a number of implications for bloggers. How much might the platform change? How will new owners treat the established community? What might happen to any number of […]

It’s Bad to Force Blogging

Friday, December 14th, 2007

In a post about a corporate Blog Council, Jeff Jarvis shares some excellent thoughts about the importance of not forcing blogging by sharing a conversation he had with a woman who has what sounds like the blog blahs. "To her, the blog was a thing, a beast that needed to be fed, a never-ending sheet […]

Basic Blogging Class, Boston Center for Adult Ed, 12/1 & 12/8

Friday, November 30th, 2007

The Boston Center for Adult Education assures me the introduction to blogging class I’m teaching is happening this time. As well as covering the basics of blogging, the two-session course includes hands-on experience with the software Blogware. There are still a few spots left. Register online or by contacting the BCAE. Walk-in registration is acceptable […]

Law of the Blog: a Blogger’s guide to copyright, defamation, tradmark…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Nicholas Carroll has published a book called Law of the Blog: a blogger’s guide to copyright, defamation, trademarks and other online legal issues: Link via What I Learned Today: Posted by Rich

I thought about dressing up like a blogger …

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

I thought about dressing up like a blogger, but I realized everyone around me has done that already. Instead, I packed my cat ears and nose (don’t worry: they’re fake) and am wearing them. Other people are in costumes here, too. A well-known librarian who’s a moderator dressed as a witch. Awesome! It’s nice to […]

ASIST 2007 Notes: My Corporate Blogs and Wikis Presentation

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Here is the outline of the presentation I gave at the ASIST Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Tasked with discussing corporate blogs and wikis, I talked about some recent developments in those areas and used Renesys’ use of two blogs and an internal wiki to illustrate what people can do with wikis. Compared […]

SpamCon Presentation: Blog Spam

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

I realized recently I still hadn’t put the blog spam presentation I gave at the MIT Spam Conference in March online. Here it is! Blog Spam Jessica Baumgart MIT Spam Conference Friday, March 30, 2007

I do not write A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette.

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

I noticed a library blog by j on the Internet Librarian wiki and thought I should clarify that I am not the j who writes A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette. I’m not sure if I’ve heard of that blog before. It seems to have been around since at least January 2005.

ASIST 2007 Notes: Blogs and Wikis in the Corporate World

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Blogs and Wikis in the Corporate World American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting Jessica Baumgart Jack Vinson Jordan Frank Christina Pikas Kris Liberman Wednesday, October 24, 2007 I used Renesys’ weblogs and wiki to provide concrete examples of why and how corporations use the tools. Jack Vinson of Knowledge Jolt with Jack […]

What do I know about blogging?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I’ve been trying to find inspiration for the presentation I’m giving Wednesday about corporate weblogs and wikis, but it isn’t coming to me. Anyone have anything specific they’d like me to address? Anyone have any suggestions for things they wish they had known before blogging or wiki-ing in a corporate setting? Thanks!

Blog Blahs

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

I’m sorry I missed most of Thursday’s blog meeting about the blog blahs because I think part of why I haven’t been posting as much as I used to is because I have the blog blahs. I had kinda a blah day, a day I often call a slow day. I have a lack of […]

2007 ASIS&T Annual Sept 21 Reg Deadline

Friday, September 21st, 2007

The early bird registration rates for the 2007 ASIS&T Annual Meeting ends on Friday September 21, 2007. It was extended of the short time between Labor Day and the early cut off date. I can’t go because I have to attend the Digital Commonwealth program. j, Christina Pikas, Jack Vinson and Jordan Frank are on […]

“Blogging is dead! Long live blogging!”

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Garrett pointed me to a follow-up to a gapingvoid post about why some of the top bloggers are blogging less. Some people took Hugh’s initial post to be a statement about the death of blogging, which wasn’t his intention. Times change. People change. People blog less. What he keeps observing is “Blogging isn’t for everybody. […]

Top Librarian Bloggers

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Garrett sent me a link to a blog post about a study of the top librarian bloggers. If you’re just curious about who came out on top (Jessamyn and Jenny) or looking for some librarian blogs to read, it’s worth at least a skim.

