Saturday, November 18, 2006

what to blog about

Ever sit down at the computer and feel like doing a new blog post? But not know what to blog about?

Well, Dave Taylor sent me an email newsletter, Blogsmart News.

I strongly advise you to sign up for this service from a veteran blogger, computer book author, and online marketer.

In the latest issue, Dave has the solution to what to blog about, for you business bloggers in particular. This can also work for personal bloggers, if there are any more of those out there anywhere.

[QUOTE--my email to Dave]

I think you could refine your statement a little tiny bit by saying it's also about Your Customer's Problems.

To blabber on and on about my this and our that, is indeed boring, in personal and business blogs.

People need to know about the marketplace, but they only care about the marketplace because it contains Solutions to their problems, plus general news and excitement about a field of interest.

You said:


"It's not about your products
It's not about your customers
It's about your marketplace."

[snip]

"The solution is actually straightforward: write about what's going on in
your marketplace, what new innovations are coming, what companies are doing
well, what customers tell you about their experiences, and, yes,
occasionally what products you have and are offering to the public.

Given that idea, how well are YOU doing with your business blog efforts?"

[END QUOTE]


That was my reply via email to Dave.

When you blog you could blog about what your customers, or blog readers, care about. You learn what blog readers care about by reading their comments on your blog, their posts on their blog, and their emails to you.

Customers care about the marketplace only because it contains Solutions for their problems, Answers for their dilemmas, Help for their lives, and Enhancement of a lifestyle or pursuit. Plus they may also care about news and various issues connected with a field of interest.

To blog about what's happening in your industry, marketplace, or field of interest is not enough. You must also share your own opinions and expertise, your anecdotes and experiences, your insights and information. Your readers need to not only be updated on marketplace trends and events, but also need how to tips and practical advice.

Share your knowledge and tricks, your observations and complaints, whatever might benefit your readers in some down to earth manner, or in a theoretical way.

We need hands on training, yes, but we also need higher level mental input, like philosophy and poetry.

Friday, November 10, 2006

attack the word of mouth buzz agents

I call on all ethical bloggers to aggressively attack, flame, and guilt-trip the heinous Paid Enthusiast bloggers, companies that employ them, and the blogs that advocate it.

If you know a company is using blog-whores to spread Artificial Word of Mouth, attack those companies in every legal and moral way you can think of. If you know any bloggers who praise and advocate Paid Posting About Products, post harsh, critical comments on their blogs.

Not to anger and annoy, but to show a firm opposition.

Paid blog whores also are compensated for gang-blogging and gang-posting against a product, company, or person. You could easily be the next victim. I dare them to try ganging up on me, I'd love to show that what I can do to retaliate.

Check it out, "The Death of Adsense Meme":

Why so many Death of AdSense or AdSense is Dead type posts? Here's one reason why.

Bloggers are getting paid for discussing some Death of AdSense book or newsletter by PayPerPost.com. This campaign ran from September 14th to October 14th and apparently paid $10 per post. We have no way of knowing if it is being renewed for another month because and PayPerPost.com now blocks the opportunities page from non-members (we are not a member).

Aside from the ad campaign there is also some genuine discussion taking place. Some bloggers do think AdSense revenues could drop if there is too much click fraud going on or if Google is hampered by expensive click fraud lawsuits. Other bloggers think AdSense will continue to perform well. For some recent discussion of AdSense and click fraud see posts here, here, here and here.

Speaking of PayPerPost.com, someone has a blog (via Blog Herald) that is all paid posts from PayPerPost.com. This blogger loves beach wedding invitations and whatever else is offered on PayPerPost.com.


Our beloved blogosphere, our web of trust and credibility is in grave danger. Eventually, if this trend continues, we will no longer be able to believe any recommendation we read in a blog or online forum. You will never again be able to praise or critique any product, author, artist, or company--without everyone thinking you're compensated for it in some way.

I let companies advertise on this blog. But once the ads goes up, I am totally oblivious to them. Not wishing to embarrass any company, I won't give a specific example, but I have combatively criticized some of the companies whose ads you see displayed on this blog. I don't care what they think, and I never will. I seek and speak truth, the best I can.

PayPerPost, Word of Mouth Advertising, Paid Enthusiasm, it's all one thing: SPAM.

When a blogger promotes any item or person, and get paid to do so, it's SPAM.

When PayPerPost or any of the many other scumbags out there tell a company they can "leverage" the trust network of the blogosphere, and promote their products by targeting certain relevant, high traffic blogs and forums, with promotional comments, that's just dead wrong, and evil.

Especially when they lie, or refuse to disclose (reveal) that they are paid, and who is paying them to say these things. Paid enthusiast buzz agenting, aka blog-whoring, is unethical, even with full disclosure and transparency.

The issues here are so simple.

If you’re at a party, let’s say, and since they’re all friends, you ask the entire group if anyone knows a good dentist.

If a person raves about a dentist, you feel like you can trust his statements. But if you find out later that, though sincere and truthful, he had a two fold agenda–helping you and getting paid to hype the dentist–how would that make you feel?

Can’t we all see what is going on?

It’s the old outmoded dying model of Business As Usual, use the blogosphere as an advertising medium, exploit the blogosphere, leverage the trust that exists in the blogosphere, for greedy commercial gain.

PayPerPost is fraudulent, unethical, and marketing suicide. WOMMA (Word Of Mouth Marketing Association) is in the same boat.

It’s not transparency or sincerity that is the main principle here. It’s hidden or blatant commercial agendas.

By the time the stupid business chumps destroy the blogosphere with such pollution, we will have moved on to better venues for candid, trustworthy, altruistic conversations.

Does a company want to promote product in the blogosphere?

Then hype your expertise, give away free samples of something, help people solve problems.

Soon, we will have to keep saying “I’m not paid in any manner to say this” whenever we compliment or criticize any product, author, music band, book, etc.

What a drag.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

core values vs. lonelygirl15


Is it okay to lie, deceive, exploit, manipulate, toy with the emotional investments of your audience? As I see it, this is the main issue of the Lonelygirl15 YouTube controversy. Where do you stand? Do you care about the core values of blogging and videoblogging?

Do the values Authenticity, Honesty, Transparency, Integrity, and Credibility mean anything at all to you? Or do you side with such lies as Enron, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Watergate?

Jessica Rose was hired by a Hellywood talent agency to pretend to be "Bree" a 16 year old, home-schooled, lonely, apparently Satanic teenager (picture of Aleister Crowley in her staged "bedroom"), who was being prepared for a mysterious occult "ceremony".

Many viewers of her YouTube videos became concerned for her and emailed her advice on her problems. These emotionally involved viewers took her to heart and worried about her "life". When the truth came out that she was a fake, this broke the implied agreement on YouTube, and in the blogosphere, that You Are Who You Say You Are.

Why is this such a big deal? Because lots of fakers exploit teens, to prey on them sexually. Plenty of online con artists exploit people financially. We are sick of being lied to all the time by politicians, presidents, CEOs, bloggers, and videocasters.

Here is an transcript of comments under the video promotion "Lonelygirl15 200 websites in 2 minutes". Notice that the uploader's name is "phiktion".

