Blogging

Successful bloggers fill the Internet with valuable information desired by their audience

Pondering the "get rich quick by blogging" type book I just reviewed, I came up with this thought - Those of us who make a living "online" are earning our living by filling the Internet with more content.

Could companies who pay bloggers for positive posts be forced to reveal who they're paying?

Do you get paid to blog on given topics? You may be forced to reveal such arrangements. The judge hearing the Google/Oracle case has ordered the two companies to reveal the names of reporters, bloggers and other commentators they have paid. This demand comes following the intellectual property lawsuit between Google and Oracle over Android and whether that operating system infringed on Java.

Penelope Trunk: Publishers’ revenue model “assumes authors are going to flake”

Popular blogger and Brazen Careerist founder Penelope Trunk has a new book, “The New American Dream,” and she’s gotten a lot of attention because of a post that she wrote about that book last week. This attention, she said, surprises her.

paidcontent.org/2012/07/17/penelope-trunk-publishers-revenue-model-assumes-authors-are-going-to-flake/

Scott Rosenberg, one of Salon.Com founders, "Says Everything" (About Web Media)

Scott Rosenberg, author of the blogging history "Say Everything," founder of mediabugs.org and executive editor of Grist, skyped in with my Pace University Blogging a Better Planet class last fall. If you're interested in Web communication, it's worth a half hour!
Rosenberg's book: http://www.sayeverything.com

http://www.Grist.org

Posting nicely formatted code snippets on blogger blogs, using <pre> and the SyntaxHighlighter javascript library

In the past I've done my blogging on Drupal and enjoyed the contributed modules for generating syntax highlighting on code snippets.  Now that I'm moving to Blogger one issue was how to best present code snippets on the blog.  After some searching I've found a suitable method using a browser-side JavaScript library (Syntax Highlighter), and customizing the blogger theme with a small bit of code.

Let's first start with the problem statement.

Correctly posting blog posts to a Blogger blog using the BloggerAPI

Google conveniently provides a fair bit of documentation and example code to use the Blogger API and do things with blogspot.com based blogs.  What I want to do in this post is walk through using the Blogger API to post blog entries to a blogger blog.  The Blogger API is one of the standard blog API's and for example is directly supported in applications like MarsEdit (which I'm using to write this post).  You may have other scenarios driving the need to programmatically manipulate your blogger blog.

Correctly posting blog posts to a Blogger blog using the BloggerAPI

Google conveniently provides a fair bit of documentation and example code to use the Blogger API and do things with blogspot.com based blogs.  What I want to do in this post is walk through using the Blogger API to post blog entries to a blogger blog.  The Blogger API is one of the standard blog API's and for example is directly supported in applications like MarsEdit (which I'm using to write this post).  You may have other scenarios driving the need to programmatically manipulate your blogger blog.

What to do when you're screaming "SOMEONE ON BLOGSPOT HAS STOLEN MY ARTICLE!"

Say you've written an article that's getting a lot of attention. Say that someone running a blog on blogspot.com has copied the content of your article, word for word, posting it on their blog. It's a case of outright theft of your work. Maybe you spent the weekend traveling and staying in a hotel to get the information for that article, and they're directly stealing your hard work. It's a case of copyright infringement and obviously going to violate the terms of service for blogspot.com Who do you call?

How To Add A Successful Amazon Store To Your Blog

Looking at methods to embed Amazon's aStore service onto a web site. Out of the box aStore takes your visitors to an amazon.com domain but that's not great because the visitors leave your website. It's better for sticktivity if nothing else if they were to remain on your domain. The method is essentially to use iFrame's.

Disclosure of blog or forum sponsorship - the quest for transparency

I run several blogs and a forum, and have been taking sponsorship for a long time. Blogging is a time consuming thing and it's therefore necessary to seek income to support one in doing this. But as in all things when a company dangles money in front of you there is the possibility of enticement to sell your soul for filthy lucre. In other words it's plausible that taking advertising on a website will subvert the message of that website to suit the advertising.

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