Month: December 2007

New Aussie Bloggers Forum Open

I have been enjoying myself the last week or so, participating in the pre-launch period of the brand new Aussie Bloggers Forums which I am pleased to say are now officially open. Although the forums are open to all nationalities, they are are created, administered and moderated by Aussies. You may recognize some of the names, as we are all experienced and passionate bloggers with a lot of knowledge between us to help and guide you in blogging. Unlike other forums, questions are welcomed on all aspects of blogging. If you just want to chat and get to know other bloggers you can drop into the Kaos And Mayhem Forum. My thanks go to the administrators Meg, Snoskred and AndrewBoyd for all the hard work they have put in setting up the forums. These are our forum moderators (including yours truly) who have also been contributing and learning the ropes over the last few weeks: Cellobella, ChristineParfitt, Jaycee, John Lampard, Kelley, LaniGiesen, Lightening, Martin Neumann, miscmum, servantofchaos, squadron, StephenCronin, Sueblimely and trib. Please drop by, join up and say G’day. We are a friendly bunch from Down Under and would love to see you there. Here is our official launch video created for us by squadron of SEO Blog An accompanying blog launches on the 21st of January but an introduction is already up there at – Aussie Bloggers....

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Blogging Toolchest – Kwout

I am always pleased to find new utilities that make blogging quicker and easier and kwout, a brand new online screenshot and ‘quote’ capture service does just that. Callling itself a “simple quote tool for bloggers”, kwout lets you highlight any area on a webpage and grab it as an image or an image map. Unlike other screenshot programs, you do not have to save the image to disk and then upload it to an image storage service, your server or blog image store before posting. Instead, the code is given for you to copy and paste and embed the image into your blog, leaving the image on the kwout server indefinitely. You also have the choice of uploading the image to Flickr or Tumblr. Kwout works via the a browser toolbar bookmarklet. Simply click on the bookmarklet and highlight the area of a page you wish to capture (images, text, links etc). You have the options of adding borders, shading and background color to your saved image as well as saving in different sizes. The beauty of this tool is its ability to create image maps, which means that any links, within the area you captured, are retained. This is difficult to achieve yourself; without html knowledge and html program.You can see examples of image maps below, captured from this site. Blogging Sueblimely via kwout If you do...

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Blogging opens up the world if we open our eyes and look

Reading the condolence messages for Benazir Bhutto led me to search further for information that would fill in the glaring gaps in my knowledge on current day Pakistan. Reading newspapers gives me some (hopefully) factual information but this does not tell me how people live, feel and think in countries where the overall culture is different to mine. My natural reaction, since starting blogging myself, is to search for blogs that will give me this sort of insight. I started writing this with a heavy heart, having read posts by people trying to go about ordinary daily life in countries torn by civil strife, people with the same daily routines, hopes and aspirations for life that are typical world wide. I was inclined to stop reading and go on to something more pleasant, things that made me feel better. The truth is, that this is what I normally do; after all there is nothing I can do about it is there? I do not normally comment on such blogs, feeling I have nothing worthy to contribute, and move on to something that makes me feel more comfortable. I wonder if I am unusual in this? I wonder if I bury my head in the sand more than others? Then it occurred to me, I often leave comments purely to offer support, as a thank you for a good post....

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Favorite Five Meme

Meghan, who provides a wonderful service for all who have the responsibility of caring for children on her blog Imaginif child protection became serious business , has challenged me to a “Favorite Five” meme. Meghan is so dedicated to the benefits of blogging she even recently extolled its advantages just after been rescued from drowning. Woman near drowns and has blogging discussion with rescuer Apologies for being so slow in posting this Meghan – because the blog was so new when you tagged me, I was at a loss as to which posts to include and then Christmas sidetracked me somewhat. Now on to the meme, which asks us to: 1. Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words : family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like. 2. Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances so that you get to know them each a little bit better. So here I go: Family: 101 reasons for blogging – My first forays into blogging were aimed purely at keeping in touch with my family in UK and posting photos of my children who were growing and changing rapidly (as children have a tendency to do!) Friend: Best Blogging Buddies Myself: Liz Strauss says I am a SOB Now I...

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Widget Update

New Ripple Widget Thanks to a great new blogging forum (still in beta so not yet open for public registration) I found out about a new Google Search alternative, Ripple. Using the Google search engine, all searches done through Ripple generate funds for Australian Charities ( all are charities that operate internationally) as does clicking on sponsored ads on the Ripple site. 100% of the money earned goes to the charities. The widget currently displayed at the top of the right sidebar is only one of a few available “splashpond” buttons available. Criteo Widget So far the results of using the Criteo widget (top of far right sidebar) have been disappointing – it has not resulted in any visitors at all to this blog. Here are the stats: Criteo AutoRoll generated 0 visit on this blog, by 0 unique visitor. This blog link was displayed 12753 times on other blogs using Criteo AutoRoll and was seen by 3002 unique visitors. This blog is getting plenty of exposure, having been displayed nearly 12753 times but it seems that no-one has been clicking on my link. Although Criteo is meant to intuitively match you to blogs similar to your own, I have not seen this happen. There have been lots of mobile phone sites listed??. I am going to continue to monitor the results, having changed my category choices in Criteo...

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This and that

Weather Observations I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. After the mad rush of shopping, baking, house cleaning and decorating I was pleased to be able to relax some on Christmas Day and appreciate the spirit of giving. Cooking a full Christmas roast in summer Australia was not arduous this year as Melbourne had a pleasantly cool day. My daughter informs me that Perth had the hottest Christmas Day on record – it reached 44.5c (over 112f) yesterday. Sounds like a day for “throwing a shrimp on the barbie” . This phrase has entered the Aussie vernacular only since being coined by Paul Hogan in an Australian Tourism Commission TV advertisement for Australia made in 1984. Although not used often, it is used. Other phrases in this ad "G’day Mate" and "No worries" are definitely a part of colloquial Aussie language. Australian ad (Paul Hogan) 1984 Using Flickr images in blog posts I found this article on Skelliwag really useful as I was not totally clear on what the copyright rules were for using Flickr images in blog posts: A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images I am going off to hit the after Christmas sales now as it should be quieter by this time of the day – I wili try to gnore the fact that my credit card bill always gives me a...

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