In a special edition, World Service programme Digital Planet looked at the role of blogging, censorship and citizen journalism. In particular it considered bloggers in Vietnam, Cuba and China.
Journalist, researcher and dog aficionado Marilyn Wilson begins her blog “A Nose for News” exclusively at www.caninekingdom.com. The blog features dog product research, reviews and investigations as well as late breaking dog product news and health alerts. Wilson is an award- winning journalist who has written for HamptonPet Magazine, The Carolina Bark, Mushing Magazine and has been featured in the Whole Dog Journal. She wrote a syndicated column “The Pet Paws” that appeared nationwide.
“We are excited that Marilyn is bringing the highlights of her investigations to dog parents everywhere,” says Mary Beth Close, founder of the Canine Kingdom. “As our editor in chief, her insights have provided important guidance in our selection of products, professionals and article topics since we began the Canine Kingdom. “A Nose for News” will provide her with an interactive vehicle to communicate with our readers and pass on her keen insights and prescient observations.”
Wilson and her husband Hal share their home with two German shepherd dogs, Tsunami and Annie. The Wilsons volunteer their time training K9 Search and Rescue dogs in the Northern Adirondacks of New York. Tsunami is a veteran of the search and recovery operations at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Wilson traces her love for animals back to her childhood: she grew up on a farm in where she showed collies in AKC conformation and obedience classes and rode hunter-jumpers in competition. She has been editor in chief at Canine Kingdom for three years, where she has researched and reported on hundreds of dog products and dog-parent issues.
“I want to write a blog that focuses on vital safety and product news that provides well-thought-out alternatives for pet parents,” says Wilson, “and not just a new gadget or an innovative technology of the week.” Her first entry, entitled “Lost Dog Blues” interweaves stories of two lost canines with a discussion of the pros and cons of microchip technology. It is written with earthy humor as seen through the compassionate eye of a pet parent.
“What I have always admired about Marilyn is her ability to crunch large amounts of information: statistics, observations, marginally related facts and the war stories of dog parents, and make it all make sense,” says Close. “Not only are her analyses dead on, but she delivers it in a manner that any dog parent can relate to. I value her observations, whether it be on keeping a dog home alone to more generalized issues of dog safety.”
“I am looking forward to this forum,” says Wilson. “I want to do a dog-all-dog blog that is interactive, informative and entertaining while discussing news, trends, and training as well as thoughts, wishes and musings.”
“A Nose for News” will appear several times a month, and as product news and Marilyn’s research dictates. “Count on it being informative, readable, and potentially life saving,” adds Close. “There are many ineffective and dangerous dog products being sold unchecked on the market, with virtually no regulations nor supervision of the dog product market. It is up to the dog parent to keep informed. We look forward to the light Marilyn will shed on the seemingly endless and sometimes confusing array of dog products being sold at so-called pet supermarkets and online stores. We also look forward to the questions and suggestions for investigations we receive from loving dog parents. We are giving Marilyn all the time and space she needs to bring these issues to light.”
It’s bad enough that society is already suffering from MDD (Media Deficit Disorder) – a modern day, technology-led version of ADD. We can’t seem to do any one particular task well anymore, because we’re so busy juggling multiple things at the same time. Our attention spans have shrunk to the size of a newt. We can’t even seem to hold a thought consistently without drifting… what was I saying again?
Sometimes getting started can be the hardest part of any task and creative writing is no exception. But what do you do if you have been staring at your journal or screen for twenty minutes and haven’t written a thing?
Just like a professional athlete stretches and warms up before a big game, you can do a few writing “warm up” exercises and get those creative juices flowing.
Posted by admin | Posted in blogging | Posted on 13-06-2009
Wibiya is a cool new tool for weblog for rich and interactive features for your blog. With the Internet growing at an exponential rate and more people are hungry for information on the web, bloggers or webmasters are racking their brains trying very hard to attract users. Some offers wonderful and rich content whereas the rest work on their blog design to improve the layout of their webpages
- Create a blog community using Facebook Connect
- Gain traffic from Facebook through your members news feed
- Engage readers and raise pageviews with applications such as post navigator and blog search
- Track your traffic growth through simple analytics tools
- Share your tweets with your readers in real time
Posted by admin | Posted in blogging | Posted on 10-06-2009
Wired magazine once argued “that fresh, genuine voices have been drowned out by a ‘tsunami of paid bilge’, that blogs attract too many comments from net lowlife, and that the action has moved elsewhere.” Is there any truth in the notion that blogs are dead? I disagree. While it may seem like a “me too” approach nowadays when it comes to blogs (let’s face it just about everyone – your mom, grandmother, sister, priest, etc., has a blog), they’re alive and well. A blog can be very effective for companies in achieving ROI (return of influence, not investment) for your brand and thought leadership as well as building stronger relationships with your customers, garnering coverage, and connecting with the online communities at large. I’ll give it to you from an insider’s perspective – a real world success story on how we’re winning with this strategy.
For all of its glory, Twitter is apparently not as sticky as many social media buffs would like it to be. A recent Harvard Business School study reported that 10 percent of the service’s users account for more than 90 percent of tweets. (I wrote about Twitter’s lack of loyalty back in April.)
However, I don’t think it really matters. As with any service or piece of software, a rising tide lifts all boats, so a core user base can propel a service for quite a while. Somewhere down the line however, Twitter as a company will need to put programs and efforts into place to encourage people to actually use the service if it ever plans to monetize it.
Thus was born Rantings of a Crazed Soccer Mom, the blog of a stay-at-home mother and murder-mystery writer from Wilmington, N.C. Mrs. Nichols, 52, put up her first post in late 2004, serving up a litany of gripes about the Bush administration and people who thought they had “a monopoly on morality.” After urging her readers to vote for John Kerry, she closed with a flourish: “Practice compassionate regime change.”
It’s always interesting to me to see technology data trends repeat themselves, even when the technologies themselves are seemingly completely different and designed for different purposes.
Case in point: blogging versus Twitter. Although Twitter is often referred to as a micro-blogging service, some have also suggested it is better compared to a social network, like Facebook. But the data clearly show how Twitter is simply another form of blogging, on a much smaller scale.
Posted by admin | Posted in blogging | Posted on 27-05-2009
Finding RSS Subscribers is something that many bloggers spend a lot of time thinking about – so in this video I thought I’d put together a few thoughts on how to grow your subscriber numbers.