I believe the LG15 project is to determine if YouTube viewers are easy to manipulate and if deceptive practices can work for profit and capitalistic exploitation "success". But ill gained wealth always backfires.


[QUOTE]


lonelygirlI5
(2 days ago):

righteous


nirvanaistheshiz (2 days ago):

that made my eyes hurt.


samet63 (2 days ago):

what's she is doing and sex site and wikipedia


harvesteroftruth (2 days ago):

This is an example of viral marketing....


vaspers
(1 day ago):

No, it's an example of deceptive consumer fraud and false depiction of self. It's called inauthentic, pandering, and exploitation for occult and commercial agendas. Sorry to rain on your misguided and gullible parade.


codem0nkey (1 day ago):

It's called acting. Simple as that....but I'm sure you're not comfortable using such a short word to describe it, as it doesn't give you your false feeling of superiority.


vaspers
(1 day ago):

Monkey with code all U want. It's called fraudulent representation and toying with YouTubers, pretending to be something you're not. Fictional Characters have been dealt with harshly in the blogosphere. Now the same repulsion is occuring in the videosphere. Go kiss Harry Potter.


IrishHitman (1 day ago):

Wow, somebody LIED on the internet, who gives a crap.

Obviously alot of americans do...

PS: did i see a GTA website there.


Edbrad (5 minutes ago):

What's wrong with you guys? It ALWAYS looked like a couple of film students. It was more than that as it turns out, but it always looked too thought out and comedic on purpose.

Its like if The Office had been released on the internet, of course the office isnt real and you can tell it isnt. But its guys like you that would get up in arms about it when they finially came out and said "this was just a film project".

vaspers (14 seconds ago):

You dummies, the difference between The Office and LG15 is that one is upfront about being Fiction and the other is deceptive, pretending to be a Real representation of a person and her life. Some of us still value the blog core values Authenticity, Transparency, Genuine Passion. We despise buzz agents who pretend to use a product and rave about it. Think: Enron. And Weapons of Mass Destruction. Lies suck!

[END QUOTE]

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

YouTube and business models


Many young people watch YouTube now *instead of* television.

Why? Because they like repetition and easy access to the juicy scenes, the funniest moments, the heart of the buzz. So instead of boring parts of shows, and commercial interuptions, they get the best stuff, and they can watch it over and over again.

Interaction at YouTube includes posting text comments, uploading a video response (subject to approval), distributing bulletins, saving to favorites, ranking the video, subscribing to a channel, and displaying the video on your blog via a player embed code you paste into your post template in HTML mode.

LonelyGirl15, Lisa Nova, It's Jerry Time, Hope is Emo, Loren Feldman (1938 Media), and Cutiemish exemplify a business model working so blatantly we tend to skip over it: the YouTube Soap Opera series of video postings by a real teen, a computer animated character, a fictional human character, a rebel, a social critic, an outcast, an average person who revels in their average outlook and amateur style.

Once an audience is obtained, the merchandising can follow, and the loyal fanatics will eat it up, all of it, for a long time.

Betray, deceive, exploit, toy with, manipulate that audience, especially their emotions and desire to care for strangers, and you're dead.

LonelyGirl15 may be enjoyed by a devoted group of people who like her, even though she, "Bree", is just a scripted fantasy produced by mysterious figures who are evasive about motive, religion, and commercial agendas. But probably most of her fans will mutiny and turn their allegiance to more authentic performances.

The same core values that drive the best of the blogosphere are operating in the vlogo/videosphere.

The uproar over Lonelygirl15 is focused on Fictional Character Blogs being deceptive mind games that exploit and injure the feelings of actual humans who may become quite fondly attached to the character, and then feel used and duped. They emailed advice and consolation to "Bree". Now they think their earnest, heartfelt communiques were being laughed at. Bree is just a committee of oppressors, capitalist exploiters with a hidden and unseemly commercial agenda.

The frenzy and hostility is over the issues of Authenticity, Passion, Transparency. How refreshing to see the younger crowd rally to the same war cry as the early bloggers.

Is your company online? Blogging? Videocasting? Web conferencing?

Then you better be exactly who you say you are. With online predators, con artists, and malware, authenticity and honesty are fighting words in the videosphere and blogosphere. Cluetrain Manifesto and Gonzo Marketing made that clear long ago.

Truth and Transparency as you solve a problem or enhance a life style for your customer.

Let that be the foundation of your business plan. Don't deceive or exploit. Be yourself. Be upfront about everything. Anticipate flames and complaints, don't be caught off guard and then panic with denials and lies.

MySpace is so 2005.

YouTube is 2006.

Blogging is where you should already be.

Video is where you need to be going now.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

web users get smart, reduce activity

Web users are smarter, and more cynical, according to Consumer Reports Webwatch, in a report from October 2005.

Due to ethical problems, health concerns, and self-protective measures, web users have retreated back to the real, offline world, and have drastically reduced web activity.

"Leap of Faith"

[QUOTE]

Web users are demanding more of Web sites while becoming less trustful of them, and are adjusting their behavior in response to what they see as real threats online. In fact, almost a third say they are cutting back their Web use, according to a national survey and report prepared for WebWatch by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI).

[snip]

For all online users, the report found that concern about identity theft is substantial, and is changing consumer behavior in major ways.

Four in five Internet users (80 percent) are at least somewhat concerned someone could steal their identity from personal information on the Internet. Nearly nine out of ten users (86 percent) have made at least one change in their behavior because of this fear:

• 30 percent say they have reduced their overall use of the Internet.

• A majority of Internet users (53 percent) say they have stopped giving out personal information on the Internet.

• 25 percent say they have stopped buying things online.

• 54 percent of those who shop online report they have become more likely to read a site’s privacy policy or user agreement before buying.

• 29 percent of those who shop online say they have cut back on how often they buy on the Internet.

[snip]

[END QUOTE]

Also see "Who Are You Online?" by web ethics columnist Angela Gunn (Oct. 2002).

Sunday, September 03, 2006

lucid-translucent excuses


Something that has been put here, and man has persecuted.//Freedom.\\We make so many excuses: brilliant, unarguable, endlessly proliferating, [words censored by superscripted under-text] lucid-translucent excuses. Result? The diminishing of //a good\\.

We sigh and change channels on the television, or hop to another blog in the blogosphere, but we don't change inside. The same old marketing ploys, the same hyped up pleading, the Business As Usual blase blues. We hear the troubled chords.

("Try my product."--no not that, but rather instead: "Solve your problem, enhance your lifestyle, increase your enjoyment of being alive -- by my product." whimpered in a Miserably Servile Customer Pampering system [txt missing from original source data] tone of voice.)

I w...[text illegible in the original document]...and wrote this brief, elusive, annoying post.

"You don't like how I'm dealing with certain problems, " I said surreptitiously.

"Are you trying to make excuses and exceptions to explain your behavior?" she asked in ironic voice.

I replied. "But something was put here, and I utilized it, and now there's a problem. The fault is not in the item, but in me, because of the perceptual framework of others. This is a sad and unfortunate state of affairs, a situation that contains only my doom, and not my release."

"[garbled communication in reference work]", she answered.

What was "put here"? you wonder.

