Facinating Blogs

The Stanford Facebook Class (I know!)
Its facebook group: http://nodak.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5378622985 

Blogging Archaeology and the Archaeology of Blogging
William R. Caraher is the Rhys Carpenter Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and an assistant professor of history at the University of North Dakota.

“Where Politics and Gaming Collide”Video games aren’t just about having fun any more. Some would say that games entertain us, enlighten us, and relax us. They sharpen minds as well as reflexes. To others, games provoke violent and antisocial behavior. They are a causal factor behind incidents like the Columbine massacre. Some claim that video games contribute to obesity in children and expose them to adult-oriented content.
Either way, games are also big business. Politicians are taking notice as well. Restrictive video game legislation has been proposed in dozens of cities and states, as well as in Congress. Lobbyists on both sides of the issue push agendas with elected officials.

Alexander van Elsas’s Weblog on new media & technologies and their effect on social behavior


6 Responses to “Facinating Blogs”

  1. Here’s another: HubSpot

    I get a lot of questions from people running or starting business blogs about what the general rules or guidelines should be for being successful with your own blog – here are ten tips for blogging.

    1.Make it conversational. Don’t try to make your blog anything but what it is—an informal, and hopefully informative, conversation between you and your market. No clever marketing copy needed.
    2. Publish regularly. If you want to keep a loyal reader base, you have to deliver content on a regular basis. Depending on the resources you have available, make a commitment to post and respond to comments, at least, one to three times a week. Daily is great if you have the resources to see it through.
    3. Know your audience. “Duh! I’m a marketer—knowing my audience is tattooed on my forehead.” But knowing your audience well enough to blog for them is different than knowing your audience well enough to write a brochure for them. Remember the first commandment, a blog is a conversation. If you don’t know what you’re talking about or whom you are talking to, you’re not going to be talking to anyone.
    4. Know your voice. The obvious example of this commandment is to let your humor shine through. The flip side of that commandment is don’t force humor if it’s not a natural conversational tone for you. Your voice is your voice—don’t fake it or force it. If your blog is a company blog with multiple contributors, let them keep their authentic voice, but feel free to edit their postings so that they remain consistent with your company’s blogging guidelines and standards.
    5. Offer an ‘About Me’ page. Regular readers will come to know you through reading your blog; but, it doesn’t hurt to offer up a bit from the get go. An ‘About Me’ page provides new readers a quick glimpse into your background and will establish credibility. Nothing more than a brief professional summary and a few personal details are necessary.
    6. Talk to other blogs. The best way to stay relevant and find fresh material is to read and comment on other blogs in your industry. It’s a conversation. If you’re only reading and writing your blog, then you’re blogging in a vacuum.
    7. Don’t get yourself in trouble. Yes, it’s an informal conversation, but it’s still a conversation happening on a professional level. Do not publish anything online that you wouldn’t want future employers and/or colleagues to read. Absolutely nothing will kill a career faster than a Google search on your name that turns up negative, unprofessional comments you made in a past career life. Just like with email, don’t write anything in the heat of the moment. Think through what you’re going to write.
    8. Don’t get your company in trouble. It’s one thing to endanger your career, but to put your company in a bad light puts everyone at risk. Responsible blogging falls on the shoulders of every corporate blogger. To learn more about responsible blogging, start with Daniel Scocco’s 10 Rules for Responsible Blogging.
    9. Write well. No one is trying to write a Pulitzer in the corporate blogosphere, but there is still a certain amount of grammatical decorum needed if you want readers to continue reading. Sara Christensen’s 9 Grammar Rules all Bloggers Need to Know is a great reference sheet for starters.
    10. Be passionate. The easiest way to comply with the ten commandments is to have an authentic passion for your topic. As your company’s primary blogger, you have to be the evangelist for your company and/or the product you represent. That’s the key: Love what you blog about and the words (and audience) are more likely to follow.

  2. I’m subscribed to way too many feeds to list here, but I’ll include a few of my favorites.

    I personally read http://www.alistapart.com quite a bit. It’s an online magazine dedicated to the study and creation of effective user interface design, specifically for the web. There are quite a few interesting articles dealing with the psychology of design and how users interact with interfaces.

    Another good one is http://www.consumerist.com, which Martin mentioned in class.

  3. And another, from Michael Stein:

    Non-profits and technology.

  4. Our UND student government takes a trip to Russia and blogs it:



  5. katiejoyi Says:

    Okay, I know this isn’t a blog, but it is an article that I found really interesting:

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