May 25, 2007

Blog Block and how to beat it

I’ve never been what you might call a frantic blogger, unfulfilled if posting less than five insightful stories every day, being altogether more intermittent in my blog work as in so many other of my life tasks, but never has so much time passed by as the thirteen blogless months between the increasingly puerile Finnish vid below and this moment, now.

And even though finger has finally been put to keyboard in this blockage-breaking undertaking, experience teaches that the odds on anything actually crossing the vast divide between a Google Docs draft and a live appearance on wonderful web are as laughably unattractive as the speaking voice of the secretary of state for communities and local government.

A debilitating succession of such chasms between intent and action mark out the broken lives of all chronic sufferers of advanced blog blockage syndrome (BBS); twixt the idea and the written words, the story in the head and the story on the page, the rough draft and the next draft, any draft and the final draft, final draft and the new entry form, new entry form and the preview, twixt the preview and the publish button, here lie the beckoning exits along the via dolorosa of the blocked blogger.

Oh, its tea-time at Headingley. With England on a magic 222 for 2, only right that I join our resurgent lads in a cup of Yorkshire Gold, which will hopefully refresh my spirits sufficiently to see this disappearing post through to a proper conclusion. What a huge day for Michael Vaughan (just reached his century -the Barmy Army go barmy), what another tragic day for the Windies, such a far cry from that majestic team of the eighties. When they were playing then, I was squatting in Electric Lane, Brixton, the culture which made them jumping all around me. Now I’m in a cute flint cottage on the North Norfolk coast, on top of Hungry Hill. So much has happened since he last entry penned in New Cross, so much content under the bridge, so few (no) posts. What a waste.

Oh hoh, I’m just starting to wonder whether the time has come to jack this entry in - can’t remember what it was really about, except a snappy headline. Same old same old.

Wait a minute, I think it may be coming back to me. The cure for Blogger’s Block? Publish something. Anything. Just do it and hopefully the rest will follow, pouring out through the crack you make in the ice.

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May 15, 2005

Feedster claim

No Need to Click Here - I’m just claiming my feed at Feedster feedster:c55856425bba7f3ceb55147d1974921a

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February 26, 2005

Song: I Got Some Blogging To Do

Via Boris , this is a truly catchy little number by the great Si Chun Lam of Hong Kong - is this the second true classic of the 21st Century?

Day later update: like the song says, woke up humming ‘I Got Some Blogging to Do’. Hmmm…maybe time for my injection?

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February 24, 2005

The Spyware Alert which has Everything

This ZDNet Security Alert Spyware infiltrates blogs is bad news for just about everyone - Google, Blogger, Microsoft, IE6, iWebTunes and every blogger blogger.

Only one stellar name comes out on top - Firefox - recommended by Richard Stiennon, technology chief of anti-spyware software makers Webroot as the safest browser for reading blogs, now that clicking on the ‘Next Blog’ link on any Blogger Blogspot site will expose anyone still using Internet Excplorer to the new spyware threat, which (surprise surprise) delivers malicious code via popup adverts.

Most sadly of all, this kind of news doesn’t do any favours to the blogosphere in general, poised as it is to go big.

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December 6, 2004

Sad Spaces of MSN

MSN Spaces - Microsoft’s defining contribution to the blogosphere - is as tragic as its depressing.

Launched in the week that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary announced that blog had been the most looked-up word of the year (which is as worrying as its encouraging), MSN’s somewhat post-deluvian challenge to Google’s super-slick Blogger looks like a massive step in the opposite direction to the flow.

For a laugh, I put the site’s home page through the W3C html validator - it didn’t do very well. As for its CSS mark-up, this verged on the actionable.

Of the most recently updated Spaces, the only one I could find with any content whatsoever belonged to a certain Scott Fenstermacher, which carried a long and well-argued piece entitled My Microsoft OS Installation Complaints (dig the URL - will the search engines just love that!).

The ‘Spaces’ also boast a ‘bad words’ filter which, for instance, tends to make a mockery of their punters’ ‘My Music’ listings by banning the word ‘bitch’ and with it half the rap songs ever made.

There’s more - none of it good - but I can’t go on. Its all so sad. I used to think Micro$oft were pretty cool, despite many opinions heard to the contrary. I like ASP and DOT NET and stuff. But MSN Spaces - puleeeez.

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