Just this: //Freedom\\.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

online loyalty via core values


Online branding, social media, ecommerce, and blog popularity are all based on one thing. Your manifestation of the core values of human communication. We hate to be lied to, ripped off, or have our time wasted with boring or unhelpful content.

It really is that easy.

Online loyalty is caused by the same qualities that govern any conversation: civility, attention to others, dignified discussions, personal boundaries, professional ethics, normative best practices, and consensus principles of polite conduct.

All your web site or blog has to do is identify and gratify needs.

All you need to do is respond cordially, authentically, and completely to reader comments, furnish fresh frequent content, and circulate in the blogosphere by posting comments at other blogs and forums.

If you must fight, be fair, firm, and friendly, even so far as complimenting your debate opponent. I was arguing with some stranger online about a recent Stephen Colbert roasting of President Bush video on YouTube.

The blogocombat got a bit stern and heated, but when my foe said, in passing, that I was a pretty good writer, he won. I felt defeated. He beat me to the blogocombat compliment, a sly and innocent way to win. Say, "I still disagree completely with your unfortunate point of view, but you sure type swell paragraphs."

Your online brand can be defined via blogs, podcasts, and web video.

Just stick to your core values and audience satisfaction, and you'll do just fine. I promise.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

video authenticity


I have been putting lots of my original lecture and music videos up on Vaspers the Grate. See sidebar link, soon to be added here, of All Vaspers Videos at YouTube.

A few fans have asked: "Are you trying to be avant garde?"

I have no idea why anyone would ask such an absurd question. I have to confess right now: I don't know how to "act" or "try to be". I have tried to be someone or something, sure. Back in grade school, a few times. Maybe once or twice in high school. But I'm not cut out for theatre or imaginative writing.

I'm very ordinary and prosaic. I eat regular lunches and grow normal flowers. I have not the slightest foggiest notion how to "be" anything. I just do what I do. I have been expressing myself in blogs for going on 3 solid years now. Why the sudden arousal of video apprehensions and visual hermeneutics?

I have repeatedly expressed the thought that I just am me, and cannot otherwise be. I'm not trying to be anything. What ppl see in my videos, hear in my podcasts, and read in my blogs and email is just me. That's all it can be.

I admire those who can seem to waltz right out of their ingrained character. That means their true self is temporarily artificialized and marginalized, while the false front goes to work.

Actors can train themselves to act like something they want to be, or need to pretend to be. I hear that some people decide to be edgy or controversial or radical. I don't know how they do it. I cannot decide to be some way, then be it. I'm trapped in my authenticity.

If someone thinks I'm trying to be something, I sure wish they'd teach me how to pull that stunt.



In actual fact, my videos are spontaneous and unthought-out. I just turn the camera on and go. It's the core values of blogging, but applied to video blogging (vlogging).

I must explore every dumb idea and profound thought. Every twinkle in the eye and wrinkle in the forhead: every inspiration and doubt. Make my esoteric blogopedic treasures available in human lingo, down to the slowest mind imaginable, all inclusive, with never ends.

The upside down head (in "blogocombat manifesto VIDEO") was a mistake at first, very sleepy, then I just rolled with it. I don't know how to be what you say avant garde as you call it. I just know how to get angry and defend the things and people I care about.

I don't want to be a JABHIV (Just Another Boring Head In Video). So I use creepy home-made low tech video effects and call it space shuttle phase shifting, because it is. I do anything but sit there and jabber like a million other vloggers.

Maybe some day I'll figure out how to be really, delightfully infotaining.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

MySpace Unraveled book for parents

Peachpit has a new book on MySpace available:

MySpace Unraveled
: what it is & how to use it safely.
A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking.

192 pages, list price $14.99, copyright 2007.

Check out the very informative MySpace Unraveled review at CNET.

Dangers and opportunities are explained, including how the blogging disciplines (writing, editing, publishing, promoting, networking, etc.) can boost a teen's self esteem, provide practice in marketable business skills, and help to develop online socializing proficiency.

Blogs really can improve a person, and not necessarily lead to perversity and predators. Parents, teens, and business people need to understand all the many facets of blogging and the divergent blog platforms.

Social networking blogs are rising in the same blogosphere as the more isolationist, less social blogs of professionals, CEOs, and consultants. Thus, both blogosectors can benefit and learn from each other.

Personal bloggers can gain sophistication, ecommerce ideas, and promotional savvy from business blogs. Business bloggers can gain personalization, candor, and transparency inspiration from personal bloggers. As we support, challenge, monitor, and encourage each other, the blogosphere increases in value, power, and prestige.

Altruism, helping others, is the pure and primal heart of the blogosphere.

:^)

blogocombat is not trolling


An online friend asked me today, via email, if I took "the minority position to instigate discussion." He seems neutral, so this is not an attack, it's just a question he presented to me for clarification of my style.

I do NOT intentionally express a minority, marginal, oppositional, contrarian, argumentative, critical, hostile, challenging, combative, or confrontational point of view.

To do so is a criminal act, called "trolling" or "baiting".

Here are my definitions:

blogocombat: online discussions, debates, and defense, thus can be friendly/professional, neutral/fact-finding, or hostile/emotional.

blogodiplomacy: exercising self-restraint, understatement, pacifying remarks, polite wording, and a tendency to favor ending arguments after an appropriate number of comments, from a few to many, depending on topic, host site preferences, netiquette, and honor -- rather than debating endlessly, thread-jacking, or spam commenting.

harshing: making very critical statements to scold, correct, or vilify an online foe or guilty entity, opposite of cringing, passivity, and civility.

trolling: cruising web forums, bulletin boards, chat rooms, blogs, wikis, discussion lists to incite trouble, to stir animosity, to make insincere but inflammatory proclamations to trick or provoke people into fighting.

baiting: making a statement, from hostile to supportive, with a hidden intent to lure people into a trap of saying an absurdity, revealing their true colors and agendas, or to deceive them with a commercial exploitation.

Blogocombat is a volatile, trouble-maker word, that many could misapply or misinterpret. Perhaps a better word is needed. The reason I use "blogocombat" when I mean a wide variety of online, and even offline, discussion is because I'm usually being attacked and have to defend myself sometimes, and it can get a bit intense.

:^)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

why I am boycotting The Blogging Times

Porn is not a core value of blogging, or of being a decent human being. Porn stimulates rape and viewing women as sex objects for male domination and abuse.

I had The Blogging Times in my sidebar at Vaspers the Grate. Not anymore. TBT has a banner ad headline over the title of the blog.

"Porn loving blogger needed" is the ad text.

I clicked on the ad to see what was up.

[QUOTE]

Porn-loving blogger needed

Friday August 18th 2006, 8:18 am . Filed under: Blogger

Notorious, rapidly exanding adult(all-male) studio needs disillusioned, loyal, intelligent, creative and peculiar personality for politically minded porn blog.

Send writing samples (please be original); a picture (doesn’t have to be nude); a resume; a witty but brief self-description, include your reasons for wanting to break into the filthy world of smut, what blogs you currently read and why you should represent.

[END QUOTE]


As politely as possible, I told them to shove off, in a comment I posted. Polite? Me? Heh. Not really. Just joking. I was as abrasive as possible. Forgive my French, but I was very irate.

