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Pirschjaeger
08-09-2006, 08:41 AM
Hi guys,

from my understanding, a blog is a weblog, simply a site where you can market yourself and your ideas and opinions. But I've never even looked at a blog or been interested in one. Now I'm curious about them. They seem to be growing very quickly in popularity.

Can you guys fill me in and can those who keep a blog post their links in this thread?

Fritz

leitmotiv
08-09-2006, 08:57 AM
Good question: "Web Log"---a disease currently infecting millions in the U.S. from political scientists to crazy 15 yr olds. A living diary published for all to read online. Some do civic good by exposing fraud, such as a blogger who just discovered the Photo Shop-ing of photos for Reuters, some are insightful analyses of current events, but most are ghastly. If you want to discover what is in an 18 yr old's mind, it is just the thing.

MEGILE
08-09-2006, 09:11 AM
ignore them Pirsch.
They are self-obsessed diaries published online so that if you are unfortunate enough stumble upon one, the reader has to endure 30 seconds of tripe, before recognizing their mistake. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Divine-Wind
08-09-2006, 09:16 AM
Actually, I find them to be quite good for a good laugh, or for passing time on those boring days.

MEGILE
08-09-2006, 09:21 AM
Originally posted by Divine-Wind:
Actually, I find them to be quite good for a good laugh, or for passing time on those boring days.

Try starring at the wall, more energy efficient.

russ.nl
08-09-2006, 09:31 AM
A blog in my experiance is a site that posts all the funny, grose, outrages, strange, interesting, bezare, beautiful ect. stuff that people put on the internet. So someone else is doing all the work and you can enjoy.

F6_Ace
08-09-2006, 09:43 AM
Quite a few blogs make for very useful technical journals. Some are funny through absolute irreverance. Most are cobblers, though, describing rubbish like how their "friend" spent 3 "hilarious" hours testing to see if the refridgerator light went off when they closed the door or something by connecting it up to their water cooled PC and some other nerd contraption that tests for fridge bulbs going off from slashdot's shop. Especially annoying are those that talk about pet cats when everyone knows that cats are vermin are should be exterminated with extreme prejudice.

thefruitbat
08-09-2006, 09:49 AM
not really a cat lover then, lol

cheers fruitabt

F6_Ace
08-09-2006, 10:00 AM
Nah, they're alright really and I wouldn't kill one. However, anything else that had such an impact on it's immediate environment as the cat (bar humans) would be classified as vermin and sorted out.

That reminds me of the time that I conducted an experiment with 100 cats. I strapped some toast to the back of each one, buttered side out, then threw each one off a 50 storey building.

I could not ascertain whether toast always lands butter side down or, indeed, whether cats always land on all fours, as there wasn't a lot left to obtain an observation from http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

thefruitbat
08-09-2006, 10:11 AM
They do have there problems.

Here is the result of when my cat jumped up on my lap when i was about to take off.

In my haste to push him off i accidently dropped a bomb. I was quite impressed by the resulting 'domino effect'

i was the 4th plane back lol

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y290/thefruitbat1/dbomb.jpg

MEGILE
08-09-2006, 10:17 AM
Cats are extremist terrorists http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

WWMaxGunz
08-09-2006, 10:49 AM
Saw a college kid read from a blog that purports to be from a female Iraqi student and it
was all reported as fact even the anonymous source was not questioned. Whoever made the
blog has loads of spare time as there was a whole book made from it. Most of what was read
though was repeats of the same things worded slightly different and mostly uncheckable as
well. It could be from anywhere, even the US but then it wouldn't have political 'impact'.

I remember a poster who came to Delphi back in I guess 1999 to tell of the US atrocies in
Sarajevo. he was doing well till he let the one about the 500 lb bomb that struck less
then 50 ft from the hospital on the maternity wing. It didn't break the wall but did crack
some windows and made a 10 foot hole, uh-huh, cause he saw it when the govt people showed
it to him. I had no idea that modern 500 lb bombs are such duds. Sounds more like either
complete bull or someone buried a charge and set it off to fake a bomb blast.

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I've seen blogs where people answer and those are posted forum style. Are those officially
blogs then?

antifreeze
08-09-2006, 10:58 AM
99% of blogs have an enthusiastic first post, and then the rest of it is apologies for 'not keep this blog up to date'.

Basically, don't create a blog unless you have something to say, and don't build a website unless you have something to show us, sell us, or teach us. If people adhered to these simple rules, the internet would be completely full of ****.

leitmotiv
08-09-2006, 11:18 AM
I have a blogster friend in L.A. who has poisoned himself with a blog he has been keeping on a film he is finishing. I think he believes the fate of the world hangs on his writing and that all else shrinks to unimportance. He doesn't know diddles about what is going on in the world. He has become insufferable away from the keyboard, too. He holds to his opinions with the obstinacy of an idiot, and spouts L.A. 12 step program jargon like it was revealed truth beyond question. I finally had to tell him he'd become an insufferable bore obsessed with trivia. Consternation! Maybe, if he recovers from blog poisoning, he'll thank me.

RaVe_N
08-09-2006, 11:47 AM
Blogs are very useful tools and are much more than drivel.
this guy is the Blog guru
http://bloggingforbusinessbook.com/

BSS_AIJO
08-09-2006, 12:21 PM
yes,

you pretty much hit it on the head.

