Suzanne Stefanac, author of dispatches from blogistan; a travel guide for the modern blogger
is this month's guest at The Well's InkWell.vue. Non-members are welcome: Join us, or email questions and conversational contributions
to the Inkwell.vue hosts.
If, after hanging out there a bit, you would like to explore The Well
further, drop me a note.
Filled with practical, easy-to-implement advice for making blogging more enjoyable, useful, and profitable, this book covers everything from blogging and how it fits into the history of journalism to practical tips for planning and managing a blog, attracting and retaining an active readership, and even generating revenue. Written by noted technology journalist and interactive media veteran Suzanne Stefanac, the book's fresh and succinct design; quotes and commentary from noted and celebrity bloggers (authors Bruce Sterling, Steven Johnson and Cory Doctorow, Craig Newmark of craigslist.org, NPR news commentator Farai Chideya, blog pioneer Justin Hall among others), accompanying blog site; and more, make this a blog book like no other!
Suzanne also contributes now and then to Blogging Blog, and has her own site at dispatches from blogistan. I got this book a bit over a month ago, sat down and read it cover to cover. Now I look forward to reading it again, more slowly, and this great opportunity to discuss one of my favorite topics -- blogging blogging blogging! -- with a true expert. This is a very cool book!
Well, I've finished this -- a post per day, all of November. And now it's time for:
Holidailies is a free community writing project. All Holidailies 2006 participants promise to update their personal web sites every day from December 1 to January 1. Portal participants post summaries of their entries, which are aggregated on the front page of Holidailies 2006...
I did this a couple of years ago, then forgot and was too late to register last year. Since I seem to be on a roll, here, I thought I'd see if I can keep going.
And then we have:
Most creative Montana blog.
Best photographic Montana blog.
Best written Montana blog.
Most humorous Montana blog.
Best post. (include a link, please.)
Best series of posts relating to given topic.
There are also categories for Political and Culture
blogging. Voting has not yet begun; this (until next Tuesday, December
5th) is the nomination period. You needn't be a Montana blogger to
nominate someone, or to vote, but the nominees must be Montana blogs.
Watermark won last year for Best Culture Website. I don't think Blogging Blog or Abide has ever been nominated -- and I'm not sure they would fit any of the categories anyway. And gosh, there are a lot of us. The competition will be as tough as Montanans.
I will be mentioning when voting opens.