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Congrats to Blogger-user HM King Nicholas I. As if being King weren't enough, he has a new book coming out this week! Here's the description from his site:
What would you do if you were twenty-five, unemployed, still living with your parents and had absolutely nothing to move on to in life? Nick Copeman's answer was to change his name by deed poll to HM King Nicholas and found an empire from his royal seat - a caravan just outside Sheringham, Norfolk.

Blogging: the golden pathway to both royalties and royalty.

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The New York Times ran a good article about this cool blog project: Bless Me, Blog, for I've Sinned.
One online confessional, though, breaks the mold. At PostSecret, found at postsecret.blogspot.com, the confessions are consistently engaging, original and well told. How come? The Web site gives people simple instructions. Mail your secret anonymously on one side of a 4-by-6-inch postcard that you make yourself. That one constraint is a great sieve. It strains out lazy, impulsive confessors.
Postsecret is worth a look.

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Peter Chianca did too much next-blogging and it nearly caused him to expire. If you don't believe me, check out the title of his latest article: Musings on blogs go from bad to verse. That's almost as bad as Who Let The Blogs Out? Oh, and here's his blog which is quite good: The At Large Blog.

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Q: What do you do if you're a high school student and the administration shuts down your journalism program and school paper? A: Speaking Underground.
We believe students' rights to exercise responsible free speech should be encouraged and not stifled. The Speaking Underground forum was created in an effort to keep students' voices from being silenced by school authorities. We invite you to study the documents on this website. Please contact the Pebblebrook administration, as well as Cobb County School District officials and encourage them to rescind the decision to remove journalism classes at Pebblebrook High School.
Via Kottke.

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So that Bay Area Blogger Meetup arranged by KRON4-TV that we posted about over the weekend is the real deal. We recieved an email from the Online News Editor:
You thought it was a hoax but it's the real deal... the KRON4-TV Bay Area Blogger Meet-Up. There's now a tile on the front page at http://www.kron.com with a link to the evite you received. In addition, if you call the KRON4 switchboard at 415-441-4444 and ask for the Bay Area Blogger Meet-Up hotline, you will hear my greeting and get the chance to RSVP for the event.

We are very excited about this opportunity to listen to the Bay Area blogger community about ways we can be a part of this personal media revolution. We hope to develop ways to produce great content for both blog readers and television viewers.
Please invite all Bay Area bloggers to the Meetup on Saturday, June 11th, at 12:00Noon at the KRON4 Studios at 1001 Van Ness in San Francisco....
And please update your blog so everyone knows it's not a hoax.
Here's the invitation.

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This chump has unraveled the secret of getting good distance when sliding in your socks and he's using his blog to tell us all about it.
The actual reason you can slide further is much more complicated. What these people forget when they're arguing that running faster will make you slide further is the fact that I also weigh a lot more than I did when I was 6. So, in my opinion, these two factors cancel each other out.
Interesting theory, chump. I will take that into consideration. Also, remember not to do the sock slide on splintery wooden floors. Ouch. Better to go with the polished surfaces.

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Update: It is the Nike iD Blog Contest. Still, "information superhighway?" I thought we were using words like "ecosystem" and "sphere" these days. Anyway, the Dunk Low Parque ID customized by FatLace appears to be in the lead.

Am I crazy or did Nike have a sneaker design contest aimed at bloggers yesterday and now it's called an Independent Design Contest with the phrase information superhighway thrown in for a little retro flavah? The URL still has the word blog in it and I originally spotted this in Kottke's remaindered links where it was titled Nike iD asks 20 bloggers to make sneaker designs. I drafted the post yesterday for posting later and now I'm all mixed up. Nevertheless, if you want to vote on sneakers, just do it. Which reminds me, I should have gone for a run today.

