I won’t lose sleep over Google and adverts

Some bloggers are in a flap at the moment because Google has seemingly manually downgraded the PageRank of some websites. The reason appears to be that the websites in question sell paid links. Some of the websites in question are pretty big. Washington Post, Engadget, Weblog Tools Collection, Joystiq, Problogger. This blog also sells text […]

The state of the Scottish blogosphere

I forgot / didn’t have the time to mention it at the time, but a couple of weeks back Scottish Roundup turned one year old. But it wasn’t the only one — Tartan Hero, Scots and Independent, North to Leith and Granite City were all celebrating last week — mere days after I was bemoaning […]

The sorry state of the Scottish blogosphere

Will Patterson was on Radio Scotland yesterday discussing the rather sorry state of Scottish political blogging. You can hear it here. Don’t know how sorry a state it’s in? Well, Will P said that (along with the brilliant CuriousHamster), doctorvee is one of the “blogs that everyone’s reading”. I get the feeling that anybody coming […]

Why I read Boing Boing

Ben Metcalfe has a Bash of Boing Boing (and other ‘A-list’ blogs) that spreads itself across two posts. I find it an extremely odd propositions in that we (the audience) are being asked to value the aggregation decisions of fairly arbitrary and otherwise insignificant (in the wider context) group of people. I literally think in […]

Blogdump

Hi, I can’t think of anything interesting to write, so you’re getting a load of boring navel-gazing crap about my blog. Recently, during all my template tweaking (which is still going on by the way, but I’m hoping to get it ‘finished’ tonight, including testing in Internet Exploder!), I decided to have a look at […]

Social media meme

Damnit! I’ve been tagged by that Jawbox fellow. So now I’ve got to do this meme, called “5 favourite social media thingybobs”, apparently. So here goes. Last.fm — This is the big one for me. Do you have a website that you always check — it’s all done subconsciously, like — when you’re a little […]

Quick admin roundup

A lot has changed since I last actually told you about any of it, but I’m sure you coped. I’ve not had very much feedback about the new colour scheme which I’m calling Ceefax. Maybe it’s cos you’re not interested. If it looks bad you can blame my family, okay, cos they’re the ones that […]

best-way-to-tag

There is an interesting post at canspice.org about tagging (not to be confused with the tagging that you get with memes). Tagging already has a couple of well-known problems. One of the major ones is the confusion over whether you should use singular or plural. Flickr cleverly bypassed the other problem — words such as […]

Why do taggers tag?

Us bloggers, eh? Why Do Taggers Tag? Recognition Low self-esteem Peer recognition For recognition; a distorted view of “fame” See it in the community and want to try it too Hilariously, this list applies equally to graffiti.