I keep a fairly mean spirited blog on my home improvement projects here

http://home.goetia.net/poster/

BSS_AIJO

shotdownski
08-09-2006, 12:28 PM
I have no experience with personal blogs (eg. "what my cat ate for breakfast this morning") but I have found a handful of political/current affairs type "blogs" that provide excellent analyses and insight. Often times "mainstream media" reports are biased, incomplete, or written without proper historic context. The better bloggers and their network of contributors are much more effective at fleshing out an issue and providing references to support their conclusions (or at least rational arguments). It's almost like a scientific process with multiple collaborators and peer review; they seem to pride themselves in rooting out errors, hypocrisy, propaganda, and outright lies (kind of like this forum). Many, many times the blogs have been way ahead of the mainstream media in exposing important events, trends, scandals, etc.

There are whackjobs with weblogs but usually they're easily discerned (no section for public comment, no dissent, unable to produce references to support arguments, etc).

MEGILE
08-09-2006, 12:34 PM
Prishlager, in all seriousness

youshould start a blog about you teaching in China.

Pirschjaeger
08-09-2006, 01:05 PM
Originally posted by Megile:
Prishlager, in all seriousness

youshould start a blog about you teaching in China.

Forget that. That thread was simple a little something I could do to possibly save someone a lotta unnecessary hassles, especially after Aimail posted his interest in doing something in another country. I like teaching and take it pretty seriously but I'm not about to be one of those guys constantly writing about it.

Recently I've seen a lotta hype regarding blogs. Bloggers have actually been accreditted to recent political victories in the US. "Couldn't have done it without them." so they say.

If they are as popular as they seem to be, using strategic text and having the right product should be some sort of opportunity.

It seems to me that a blog is nothing more than a private forum. Right or wrong?

Fritz

Pirschjaeger
08-09-2006, 01:10 PM
Can other people post in your blog? If not, then I was quite wrong about the "private forum" idea.

Who reads blogs and how do you know if someone is reading your blog? Can people reply to what you post?

Fritz

MEGILE
08-09-2006, 01:20 PM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Can other people post in your blog? If not, then I was quite wrong about the "private forum" idea.

Who reads blogs and how do you know if someone is reading your blog? Can people reply to what you post?

Fritz

Depends on what software you use.

yes people can reply to your posts in the appropriate comment sections... usually requireing registration.
I believe the blogger gets to control who is registerd, and can delete posts etc.

If its on the internet though, really anyone can read it.

slipBall
08-09-2006, 01:58 PM
I have heard of, The Blob

F6_Ace
08-09-2006, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Can other people post in your blog? If not, then I was quite wrong about the "private forum" idea.

Who reads blogs and how do you know if someone is reading your blog? Can people reply to what you post?

Fritz

Yes, they can reply to what you post and this is, I think, what makes the Internet ultimately interesting.

Unfortunately, as it is your blog, you can also censor their replies and this is, I think, what makes the Internet uninteresting.

Why don't you just start a blog...it doesn't have to be about anything in particular as people will invariably find you....if you have something pertinent to say.

RaVe_N
08-09-2006, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:
Can other people post in your blog? If not, then I was quite wrong about the "private forum" idea.

Who reads blogs and how do you know if someone is reading your blog? Can people reply to what you post?


Fritz
lots of info here drill down into the site

http://bloggingforbusinessbook.com/

teddemop
08-09-2006, 08:00 PM
A blog is like a message board except usually only one person can post. Other people can reply or "comment" to their posts.

So, it's like a personal message board. People ramble about useless **** sometimes, or often about a hobby they obsess about. Some people have really bad hobbies/habits and blog about politics. Important political bloggers even got invited to the (USA) republican and democratic national conventions last time.

Blogging for business (my book name) is becoming popular. There are some companies that make stuff people love, and blogs give the employees a way to speak, actually have conversations, with their customers. Like a friend who is really into cars reads all the car blogs, for example the ones from General Motors.

I blog about technology and business at TheTedRap.com and about Blogging at www.BloggingforBusinessBook.com (http://www.BloggingforBusinessBook.com).
The Ted Rap is supposed to show I'm smart so people will hire me to give speeches and consult, and it often works. Blogging for Business Book is supposed to help sell my book, and it works too.

More importantly, I like blogging. Most people who blog do

Esel1964
08-10-2006, 12:45 AM
There are some out there that are great.Most are where someone goes to take a cyber/emotional 'dump'.

zero85ZEN
08-10-2006, 08:11 AM
Originally posted by Pirschjaeger:

Can you guys fill me in and can those who keep a blog post their links in this thread?

Fritz

Blogs. We don't need no stinkin' blogs! We fly (virtual high performance WWII combat aircraft)!

r_c
08-10-2006, 08:18 AM
..a crappy si-fi movie from the 50s? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

russ.nl
08-10-2006, 03:21 PM
So.... you want to know what a blog may post. I got this (http://www.jaggle.nl/log/item.php?id=22539) from a blog. I laughed so hard I almost fall of my chair. Though this will probebly get me banned. If so plz only 2 weeks and not for ever. It is just so funny.
This blog posts the stranger things that can be found on the web.

Treetop64
08-10-2006, 03:25 PM
"Blog" is short for "Web Log".



Originally posted by Megile:
Cats are extremist terrorists http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Speaking of which, some bad cats tried to blow up a large number of airliners leaving Britain headed for the U.S. today! God, how terrible... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

I hope all of those morons were caught.

r_c
08-10-2006, 06:11 PM
WOW! nice blog russ! I wouldn't mind bloggin err.. nevermind http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

leitmotiv
08-11-2006, 08:11 PM
Blogs triumphant:

http://tinyurl.com/oy83v

JG5_UnKle
08-12-2006, 06:59 AM
Originally posted by Megile:
ignore them Pirsch.
They are self-obsessed diaries published online so that if you are unfortunate enough stumble upon one, the reader has to endure 30 seconds of tripe, before recognizing their mistake. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Sounds like this place http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif