Recently in Blogosphere Category
A very clear explanation of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPPs), how a good anti-SLAPP statute (such as California has) protects your right to free speech with an early motion to dismiss that halts discovery, and the bad things that can happen to you if your state doesn't have a strong anti-SLAPP law. (The Popehat blog has an entire category about SLAPP.) The author, Ken White, is a former federal prosecutor who handles First Amendment defense cases.
How can you smell a SLAPP? Ken's mantra: "Vagueness in legal threats is the hallmark of meritless thuggery."
It's easier than you might think.
Readers respond to images. If you don't have your own image for a purpose, this article has a list of sources for millions of free or one-time purchase images.
A good round-up of blogger conferences focused on technology, politics, and "blogging while female."
"Even someone, such as myself, who achieves a tiny amount of fame in a very small niche quickly learns that any notoriety comes with a slew of responsibility and, at times, headaches....
"Others, many of whom may want to tear you down so they can build themselves up, will pick apart your words and ideas. Others, possibly wanting to trade on your name and reputation, will criticize you, often pointlessly, and even go as far as to libel you online.
"Depending on the size of your fame and how controversial of a figure you might be, the attacks can get downright vindictive and reach a point where nothing is sacred. Friends, family, employers and anything in between can become targets."
First comment: "Dude... people still use Xanga?" Not only the names, but screenshots of the control panel for each one. (Next step: Categorize between self-hosted software like Movable Type and blog services like Typepad.)
"When blogging was the easiest, most prominent way to produce short, informal, thinking-aloud pieces for the net, we all blogged. Now that we have Twitter, social media platforms and all the other tools that continue to emerge, many of us are finding that the material we used to save for our blogs has a better home somewhere else. And some of us are discovering that we weren't bloggers after all - but blogging was good enough until something more suited to us came along.
"I still blog 10-15 items a day, just as I've done for 10 years now on Boing Boing. But I also tweet and retweet 30-50 times a day. Almost all of that material is stuff that wouldn't be a good fit for the blog - material I just wouldn't have published at all before Twitter came along. But a few of those tweets might have been stretched into a blogpost in years gone by, and now they can live as a short thought."
Good advice on how to help websurfers find your videos. It's all about providing descriptive text that search engines can grab.
This is a great but brief, nine-point analysis of why blogging is very different than when it first became hot five years ago. One big overarching point -- blogs aren't connecting to each other the way they once did. The only thing I see missing -- RSS aggregators like Google and Newsgator have changed the way readers interact with blogs.
(I found this on Twitter, of course, via @sissywillis.)
The life of a Massachusetts sheep farmer. It's lambing season! (H/T See Dubya.)