Excuse me, I have to go delete my links to this crap blog The Blogging Times. See ya later, friends.

:^)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

how to triumph meaninglessly

A self defensive person is deluded by Normal Mind into thinking he has a self that can be attacked and therefore must be defended. This grandiose overvaluation of a figment of the body's imagination leads the person down the path of conflict, battle, and strife.

A hardcore blogger doesn't care what anybody thinks.

You post whatever content you think might benefit your readers, or whatever you feel like exhibiting: expertise, talent, anecdote, solutions, links, insights, art, photos, podcasts, videos.

Fearful enemies and jealous will abuse you, insult you, demand that you see a psychiatrist. Just because they disagree with your opinions, choices, style.

You must know how to bypass all that.

Triumph Meaninglessly.

You keep posting text and audio and video to your blog, for one simple reason. To irritate the player haters who demand that you stop, get a life, see a shrink, or turn yourself into law enforcement. You disturb the mediocrity. They feel a guilt trip every time they think of you. Every time they force themselves to involuntarily inspect your blog and videos, they loathe them. They must bully you into agreeing with their superior judgment.

If you don't agree with their bullying critique, it means you're "an asshole".

According to them.

They hysterically rant, rave, and rage like screaming lunatics, but you, who aren't bothering or bullying anybody, are the one at fault. You, the happy, calm, contented person, you must be punished. Your smug lack of self-loathing must be desecrated and dumped. You are too prolific to be tolerated.

You make them look bad, as they obsessively, insecurely compare themselves to successful and contented people. Like you, you asshole. How dare you show passion for blogs and video and RSS? How dare you feel so free to self-assert like you do?

Your joyous freedom, creative insatiability, and stunningly innovative productions are just too much for lazy Normal Mediocre Mind and the Kingdom of Melancholic Failure to handle. You're impossible to understand. They want to erase you.

But you remain you, and they fade away.

Monday, August 14, 2006

future of blogging is what?


My jejune colleagues, ever seeking new topics to bomb us with, are getting excited about The Future of Blogging and Social Networking Sites.

I think blogging is still in its early stages, as most other pundits proclaim.

Are blogs better now than they were back when Doc Searls, Jorn Barger, and Dave Winer first began? In what ways?

More popular, easier to use, more functionalities, more options for audio and video. These are some of the improvements we've seen.

Here is my comment on a recent post at The Blogging Times.

The article entitled "The Coming Long Tail Tsunami in Blogging".


[QUOTE]

The social networking aspects of web services are to be favored mainly by young people looking to hook up sexually or sell a music band and its CDs.

Business blogging will be a way to display expertise and to generate conversations with customers.

I do not buy into the snake head/long tail debate.

It’s odd that few discussions of blogging and its future ever consider past technologies.

Either blogging will fizzle out and become the exclusive domain of hobbyists and avid communicators (HAM RADIO) or it will enter the mainstream of normalized communications channels (TELEPHONE)…or a type of blogging will evolve into a bizarre new form of personalized contact (TELEPRESENCING).

That’s how I see it, with my nose to the blogging grindstone.

...................

P.S. I like WordPress and Blogger. In defense of Blogger, it seems perfect for serious, non-tech communicators.

It is a lot easier to do several simple things on Blogger than it is on WordPress, at least the free version that Chartreuse and I (Corporate Blog Revolution - beta) and Scoble use.

I can easily tweak my template, upload images, add podcast audio and video player embeds in Blogger.

I don’t believe it’s very easy to do these things on WordPress. So in that sense, Blogger has kept pace with the blogosphere.

I also have foolproof comment spam elimination via easy comment moderation with captchas and delayed posting of comments.

In WordPress, you have to use all these different plug ins, and sometimes the plug ins are buggy, no offense Matt.

I recall hearing that WordPress was “not set up” to allow bloggers to access their template and make massive modifications, which I can do on Blogger.


I even made an Unblog called Jejune Jumpers, that stripped all blog functions and features from it, resulting in a web based billboard, a totally static page, like a magazine add. No posts, no comments, no trackbacks, no author, no blogroll, no archives, no recent post list, no About, no profile, etc. Just to show that a Blogger blog can be deconstructed and still have some web object floating in the digital effluvium.

[END QUOTE]

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

this is why we fight online



As your kids enter school this fall, you're bound to hear various versions of the new internet nursery rhyme that's all the rage.

Called "This is Why We Fight Online", this strange little childish ditty contains an obscure reference to "clients", and the social media pundits are deeply divided as to the proper interpretation of this peculiar term, some saying "parents" and some shouting "peers", but no one offering any proof.

"This is Why We Fight Online"

we see grinding mediocrity
it sickens us
we see the con artist trickery
it withers us
we see sleepy stupidity
it awakens us
we see lack of creativity
it enshakens us

so we attack
we don't want our clients pleading
"give us some of that"
when we can see it's schlock and slop
and time to close up shop

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Be Outside the Box (video)

What is your business creativity skill set? To think outside the box, you must be outside the box. Not in it looking out. A sleepy delivery of a slippery subject.

To many, business is dull, dry, depressive. A vibrant hope can elongate a miracle mind, the dedicated employee.

Blog core value: creativity.

Vaspers the Grate
"Be Outside the Box" (3:12)

Friday, August 04, 2006

new avant super corporation: part one

The new avant super corporation has moved far beyond Total Quality into Continual Improvement Forever. It has also stooped to conquer. Bent into a humble subservient posture, it stands poised for the ultimate marketing genius idea:

Miserably Servile Customer Pampering.

Here's how to begin: chew the Clue. The Cluetrain Manifesto.

According to The Cluetrain Manifested by you by your company.

[QUOTE]

They're constantly searching for solid information they can share with customers and prospects via Web and FTP sites, e-mail lists, phone calls, whatever it takes.

They're not half as concerned with protecting their data as with how much information they can give away.

That's how they stay in touch, stay competitive, keep market attention from drifting to competitors. Such companies are creating a new kind of corporate identity, based not on the repetitive advertising needed to create "brand awareness," but on substantive, personalized communications.

The question is whether, as a company, you can afford to have more than an advertising-jingle persona.

Can you put yourself out there: say what you think in your own voice, present who you really are, show what you really care about? Do you have any genuine passion to share? Can you deal with such honesty? Such exposure?

Human beings are often magnificent in this regard, while companies, frankly, tend to suck. For most large corporations, even considering these questions and they're being forced to do so by both Internet and intranet is about as exciting as the offer of an experimental brain transplant.

[END QUOTE]

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

CEOs blogging, videocasting, telepresencing

Here's some real live blog discussion for you to chew on, if you want.

From comments on "Should the CEO Blog?" in which there seems to be some discomfort on the parts of certain CEOs, regarding blogging, a supposed "risk".


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31 Jul 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

According to the book Credibility by James M. Kouzes (chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company) and Barry Z. Posner (2003), people expect a CEO to be Visionary and Inspiring.

Visionary means you take do take risks. Who ever heard of a conservative, timid Visionary?

Inspiring means you try things, experiment, and risk falling flat on your face. If a CEO fails, looks stupid in a blog or video, so what?

I don’t get it.

I think they are lying to us.

