Wannabe and existing bloggers FYI

I was emailed the following useful guide to blogging produced by Reporters sans frontiers so just passing it on.

  • Rory

    Thank you for that, Fair Deal.

    I never cease to be impressed by the simple altruism and kindness among its users that the internet and the www inspires.

    I have been wanting just such information for some time but, because I was either too lazy or too timid or just too bloody incompetent to search it out for myself, I did not access it. And then “bingo!”, out of the blue you provide me with the gift freely and unconditionally. And I find this happens all the time. People are eager to share the wealth that they themselves have discovered on the net and I am sure that such generous co-operation on such a massive, international scale across all boundaries of state, nationality, religion and culture can only but lead to a saner, safer more co-operative word.

    The internet is surely the kindness of strangers made manifest.

    Thanks again.

  • http://tinyurl.com/htlyd

    The (BBC) empire strike back on blogs. Sme good points made here.

  • Occasional Commentator

    That BBC thing is interesting Taigs. It’s not really an attack on blogs.

    But anyway, I like to compare open news like blogging with open source software. Software written by a bunch of unpaid volunteers is actually of superior quality to software sold by the traditional companies. It’s easy to see why this has been the case. Volunteers don’t volunteer unless they are genuinely interested in that piece of software (for example, if it’s software they personally have to use then they know what needs to be fixed) and feel they are able to help (are competent). Paid software developers, like paid journalists, usually want to be doing something else and are assigned to a task because their boss thinks they’re good whereas volunteers actually judge themselves and are more likely to be accurate. Also, 99% of the time there is only one journalist (or one developer) that actually writes or checks a story or piece of software, whereas on controversial topics or important software there are plenty of volunteers pitching in. The same things can be said of Wikipedia.