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I just got this evite along with 278 other Bay Area bloggers. Not sure if it's a real deal or not—are there such things as party spammers yet? Get a whole bunch of folks to show up somewhere and then try to sell them some junk? Anyway, I've been to one or two sparsely attended blogger meetups but I have a feeling this one could be crowded. So if you're a Bay Area blogger and you're looking to meetup with other bloggers next month, here you go:
KRON4 television is hosting a meet-up of Bay Area bloggers at noon on Saturday, June 11, 2005. Snacks will be served and we'll have a little memento for attendees. There's no agenda other than helping facilitate this meet-up. We recognize the significance of the personal media revolution, and we want to listen to what you're saying. We think this is a good way to start.
Maybe I can round up some Blogger folks and we'll crash that event. (If it's the real deal.)

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You knew foodblogging was a whole big thing, right? That's what I thought. What you might not know is that they're doing something different over at Press For Change Publishing and I like it. Partnering with great blog writers to compile new books and paying them a much higher percentage than a traditional publishing house. Interesting. Their first book is called Digital Dish and it's a collection of writing culled from the better food blogs.
Digital Dish is a book of astonishingly original food writing. It is a compilation of the best writing from 24 different food blogs across five seasons. The authors are true innovators in food writing and in cooking. They have been nominated for and have won food weblog awards and best weblog writing awards. They have been covered by major food magazines like Gourmet. They have been interviewed in newspapers like The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Guardian in England. They create and write about food in ways that nobody else has.
The book launch is today at 11:30AM at the Berkeley Farmer's Market and Sunday May 22nd at 4PM at the Lafayette Bookstore if you're in the Bay Area and looking for something to do. If you'd rather just surf through blogs, that's fine too. Here are the blogs featured in Digital Dish. I've helpfully arranged the links for you in a cloud-like fashion:


C'est bon!

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We're gearing up for another round of usability testing over here at BloggerHQ and could really use your help. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested, please see these details.

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We've not yet translated the Blogger into Swedish, but Aktuellt has helpfully explained the whole signup process - complete with screenshots. (Tack så mycket, Martin!)

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Update: Blogger Buzz reader Daniel S. wrote in and gave us the real link for adding your blog to the Answers.com database: I'm a Blogger - Add Me! Thanks Daniel!

I got this email this morning and it sounded potentially neat. However, the page they directed me to has an Internal Server Error so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Dear Biz,

I wanted to let you know about a great resource for you and your blog: you can now add yourself into the Answers.com database!

Answers.com, the Answers-based search engine, is now accepting entries and submissions from blogs. Here are the details:

Find all blogs featured on Answers.com at www.answers.com/library/bloggers. Or submit yourself at the same URL. If approved, your and your blog will receive your own Answers.com page and be linked into other Answers.com pages where appropriate.

Then, feature your Answers.com page on your blog. If your name was George Washington, the URL would be www.answers.com/George+Washington. (In other words, www.answers.com/firstname+lastname). Show all your readers the new page extolling your work.

If you have any questions, or want to learn more about how you and your blog can be featured on Answers.com, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And if you do register, please drop me a note and let me know that you did.

Best,

-- Alan

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The FotoFlix folks have posted a few tutorials regarding their Blogger integration:
We love seeing fun uses of the Blogger API like this; more third party Blogger-related apps are listed in Blogger Help.

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Evhead points out that this Reuters article seems to be downplaying a bigger story about blogging.
I don't exactly understand what they're measuring there, but the gist of the piece seems to be that, in a matter of a couple years, blogs have only become just as important as mainstream press in politics. Not moreso. We repeat, they are not more important at this time. So let's not let those bloggers get to big for their britches.
The title of the article is Study: Blogs haven't displaced media.

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Time to check in with Chris, our rock star UI engineer touring with his band in Europe. They actually let him play in a church? That's gotta be breaking some kind of etiquette.

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Photo courtesy: jengirlg.

This is really cool. Jennifer Garrett, who writes for the the college alumnae magazine, Wellesley has the cover story this issue with "The Incredibly True Adventures of a Wellesley Blogger." I don't think Wellesley publishes the articles online ordinarily—maybe in this case they will make an exception? The cover art is great!

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And so the sun sets on my time in New Zealand (and with it my moblogged vacation slideshow). May a new day dawn on ... something awesome.

