Ad-Free at WordPress.com

AdFreeBlogButtonI use this button to indicate that:

  • I do not accept money in return for advertising space on this blog.
  • To do so would be against WordPress.com policy, and hence against the agreement I made when I created this blog.
  • I think it’s a really cool icon.

If you follow the owl in the image, you’ll see a three-item list with some overlap with my three-item list. I’m not as implacably opposed to ads on blogs as is Laura, the owl artist and ad-free activist.

In fact, I’d like this blog to be a little more commercial than it is now. I miss the WP-Amazon plugin I used elsewhere. It’s not because I made much money as an Amazon affiliate. It’s because I think that product-related posts can be enhanced with an image and a link to specifications and reviews. Consider, for example, this review of a book on blogging.

WordPress Multi-User News

WordPress Multi-User (WPMU) allows multiple blogs to run off a single install of the software. Hence WPMU differs from what we might call WordPress Classic, under which each blog needs its own install of the software.

WordPress.com is a WPMU site. It is by far the biggest such site, currently hosting over half a million blogs. January 2007 saw the addition of 89,000 of these blogs, as well as 126 million pageviews.

You can see a list of other WPMU sites in the sidebar of How Do You MU? HDYM is another of my blogs, and is itself a WPMU blog. It is hosted at edublogs.org.

James Farmer, Mr Edublogs, has just announced a premium service for educational customers who want their own hosted WPMU site. I can recommend James, and hence Edublogs Premium, most highly.

M Ward Music and…

M Ward is one of those critically acclaimed folk-musicky types I tend to like. But I couldn’t get into Transistor Radio, his 2005 album.

I really like his 2006 album, Post-War. Having got into PW, I went back to listen to TR again, and was wondering how it left me cold, while I warmed so quickly to PW. I seems as though I need to listen more to both albums, and to his earlier work.

I also like:

  • I Am the Resurrection, the John Fahey tribute album MW worked on.
  • Being able to link to Amazon pages for CDs, books, etc. But it doesn’t seem easy to do this here. But more of WordPress.com, and the pleasure and pain thereof, in a future post.
  • The ease of embedding YouTube video here. For example, here’s the video for MW’s “Chinese Translation.”

Corporate Blogging Typology

Brian Oberkirch provides such a typology, and Shel Israel provides a link to it.

As I read Brian’s post, I decided that:

  • Of the types of corporate blogger he identifies, I find “Company Evangelist” the most interesting. I agree with Brian that the best example is, or was, Microsoft-era Robert Scoble. My favorite current example is also from Microsoft: Don Dodge.
  • I’ll draw Brian’s post to the attention of the students in the Blogging and Business course I’m currently teaching.

DSL > Dialtone

We don’t have landline phone dialtone right now. But we do have DSL, even though it comes over the phone lines. But my wife is on the phone, via the cellphone. If the battery runs down, there’s always Skype or Gizmo.

Most of the time, I don’t like phone calls. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t answer the phone unless I knew who it was, and really wanted to talk with them at that moment. If it’s important, they’ll leave a voicemail.

Come to think of it, I like having DSL and no dialtone. I certainly prefer it to having dialtone without DSL.

By the way, we get (or don’t get) dialtone and DSL from Verizon.

Here Be Themes

One of the things I gave up in moving from WordPress classic to WordPress.com is theme editing. My previous blog had its own theme, or rather, user-switchable family of themes.

I’ve started off here with the Simpla theme. I’ve customized the CSS a little; for example, I’ve floated images at the right of posts. I’ve used widgets to build a different sidebar.

Lovely though Simpla is, I think I’ll be using a certain different theme before too long. The Sandbox is a theme for themers.

LinkedIn

View Andrew Watson's profile on LinkedInYes I am, perhaps belatedly. I’m spending too much time playing “guess which of the people I know are already there.” I’m not sure whether LinkedIn is best described as a social networking for professionals, or professional networking for the online.

Web Identity

So there are all these web services, each of which requires a name and password to log in, and invites the creation of a profile. This leads to what I’ve termed Multiple Identity Disorder. Frank Gruber (via Read/Write Web) notes that products have emerged in an effort to help users better manage and display all of their profiles in one place, and reviews some of the products.

Multiple Identity Disorder is, I think, one of the issues for the web in 2007. I know that I’m making my own case worse by starting yet another new blog. I’m treating it using claimID, as you can see from the About page of this two-day-old blog. Of course, I may have switched to a different prescription by the time you read this…

Mooninites Invade!




Mooninites invade West Philly!

Originally uploaded by xjohnpaulx.

The news of the invasion is two weeks old… or at least it was in Philadelphia. But these guys recently brought Boston to a standstill. Universal Hub is mooninite link central.

Update, replacing my original words with those of Bruce Scheier: These blinking signs have been up for weeks in ten cities — Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia — and no one else has managed to panic so completely.

Another update: my buddy Constantine von Hoffman claims to have been on TV a couple of times this evening, talking about l’affaire Mooninite. I’m not sure which of his hats he was wearing: business journalist or stand-up comic. I’m not sure that it matters…