Blogger & Podcaster Guide

Link: Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog: Blogger & Podcaster Guide.

Interesting post here about a new magazine called Blogger and Podcaster Guide, a weekly "TV guide" for bloggers and podcasters (natch) in partnership with USA Today. Joe Wikert interviews the publisher, Larry Genkin:

JW: What’s the goal of the new Blogger & Podcaster Guide?

LG: There are three goals I have for the Blogger & Podcaster Guide: 1) To move the audience for blogs and podcast beyond early adopters; 2) To make it easier for people to find blog/podcast content on the topics of interest to them. (Today this isn’t a very easy task. Just go to a search engine and try to quickly find a relevant blog/podcast from the mish-mash of results that are served up); 3) Help bloggers and podcasters generate larger audiences so they can better monetize their efforts and more effectively accomplish their objectives.

More of the interview is at Joe’s blog (link above).

The fourteen million dollar movie

Link: DVD Dossier Blog: Amazon Glitch Prices DVD For The Rich.

Amazon.com is charging $14,049,429 for "The Gunrunner," a 1984 crime drama starring Kevin Costner. The website says that the suggested retail price for the film is $20,070,612. But if you pre-order you can cleverly save more than six million dollars ($6,021,183 to be exact), and also qualify for free shipping.

If you don’t believe me, there is a screenshot at the link above.

Blogs wanted — dead or alive

Link: Bloggers Blog: Millions of Dead Blogs Won’t Stop Blogging.

I have often wondered what happens to all those millions, or even billions, of inactive blogs that we keep reading about. Technorati tracks them all, but we are told that only a very few per cent are "live", which means updated at least once a week (or maybe month). We know that people start blogs all the time but most of them don’t continue after 3 months.

So I am glad to learn from the post above that these dead blogs are not like debris in outer space, making life dangerous for future explorers, or like aeroplane routes that are stretched to bursting point so that yet more runways and airports have to be built as passengers endlessly circle above.

Of course, the article isn’t really about space, but about "the future of blogging", in my opinion a pointless topic. As the Bloggers Blog post states, a lot of people start blogs and get bored with them because they have no useful purpose. But a lot of people feel comfortable with the medium, and those people will carry on blogging because their blogs do have a useful purpose for them.

I believe that the stand-alone blog (like this one) will gradually become less common, as new bloggers come onto the scene they will choose to blog within their social network (MySpace, Facebook, Nature Network and so on). Other people will shift to more "chat" like services, such as the currently popular Twitter, or the various instant messaging systems available that can be integrated into one’s web socialising platform. These options were not available to me when I started blogging (so far as I know), and if they had been, I might have set up my blog differently. It will always be thus: innovations will inevitably change the nature of blogging and other types of internet sociability, but one thing is for sure, it ain’t going away.

Are there any other views on Public Libraries?

Link: info NeoGnostic: Are there any other views on Public Libraries?.

From Chris Armstrong’s post: "Most readers of iNG will be aware of concerns voiced here in the past about what is happening (or not) to public libraries in the UK. Those same readers cannot fail to be aware of the continuing onslaught from Tim Coates in The Good Library Blog on any body which has any responsibility for public libraries: from CILIP to MLA; from Demos to the (now closing) Laser Foundation.

Now, we have Richard Wallis of library systems producer, Talis weighing in with a reasoned analysis of the state of play so far." [links provided in iNG blog post linked above.]

Chris concludes: "Talis are very committed to libraries (obviously!)… I wonder if that extends to hosting a forum of the great and the good – professional bodies, government, MLA, and the concerned – to work out a way forward that will benefit the public and their libraries?" Good question.

Climate Feedback: Shaping the Kyoto successor

Link: Climate Feedback: Shaping the Kyoto successor.

Back to more serious, though welcomly accessible, science. One of Nature Publishing Group’s new blogs is Climate Feedback (see link above), "to facilitate lively and informative discussion on the science and wider implications of global warming. The blog aims to be an informal forum for debate and commentary on climate science in our journals and others, in the news, and in the world at large." So if you want the unbiased, independent and accurate picture of what’s what about climate science and policy, do subscribe. At the link above and at the blog’s associated web publication Nature Reports Climate Change, is a report of the G8 summit: what was just agreed about carbon emissions policy and what it all means. Taken together, the blog and website are welcome additions to an area of science that could do with a lot more light and a lot less heat (pun sort of intended).

How manly do men feel?

Link: The malleability of men’s gender self-concept – Self and Identity.

Reading through tables of contents and RSS feeds of scientific journals, news publications and blogs is usually a serious business, not least (in the case of journals) trying to decipher the language of specialism, so often designed to communicate to an obscure few rather than to enlighten the many, one feels. Every so often I come across an example that I want to share. The one at the link above is a case in point.

The malleability of men’s gender self-concept. Authors: Cade McCall, University of California. Santa Barbara; Nilanjana Dasgupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"The present study tested the influence of social status and gender salience on the malleability of men’s gender self-concepts at an automatic versus controlled level. Male participants were placed in a superior or subordinate role relative to a male or female confederate for a joint task; subsequently their automatic and controlled beliefs about themselves were measured. We predicted first, that men placed in a subordinate role would protect against the threat to their self-concept by automatically self-stereotyping more than men placed in a superior role. As a secondary hypothesis, we predicted that the presence of a female interaction partner would increase the situational salience of gender, which in turn would evoke gender stereotypic self-descriptions. Results confirmed these hypotheses. These data suggest that men’s gender self-concepts are malleable and that situational cues differentially affect self-conceptions at an automatic and controlled level."

An Alternate Kettle of Fish

An Alternate Kettle of Fish (don’t click on the link if you are a suspicious type, but do if you want to see some sweet little pictures in needle eyes) has just given me the infamous but harmless "thinking blogger award", which last time caused various other bloggers to publicly criticise me for accepting it. (I can’t bear to link to those harsh comments as I found them too hurtful at the time and have no wish to revisit.) In acknowledging the kindness of alternatefish for giving me this award (or accolade, or meme, or compliment or call it what you wish), I point out in advance to any detractors that I am not linking to anything that will give anyone any vast sums of money, or posting any "evil" badges. An Alternate Kettle of Fish (alternatefish’s) blog does feature the "evil thinking blogger" badge which, as with the one I posted on Petrona when I was given the award previously, is not "live" and leads you nowhere, so there is nobody at the other end to rake in the dollars from the hordes of referrals. I note, incidentally, that at least one of my previous critics later accepted the "award" in a post, when given to him/her.

Thank you, alternatefish, I am most grateful. I recall that I am supposed to pass on the award (or accolade, or meme, or whatever you wish to call it) to some other bloggers, so how about two of my blogroll’s latest members, Close Reading and Material Witness