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Written by Darice de Cuba on February 23, 2011

By now most webloggers are aware of AOL acquiring a couple of prominent weblogs, such as Engadget, The Hufftington Post and TechCrunch. Now it’s becoming clear and to no surprise of many that AOL’s is only focused on profit and not good content.

After the acquisition of Engadget and when it became clear what AOL’s business strategy is, Engadgets editors, Paul Miller and Ross Miller quit.

Profit is essential in every line of business, it’s what puts food on the table at the end of the day. But quality is key to any business, that is, if you are proud of your work.

People read your weblog because they like your content and they like how you present them that content. If your are going to link to other websites, users trust you that it is useful and not a waste of their time. Weblogs that have a good balance between content, ads, and using SEO keywords are becoming rare. Currently high profile weblogs, that obviously are doing it right, are hot commodities being bought by profit driven giants like AOL. That is bad news for the blogosphere.

If you are or are planning to make profit form your weblog, don’t lose content out of the eye and show your users you actually care about it and not just the profit from ads. Make AOL an example on how NOT to run a profit driven weblog.

Rounding up, this week noteworthy entries, well written and from a personal point of view.

Five Tips for Successfully Dating a Blogger

You don’t have to dive into the deep end of the blogosphere to survive live happily together but, immersing yourself just a little bit will go a long way.

Father Knows Best When He’s Got It Good

Sometimes I feel like I live in a sitcom. I grew up wanting to be a Father Knows Best sort of dad but I’ve ended up more of a Modern Family type of patriarch. That is, I was far from the benevolent CEO of my family. Instead, I’d turned into a quirky guy who’s happy to be surrounded by his quirky outside-the-box kids.

If GM Merged with Microsoft

GM doesn’t have a “help line” for people who don’t know how to drive, because people don’t buy cars like they buy computers. But if the two companies merged, here are some examples of what calls to GM’s HelpLine might sound like [...]

On productivity

In the morning, early, when all that’s heard is the hum of fans and the occasional vehicle moving over wet cement, I am at my most productive. I’m in the office, and I’m the only one there. It’s 5 am, sure. And 5 am is usually pretty stupid. But it’s also the one chance I get to pack in two or three hours I didn’t have before. I drink some coffee. I cancel out that fan hum with some radio. I hammer out some weird deliverable that, ten years ago, I never knew even existed.

8 Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism. Which I Find Very, Very Challenging.

With my writing, for example, I always have to take a deep breath before reading an edit letter or meeting with an editor, to remind myself, “I welcome criticism. This person is helping me. I want to hear how to improve my book/article/post.”

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on February 16, 2011

Cheating on Paper

You cheat on paper so many times and in so many places you lose track. You feel like you’re in your thirties again, reading books people are actually talking about, books that just came out: The Warmth of a Thousand Suns, the Imperfectionists, that new Cleopatra biography, the one of Montaigne. You read the Room, and Pictures of You, half of Freedom (because it is not as good as you’d hoped), Brooklyn, Keith Richards’ Life, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, half of The Finkler Question half of Cutting for Stone (there will be time for it later, and while it sits around waiting for your return, it does not wrinkle, the way the book would, the way Tinkers, just for example, which you bought pre-Kindle, read half of, set aside, and spilled tea on, would.)

Cleverly written and dead on, this entry describes exactly my experience with the Amazon Kindle. I have been reading like crazy since I bought it. I do miss paper books though, so I still buy web and cookbooks in paper. Can’t stop the future, want it or not, e-readers are here to stay.

My Kindle Lighted Leather Cover Unboxing [Photos]

Check out the unboxing photos of my new Kindle Lighted leather cover.

Nothing to get you to buy something then un-boxing photos. Un-boxing photos from actual consumers instead of the marketing departments entice buyers much more. You get an actual view and ‘feel’ of the product, leaving you wanting to get one right away.

