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The Greensboro News-Record just posted an article about Michael Brown, a homeless man who is using Blogger to describe his (and his family's) experiences. Here's a snippet from the article:
"After Brown, 43, and his family were evicted from their northeast Greensboro home earlier this month, he turned to the public library and its computers for answers. Once online, he couldn't find what he was looking for: advice from someone who was homeless."

"So, he took up the task himself. He began posting to a Web log, or blog. There, he began to tell his story -- how he became homeless and how he was dealing with it."
And a snippet from his blog:
"Since I currently have no car, I do a lot of walking; I've passed under a lot of bridges, and the relatively slow pace gives me time to really scan for signs of human habitation. The evidence is not under all bridges, but it's under enough of them to give some idea of the scope of the problem. It's usually something subtle: an abandoned blanket, a cardboard box strategically placed, perhaps some old camping gear (usually an indicator that its owner isn't too far away). I've only once actually glimpsed someone sleeping under a bridge. I wasn't homeless yet myself at the time, so of course, the only thing that ran through my mind is "there but for the grace of God go I."

"Little did I know..."

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MC Hammer

MC Hammer is blogging on blogspot — check it out!

He's using Blogger Mobile to post photos via his Sidekick, and is using Audioblogger to post audio clips.

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I’m really excited to introduce you to the Blogger widget, one of the three widgets for Mac OS X 10.4 now available on Google Labs. This li’l guy makes it even easier to post to your blog from your Mac: pop open the Dashboard (F12 usually works), type some text, press one of the alluring, shiny buttons, and then spend the next few minutes flipping widgets back and forth from front to back because the animation is so cool.

If you have multiple blogs, you can have multiple Blogger widgets open, each one tuned to its own blog. And, if space gets cramped, just click the blue title bar at the top of the widget to collapse it up, window shade–style.

Some handy widget tips:
  • The text box works pretty much like Compose mode in the full editor on Blogger. You can type HTML tags in there, but also use ⌘-B to make words bold and ⌘-I to make them italic.
  • If you start a post in the widget and then realize you need to add a picture or do something else that you need the full editor for, just save your post as a draft. A link will appear that’ll jump you right into Blogger to pick up your post where you left off.
  • The widget checks periodically to see if there’s a newer version, so if we fix bugs or add new features you’ll be sure to know.
  • Your password gets stored in the Keychain, so it’s nice and secure.
If you need any help or have any cool widgety ideas, we’ve set up a special Google Group for the Mac widgets. Don’t forget to check out the other two widgets, too: Gmail and Search History. They’re really slick and I think you’ll like them a lot.

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"Blargon's" a new one for me, but this William Safire piece in the NYTimes lists a bunch of bloggy lingo:
  • MSM: "mainstream media"
  • Above the fold: "what we see on a blog's screen before we begin to scroll down"
  • The jump: "a place to which the blog's readership is referred inside the Web site"
  • sidebar: "a column down one side of the screen displaying advertisements, archived links or a list of other blogs called a blogroll"
  • bye-line: "an adios or similar farewell at the end of the blogger's politely expressed opinion or angry screed"
  • wingnuts: "the prevailing put-down of right-wing bloggers"
  • moonbats: "the vilification of left-wing partisans who use the Web"
  • ping: "the gently noisy notification sent when a blog needs updating or has been updated"
  • link love: "an unsolicited, posted link that aims only to amuse or interest"
  • simultaneous blogasm: "the discovery that some other blogger has posted an identical thought at the same time"
  • meme: "a type of online chain letter where bloggers answer questions designed to give a quick overview of the blogger's personality"
  • tag: "a descriptive label applied to an individual post"
  • delicious: "To del.icio.us someone is to add them to your delicious bookmarks."
  • blogerati: "people sophisticated in operating blogs"
  • spam blogs, splogs and zombie blogs: "these strange animated robot-generated texts meant to game search engines. When it's published as unwanted feedback on people's blogs, it's called comment spam" — definition from former Blogger team member Biz Stone
  • fisk: "from Robert Fisk, a U.K. journalist. That's when you take an article and reprint it on your blog adding your line-by-line critique"
Our own Jason Goldman is even quoted: "A Web log was and is 'a log of requests that comes into a server'; it's the domain of techie people and no fun to look at. But blog, though coined from 'Web log,' is a word open to all sorts of linguistic play that has taken on the meaning of 'a personal web page.' "

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John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, has a Blog*Spot blog!

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Hi, everyone - it's Andrea from Blogger Support here. I'm very excited to announce the launch of our new Blogger User-to-User Help Group. It's a new community on Google Groups that will let you talk to other Blogger users, ask questions, and share your blogging expertise. In the group, you'll be able to get all kinds of help with your blog - from template customization and HTML to publishing tips and troubleshooting advice. There's even an area to share your own, beautiful blog with other users!

To access the group, just click here. If you don't already have a Google Account (like Gmail or AdWords), you'll be prompted to sign up for one. And, of course, it's all free.

I'm really happy our team is able to provide this for you, and I hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoy your blogs!

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The Jane Goodall Institute has started a Gombe Chimpanzee blog for documenting their research in Tanzania.

Frodo the Chimp
(photo courtesy of janegoodall.org)

What's especially neat is that they've tied the blog to Google Earth. So you can click on a Google Earth file from the blog and read a detailed description of the ongoing studies in the context of where the research is being conducted. Here's an example kmz file.

Plus, there are pictures of chimps.

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Us Blogger folks couldn’t be more excited that Measure Map, a slick and beautiful statistics app for blogs, has joined Google! Jeff Veen introduces himself on the official Google blog:
My first post to my blog was a little paragraph about my obsession with cycling, and I remember feeling a little ... let down. … It wasn't until someone left a comment that I was hooked. An audience! Someone is reading!

It was this feeling that led to the idea of Measure Map. Our goal has been to use the power of web analytics to help bloggers feel that same sense of connection with their audience. Today, as the Measure Map team joins Google, our mission remains the same: to build the best possible user experience so people can understand and appreciate the effect their blogs - their words and ideas - can have.

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NPR’s Story of the Day podcast recently included an All Things Considered story by Julie Zickefoose about how blogging has affected her relationship with her husband:
Bill and I now judge events in our lives as to whether they are blog-worthy. When we’re together, we have an unspoken agreement as to who gets to blog about whatever cool thing we encounter. … And he’s crestfallen if I haven’t read his entry before we go to bed. A remarkably specific ettiquette is emerging in this uncharted land.
Listen at Odeo.com, or download the MP3.

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The SF Chronicle reports on a group of post-consumerists and their vow to "not buy anything new in 2006 -- except food, health and safety items and underwear."

Fortunately, Blog*Spot is free so the group, called Compact, can happily blog away.

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BlogHer, the fine folks behind the conference of the same name, now have a community site:
Together we're building a guide to women bloggers. In 20+ popular topics, you'll find lists of blogs by women and constantly updating guides to what's hot, written by our contributing editors.