The real reason a CEO would act clueless or shun blogging is: not fear of flames, but reluctance to really hear the unvarnished complaints, questions, suggestions, and critiques of consumers.

The best thing any CEO can do right now is start Video Blogging. To present a human, fallible, credible, regular guy type image.

CEOs are in dire need of reform and good publicity.





31 Jul 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

P.S. It’s on page 14 of Credibility. The 6 most valued characteristics of admired leaders:

1. Honesty
2. Forward-thinking (“visionary”)
3. Inspiring
4. Competent
5. Fair-minded
6. Supportive

A CEO may not be the best blogger, though, you’re very right about that. He should be, ala Mark Cuban.

But anyone who has the requisite leadership qualities, and has a Real Passion for the solving the customer’s problems via the product, that’s who your blogger should be.

Not the most articulate, but the most sincere. We in the blogosphere have our digital senses trained to detect insincerity, con artists, and hype BS.

Let the one with the most team spirit, the most altruism, the most product knowledge be the blogger.

It’s sad to think that person might not be the CEO.

Hmmmph.





01 Aug 06 | Teresa Valdez Klein wrote …

Vaspers: I recognize that C.E.O.’s are supposed to be visionary leaders. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be cautious and planful when it comes to making important decisions about their companies.

I don’t think that blogging should be viewed as an “extreme sport,” to quote Stross. But I also don’t think that it should be a requirement that a CEO blog. When it comes to companies and the blogosphere, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.




01 Aug 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

The blogosphere began as a rough and tumble realm and it shall remain so.

CEOs who shy away from blogs are generally unwilling to be honest, candid, transparent, and hear directly from all types of customers and stray blog visitors.

There is great ROI on blogging: zero or near zero expense. But there is a time drain, but so what? Email drains time, too.

CEOs making important decisions about their companies? Blogging should be a trivial decision, like business cards and cell phones. No sweat.

Boy, these business people really are a trip, aren’t they?



01 Aug 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

CEOs, all of the ethical ones anyway, need to be blogging, and video blogging, and preparing to initiate telepresencing (see Aug. 8, 06 issue of PC Magazine).

CEOs should be the leaders, the pioneers, in new media. But instead it’s their teenage children who are paving the way.

Risk aversion? Gimme a break, the poor darlings.


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Saturday, July 29, 2006

virtual worlds and future mental diseases

Virtual social worlds will spawn new online mental diseases, digital co-dependency, and computerized paranoia.

Right now, these Matrix-like environments are being explored by corporations, for virtual convention centers like Gnomedex, and by individuals for...for what?

Well, a creative business person might use a system like Second Life to simulate an entrepreneurial situation, set up a shop, and display their expertise and judgment.

But others might dive into a Sims type fantasy world...and never return. Like a chemical addiction, its seductive and illusory self-fulfillment beckons, beckons, beckons...conjuring up a helpless chump who leaves real relationships with actual neighbors and family, to drown in the comfort of a world they can control more completely.

Did you see that episode of Wife Swap, where the lady ignored her own family, shipped her kids off to a daycare center even, just so she could stay home and interact with her virtual online simulated faux family? Beyond sick, man.

"Become the first virtual millionaire" says a headline on this subject, over at ZD Net blogs.

Second Life comes to you from Linden Labs, Phillip Rosedale, CEO.

"[Big corporations] can't advertise at us, they have to play and interact with us." -- Eric Rice, Cofounder, Hipcast, designer of virtual convention centers.


Second Life Virtual World (5:07)
July 7, 2006 // Ch. 7 Australia "Beyond Tomorrow"

Friday, July 28, 2006

long tails and snake heads don't matter


My contribution to the Long Tail vs. Head of Snake conversation, which consists of bewailing the development of difficult entry into the A List and the nice cash rewards companies can reap from the low traffic niche losers like me and 98% of other bloggers...

Here's the comment I posted on buddy Dave Taylor's magnificent blog Intuitive Life Business Blog, his post "Why Companies Can't Profit from the Long Tail".

It's the End of Stardom.

From "They Media" to "Me Media" to, coming faster and sooner than prophesied, "We Media", where the distinctions between consumer and producer and distributor vanish, forever.

We make our own books, movies, music, art, photography...and share it, generally free of charge, with other consumer-producers.

Some products, like food, will continue to mass market and mass produce. Most other items will disappear into niches and selective, consumer chosen and orchestrated channels.

We will get exactly what we want, when we want it, as much as we want, as frequently as we want it. Without advertising agencies telling us what we must want and buy.

Buy? Most of the stuff we share, give and receive, is free.

There is a Universal Democracy and Everything Free All The Time revolution going on. Long tail, head of snake, all this is nice theorizing, but the bigger picture is the real reality.

It's the end of psycho-capitalism and domination systems.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

future of software

Marc Benioff (Always On) Top 10 List

He then listed his top 10 tenets for the future of software:

* Multi-tenancy
* 99.9 + at < 300 milliseconds per transaction
* Scalability–1 to 10,000 users on the same instance
* Easy meta-customization transcends versions
* Standard Web services APIs for easy migration
* Mashups–composite Web services apps
* Replicated development environment as a service
* Application exchanges and directories
* Multi-application execution
* Write once, run anywhere

Saturday, July 22, 2006

pleading Dieter to join


Vaspers the Grate
"pleading Dieter to join New Reformed Insane Blog Media Network" (5:01)

"You don't want to blog, that's too trendy, and you're too hip for that. You don't care about blogging or social media. You belong in the future, you don't belong here. And your inappropriateness for this world makes us now begin to honor you and want to subsidize you..."

Friday, July 21, 2006

blog culture, blog values



Vaspers the Grate
"blog culture, blog values" (2:08)
Introductory remarks on these twin angels of the blogosphere.

ethics of automation and self service


I see a good side to self check-out stalls and automated everything. The bright side to it is the opportunity to have more control over certain routine events and activities.

Some, over at the Chartreuse blog, are sour about it. They feel like the consumers are being enslaved by the companies when they clear their McDonald's table when done eating, or use a self check-out apparatus at a grocery store.

"The Outsourcing No One Talks About..."

I don't think I'm keeping somebody employed by making a mess, so an employee will have to clean it up. Might as well say you commit crimes to keep the police collecting their paychecks.

I like all this Absolute Switched-On User Empowerment. I like to have some, or really a jumbo amount, of control over my experiences and mis-adventures. Doing it all myself, why not allow us to not only check out and bag the stuff, but also make it in the first place?

This is what could use some polishing, make it gleam: auto-consumption economy, which is barely any economy at all. Consumers produce and communicate to each other and the intermediaries are wiped away like chocolate syrup off your chin.

At WalMart, the self check stalls are usually vacant enough for me to slip in pretty quickly, while the lines of customers who prefer to be pampered by a human check out thingamajig cashier are intolerable, too long, too slow, too populated.

I prefer to step right up to a computer, scanner, optical recognizer, or what have you. Pass my goods before it, await its approval to allow me to buy it, answer all its questions about past purchases and future shopping plans, provide two proofs of ID, and dance a jig on the head of a PIN number.

The more we interact with the machines, the kinder they will be as they eliminate us.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006

atypical comment at another blog

From a Squarespace blog called Tech Whisperer, at the post "Building Credibility in Blogging"...