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This is an interesting use of a blog. I hope they find a good match.
Garden for Sale: "We started from scratch and fifteen years later the garden is glorious. Now we plan to move. The house is officallly for sale as of Monday May 9th. The house will sell easily, but I want a gardener to buy it."
Good luck!

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This is pretty sweet - plush leather seats, a giant screen, and you should see the bathroom! I know you're not supposed to use phones at the theater, but there should be an exception for blogging.

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So far, the blogosphere's response to Blogger Mobile has been glowing! Here are a few folks I've found talking about it:

Der Amerikanische Urlauber:
Der Amerikanische Urlauber"So I got myself all set up and have the addresses in my cell phone. This is fantastic. Now I can go around snapping a picture or two each day of my trip and send it to this blog and post some commentary or whatever. I'm going to turn this thing into a little travel journal. Follow Joe's travels through Italy... Oh man that's really cool! Yay for modern technology!"
ThoughtLab:
"The feature is extremely convenient. Just send a picture, some text, or both to go@blogger.com. Blogger actually makes a new blog, then sends you a message back... I merged back to ThoughtLab and my initial post was automatically moved to ThoughtLab (from the autogenerated blogspot blog). I also typed in the URL of the autogenerated blog that I received in my message from Blogger, and I got a "not found" message, so the autogenerated blog is automatically deleted. Slick."
InsideGoogle:
"They should be ashamed of themselves. This should be at least a ten step process!"

"It really is that simple. Get on your phone and send an email to go@blogger.com. Done. Whatever you sent, text, picture, or both, get posted to a blog (the email subject is the post title). It's that easy. Either just post, and do nothing else, or set up a full-fledged post-to-your blog system, or anything in between."
Nathan's also stoked about the Jingle!
"As good as the new Blogger Mobile is, I find myself obsessed with its catchy jingle: 'Snap a photo and type some text; send it to Blogger and we'll do the rest!.' Now we know who's responsible for the li'l ditty: Grant Shellen. Grant's got a few words on the ditty on his blog, as well as the world exclusive extended version (yeah, its 15 seconds; so what?)."

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Driving on the left side is easier than I imagined. But it's done nothing to improve my sense of direction. I'm sure things will work out.

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Conveniently I'm in New Zealand on the day Blogger Mobile launches. Hope to share more on-the-go slices of my trip this way.

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Blogger Mobile has launched! When you send an email or MMS to go@blogger.com we set up a new blog for you and post your photo and text to it. You can keep the blog we set up for you or switch everything over to your existing blog by signing in to go.blogger.com with the code we send to your phone.



It just so happens that we have agents in the field right now. Jason Goldman, Blogger Product Manager is on a trip to New Zealand using his camera phone to send photos and captions to mobiletoe.blogspot.com. Chris Wetherell, Blogger UI Engineer is touring with his band in Europe and documenting the experience at photable.blogspot.com. (Yes, one of our engineers is also a rock star.) I'm going to tell them to switch their posts to publish to this blog. Why? Because we can!

Also, it's important to note that Blogger Mobile is the first-ever Blogger feature that ships with it's own jingle. Grant Shellen whipped it up for us.


The comic strip art on go.blogger.com is by Phil Pascuzzo, he does lots of neat illustration and design stuff. With the jingle and the comic-style illustration Blogger Mobile is an all together highly professional endeavor. For more information see: On-the-Go with Blogger Mobile, They Are Among Us, and Blogger Mobile FAQs.

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Belle de Jour book spotted! (The book is based on the blog.)
Newsweek calls Blogging a 'blood sport' in Japan.
Steve Jobs should be a blogger.
Backpack is a cool new web thingy and this is their blog.
How long has the cat had his own blog?

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Not sure if this is a case of impersonation or if Lord Vader has in fact decided to avail himself of our services. In either case, The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster is a good read.
Boba Fett is one of the few people with whom I will share a meal. He was horribly disfigured by acid years ago, and I feel we hold a bond in common in that respect. He has never so much as winced at the ghastly noises that come through my ventilator while I chew, because he is a gentleman.