An economics class at Marietta College runs its own blog, MariettaEcon. I’m not too sure what the point of the exercise is, but it’ll be interesting to see what develops.
Hey, fellow bloggers: am I the only one noticing a significant spike in spam comment attempts? I think I’ve had an average of about 20-25 attempts per day over the last three or four days.
Kudos to Jay Allen for his wonderful blacklist plugin. It nuked every last one of ’em!
UPDATE: Nope, I’m not the only one. Read the comments for some very thoughtful insights into the future of the “bloggers v. spammers” arms race.
I just got an e-mail from the John Kline for Congress campaign. Oops, did I say “I just got”? Make that “we.” Sixty-three of us to be precise, all with military-related blogs, just got a personalized (ha!) message from our buddy John asking us to link to his blog and maybe even post his live feed on our sites.
Am I the only one who doesn’t like political spam, regardless which party excretes it into my inbox? Mr. Kline would get a much better reception from me if he didn’t start the “conversation” with a mass e-mail to sixty-three milbloggers … complete with an attached Word document.
I’m not angry, John. Just annoyed. Hang around the milblog “beat” awhile and get a feel for how it works before elbowing your way into the conversation. Next time, Congressman, try sending your message just to me, or at least have the minimal savvy to put all the recipients in the BCC line. Better yet, post some good original content to your blog first, not just three recycled op-eds. Heck, have some 20-something staffer studying English or Pre-Law write for you. Hey, President Bush uses others to fill his blog. And don’t drop unsolicited attachments in my inbox; you’ve got a site of your own, so just post it there and send me a link.
I don’t mind the occasional episode of link-whoring. I do it myself. But it’s best to find a blogger who’d be interested in what you’ve written. Try to be at least a little bit subtle. And don’t be pushy. Google the phrase “blog etiquette” and read posts like this one and this other one … or this or this or this.
Now, Congressman Kline, you’re in luck. I tolerate honest mistakes, and I’ve always liked the Marines, so I’ll toss a link your way. But please be a little slicker next time, so I won’t feel obliged to do this:
Now go post something original and interesting about the Coast Guard or Ohio or the war on terror, and I’ll link to it.
Say hello to Brown Hound, another Coast Guardsman who’s joined the unruly ranks of the blogosphere. There aren’t many of us, but we’re out there toiling away.
Ya gotta go out, but nobody ever said ya gotta come back.