Posts from March 22, 2004

First, delink the lawyers

First, delink the lawyers
: Glenn Reynolds is back with the sage observation (from a lawyer) that it doesn’t look too productive to send lawyers gunning for bloggers.

Does this mean that it’s always a mistake to send lawyers after bloggers? I suppose not. But I have to say that so far that’s how it looks. The ill-fated Luskin / Atrios dispute, the New York Times / National Debate facedown, and now this [the case of John Gray and his degrees] all suggest that sometimes it’s better just to let minor things go by than to issue threats that give the subject matter a much higher profile than it otherwise would have had. At the very least, a polite message pointing out the error, and requesting a correction without threats and bluster, is likely to do more good, and generate far less blowback. Bloggers are, in my experience, quite willing to correct errors of fact, but not impressed with threats and bluster.

Still, there will be blusterers who will threaten. I still want to see all the blogging lawyers — and there are many — band together to offer education and support (about a legal aid society for bloggers that will at least respond to lawyer letters with lawyer letters on your behalf?).

New, improved

New, improved
: The new designer-blue Technorati is up (I’d been using the beta for a few weeks). It’s nice: cleaner with some new features Dave Sifry outlines here.

: In my regular ego checks to see how I rank on the Top 100, I have found this puzzling trend: The number of inbound blogs linking to me keeps going up, but my rank stays essentially the same of late (and I’m quite delighted with that rank, I should add) because everybody’s numbers are rising: The tide raises all boats. I’ll think I can beat Gawker if I hit, say, 1200 blogs and then we both get more and so does everybody above us.

So the question: Is this because Technorati is getting more and more blogs (11k per day) and the have the same links other blogs have? Is this a viral effect: links beget links and they do it proportionately?

Just curious.

Merci (I think)

Merci (I think)
: Wish I hadn’t quit French after sixth grade. Then I’d be able to read this post and know whether they mean it when they describe me as un blogueur ultra-c

MT, RSS and drafts

MT, RSS and drafts
: Does Movable Type publish draft posts in RSS feeds?

I thought not (and even tested that once when I caught some really odd things on Nick Denton’s RSS feed).

But this morning, Amy Langfield read the post below, which linked to her, on RSS via Bloglines. But I hadn’t posted it yet.

I often write drafts of unfinished posts (which I would not want published!) or I use a draft to cut-and-paste quotes for a later post or I will confess that I occasionally write posts the night before and post them the next morning (makes me look so damned efficient).

Anybody know what happens with drafts, MT, and RSS?

Is that your ego ringing?

Is that your ego ringing?
: All the time, I’m on the street and hear somebody else’s phone ring and I check mine (even though I should know it’s not my ring). Ego calling.

This morning I was listening to (surprise! surprise) Howard Stern and Courtney Love called his cell phone, which rang on the air. Howard has a Treo. I have a Treo. I grabbed my phone. I thought it was mine ringing.

I think that’s pathetic, but I’m not sure.