Month: January 2008

What is Qassia?

What is Qassia Qassia’s aim is to “become a vast repository of intelligence, with unrivaled original content” This intelligence will be the “gravel which will fill the potholes on the information superhighway” It is also a site, currently in beta , where you can promote your blog and earn adsense revenue. Membership is by invitation only at present. What is “intel”: Intel can be about a person, a company, a place, a thing, or just about anything. It must be in English, comprised of sentences as opposed to keywords, non-pornographic and not about Qassia. Each “intel” has to be screened and rated by a minimum of 10 users before being published (or rejected). Intel does not have to be academic or highbrow, you can submit snippets about anything under the sun and beyond. I have just read intel about digital cameras, how to avoid stress and some personal experiences. Intel can take the form of previously unpublished information, information already published on a blog/website or third party content that you are legally allowed to redistribute. Blog Promotion – comes via two methods. Submitting your blog URL gains you a followable backlink with no requirements for reciprocal links or widgets to be displayed on your site. Submitting a snippet of “intel” earns you a backlink to your site as well as “Qassia dollars” The more you published content you submit...

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Yahoo Shortcuts plugin for WordPress

I have been trialling the WordPress ‘Yahoo Shortcuts‘ plugin for a week or so now. As I found it a little tricky to come to grips with, I thought I would give you a bit of a run down on how to use it and a review based on my experiences. The images and popup links in this post have mostly been embedded using the plugin. This plugin uses Yahoo Shortcuts to add Yahoo search popups and Creative Commons-licensed Flickr photos to blog content. The image to the left is an example of a Yahoo Shortcuts “badge”. As you are writing your post, the plugin searches for media relevant to your content. A message, at the top of the sidebar in your post window, alerts you to the number of ‘Shortcuts’ that have been found, allows you to review the post and choose whether to include all or some of suggested links and images: The information suggested is based on various Yahoo search topics and services. A ‘Shortcut’ may lead to a Flickr image, a financial data, stock quotes , a map , a news item or information about specific companies, products, and people. More services are to be added (maybe maybe sports, movies, and music?) If you want to view and add what has been suggested for inclusion in your post, click on the “Review this Post” button....

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Blogging Australia Day

Absolutely nothing to do with the subject of blogging, except that this is a topic on many Aussie blogs today. Today is “Australia Day“; a day of celebration in this country. The 26th January is the date of arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788, which brought the first contingent of convicts, soldiers and sailors to Australia. I would hope that if the date were to be chosen these days it would not be a date linked to the first British Settlement of Australia. The reason – It is thought that immigration to Australia commenced around 50,000 years ago, its first inhabitants arriving via the Malay Archipelago and from New Guinea via a land bridge. Subsequent to the British arrival, the Gold rush, which started in 1851, brought other Europeans, Chinese and North Americans. After WWII Australia’s population increased rapidly; hundreds of thousands of displaced Europeans emigrated to Australia. Many more English arrived under assisted passage schemes and were colloquially called the”10 pound poms”. My own family was almost one of them. Other major points of origin were Greece, Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia and the Netherlands. After Australia’s discriminatory “White Australia Policy” was abandoned in the early 1970’s many immigrants from Asia and Africa were also able to call Australia home. I arrived here 27 years ago from Yorkshire, England, on a working holiday and decided to...

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Blogging Mentor Award

I have gained so much more knowledge of blogging than I could possibly have learned just by researching the subject. This is all due to the help, support and encouragement I have received from other bloggers. I have therefore created the ‘Blogging Mentor Award‘ to recognize and thank those who help us on our path to blogging, be it encouraging and helping us to start blogging or helping us to be the best we can, once we have started. Unlike most awards, it is not necessary to have received it yourself to be able to pass it on to others. It is free for anyone to use; anyone who wishes to say thank you to their own blog mentors. All that I ask is that you include a mention and link to my Blog Mentor Page. This way I can compile lists of those who have been generous enough to give the award and those who have received it, giving them recognition myself by some backlinks There are two formats to choose from – the graphic or the button: What prompted me to create the award was reading that January is National Mentoring the USA. This is an initiative spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, with the aim of recruiting volunteer mentors to help young people achieve their full potential. The...

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The “Alt” Attribute

When discussing accessibility techniques in blogs, I mentioned the importance of using the “alt” attribute. Here I am going to define it further, show you the positive aspects of using “alt” and how to use it to its best advantage.. Although alt is used for other page elements, such as image map areas, I am concentrating on its use for images. Definition of the alt attribute The alt attribute is a method of providing a descriptive text alternative for images. Example: <img src=”” alt”this is the alt text” /> Reasons for using the alt attribute To display a text equivalent for an image in browsers where images have been turned off.. Reasons: To speed up page load time for users on slow dial-up connections. To avoid viruses that can be spread through image files, where the user does not have adequate virus protection. To save bandwidth when users are concerned about using up download limits. To save download amounts if using a pay per download scheme (e.g. when connecting to internet via a mobile phone) To aid browsing when using a handheld device e.g. PDA, mobile phone, electronic books, Blackberries. Accessibility purposes for users with disabilities: For those who use assistive technologies such as screen readers which convert text-to-speech, sound icons, or a braille output For those with color blindness which precludes them from distinguishing detail in images. For...

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Aussie Bloggers Forum Blog Launch

The Aussie Bloggers Forums Blog is being launched today! I highly recommend you visiting the blog regularly. Judging by what I know of the sort of upcoming content, this promises to be a wonderful resource for bloggers; with a wealth of information and knowledge behind it, largely being drawn from experienced blogging members of the Aussie Bloggers Forum. Blogging advice and tips, guest authors and interviews are on the upcoming agenda. I included the official forums launch video in a prior post which had the Men at Work “I Come From a Land Down Under” as background music. This time I am including Men at Work’s video of the same song. Not that I want to suggest that our Aussie men ‘chunder’ (no more than from other nations who drink anyway – although I will stand to be corrected on this!). I just like the song....

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