Online diarist mimi smartypants has been typing about her life for just over fifteen years, and now she's considering quitting the gig.
"Next week marks fifteen years of this online diary thing, and I have been toying with the idea that maybe that is quite enough, thank you. In fact, I had not updated in so long that I sat down to type a mic-drop “thanks for the memories”-style entry, but then this crap came out instead. So maybe I’m not quite done yet? I don’t know." [more inside]
turned 40 today. Some of his friends threw a party on his blog
. [more inside]
Duncan Black, the blogger formerly known as "Atrios
," coiner of the "friedman unit
," popularizer of the "very serious person
" as a term of derision, chronicler of wanking
in the punditocracy, has been counting down: 9
, to the THE ONE TRUE WANKER OF THE DECADE
[Warning: some links NSFW
] Callgirl and blogger Alexa DiCarlo had some questions raised about her authenticity dating back to 2008
, but her website RealPrincessDiaries.com (archive.org cache
) still attracted huge traffic and she was even named the #1 sex blogger of 2010
. A student at SFSU's master's degree program in sexuality studies
, she also volunteered her time providing sex education advice to teenagers online under the name Caitlain or Cathy. And she mentored newbie sex workers via e-mail, giving them pro tips and even sharing with them one of her top clients, Matt, whose identity and safety she vouched for.
But in true Kaycee Nicole
/ JT LeRoy
style, it now turns out there wasn't
any "Alexa", "Caitlain", or "Cathy". Outed by the anonymous blog Expose A Bro
, combined with the anonymous twitter account @ExposingAlexa
, the real story has emerged. Alexa was apparently a married middle-aged guy named Pat, not a student at SFSU, had no formal training from which to be sharing "advice" (or naked photos!) with those teenagers online, and he was the "client"
that "Alexa" had sent to her protégées to sleep with... [more inside]
This has not been a good week for woman of color blogging.
About two weeks ago, Black Femi Power, a well-read woman of color blogger, resigned her blog in protest to an incident wherein Amanda Marcotte
, a notable white feminist blogger, was accused of appropriating
BFP's ideas. On the heels of the controversy that had reverberations in the feminist blogosphere
which are far from forgotten
, Marcotte is releasing and promoting a new book
, with a new cover
to replace the old one after outcries that it was racist
In the same spirit as the Open Net Initiative
and Committee to Protect Bloggers
that both track global internet filtering, Sami
ben Gharbia's Access Denied Map
tries to track the blocking of sites like Blogger, Flickr, YouTube and others by governments, as well as efforts by activists to keep them accessible or to challenge their blockage.
In 2004 some
proposed that "bloggers" be named TIME's Persons of the Year
. In 2007 Business Week reveals "How Top Bloggers Earn Money
" and how much.
(discussed on MeFi here
), the world's most hated blogger according to CNET
, has taken down his "I Am Facing Foreclosure" blog
. Why? Speculation abounds among his fans and foes alike. Did the law catch up to him? Was it a result of a crayon-penned contract with his wife
? The "real estate bubble's
" poster boy has inspired others to create a Caseypedia
, to write copious blog entries
of their own, and even to host "talkcasts
" that function a little like memorial services
in the emptiness that follows the sure (?) demise of Serin's own Foreclosure Fridays
call-in, chat-in sessions. There's even one tonight
Hey, Chinabounder ... There's 14,608,512
guys outside wanna have a chat with you! A self-described Western scoundrel in Shanghai [racey text]
seems to be creating the biggest backlash against foreign devils since the Boxer Rebellion
. Said to be an expat English tutor, he's been seducing women and writing up lurid accounts on his blog and shocking the indignant and conservative populace. Now there's a growing effort to track him down
as the drama unfolds.
Google blogger fired.
Mark Jen, a blogger whose candid (but oh-so-inane) comments about life on the job at Google
sparked controversy last month, has left the company
. Do no evil. Blog no evil. And so forth.
Blogs are a phenomenon. Technorati, a blog search engine, tracks 6,406,667 blogs. Two years ago, it tracked 100,000. About 27% of adults now read blogs, up from 2% in 2003.