PodCamp Boston 2 October 26-28 Boston Convention Center

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

PodCamp Boston 2 is being held on October 26-28, 2007 at the new Boston Convention Center in South Boston. Topics include blogging, podcasting, social networking, video on the Net and new media. It’s free, but you have to register. For more info: Posted by Rich

Blogging about Boston TV News

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

The Boston Globe carried a nifty article about people who are blogging about Boston television news. The article claims Boston is the seventh largest market for television news in the United States. "That’s why Rob Mignogna says he began his site – so ‘us news geeks could talk about the Boston news scene and what […]

Music Industry Toleration of MP3 Blogs

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition has an update on the tension between the music industry and certain music fan weblogs. Some record labels tolerate group music fan sites. A blogger at one of the sites recently received a threat of legal action against a special MP3 he posted from a company some labels use to […]

Outraged ‘Grammar Vandal’ Starts Weblog

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

Librarians have a reputation for being, uh, precise and careful when it comes to certain things, like, oh, the use of language. I thought some of you might appreciate—and perhaps even relate to—one woman’s tale of irritation that led her to start a weblog about grammar. Boston Globe correspondent Danielle Dreilinger strolled through Boston’s expensive […]

Blog Archiving with BlogBackupOnline

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

My coworker John showed me a post on the ResourceShelf about the weblog backup service BlogBackupOnline. Free while in beta, the service boasts the ability to do daily backups of the text on a variety of platforms, like Blogger, WordPress, and LiveJournal. Supposedly, the resulting file is good enough to use to restore a problematic […]

SLA 2007: Bloggers Gathering

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Oh, so there was a blogging librarians gathering at the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference this year, but I didn’t know about it until a few days after it happened, so I didn’t go.

Beer and blogs tonight, Cambridge Common, 7 p

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Beer and blogs tonight at the Cambridge Common, 7 pm, with the blog group.

Another Web 2.0 Definition

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

My coworkers have been passing around this Web 2.0 definition.

Ultimate RSS Toolbox: 120+ RSS Resources

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Mashable: Social Networking News has published the Ultimate RSS Toolbox: 120+ RSS Resources The list includes readers, feed validators, plugins, mixers, and other items for Windows, Mac and Linux systems Link via the Distant Librarian

The Need for Geographical Tags

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

The weblog MediaShift has a really cool interview with Lisa Williams of Placeblogger and H20town about the need for geographical tags. Using geography as a criteria to find information can be incredibly useful. It’s something many of us would like to do on a daily basis, from learning about a great new local restaurant to […]

SLA: Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert, gave the closing keynote at the SLA Annual Conference. He’s pretty funny in real life. His work reminds me a bit of blogging because he uses his corporate jobs for inspiration and has gotten in trouble for drawing cartoons related to specific work things. In one […]

Congratulations, Placeblogger, Global Voices, and the Citizen Media Law Project!

Friday, June 1st, 2007

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced its first Knight News Challenge awards. Among the many exciting citizen journalism projects that received funding are Lisa William’s Placeblogger, Global Voices, and the Citizen Medial Law Project. The latter two are Berkman Center projects, so there’s a post on the Berkman blog with more details. […]

Dr. on Trial for Malpractice Blogs Case, Blows It, Settles

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The Bost Globe carries a front page article about a doctor who is outed as a blogger using a pseudonym during his malpractice trial and has to settle out of court. A pediatrician being sued because of the death of a child wrote several times over the last year about the suit, preparing for the […]

Blog about Social Network Tools & Libraries

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Friends:Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services is a weblog dealing with the use of social networking sites by library programs and services. from the ResourceShelf

New Magazine: Blogger & Podcaster

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Don’t know what to get that special blogger or podcaster for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? (Well, what other upcoming major holidays are there, really?) Why not a subscription to the new Blogger & Podcaster magazine! The first issue has Robert Scoble on the cover. What could be more enticing! The ‘zine uses cool software […]

Blogging Class Canceled

Friday, April 27th, 2007

The Boston Center for Adult Education canceled the blogging class I was going to be teaching this Saturday (4/28) and next Saturday (5/5). One is now scheduled for Saturdays, August 4 and 11. Sign up early and spread the word.

Examples of How Web 2.0 Can Help Crisis Communications

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

The tragic shootings this past week at Virginia Tech pose huge challenges to campus communicators everywhere. It’s easy to look back at the events and critique how, where, and why communication efforts failed. It’s much more difficult to be in the situation itself and make decisions about what to do in a timely and effective […]

Introduction to Web 2.0 for Scholarship and Networking

Friday, April 20th, 2007

I posted the outline of the talk I gave to some Georgian educators about Web 2.0 goodness. I enjoyed speaking to them. They asked some really great questions and seemed very interested in how they could adopt the tools for their work in Georgia (the country). Their faces lit up when I showed the Georgian […]

Blog Spam Article in PC Advisor

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

A friend pointed me to this blog spam article in PC Advisor that paraphrases the meat of a presentation I gave about blog spam at the MIT Spam Conference in March. For the most part, Cara Garretson does a great job of summarizing my presentation. She got a few details incorrect that I want to […]

BostonNOW Launches

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

BostonNOW, a new media outlet serving the Boston area, should have launched Tuesday. Reflecting some common trends and ideas, it will attempt to mix weblogs with more traditional forms of journalism–putting weblog writers and journalists next to each other. Jeff told me Curt Nikish at National Public Radio covers the excitement for Morning Edition. Addendum […]

Blogging for Dollars

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The Boston Globe’s Business section as a piece on blogging for money that discusses how most people don’t actually get rich through blogging, but some people get enough to pay the electric bill.

