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WHICH HumCo fishwrap is fixing to flood the interwebs with a slew of journalist-run blogs?

  1. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 11:05 am

    The one who’s owner hates vaginas

  2. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Whose owner?

  3. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    North Coast Journal


  4. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Reporter blogs are boring because reporters are usually restricted from talking about anything remotely controversial. Lots of happy talk.

    Unless you’re being paid for your blogging time, you’re better off hosting and writing a blog on your own — at least that way you own your words. And if you’re good, then any ad revenue is your own, too.

  5. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Speaking of controversy and blogs…
    What’s happening with CR? Heard that some of the Arcata movers and shakers chimed in at their board meeting regarding their building plans. Apparently the fast track bond plans are running into some skepticism…

  6. Andrew Bird
    December 12, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Check it out starting on Friday at the……Times-Standard. Yes, the T-S is going blognuclear. I don’t know exactly how many blogs there will be, but I am told there will be a lot.

    Yours Truly will have a blog, titled “Kairos,” on national, state and some local politics. I’m going to start with an item about a little dust-up between California supporters of Ron Paul and Fred Thompson to illustrate the deep and grievous division in the Republican Party resulting from the Bush presidency.

    Web Editor James Faulk is giving bloggers a training session this afternoon. I will report back with what I know, and URLs for the blogs.

  7. December 12, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks, Andy.

  8. ekovox
    December 12, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Christ….there goes the neighborhood.

    You know, it was a wonderful little blogosphere until you newcomers moved in. If you can’t prove your Humboldt blog residency before June 2007….then, you will always be consider outsiders.

    And don’t try to finagle your way into our Humboldt Blog Pioneers luncheon group, either.

  9. ekovox
    December 12, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Damn it….Why do I always accidently post my email….Crap!

  10. December 12, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    I fixed it.

  11. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Well, this venture will be a sure fire hit. After all, TSblogs.com has really taken off.

    You know things are gloomy when people are receiving blogger “training.”

    The big question is, why do it? Blogs won’t contribute to ad revenue in a meaningful way and as we banter here, the Reporter is backing away with its tail between its legs. For all of the glitz the Reporter brought to newsprint, it didn’t work. The TS would be better off improving its print product and how it presents that same information online (its website is dreadful).

    Of course, the answer is probably something simple, like, they can give their reporters this extra blogging task without paying them more, so it’s like furnishing a public service at no extra cost.

    Something tells me TS reporters are already overworked. How you can get such a person to then pump blood, sweat and tears into a blog is a mystery. I predict catastrophic failure on the order of, oh, TSblogs.com.

  12. Andrew Bird
    December 12, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Times-Standard Editor Rich Somerville will have a blog titled “Newstradamus”. I will try to get a list of the blogs and post it here….if that’s OK with you Heraldo.

  13. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Andrew, Andrew, Andrew… just give us the titles, and we’ll work out the URLs.


  14. Andrew Bird
    December 12, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    The training is on how to use the interface from your home computer. A lot of newspapers are employing blogs now, part of the evolution of the new media.

  15. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Oh, the cardinal rule with blogs is… you don’t announce them until you have a week’s worth of posts under your belt. Give people something to look at. You have to impress people on their first visit, or most won’t return. It’s hard to impress people with one topic in one post.

  16. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Ahhh, “how to use the interface from your HOME computer.”

    Always on the clock? Sounds like a wonderful way to live one’s life.

  17. ekovox
    December 12, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks, Heraldo

  18. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Whose on first?

  19. December 12, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I will try to get a list of the blogs and post it here….if that’s OK with you Heraldo.

    Of course. I’ll link to them when they’re ready.

  20. Walt Frazer
    December 12, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I’m one, too. I’m a recovering journalist, but I’ve been blogging there for two years. Who knew? Andrew and others, be advised you have to clean house regularly with all the commercial spam that gets sent in as “comments.”

  21. Andrew Bird
    December 12, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Walt, Faulk tells us they’ve learned how to filter that out. Hopefully.

  22. December 12, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    WordPress uses a spam filter called Akismet. It works great for spam but sometimes traps non-spam. But I’d rather have it that way — Akismet has prevented 1,479 spam comments from getting through since June.

    Still requires maintenance, just not as much.

  23. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    This could be interesting – thanks for the heads up!

  24. anon
    December 12, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    MORE blogs? We have too many now!. The cream does float to the top, which is why I read the Herald regularly but I’m cutting back to the two or three best, of which this is one.

  25. tad
    December 12, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Peace be with you.

    Will they have an Obituaries Bolg? Will we be able read comments from dead people?

    But seriously, distract, confuse and overwhelm are all disinformation techniques. Plus if TS had any more additional facts then they publish in their paper then they should publish them in their papers. Everything else is just opinion and we already get that.

    love eternal

  26. Jane Doe
    December 12, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    A digest blog of Humboldt blogs with links to the more interesting threads would be fun.

  27. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    You block 99% of spam with a CAPTCHA. The other 1% you delete it when it arrives. Nine times out of ten, a person who manually types spam into your comment form will keep coming back, but always to the same article because of how it ranks in search engine results for certain keywords. Close comments on that one article and the spammer goes away.

  28. Joe Stalin
    December 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    An Obituaries bolg! Great idea! I’m still dead, but you can visit me at tsbolgs.com. Unless Faulk sez no, in which case he gets purged.

  29. Anonymous
    December 12, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    I’d like to see a daily photo blog documenting the free meals at the Endeavor. Tad, if I give you a digicam, are you up for it? People want to see what their money is buying.

  30. tad
    December 13, 2007 at 9:07 am

    Peace be with you.

    Anonomous If I get permission from the people who run the Endeavor, and from those I film, I will be glad to do your video work. I charge $ 250 per/hour – $10/hr for me and you will be required to donate $240/hr to a cause of my choosing. Give me your name; I’ll have my lawyer draw up a contract, I’ll go eat lunch and head over to the Endeavor and put them back in black.

    thanks for the work.

    love eternal

  31. December 13, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Sounds fair, Tad.

  32. Andrew Bird
    December 13, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Tad….good comeback. I’m still laughing.

  33. Anonymous
    December 13, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Sorry Tad, I thought you were a freeganist. I see you’ve become a capitalist. Interesting turnaround… from Jesus to Bill Gates. Bravo! Bravo!

  34. Anonymous
    December 13, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Does that mean Tad is working now? For THE MAN? Awesome!

    Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!

  35. December 13, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Since the Buhne Tribune went down, Heraldo is the big kid on the block. Anybody else had better have his/her lunch money ready!

  36. tad
    December 13, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Peace be with you.

    I’m sorry that’s what happens when I conciliatory. I really thought the “$250/hr” would scare you off, and in the event it didn’t, I figured having to give $240/hr to people feeding the poor would at least scare the “capitalists” off. But since I said it; I have to let you slide on the $10 for me (I don’t accept pay from people who I wouldn’t work for for free if needed) and will take photo’s of poor people, with their permission, for any $240 donation to the Endeavor. So all those who want me to have a jobe (hooked on fonicks) get out your check books and let’s depart from courses, change the ends and feed the needy.

    love eternal

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