50 Reasons Why I Suck

Wow, I really do suck, don’t I? I really could get down on myself if I contemplated that little lot for too long.

Fortunately for me though, I don’t.

I know that every single person on this planets sucks in multiple areas of their life, and you are no different.

Good advice. When having a bad day or feeling insecure we often forget that everyone else has these days. We all have our weakness and strengths. Tim approaches this entry from a personal level, making you identify better with the issue.

Google is not your doctor

Google only knows what you think you have, and even then, it conflates that with things that your loved ones have, things you think your loved ones have, things you think your favourite celebrities have, and things that the characters in the novel that you’re trying to write think they have.

One hundred percent true. Do not ever Google for health issues. I remember when the H1N1 outbreak was ongoing and I googled info on vacine side effects, etc. It turned up all kind of crazy ‘facts’. If you must look something as sensitive as health up, just visit your doctor or hit the library, for the books not the internet there.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on February 9, 2011

Four Valentine’s Day related entry this week to get you ready for February 14. And if you are anti Valentine’s day, these entry might just piss you off. Fact is that this festive day originally created for commercial purposes is just getting bigger and bigger each year.

All these entries offer original, reasonable and affordable ideas to spend Valentin’s Day. How did we manage before the era of internet, weblogs and Google?

14 Valentine’s Day Desserts That Hit the (Sweet) Spot

…soft, ripe Brie emits an aroma that is said to trigger pheromone receptors in women, making this dish ladies’ choice.”
You hear that, fellas? A generous serving of sweet and savory dairy helps get the job done.

10 Fun Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Kids

Even if you do have romantic plans for Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably want to celebrate with your children too. Kids love holidays and traditions, and there are lots of fun ways to make Valentine’s Day special.

Writing Candy Hearts

Can you get something less sappy than mine?

9 [Frugal] Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Ultimately, it’s about knowing your spouse and knowing yourself. Don’t stress over finding the perfect gift — for Valentine’s Day, or any other special celebration. Show the one you love affection and appreciation in the way most appreciated by him or her.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on February 2, 2011

This week three personal posts and one on writing, which is the corner stone of every weblog. The art of personal posts is dying. Remember when weblogs started, it was mostly personal tinted posts? Now the internet is saturated with weblogs, from cat stories to entries filled with words aimed at SEO.

Sometimes I spend hours on thinking how to really define different types of weblog, what really qualifies as a good weblog. The content, a decent and usable design, but now a days with ads and all the social media extra, one must really nail down the ‘perfect’ combination to make a good weblog.

Meanwhile I’ll keep looking out for good examples.

The Good Doctor

Then came the good doctor
Whose calm can settle a ward
As when a harsh wind drops
Or evening sun breaks through.
His careful explanations settled you.
No ego flaunts itself, no phoney cheeriness,
Just sense and human kindness

A beautiful poem, very close to daily life of many people.

How do you know what type of writer you are?

Some of us make these decisions based on what we want to write, and that seems pretty logical. But how can you be sure that you’re not ploughing the wrong furrow?

How do you know that you wouldn’t be better off writing something else instead?

Two week ago I linked to Laura’s post, How do you wan to write. Here Iain goes deeper on the subject more related to writing a novel.

The Jiminy Conjecture

As Sheldon said in S3E2, “I’m not crazy! My mother had me tested!”
Of course, in my case it was various pressures from certain people which made me wonder if something was wrong with me, but apparently I’m ridiculously normal, if a complete “nerdy, techy, creative geek.”

Any post that quotes Sheldon to illustrate a personal story, gets points in my book.

Is Cursive Dying?

At the time my wife and I were growing up in northwestern Ohio, we were taught the Zaner-Bloser method of writing cursive, beginning in second grade. I remember hardly being able to wait to learn it so that I could write like the older kids and grown ups.

I learned to write cursive in when first learning to write but along the way in highschool and college my handwriting changed completely. Using a keyboard everyday isn’t much help either.