I heart Lovely Blogs

Posted on July 7, 2006. Filed under: blogging, Blogroll, CSS, general, style, web design |

lovely blogs

Since I’m working on a complete redesign of my corporate website right now, I spend a fair amount of time browsing over some of the web showcase sites for inspiration. I stumbled on one that caters to the blog-only crowd, called Lovely Blogs, run by college student Ben Bleikamp.

Lovely Blogs is a design showcase, similar to Stylegala or CSS Beauty. Unlike those two sites, the focus is 100% on blogs. Along with showcasing the best looking blogs online there will be articles teaching people how to make their blogs look lovelier – from customizing a template to using a editing a plug in to match your site.

Hopefully, we’ll see a little less overlap of the same sites on this one. Hopefully.

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43 Best Blogs Wiki

Posted on March 23, 2006. Filed under: blogging, general, web |


A list of the supposed best 43 blogs on the Web. But it’s a wiki so it’s editable by anyone. Hmm.

How do we know that we have the right 43 blogs listed at any one time? Easy, you are the “we” at 43 Best. We are you. You spin me right round. Other lists depend on the work of one or two individuals. If you use this site please place the 43 Best badge on your site or at least blog about it – this gets more fun if more people know about it.

Add a blog, delete a blog. The answer to Web 2.0 is ’43’, so please leave the site with the same Zen as you found it. FYI – just click on approve to approve the links.

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TalkCrunch: TechCrunch Network Podcast

Posted on March 16, 2006. Filed under: blogging, podcasts, Web2.0 |


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What comes around: Tim Berners-Lee goes blog

Posted on December 21, 2005. Filed under: blogging, general, web |

The inventor of the World Wide Web has joined the blogosphere. Below is his first post to his blog:

timbl’s blog | Decentralized Information Group (DIG) Breadcrumbs

So I have a blog

Submitted by timbl on Mon, 2005-12-12 14:52. ::

In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and save it back to the web if one had access rights.

Strangely enough, the web took off very much as a publishing medium, in which people edited offline. Bizarely, they were prepared to edit the funny angle brackets of HTML source, and didn’t demand a what you see is what you get editor. WWW was soon full of lots of interesting stuff, but not a space for communal design, for discource through communal authorship.

Now in 2005, we have blogs and wikis, and the fact that they are so popular makes me feel I wasn’t crazy to think people needed a creative space. In the mean time, I have had the luxury of having a web site which I have write access, and I’ve used tools like Amaya and Nvu which allow direct editing of web pages. With these, I haven’t felt the urge to blog with blogging tools. Effectively my blog has been the Design Issues series of technical articles.

That said, it is nice to have a machine to the administrative work of handling the navigation bars and comment buttons and so on, and it is nice to edit in a mode in which you can to limited damage to the site. So I am going to try this blog thing using blog tools. So this is for all the people who have been saying I ought to have a blog.

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Posted on November 22, 2005. Filed under: blogging, Web2.0 |

Ok, so I’m one of those “been there done that? old school webmaster’s that started building websites with HomeSite years ago and then moved on to “WYSIWYG? crappola apps like HotDog and eventually landed on Dreamweaver. Somewhere along the way from web maker to marketing hack, I missed out on a lot of really cool innovations and developing web standards. Now I’m trying to piece together my webtegrity and start fresh with the newer concepts (and de facto hot topics) of Web2.0, css, web standards, and the less is more idea around the semantic web.

In my quest to reprogram my webmind, I thought I’d share some of my discoveries with those of us still trying to sort it all out. Probably, the best place to start is by taking a look at some of the websites that are being tagged as 2.0 by visitors and users. Your first assignmnent is to go visit and check out what their users are calling Web2.0.

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Evolution of a blogger

Posted on September 28, 2005. Filed under: blogging |

After some thought, I finally figured out how I want to use this WP blog. Since I already have a blog set up for my recovery and general mommyblogging stuff, it would seem sort of silly to start over and/or move everything over here. Plus, I’ve customized (read: screwed up) my template quite a bit and I can’t do that here. I think what I’d like to do is share some of the things I’m learning about blogging (tools, tutorials, standards).

Although I started on Blogger about 5 years ago, I never really did anything longterm or productive there for any length of time until recently. By the time I got the hang of keeping a weblog on a regular basis, I discovered WordPress and starting using it. I was amazed at how easy it was to install and use. Even a wannabe-geek such as myself could set up and customize the software without much trouble. Very cool.

So here I am. Learning how to pimp WP and trying to figure out how to use the “tools” out there to make my site cool and usefull, but not too disco or ad burdened. I’ll start sharing some of my finds here and hope some other blogging virgins and newbies find them helpful or interesting.

My next task is to figure out how to make my own templates, then I might be a real geek, right?

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What is a Blog?

Posted on April 20, 2005. Filed under: blogging, web |

This is for my dear friends and family that have asked what the heck a “blog” is. Absolutely anyone with access to the Internet can have a blog just by clicking on the Blogger logo above. It’s easy and it’s fun and it’s cool. Weblog: “A weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic time-stamped posts on a common webpage. These posts are often but not necessarily in reverse chronological order. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user. ‘Weblog’ is a portmanteau of ‘web’ and ‘log’. The term ‘blog’ came into common use as a way of avoiding confusion with the term server log. Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs and corporations, and from the writing of one occasional author to the collaboration of a large community of writers. Many weblogs enable visitors to leave public comments, which can lead to a community of readers centered around the blog; others are non-interactive. The totality of weblogs or blog-related websites is usually called the blogosphere. When a large amount of activity, information and opinion erupts around a particular subject or controversy in the blogosphere, it is commonly called a blogstorm or blog swarm. The format of weblogs varies, from simple bullet lists of hyperlinks, to article summaries with user-provided comments and ratings. Individual weblog entries are almost always date and time-stamped, with the newest post at the top of the page. Because links are so important to weblogs, most blogs have a way of archiving older entries and generating a static address for individual entries; this static link is referred to as a permalink. The latest headlines, with hyperlinks and summaries, are offered in weblogs in the RSS or Atom XML format, to be read with a feed reader. A weblog is edited, organized and published often through a content management system or CMS.”

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