Web 2.0 Sites for Educators from Georgia (the Country)?

Monday, April 16th, 2007

I’ll be talking with some educators from the country of Georgia about Web 2.0 kinds of things (blogs, wikis, sites where people can share other content, social networking sites, bookmarking sites, etc.). I know about a lot of the popular and good sites in America and among English speakers. I would be grateful for any […]

Blogs as Resumes?

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The March 2007 Nature has a bit on resumes and blogs looking at whether blogs are the new resume. From one of Garrett’s Library News & Notes

4 Questions of Video Blogging Week

Friday, April 6th, 2007

I mean absolutely no disrespect by linking to this video showing the youngest at the table asking the four questions of video blogging week. I think it’s a great explanation of what the week is. Thanks for sharing, Andy!

Death Threats in the Blogosphere Again

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

(No, not mine. Don’t worry. I’m fine.) Tonight at blog group, I heard a tale of death threats and whatnot that really makes my blogging life seem incredibly simple and uncomplicated. Good thing Andy Carvin brought awareness to Stop Cyberbullying Day.

I forgot referer spam.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Remember how I usually forget to talk about something in my presentations? Someone said something to me tonight about referer spam and I realized I didn’t mention it in my Spam Con talk (which I still need to finish and post and give to the con organizer).

BCAE Course: Building a Blog

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

On the Saturdays April 28 and May 5, I’ll be teaching a two-part, very basic introduction to blogging course at the Boston Center for Adult Education. We will discuss what a weblog is, how to get content for a blog, set up some weblogs, and blog. It will be hands-on. Enrollment is limited because we’re […]

New Boston Newspaper Meets with Bloggers, Sat., 11 a, Central Square

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Here’s something I should have posted when I saw the announcement on Wednesday. My apologies for being slack and for the late notice. The new Boston newspaper Boston NOW is hoping to meet with bloggers on Saturday, March 10, at 11 am at the All Asia Cafe in Central Square to discuss the intersection between […]

Dave Winer is at blog group.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I’ve been blogging for about four years and, oh my gosh, where has the time gone and how many hours days weeks of cumulative time I’ve racked up blogging. I walk into blog group tonight for the first time in a while (See? Keeping the […]


Friday, February 16th, 2007

There’s a new website call WeblogMatrix, which compares the various components of the different weblog programs, including WordPress (heh, heh) Link via What I Learned Today posted by Rich

Iraq Librarian’s Journal

Friday, February 9th, 2007

The New York Times features an article about a librarian at the Iraq National Library and Archive who has an online diary the British Library hosts. The British Library has been doing a lot of work to help the National Library and Archive. Encouarging director Saad Eskander to write about the situation is a powerful […]

Definition of Web 2.0

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

One of the side effects of the import is that the other writers on the scratchpad have lost their access because account information didn’t transfer to WordPress Multiuser properly. I’m working on a resolution with our fabulous server administrator, but it might take a while. Meanwhile, Kim fed me an awesome definition of Web 2.0 […]

Things I should have done before the import

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Had I realized I wouldn’t be able to log into the Manila version of j’s scratchpad, I would have done a lot of tweaking there beforehand, like posting notes in several places about how that blog is now an archive and the real blog is elsewhere. I should have done a backup with Wget and […]

This Week in LibraryBlogland

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Every Monday, LisNews has a weekly roundup of library blog postings called This Week in LibraryBlogLand. LisNews by Rich

Placeblogger: A Site Featuring Geographic Weblogs

Monday, January 1st, 2007

Perhaps you remeber I mentioned Placeblogger back in November when Lisa Williams presented at a Berkman Center lunch. The site is now live. Interested in geographic blogs? Check it out!

More on Iran and Blogging

Monday, December 18th, 2006

Monday’s Boston Globe has a front page article about the state of blogging in Iran, including some information about Internet accesss, the legality of blogging, and the increase in bloggers who write in Farsi.