Defending the blog (blogpower)
-- Site Summary ---
Happy New Year and may 2007 bring us great blogging.
Posted by James Higham at 5:37 pm
If you have come to us as a result of hearing the Tin Drummer's incisive remarks on Five Live, then welcome. He covered it all pretty comprehensively during that interview - which you can listen to again - so there's not an awful lot to add, except to reiterate that we encompass a broad spectrum of opinions, and all are welcome to take part in the project.
The inaugural post and Blogpower manifesto would be the logical starting point. If that sounds good to you, then please cut and paste the banner from that post and upload it onto your site (Tin Drummer is your contact for banner issues, and can also provide the relevant code - see the sidebar).
The blogroll contains all our participants so far, and is also available for addition to your blog - it updates automatically. Cut and paste the following code into your template, removing all white space between lines 3 and 4, i.e. the php? and the r=e55...:
<!-- Blogpower blogrolling code begins -->
<!-- Blogpower blogrolling code ends -->
If you use Wordpress, Spicy Cauldron provides some useful extra info about the blogroll in the comments to this post. Once you have uploaded the banner, let me know so that I can add you to the blogroll (again, my contact details are in the sidebar).
If you have any general questions or observations, please leave them in the comments, and someone, most likely one of James, TD or myself, will be along in a while to respond. We'd also like you to use the comments to let us all know you're taking part. Don't be shy!
Posted by Ian Appleby at 9:21 am
Posted by James Higham at 2:47 pm
Thunder Dragon, being of excellent mind, has hosted the mp3 file of the tin drummer's interview and it can be found.....here:
He has also prepared a superb little graphic to use as a link, but I don't have editing privileges here so I can't use it! Maybe James can help us out with it.
Posted by Tin Drummer at 2:30 pm
I've now downloaded to my computer the 5MB of rough-edited interview. I'm not sure how to post it to this blog though, anyone know how I can?
I think - but I'm not sure- that the programme is called "unsung blogs" hence the title of the mp3 file; but I'll ask Chris.
Posted by Tin Drummer at 4:17 pm
Posted by James Higham at 10:28 pm
Interview is done! I spoke to Chris Vallance by long distance from BBC Radio Gloucester studios.
It was about 20 minutes and I tried to mention as many blogpower guys and gals as possible, gave the url of defenfingtheblog, mentioned the diversity of blogpower, and the email address of the admins, and apologies in advance if I've attributed a post/worldview/point of view to you erroneously.
It's going to be broadcast on Christmas Day it turns out but Chris said he would try to edit it asap and send it to me as an mp3 which we might be able to put up here beforehand.
Posted by Tin Drummer at 5:06 pm
I've spoken to the BBC's blogmeister and it seems as though I am so out of date what with being on dialup an'all that I need to go to Cheltenham radio studios for the interview, which will probably happen on Wednesday now. We've had an off the record chat about all sorts of blogstuff and the purpose & origins of Blogpower which he seems really keen on as an initiative to promote non-A list bloggers who've nevertheless got summat to say.
Posted by Tin Drummer at 12:31 pm
Posted by James Higham at 12:04 pm
These posts on Blogpower also have comments attached, of course ... hover over the link to see the author ... Little blog power
Weblog awards – the unfairness of it all
How to upload the banner
It’s the same every year
Standing up for the little blog
Ickle bloggers united
Little blog power
Newish! Feel the blogpower
New! Defending the blog
If you’ve posted or uploaded the banner and you’re not here – please let us know either by comment below or by e-mail to one of us!
Posted by James Higham at 11:20 am
There now follows a public information film on behalf of Blogpower.
(Patrick Allen voiceover)
After midday is over, and the afternoon has begun, you will need to listen to your radio to find out if the Tin Drummer is being interviewed on Radio Five Live about Blogpower. An interview could come at any time. We will now tell you what to do if you are caught outside when you hear the signal. This is the sound for the interview: "And now over to Chris Vallance who will be talking to the Tin Drummer". turn on your portable radio and tune to 693/909 MW. Listen until you are told to stop. We will now tell you what to do if you are at home. Turn off televisions, disconnect phones, turn on stereos or get BBC Radio on your computer. The radio will advise you what to do, when to do it, and how. Listen to your radio.
Don't forget your tin opener....and bottle opener.
Erm, anyway, I might be being interviewed by the beeb tomorrow so listen out! If not I'll post an update beforehand. Anything I should say? Any good answers to possible questions?
Posted by Tin Drummer at 10:35 pm
I gather those Blogger users who have already made the switch to Beta are having problems posting comments to this blog, which has yet to make the change. One obvious solution, given it looks as though non-Beta users can comment on Beta sites with no problem, is that we switch Defending the Blog to Beta. Any thoughts?
(If,for the reasons mentioned, you can't post your response here, please mail James or myself. My mail is due to appear in a sidebar near you soon, but in the meantime imaginedcommunity and googlemaildotcom are what you need to contact me. Please, though, bear in mind I will be away from any PCs from Sunday to Wednesday.)
Posted by Ian Appleby at 12:08 am
Posted by James Higham at 8:20 pm
Posted by James Higham at 6:10 pm
Posted by James Higham at 8:23 am
Well my attempts to post here aren't going so well: this is attempt no4! I'm still having to use my old blogger account with it, until I can work out how to use blogger in beta.
So all I will say this time is: it's great to be part of this initiative and let's make blogging cooler and more fun through it.
Posted by Tin Drummer at 6:55 pm
Posted by James Higham at 5:44 pm
Posted by James Higham at 5:51 pm
If you'd like to know the nitty gritty about each of us, click on this banner above and it gives you a great overview, due to the hard work of Tom Paine, who constructed and maintains the site using Page Flakes. Thanks too to The Thunderdragon for the banner.And for those who have a lot of free time, Matt Murrell has constructed a Google Reader Feed of all the Blogpower Blogs. You can get that here.
Get the MP3 of the Tin Drummer's Radio 5 Live interview with Chris Vallance as he speaks about Blogpower and the Blogosphere. Click on the photo.