But really they're nothing new, says Kevin Maney in USA Today
The Emotional Costs of Fidelity
I recently came across Suburban Sex Blog
, the blog of a 30-something, married with children, sexually deprived male suburban dweller who posts about the frustrations of having a wife who just doesn't want sex. After reading this entry where his wife tells him to just "get over it
" after he confronts her about the complete lack of sexual contact between the two of them for months, I knew I'd found a blog that I'd be checking in on frequently. Guys blogging about their sex lives is nothing new you might think, but instead of filling their blogs with macho bragging about their conquests, there's a growing number of good blogs where
married guys are opening their hearts about the insecurities, depressions and fear that goes with trying hard to make a marriage work instead of giving into the temptation of cheating.
After going through some of these issues myself while my wife was going through a period of depression I know first hand how an emotionally distant wife can wreak havoc with everything from one's self-esteem, concentration and general mental well being. These blogs put things into a perspective that many men refuse to share, and many women never even suspect.
Blah Blah Blogging
:: "The following is a meticulously detailed recap of a news segment that appeared on the Chicago FOX news affiliate on Wednesday, May 5th, 2004."
-- Intelligent blogger agrees to appear in puff piece about blogging for FOX news. These are the results.
The Hasidic Rebel.
A blogger from inside the Hasidic community provides some insight into a lifestyle few are familiar with.
Flaoting Wreckage: Jettisoned Cargo
has ceased to be. Often it was the only place you would need to visit, so good were the links it provided.
Hats off to Kirk Smith, I can barely comprehend that it was a solo operation.
I feel quite bereft. There is still plenty to look at though, he just isn't updating.
Chief Wiggles -- Straight from Iraq.
Lost amid the writings of Salam Pax
and Lt. Smash
, a small voice, an author with a depth of feeling quietly leaves his words on the web for family and friends to read. His prose evoke feelings and draw you into his world of flies, heat and sand. A worthwhile read for all. (via Brain graze
Iranian blogger arrested
Sina Motallebi, well-known blogger and journalist was arrested this morning. He is accused of threatening the national security by giving interviews to Persian language radios outside Iran, wrtiting articles both in newspapers and his weblog. His weblog, WebGard (i.e. web surfer), was among the top 5 Persian most popular weblogs while his wife, Farnaz, has her own weblog, mostly writing about their newly-born baby boy, Mani. [via jj
Hungry? Got a couple of minutes and a quarter? Ramen Noodles! The "Official" Home Page
, complete with recipies
. Not to mention, the history
, and inedible uses
*carefully and gingerly point out Douglas Rushkoff's Mideast blog entries
as objective, detached viewpoint on the whole ugly mess*
*tiptoe out, thanking cris
for the link, and apologizing for the Mideast link, but hey, it's good*
Dack is back,
but not in the blogging sense. Many here at MeFi thought he'd bring his blog back
after it ceased in May. His front page is now a collection of links urging peaceful resolution of the Current Situation. Refresh a few times to see a variety of quotes.
Glassdog to close personal narrative.
Well, at least the Life Serial, that is. Will there be a new section to round out Glassdog Services (tm)? We hope so.
"Because in the end..."
One of the most insightful, engaging, and well written sites (not to mention the one that got plenty of us blogging in the first place) stops updating, at least for the near future; the tear-jerker of a last entry touches on so many things- relationships, art, emotions, careers, etc - it perfectly encapsulates so much of what made the page great. We'll miss you, Jack Saturn.
That being said, I can't wait for the book.
Is LiveJournal taking aim at Blogger?
I use both Blogger and LiveJournal myself, one for my weblog and one for more of a web journal I write things in occasionally. I think both web apps have different strengths and purposes, but there are certainly marked similarities, especially in light of the successful server fund raising drives both services have recently completed.
LiveJournal's "Paid Accounts" model
might be the route that Pyra wants to take with Blogger. I don't know much about LiveJournal's features as compared with Blogger, but they certainly have thought out their revenue model. Does anyone know anything about LiveJournal?
Has the BlogHop
self rating thing gotten out of hand? Seems like every blog I visit these days has the color stripe (except mine of course).
Where did CC go?
Is it true the editorial cabal at the Aged have censored CC following postings on MeFi? It's Sunday night and she's not blogging ... Has Casey been exposed as a Rocky regular and management have dumped her? Did palegirl kidnap her? Bring back CC you bastards!
Does anyone know what happened to GirlText
? Elizabeth was supercool, but for the last week or two, there's been a "denied access" page. Bummer.
File under "creativity in product naming".
Expect future weblog management tools
to bear names such as Blodder, Blobber, and Blopper.