Reader Comments

(1) thnak you for lynking to my poast on ghost frost-tinglings cobalt-vaulted to relinquish that fathomable ball of polite indentures to Blog Core Credibility Values...

vTg on VpN

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July 14, 2006 | vaspers the grate aka steven e. streight

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My response is on my own website.

toilets and hickster businessmen

Replies to telling local businessman that I can help with customer acquisition, sales, web presence, and direct mail promotions...

(1)

Me: "I can help you with your wifi and a promotional business blog."

Local Restaurant Owner: "Great, but could you also bus that table over there?"

(2)

Me: "I can help you gain new clients and improve your online services."

Local Hotel Operator: "Okay, but will you also scrub some toilets?"

(3)

Me: "Where's the second part of my payment for direct marketing services rendered?"

Local Printing Shop: "...[silence]..."

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bad Pundit exposes idiot politicians

I just discovered Media Orchard's sister blog: Bad Pundit.

As much as I hate all politicians and political parties, and the myth of government, at least this political site is doing a service to humanity and the blogosphere.

Check out this great post "For Presidents Day: Top 10 Moments in Public Honesty".

I liked it, but I disagreed with John McCain being exalted in any way, shape, or form. Why? See my comment posted over there.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

parenting and blogging

Most parents are shit. I was raised by parents and I am a parent. And parents are mostly worthless. They, I mean we, are lazy, stupid, and confrontation-avoiding. Wimps and fools, all.

Why do I say this, in Blog Core Values?

Because I see parenting and blogging connections. We already know from Dateline: To Catch a Predator, and other sources of information, that unbridled blogging by young people is not wise.

So we already are in agreement: parents don't give a shit about what dangers their kids are exposed to online. They really bury their heads in the sand, act dumb, and say, "What is MySpace? What is a computer? What is technology?" like freaking numbskulls.

I demand that Parenting Licenses be mandatory. You can't have a child, unless you pass a socio-psychological examination, to see if you're fit to be a good parent.

Neighborhood as Day Care Center:

Example of why parents piss me off: a little 4 year old girl is dumped into the neighborhood by her single mom, and the mom expects the block to be the babysitter. What I mean is, the little girl spends all damn day saying "Hi" and "Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me" to total strangers.

I hear the little girl outside my window as I blog. I see her when I go out to work on our property. I usually have machetes, lawn mowers, garden shears, etc. Dangerous. Yet she persists in running over here, trampling on flowers, to bug me. I scowl, and yell at her to get off my property.

Why does this little girl approach strangers? I see it as a sign she has been abused. Her mother rarely shows her face. Mom is probably a drug addict or a drunk. Her child screams constantly, in a whining, selfish, temper tantrum style of wailing.

This little girl, at age 4, already reminds me of a psycho bitch, the kind men encounter in bars late at night. Always complaining, crying, screaming, squealing, demanding, grasping, fussing, griping. Psycho bitch, embryonic stage. Sad.

As a parent, you need to teach, entertain, and play with your children. If they bug you, don't unleash them out into the neighborhood. Child molestors are often an uncle, daddy, priest, pastor, teacher, or next door neighbor...or an unknown online predator.

Neighborhood. Blogosphere. Both can be very dangerous for young, naive people. You never really know a neighbor or a blogger. MySpace is a toilet of sleazy porn, but how about that friendly charming pervert next door? Most evil people are very charismatic and, well, charming. That's how they con and lure people.

Wake up, parents. Protect your children.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Net Neutrality: safeguarding our democratic internet

As a blogger, web user, and internet-enabled business person, I champion the cause of Net Neutrality.

Listen to what is being said by smart internet defenders.

Net Neutrality on Center Stage

By Marjorie Heins


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(May 30, 2006) - Washington DC-watchers last week saw a remarkable change of the weather on a profoundly important issue - "network neutrality." Energized by one of the most diverse coalitions in our recent political history, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would bar the telephone and cable companies that control broadband Internet access from discriminating in the provision of services.

Allowing the few companies that now dominate broadband to discriminate would end the Internet as we know it. If the companies that own the pipes - the high-speed cable and DSL lines that are increasingly essential to online communication - can block sites that they dislike, or that don't pay them for fast connections to our computer screens - then the Internet will be transformed from a dynamic, interactive forum into just another medium delivering shopping and entertainment to consumers.

Nonprofit educational, religious, and advocacy groups of every political and cultural variety, unable to pay for the fast lane, would be relegated to the bumpy dirt road under this system - if they showed up on our screens at all. Information about health, the environment, politics - you name it - would be delivered at slower speeds while commercial sites would zoom into view.

Yet despite these high stakes for culture and democracy, new telecom legislation was headed for passage without serious net neutrality protection until just a few weeks ago.


On April 26, the House Energy & Commerce Committee had rejected a strong neutrality mandate proposed by Congressmen Rick Boucher and Ed Markey.

Thus, the "Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement," or "COPE," Act (watch out for those seductively misleading titles), was sent to the House floor with only the weakest of net neutrality language, and essentially no enforcement mechanism.

A columnist from the Blue Meme blogsite opined:

Six weeks ago, the takeover of the Internet was so close to fait accompli that Big Telco was comfortable pulling off its heist in broad daylight. There was no real opposition, and AT&T and Verizon appeared to be on the verge of success.

And then the blogosphere lived up to its potential. Tim Karr [of Free Press] put up savetheinternet.com, and gathered ¾ of a million signatures supporting neutrality. People wrote emails and faxes to their representatives and Senators. In short, we raised the profile of the issue so high that the crime became (for the moment) too risky.

In addition to those 750,000-plus signatures, savetheinternet.com rapidly became a coalition of nearly 800 wildly diverse organizations, ranging from Consumers Union and Common Cause to the Christian Coalition and the Parents' Television Council.

Rock stars like R.E.M. and Moby began to lobby Congress; and last week, "National Day of Outrage" rallies were held in major cities.

Yet it wasn't only the public outcry that accounted for the Judiciary Committee vote: as several observers pointed out, there was also the matter of turf competition between the Energy & Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Committee.

The Judiciary Committee bill, authored by Reps. James Sensenbrenner and John Conyers, makes net discrimination an antitrust violation, which gives enforcement authority to the Department of Justice as well as private litigants.

Other pending bills, if they mention net neutrality at all, give the FCC (the Federal Communications Commission) the power to enforce, or in the case of COPE, to respond to complaints. The FCC administrative process is notoriously slow, and vulnerable to political pressures. Cases can take many years to get to court - if they ever do.

There are currently six bills pending - three in the Senate and three in the House - that address net neutrality. The Sensenbrenner-Conyers bill has a long way to go, and the danger of a total loss, or of a compromise that allows some form of two-tiered Internet service, is still very real.

Why is Net Discrimination Suddenly a Threat?

How did we even get to the point where a few corporate access providers have the power to change the Internet so drastically? This medium, which exploded on the communications scene not much more than a decade ago, used to offer a multitude of online access choices. But advancing technology combined with appallingly bad decisions by the FCC and the Supreme Court have brought us to the current crossroads.

