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Written by Darice de Cuba on March 30, 2011

I keep noticing weblogs that miss a good ‘about’ page. I can’t stand reading entries and not be able to have an image in my head of the person who wrote it. It’s the same as explained in this entry, Do Personal Tweets Make You More Credible?.

There has been weblogs that I have read many times without even knowing if the writer is male or female due that their name could be both. Other times I have to really dig in the archives, take a good browse through their Flickr stream to get an idea who the writer is.

Next week I will post an entry with a list of ‘about’ pages that are well done and give a good picture of the writer. I will select these pages from weblogs in the 9rules feed.

This weeks entries:

How Publishers Can Embrace Multiple Platforms

As Damon Kiesow of Poynter Institute points out in this helpful blog post, using the open web and HTML5 can help publishers maintain their independence from dominant players like Apple and Google.

To Diana

I realize – in the wake of your passing – that I loved your books more fiercely than I did any other writer; if Stephanie Mayer or Rowling died I wouldn’t have felt as terrible as when Gaiman reported your death.

A letter to a beloved writer who passed away, a must read!

45 More Tips For Writers, From Writers

The tips offered below for writers, from writers, are to be taken with a grain of salt. Take those that you like, and throw the rest out the window.

Out from Killarney (photo)

This photo is so peaceful, it makes one want to be there.

Do Personal Tweets Make You More Credible?

The caveat here is, of course, that you don’t go too far. Your followers might enjoy hearing about the party you attended last night, but they don’t want to hear about the consequences of one margarita, too many.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on March 23, 2011

“Cogito Ergo Sum” i.e. I blog, therefore I am

If you thought you’d be an instant hit and a blogger’s award will be named after you, then you need to get real and know that you are no dude. Don’t let the few number of readers dampen your spirits; most good blogs start with less, and gain momentum.

This entry by Deeptaman Mukherjee is an interesting read if you want to start a weblog or already have one. One of the things he mentions is researching the market before starting your weblog. A good advice, especially if you want to turn your weblog into a profit.

Save The Date | Week In The Life 2011

This year I’ve decided to document a week in our lives during the summer. Why? A look at what our lives look like in the summer months will be a really nice way to round out my Week In The Life album collections.

I have done this once but with photos instead of text. A good way to get creative and the writing juices flowing.

7 Dazzling Ways to Ignite Your Creative Spark

How many times have you had the spark of a great idea, but you’ve neglected to follow through on it because you told yourself that if it were a good idea, someone else would already have thought of it? Stop assuming that all the great ideas are already taken. If you think you see a good idea, bend down, pick it up, and run with it.

A insightful entry on how to get your creativity flowing.

Chiang Mai Old City & the Magnificent Tha Phae Gate

Wherever you are in Chiang Mai, it is as though all major roads lead to the Old City! Armed with a map, it is easy to navigate around. Taking a walk along Tha Phae Road, we spot several interesting buildings that we use as landmarks.

Travel reports always leave you wanting to catch the first plane to an exotic location. While the Lonely Planet book is very detailed a weblog entry can be more personal, with the added bonus of interaction with the writer and other readers. This way readers can get tips and pointers about the travel destination that you won’t find in travel books.

The Cleaning Book

The Cleaning Book was a large 2″ or 3″ binder. It was filled with thick sheet protectors – the slots were perhaps 1.5″ high by maybe 3″ across. Each of these slots had a notecard which had been cut down to size. A single chore was written on each one and they were colour-coded with a highlighter.

This entry is a story rather than fact telling, I was reading, intrigued to where it was leading to only to say “what?” at the end. But besides that it is well written for a short story.

Braised Chicken with Carrots and Mushrooms

This is a simple recipe for braised chicken which can be whipped up in 15 minutes flat making it perfect for busy nights.

Food weblogs are the best. We all have to eat and most people are passionate about what they eat. Since discovering the world of food weblogs I’m cooking dinner more then ever. Even when feeling lazy and in no mood, I’ll find an easy recipe that puts a nice dinner on the table within 30 minutes.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on March 16, 2011

Date a girl who blogs

Date a girl who blogs because she will find interestingness in the most uninteresting of things. You deserve to be interesting and that this life you live, though monotonous in its day to day is the perfect testament to why she loves you.

A very nice post by Jayvee, like a modern day romance fairy.

I Was Wrong About The Kindle

With speculation of a free Kindle to be released later this year, it’s now rather clear as to why the Kindle is built the way it is – cheap and plasticky, with a user interface that kind of sucks. It doesn’t need to be amazing. It just needs to be good enough for book nerds – like me – who’re sick of lugging heavy paperbacks around.

For a device that is not sold in stores outside the U.S. and costs a considerable amount in shipping, I have seen people carrying a Kindle several times in trams and trains here in the Netherlands. The only con the Kindle has for me is, when reading in public, no one knows what book I’m reading. How can I impress if they can’t see I’m reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabrial Garcia Márquez, in Spanish?

