Thursday, May 8, 2003
HOW MANY WRITERS?
I would like to know how many bloggers we currently have on this site. Can anyone help?
New Categories Planned
As BN keeps growing, it’s time for more new categories to help readers find blogs they like.
Based on member requests and the number of existing blogs that could fit in the category, here are the ones planned:
We are also planning to change the name of Writing Advice to Writing.
Please feel free to suggest additional categories, and we will add them if possible. Even if a category is not added immediately, we track requests for future additions.
Once the new categories are added, there will be not be enough space on the home page to display the Top 3 blogs from each category. As a result, the Top 3 sections will no longer appear on the home page, which we hope will encourage readers to explore the categories. This will also help the home page load more quickly.
Monday, May 5, 2003
EVERYDAY I SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER SCREEN FROM WHICH NOTHING BUT BN STARES BACK AT ME. I HAVE TAKEN THE TIME EVERY DAY TO WRITE MANY NEWCOMERS EMAIL. I HOPE THAT WE ARE ALL DOING THE SAME. I FEEL THAT IT IS IMPORTANT TO LURE NEW PEOPLE IN TO NOT ONLY WRITE BUT READ WHAT WE HAVE WRITTEN . SO WONT YOU PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY TO TAKE THE TIME TO GET TO KNOW AT LEAST ONE NEW PERSON A WEEK. AND IF NOT ANYTHING ELSE JUST SEND THEM EMAIL WELCOMING THEM TO BN.
PS THIS IS ALSO POSTED IN COMMUNITY / I ONLY MEANT TO POST IT HERE THOUGH
What I'd Like To See on BN
Actually, I'd like to see a page (that is updated frequently, of course) with an alphabetical list of all the authors on the network. There'd be links to the profile page when you click a name.
I find I often want to find only a certain blogger's writings but don't want to scroll through hundreds upon hundreds of blogs. And for some reason, the search feature on BN has NEVER given me results.
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Whim and Freedom
I posted the story I promised about the murderer they couldn't find while we were there. Kinda rough, it wants to be a testimony rather than a retelling. Easier to make stuff up.
Ciao. Keep your respective roofs fastened on.
Hey, BN, an idea
Send me a breakdown of bloggers by city and I could make a map. Maybe with time zones. You could post it if it looks interesting.
No, I am not on speed.
One opinion: Well, the BN has reached it's adolesence.
Tantrums. Alarums. Miscommunications. Nurtured hurts.
MHW, I've been waiting for you to weigh in. I couldn't say it as long as you hadn't, you have more right to it than I, but let me add a "Yeah, like he said".
Freedom of expression is paramount. And it is here. There are times when we will pop off, and that's human nature. The webmasters obviously value this, otherwise there would be fire and brimstone raining down about now. No one can force you to play footsie or be PC with or about anyone. Folks are free.... to leave, stay, take a hiatus, lurk, or just turn the damn thing off and go fishing.
Mara, you are right too. Liberty isn't license. "An armed society is a polite society" my arse, and the corrolary also, which would be that in a space where we all have something we want and which we may value, no one should start tossing WP grenades. Not even the good guys.
I feel that we can argue but avoid fights; grinding it in is "poor form", and if it gets bad enough we can lose priviliges (yes, priviliges, not rights, the content is free but the infrastructure and administration of something like this takes money and a lot of effort) to use this space as we have, and leave ourselves open to retaliation by others. You want to be consistently obnoxious in a public house, the alternative is you sit there alone, and/or the owner shuts down. Everyone has to share the pub.
Having said that, I am not sorry I blew up last night, but it smacked of hypocrisy, and I hope that didn't obscure my point. (I'm not saying I am not a hypocrite, but what I just wrote is more in keeping with the necessity). There are folks here with greater and lesser emotional toughness and emotional involvement than others, and even though not mandatory, it behooves the tough to use appropriate emotional force. ("Only the noble feel 'nobless oblige' "). Let me know when I trespass, a simple "Yo, Harebrain !" will suffice and be taken in good spirits. Let's all try for that.
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Call for input
1. Anyone out there ever live out of grocery cart? Seriously, anyone a former street person? I am curious about what you select to survive when you have limited transport and the constant threat of theft.
I'll start a blog. Damn me, I'll intentionally start a short-lived blog. Unlkess it takes off......(sneaky happy face emoticon)
Friday, May 2, 2003
Let me add Ms. X's post, hope she doesn't mind.
And here's a challenge. Let's see, throw in the word "BLOG" to get readers.
I guess it is inevitable that interaction will try to stay proximate to action (i.e., people crowding comments after a blog which is not neccessarily interactive in nature).
And inevitably there are people who have to keep ratcheting up their level of vitriol, sometimes just dissing, then revving it up. Or collecting little green stamps of injury and then pasting them into their little albumn of owies, posting it, and then diveboarding off it into a rant.
First off, wear this shoe if it fits. But....
Second, the rule of thumb I observe is that if an exchange is taking more than two salvoes and does not concern the blog anymore other than to slander the writer EVEN IN JEST , you are running the risk of being a boorish lout. Take it from a past master. Move it to the coffee bar or Community Comments.Get a room. Pies at fifteen feet at Marie Calendar's parking lot. But you hurt the infrastructure when you just stir it up.
THIRD: CHALLENGE: You wanna make a crack, make a crack, then get out of the blogs. Someone taks a crack at you and it isn't a critique, blow it off. If they bother you enough, complain to the webmasters. IF they harass you with emails, tell the webmasters and, if that fails, contact your ISP.
And with the first point above firmly in mind, if you want to pick on somebody, pick someone your own size or someone who thinks you're funny, you dunce!