Telephone companies have long been "common carriers" under U.S. law. That is, they supply the wires that allow us to communicate, but they can't control what is said, censor what they don't like, speed things up for customers who are able to pay more, or refuse to allow other providers to use their lines for a reasonable fee. This last requirement proved crucial to the early Internet, when there were lots of competitors vying for our dial-up business.

Thus, you could sign on with mindspring, compuserve, or other names that are now distant memories, and your local phone company had to allow them to rent space on its dial-up wires.

Then along came cable broadband, which was great for speeding things up on what had quickly become a very crowded Internet, and for handling large files, including video and audio streams.

The cable companies, although supplying essentially the same service as dial-up - just faster - argued that they should not be treated as "telecommunications services" (that is, common carriers) for purposes of their new business of selling high-speed Internet access. Instead, they said - and the FCC agreed - that they should be viewed as "information services" for purposes of connectivity, just as they are for purposes of the actual content they deliver to your cable TV screen.

The implications of this decision - the censorship power it would potentially give to cable companies supplying broadband service - was apparent. Seeking to avoid this unappetizing result, a federal court of appeals in 2003 disagreed with the FCC and said that for purposes of providing the pipes, cable companies are no different from other telecommunications providers. They must be treated as common carriers.

Alas, the Supreme Court reversed this decision in 2005 (the case is called National Cable & Telecommunications Association v. Brand X Internet Services), and ruled that the appeals court should have deferred to the FCC's judgment that cable companies providing broadband access are "information," and not "telecommunications," services. Barely two months later, the agency gave phone companies, now also in the business of providing high-speed, or DSL Internet access, a similar exemption from common carrier rules.

Today, if you want high-speed Internet service - which is increasingly essential for business, for education, and for old-fashioned web surfing - your choices are generally two: either cable broadband or DSL through the phone company. If you live in a rural area, you are lucky to have even one, usually high-priced, broadband provider.

This "duopoly" - or in some areas, monopoly - situation set the stage for the net neutrality fight. In a competitive market, Internet service providers would probably not even consider proposing a two-tiered (or three-, or four-tiered) Internet - few consumers would sign up. But with the combination of high-speed technology plus capital that only cable and phone companies have, and the power to deprive competitors of access to that technology, these communications giants are now in a position to control the Internet.

It didn't take long for the phone companies to make their intentions known. Just a few weeks after the FCC relieved them of common carrier requirements for DSL, the chairman of then-SBC Communications told Business Week magazine that "there's going to have to be some mechanism" to get companies like Google and Yahoo to pay for Internet traffic to their sites. BellSouth and Verizon executives soon made similar statements.

Focusing on big sites like Google that are heftily supported by advertising is smart public relations for the telecoms, but it didn't take long for web democracy advocates to point out that subscribers are already footing the bill for Internet access, and that millions if not billions of nonprofit sites will not be able to pay the broadband providers for favored treatment.

The telecom industry's other favorite rhetorical phrase - "don't regulate the Internet" - is only slightly less misleading. Since all aspects of our economy are governed by laws, regulations, and government policies, it is not a question of whether to "regulate the Internet," but how. The FCC's decision to allow phone companies to monopolize DSL wires is one type of regulation. A decision by Congress that would require net neutrality, thereby restoring the common carrier principle, is another type of regulation - and one far more likely to secure the democratic potential of the Internet for generations to come.

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Update: On June 8, the House of Representatives voted down net neutrality legislation; see http://savetheinternet.com/blog/ for a full report, and continuing updates.

For more background on net neutrality, go to FreePress. For information on advocacy, see savetheinternet and saveaccess.org

For background on the Brand X case and the breakdown of the common carrier principle, see "Two Defeats and a Silver Lining," "Supreme Court Will Consider Cable Broadband Access," and "Brennan Center and ACLU Amicus Brief in Brand X Case Urges the Court Not to Let Cable Companies Monopolize the Internet."

For background on media democracy generally, including net neutrality, see the Media Democracy Fact Sheeets.


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It's easy to take a Free Expression, Non-hierarchical Internet for granted. Yet, wouldn't you know it, there are diabolical forces trying to radically change the democratic, even playing field of the internet.

Some people just insist on elites, domination systems, hierarchy, privileged classes, and favored groups. They, to put it bluntly, suck.

Let's make them fail.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Seth Godin on blog comments

Why I don't have comments

by Seth Godin



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Judging from the response to my last post, some of my readers are itching to find a comment field on my posts from now on. I can't do that for you, alas, and I thought I'd tell you why.

I think comments are terrific, and they are the key attraction for some blogs and some bloggers. Not for me, though.

First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning.

Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them.

And finally, and most important for you, it permanently changes the way I write. Instead of writing for everyone, I find myself writing in anticipation of the commenters. I'm already itching to rewrite my traffic post below.

So, given a choice between a blog with comments or no blog at all, I think I'd have to choose the latter.

So, bloggers who like comments, blog on. Commenters, feel free. But not here. Sorry.


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I still don't get it.

Why would any blogger think they have to "answer every objection" or "point out every flaw in reasoning" that they get in comments?

I never write "in anticipation of the commenters".

While I like Seth, and consider him to be a smart marketing writer, I just don't get his avoidance of candid conversations with his readers.

But many good bloggers do not allow comments: Doc Searls, Evan Williams, Chris Locke, etc.

What do you think? Do blogs absolutely need to allow comments? Are the objections to comments valid?

I think it's mandatory to have comments enabled, but then again, I can see how a blogger might want to just post his thoughts, like footnotes to a book, which is how I think of Seth's Blog.


Monday, June 12, 2006

why does your blog exist?

Why did you create your blog?

What purpose did you assign it? Have you ever thought seriously about how to measure the success of your blog? What goals do you have for it? How do you monitor the results?

If you say, "I don't care about results," are we to believe that you're an independent thinker who enjoys self-expression for exhibitionistic satisfaction, aloof from others, self-contained, not needing approval or affirmation, operating a blog for the pure art form of it, adrift like a dead angel on a toxic cloud.

If you say, "I want to achieve success, popularity, fame, riches, and admiration", you'll be cruelly disappointed, no matter how hard you try, no matter what you do. You must blog for the benefit of others, to entertain, inspire, or inform them, if you wish to succeed.

Altruism triumphs over Narcissism.

If your objective in blogging is to improve your writing and debating skills (marketable skills), help others understand something, teach others how to do something, you'll succeed if you persist and never quit.

I'm quite interested in the Farewell To Blogging posts that I stumble upon. Like this one from Michael Martine, "I'm Back".


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GoogleTube Video of the Day wasn’t fun, anymore, so today I killed it. I killed my blog! I had always said that when it wasn’t fun anymore I’d quit while I was ahead, and that’s what it has come to.

I feel sad about it, but I’ll also feel relieved to not have to post there, anymore, or spend hours searching for videos for it.

So what am I doing here?

Other than pimping WordPress themes, I think I’ll just use this as a regular ol’ bloggy-blog. The occasional video will still be posted.

Basically, whatever the hell I feel like.

I have no desire to post every day, but when I do, it will be because I’ve got something good for you.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2006 at 9:56 pm.

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Companies that should NOT blog

Blogs are for ethical, enthusiastic, altruistic companies only. Businesses who provide a truly valuable, beneficial, non-harmful product or service. People with expertise in vital areas.