Novelr Hacked; Back Up Now

For those of you out there with WordPress installations of your own, I’d recommend you install this, this and this plugin, and follow some of the guidelines in this document.

Even though WordPress consistently releases security updates, it is imperative that you take extra measures to avoid being hacked and/or losing all your data.

Did You Stop Caring About Privacy Once You Joined Facebook?

So if you find the more you poke, tweet, Google and ‘check-in,’ the less you care about online privacy, consider yourself in the majority.

There are several categories of people here; ones that consciously share private information, ones that have their accounts highly protected and ones that just barely know how to use the computer and think Google is the internet. With the consequence that they are not aware that their lives is an open book to the world.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on March 9, 2011

This week I want to point you guys to this Guardian article: HarperCollins’ attempt to ensure ebooks in libraries can only be loaned out 26 times is indefensible

Digital content is nothing new, but thanks to e-readers all publishers have gotten even bigger dollar signs in their eyes. As someone who loves the written word, from the cheap paperback fiction story to weblogs to good literature, I’m starting to despise publishers.

It’s clear that publishers are trying every argument in the book to charge more for e-books. As a geek I find them laughable. I joined internet just in time to see digital music piracy rise to such levels, forcing music labels to adjust their digital prices. They can thank Apple and Steve Jobs to show them the light(iPod/iTunes).

The popularity of e-readers has started discussions about pricing, DRM’s, self-publishing, indie publishers, etc. It’s all uncharted waters with people having great successes or great losses.

We are in the middle of an era where content and it’s value is being redefined.

This week content

Does Our Twitter Obsession Make Us Poets or Delusional Narcissists?

Our social preoccupation with Twitter suggests two things. On the one hand, it seems we’re a bunch of self-obsessed schizophrenics. We’re so into ourselves that we think the world cares to know what we’re doing at any given point of the day. What’s more, if tweeting is our method of speaking with one another, it seems our social conversations have given up narrative and structure and our discourses have abandoned any points of reference.

Totally Off Topic: Bloggin’ in the ER

So here I am, blogging on my Macbook Air as hubby is flipping through about 18 whole cable channels. When we first got in the little room, Fox News was on the TV and we were both like, “Oh hell no!” We should be hearing something soon as the X-rays have already been taken.

The Isaac Asimov secret to elegant conflict resolution

That summer’s institute invited the group of us to answer one question with our best thinking: Imagine that we’ve made contact with extraterrestrial life…how should the public be told? While my 16-year-old self didn’t realize it at the time, that memorable week watching, learning from, and talking with these brilliant thinkers was the first step I took in what ultimately became my career in conflict resolution.

5 Easy Ways to Alienate People and Screw-up your Life with your Smartphone

Every tick, bing and whir from your electronic life mate is worth your undivided attention; your family, friends and colleagues will be there forever but your smartphone has a shelf life.

Imaging the Musical Brain

Recent brain imaging studies indicate that dopamine-rich areas of the brain become activated when people listen to music or during learning when food and money are presented as rewards.

European e-Privacy Directive Could Make Sites Toss Their Cookies

[…] the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is putting together laws that will require sites to let users opt in so that the site can use cookies to track them.

Noteworthy Content of the Week

Written by Darice de Cuba on March 3, 2011

Writing a unique post on your weblog is a mayor task. There are too many to count weblogs about tech, marketing, blogging, etc. Unless you write about your own ideas and opinion on the subject, you’ll just be another voice preaching to the choir.

It hits me every time when I browse multiple weblogs in a day. For example, yesterday iPad 2 was officially presented. Many tech and non-tech websites wrote about the iPad 2, most of them did so to not be left out. The trick is to know which weblog has an insightful opinion on the newly released iPad 2.

I’m always looking for weblogs and writers that/who don’t just repeat the news and facts but actually have something meaningful to say about it. They are not afraid to have a different opinion than the rest or to mention personal bits related to what they are writing about.

I know, I always keep coming back on the personal aspect. But the web is so saturated with content that I want content that has personality.

This week picked entries

The things we love are going to die: thoughts on the death of a web property

Someday, one of those sites you check EVERY DAY will go away, because not everyone loves it as much as you, and that includes the people in charge of it, and oh, man, if you only you could learn the skills necessary to SAVE IT you’d be fine.

Goodbye, little buddy

Before I set­tled on Leonard, I was call­ing him “lit­tle buddy”, and that kind of stuck. I’d always say, “Hey lit­tle buddy”, when I saw him. His head would perk up, and he’d chirp and get up to nuz­zle me.

Hacked by Google

I understand that keeping idiots away from badness is somebody’s job, but Google has no right to essentially hijack any page it wants with an ominous “this is an attack site, get me out of here” message. That’s my personal property you’re hacking, and Google has no right to interfere with anybody’s anything at all.