Monthly Archives: 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 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Social Networking

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 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Tools and Resources

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 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Community Building, Social Networking

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 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Memes, Promotion and SEO, Social Networking

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 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blog Promotion, Blogging News, Tools and Resources

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 […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging News, Tools and Resources

Google listened – Blogspot Blogger comment form allows URL link

Hurray – non Blogger users can again provide an auto-linked URL when signing in to comment on blogspot Blogger blogs. It seems that Google does take account of what we have to say. Very wise considering the downturn in comments on Blogger blogs and the number of people talking of leaving for a different blogging platform. Here is the announcement at Google’s Blogger Buzz – BlogYou Blog, We Listen Thanks Colin of Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe for alerting me to this change. At this stage not all Blogger blogs have been changed to this system.   Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogger

Liz Strauss says I am a SOB

I am an SOB. I never thought I would call myself this – until I came across Liz Strauss’s Successful and Outstanding Blogger Hall of Fame . When I started blogging and saw the SOB badge on various blogs I aspired to be part of this community myself – so I cannot help but feel really pleased that I have been recognized this way. This is one of the occassions when I fully appreciate how worthwhile blogging is; giving me the motivation to continue trying my best. I think I will continue blogging for a while longer Thank you Liz, […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Promotion and SEO, Social Networking

News from the Blogosphere – 22 December 07

News Open ID logins are now available for all blogspot blog comments- this is no longer just a feature of Blogger in Draft. RT Cunningham of Untwisted Vortex is asking for our help for a change, although you will benefit from a backlink too. He always gives his link-love freely by reviewing and linking to other blogs. After losing an incredible 4 ranks in the recent Google updates he is trying to gain them back again. He is asking us to share our best “nuggets of gold” in a post and include a link to a post of his that […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Blogging News, Social Networking