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Blogs and how they work

By jdclyde ·
The idea of a blog is still fairly new to me, and before the TR blogs I can honestly say I NEVER went into one before.

Because of this, I have a question.

How are blogs suppose to work? If I have an on going issue or topic, do you make one long blog or do you make more blogs for each time you come back?

Is a blog even intended for anything more than a few entries?

When do we get a hit list of how many people visit the blogs?

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I was thinking about that approach for TR.

by stress junkie In reply to I got one of those..

I almost made a suggestion to have the blog entries organised by a database. I decided to try to appreciate the simple serial notebook for what it is. Then I turned around and made a really vicious joke about having an on line diary. I laughed and laughed.

I'm sure you already know that I'm not usually one to complain. :-)

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Post as much as you like

by sMoRTy71 In reply to Blogs and how they work

First, we are working on some tools to allow bloggers to understand how popular/how much traffic their blog gets. Those are a couple of weeks ago, though.

As for the frequency, you should post whenever you feel like it. If you are posting about an ongoing project, post whenever something interesting happens -- whether it is once a day or a few times a week.

When I started blogging, I used to worry about whether I was posting too much or too little. After a while, you just kind of figure out what your comfort level is and it gets easier.

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by LeoBloom In reply to Blogs and how they work

Before you start "blogging" I suggest the following site for guidance:

Here are a couple of definitions from that site:

"Blogger: Term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives."

"Blogging: If minds had anuses, blogging would be what your mind would do when it had to take a dump."

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Yes, there's that too.

by stress junkie In reply to guidance

I swear that web page could have been written by me. At least I'm not the only one who thinks like that.

I figured that the second sign of being old had set in when ALL of the new teen slang started to really irritate me. The first sign was being consistently rejected by college babes ON THE BASIS OF AGE. I have to make that clear because when I was younger I was consistently rejected by college babes for other reasons.

Anyway, the term "blog" really irritates me. Presumably derived from the phrase "web log" it is really a misnomer. Most of us techie types would say that a log is a list of records of events. Blogs are collections of essays. There is no correlation whatsoever between logs and blogs.

I suppose I'll spend the rest of my life being pissed at whatever idiotic new crap that children have thought of next.


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Don't write off the format over the name

by sMoRTy71 In reply to Yes, there's that too.

I am not a fan of the term blog either and I especially hate to even think of referring to myself as a "blogger." That's part of the reason I took so long to start one.

However, I found that having a place to post my thoughts was very helpful (whether anyone read them or not). I am still surprised at how many comments and e-mails I get from people who have found a particular post helpful.

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I'm a big fan of jmgarvin's blog

by stress junkie In reply to Don't write off the forma ...

There is certainly a lot of good work being done in the TR blogs. I've seen a few that are becoming valuable technical resources. jmgarvin's blog is one of a handful that I've seen that are really interesting.

A little explanation of some of my posts are probably in order. If you had been reading all of my posts regularly you would see a theme developing. I've been in a sort of "old fart against the propeller heads" kind of mood for a few weeks. I try to put a humorous spin on it such as when I spoke of being rejected by college babes on the basis of age vs. other reasons in the past. It makes me chuckle.

So since "blogging" is something new it just happens to appear on my target radar along with MP3s and iPods and rap/hippity-hoppity music and, well, just generally being under 30 years old. So I refer to people under 30 years old as children and try to have fun at their expense. It's just so damned easy to do I can't resist.

And now you know the rest of the story. (Adopted signature phrase invented by Paul Harvey.)

LSMFT (Adopted signature mystery acronym.)


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by Beth Blakely In reply to I'm a big fan of jmgarvin ...

Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco? Are we supposed to guess at this? I found this one at

And yes, jmgarvin is good. He "owns" the Linux tag, don'cha know?

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It's a mystery

by stress junkie In reply to LSMFT?

OK you found it. The natural question is why would I want to adopt that? It's like this.

Back in the 1960s when cigarette companies advertised on television the LSMFT slogan was widely known. Once the television advertising stopped the slogan was only found on magazine ad pages. I figure that people don't notice the details of those as much as they would notice the details of television ads. The result is that the meaning of LSMFT has (in my mind) become ancient knowledge. I think of myself as a repository of ancient knowledge as far as IT is concerned.

I smoke cigarettes so a cigarette slogan is appropriate for me.

I use LSMFT as an example of an axiomatic truth. :-)

It's also an example of the subtilty and obscurity of my sense of humor.

Amazing isn't it?

Thanks for asking. I was beginning to think that nobody ever would. :-)

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I'm disappointed

by CharlieSpencer In reply to It's a mystery

I thought you were making some sarcastic comment on the use of initials and acronyms by all the chatroom kids.

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Stress, wots wid u?

by DMambo In reply to Yes, there's that too.

r u old and 2 cranky 2 be on-line? b kewl!!

(Whew, just writing that much in the hip-hop sytle of my kids was a real effort. I'm going back to a little thing I call "English"!)

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