Arrogant, misanthropic, miserly, deceptive businesses have no interest in beginning a dialogue with consumers. why should they have to commit their callous lies and greed in writing on the web? they are not that stupid. no blog, thanks anyway.

Tech evangelism, and transparent pro-corporate PR, have been proven to be killer apps for blogs, as Robert Scoble and Shel Israel have proved, as documented to great effect in their book Naked Conversations.

There is "blog abuse".

As just another advertising, marketing, politicizing, or propaganda outlet, the blog falls flat. When you try to force the blog to be a super hyped vending machine, the intimacy of one-to-one personal communications suffers massively.

But the blog has an intrinsic character structure. And a blog has its own concerns to pursue, unknown to those who strive to overpower it.

A blog is made of glass, born transparent. Opaque objects stand out like a sore thumb in the blogosphere. Deceivers wither, shooting straight from the hip at a worthy target is prized in blogoland.

Ken Lay should delete his pathetic personal page.

Blogs and blogoid web objects are for those who wish to have a candid, spontaneous textual interaction with unknown others. Those who can handle flames, trolls, abuse, questions, suggestion, opposing opinions, and critique.

Only corporations and businesses, plus whoever else, who want a volatile communication exchange with the external web world need worry about blogs, RSS/Atom, podcasts, etc.

When any corporation acts stand-offish, reluctant, uncertain about blogs, and why they ought to have a voice in the blogosphere...

...it's a pretty sure bet what the Real Reason is.

You catch my drift, amigo?

Sunday, June 11, 2006

is your mind been blogified?


Is it? Your mind? Been blogified?

Then, if in doubt, check out this, from the Pearsonified blog:


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Do You Think in Blog?

April 28, 2006

I have a confession to make. It seems like no matter where I go or what I do these days, I always find myself thinking in blog.

Do you know what I'm talking about? Does this plague you as well?

Let me give you an example.

Perhaps you're outside cutting the grass, or maybe you're in line at a restaurant. Instead of thinking about the task at hand, you're off in your own parallel universe, constructing paragraphs in the running blog entry in your head.

My MovableType stats tell me that I have 77 entries thus far, but I swear I wrote that many yesterday afternoon. Problem was, none of those ever hit the server.

Essentially, I have found myself going through my days, mentally "blogging" my thoughts at every turn.

So I wanna know...Do you think in blog?

We're gonna have to come up with a term for this and bust up Wikipedia.



11 COMMENTS:

[snip]


Comment #11

v[[-a,S;p/+E>r)S t;H'e %G,,r+aT^e at 3:18 PM on 06.11.2006

I have also invented or coined over 30 specific blogology neologisms, that you can include in your mind-blog reveries.

To merge with one's blog, become one with it, so you can no longer tell what is post and what is thought, what is real and what is text...this is mental deconstruction in the digital effluvium of the super-bloatospherical zoomorphism.

It's not real until I blog about it.

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I've already coined a word for it:


blog psychosis

(=)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I am bad business's worst wet dream


You should see what I do offline.

Some say I'm harsh, critical, cynical even. But they refer to my online presence in this and other blogs. They are seeing only the softer, articulate Vaspers the Grate. They have never seen the real thing in real kick-butt action in a real situation in the real world.

Reason I say this is: I do try to practice what I preach. I attack. I fight. I proclaim truth and reason, against deception and hysteria/paranoia. I go up against actual corporate and religious leaders and fight against them to the bitter end, using every means at my disposal.

You can pretty much bet that at any given moment what I post to my blogs is a pale shadow of what I'm combatting in my offline life.

I'm in a new battle and just finished an assault yesterday. That was Phase One, going to the district manager to her face, and bitching for an hour on assorted sins against my business. I was hired to do a job, I did it, I stumbled upon some devastating behaviours by employees, and I am now considered an unwanted intruder upon protected turf.

Pay attention to what I'm saying.

I'm no martyr and I'm certainly no masochist or chump. I'm just the voice of a hate machine of pure and total war against liars, scams, hypocrites, molesters, traitors, terrorists, criminals, mediocrity, domination systems, and religious tyranny.

Sort of like Shelley, Milton, Dickens, Derrida, Lacan. Right, like I've got their brains.

If you get some courage and decide to make your life count, and you attack things that need to be exposed, shamed, and destroyed, you will be fighting hard and fast every hour of every day for the rest of your rotten life on this stinking planet.

I discovered employee theft, employee violations of corporate policy, and unauthorized computer cash register activity. I reported it. I am now hated by low levels who did me in. I will now fight back, as ethically, harmfully, and hatefully as humanly possible. All within the law, morality, and metaphysicality.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shelley on government arrogance

Shelley was a Romantic poet who was often in conflict with government and religion. In these times we witness massive insanity in the behaviour of nations and religious fanatics of Christianity, Islam, and other faiths.

I like Shelley because he fearlessly spoke out and proclaimed his radical beliefs.


Ozymandias
by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Semantically Correct speech


There is no such thing as "politically correct" anything, certainly not "politically correct speech", so I propose Semantically Correct (SC) speech.

Political means unjust domination. To be political means to manipulate the masses to gain power over the masses and become financially secure, famous, important. Thus, anything that's political is always already corrupt.

Semantics is "meaning in language usage", or "the relations betweeen signs and the influence of these relations on human behavior".

In other words, good semantics is saying what you really mean, in a manner that will make sense to your intended audience, so they can autonomously adjust their actions if necessarry, for their own and others benefit.

If I want a woman to help me or listen to me, I cannot call her "bitch", for example, or "chick", or "girl" or "you sexy witch".

If I want a native American to help me or listen to me, I cannot refer to him as "chief", "how", "Tonto", "injun", or "redskin".

To speak respectfully and optimistically seems to be the underlying basis of the Politically Correct speech movement. I think most of us can champion and applaud that. But to gloss over real phenomena, to downplay a heinous crime, to sugarcoat a grievous situation is a troubling, linguistically incorrect, mishandling of the original object of PC.

Here is my comment posted to "Politically Correct" post at Mr. Angry:

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I champion the underlying issue of Political Correctness, the desire to include everyone and to not make fun of anyone.

When right wing evangelical whackos attack PC, they talk about how "innocent" it is to say "he spazzed out", "fat guy", "trailer trash", "colored guy", "those people", "tree-hugger", or "weaker sex".

All these things are said by Non PC twerps with prejudice and White Male Patriarchal Religious zeal, as if God was a White Male Republican, probably American too.

So even though I hate all politicians and politics, as an Ethical Anarchist, I still applaud the sane aspects of PC.

I hate the term "politically correct" which implies you belong to the Communist, Fascist, Demopublican, Labour, or whatever, party.

It' more *correctly* "Linguistically Correct" or "Nominationally Correct" or "Semiotically Precise"...??? Somebody help out here, not you, you white bread cracker.

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Semantically Correct speech is respectful and optimistic, but not deceptive in phobic glossings, criminal coddling, or political bias.

To call an illegal alien an "immigrant", gangsta rap "urban reality", a static corporate web site "online presence", or an occupying force "liberators" is Politically Correct and Semantically Deceptive.