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How to

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Blog, blog, blog, blog ,blog, and blog.

The more you do it the better you will be at it.

Advice from Arianna Huffington, Om Malik, and more of the Web’s best pundits.

By Farhad Manjoo

Here : How to Blog

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March 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

set up the tone

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Blogging Readiness

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Q: What makes blogging interesting? 

A: Content.

When you blog you probably will have to write, like or not. If you need to write, keep it interesting, but if that’s too hard, well, keep it simple!

Blogging is about telling stories: Figure out what you want to blog about.

But, if writing is what we are talking about, then perhaps it is a good idea to read what one of the best XX century writers, Kurt Vonnegut, has to say about the craft of writing short stories. Surely we all can apply one thing or two.

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

So it goes.

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March 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Tendencies in media

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Groucho Marx & anonymous blogging

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Blogging among the young

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February 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

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On Blogging

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Blogging: what an exciting thing it is.

It is empowering.

But with power comes responsibility.

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February 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

what bloggers can do

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Protest on Tahrir Square

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BBC’s interactive media visuals in What bloggers can do: The camp that toppled a president,  shows  bloggers as one of the forces in the recent social revolution that has toppled Hosni Mubarak form power in Egypt.

Throughout the media presentation you will be able to click on different points that were set up in by protesters in Tahrir Square and that made part of their organization during 18 days of protests.

take a pick into the square:

We have had access to reports 24/7 on the unrest in Egypt. However, having a closer look at what is really going on in the ground, as BBC’s multimedia shows, offers a ever greater perspective, and effectively connect us even more to the news story.

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February 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

3 days on the blog road

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If you want to know what’s wrong with a blog, read people’s comments. Usually that’s the best way to find out what works and what is actually bothering readers.

While exploring  viewfinder I came across comments from David Richerby and trekker308, a couple of regular blog commentators  who have pointed out how the text in the galleries obstruct the photographs from full view.

.” At 3:39pm on 11 May 2009, David Richerby wrote:

The new photo galleries are excellent apart from the captions, which obscure the bottom of the photograph. I want to see the caption and the whole of the image at the same time, please! Either put the caption below the photo or display it only while the mouse is over the image, like the navigation buttons. Yes, I could hide and then show the caption but that’s three clicks per image and the captions scroll in annoyingly slowly.”

I think David has a point.

These captions pop up right on the lower part cutting up part of the image. Something most photo enthusiasts find rather irritating ( myself included.)

The fact that you can comment on the BBC website is a feature that connects readers and entitle them to share their views and reflect on a particular topic. This is something you cannot do in the print media and TV. It might seem something simple, but it is a feature that gives blogs an edge over other formats.

Another features that give viewfinder more flexibility are RSS feeds and a tab linking the blog to an external site, such as flickr. These extra features expand the blog’s capacity to inform and they make it part of a bigger web of information, literally.

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February 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Following The Blog

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Today I am starting my five day close look of viewfinder: A blog about photos in the news, from BBC. The task at hand: Observe closely the blog and identify it’s main characteristics, how it works and what I find in it. It seems pretty straight forward, but is it?

Today more than ever blogs are playing an important role in how we access information and interact with it. There are blogs of all colors, topics and tastes, and in the BBC it is not an exception, but why viewfinder? I could have tried to spend some time observing the outstanding images of say the Boston Globe’s ‘ the big picture’ or I could have tried to navigate the pay per content New York Time’s to get to their ‘Lens’ , right?

Yes, but viewfinder is different.

It’s not only about images. I’ve got actual blog entries about various topics, from the dead of the Polaroid to the future of photojournalism itself discussed by some of the leading professionals in the field. How can you beat that?  I’ve got a list of current topics and if I am tired read about photography I can jump to other BBC blogs. If I am looking for something in particular, I have got archives and if I am to busy to go to the page itself and I want to receive a feed, I can get it as well.  One of the things I like is the thumbnails with the bloggers’ images and a mini profile. a bit old fashioned, but rather effective. If I wish to contact Phil Coomes (picture editor and photographer for the BBC website) I have his work e-mail right there.

Explore viewfinder here:

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February 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

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