SEO Roundtable: Google Blogsearch Ping Going Away, Not That Anyone Used It. “Google announced on Google+ and John Mueller also added to it that Google is going to shutting down Google Blogsearch ‘Ping’ service. It launched back in 2006 when a lot of blogging platforms used the ping method to communicate ‘trackbacks’ i.e. link notifications from one blog post to another. Most of you probably have no clue what trackbacks are and if you do, you are probably thinking, wow – a blast from the past.” I think I just added this to make myself feel old, because heaven knows that Ping has not been relevant for years.
Larry Ferlazzo: Wow, “Lumen5” Looks Like An Amazingly Easy Way To Turn Blog Posts & Articles Into Videos!. “Short videos from jounalistic sites (including Ed Week and Edutopia) have included images overlaid with text, accompanied by music. They’re very engaging, and I’ve wondered how they create them. Now, I don’t have to wonder any longer, because there’s a free web tool called Lumen5 that – up to this point – may be my favorite new Web 2.0 tool of the year (yes, I know it’s only February).”
Hongkiat: Desktop Blogging Software, The Ultimate List. “Blogging is a demanding job that requires your time and dedication. But even as a pro blogger you have to move around and travel which often leaves you with a weak or low internet connection and other such hurdles. In such a case some useful blogging tools and applications can do wonders, and desktop blogging software are one of them.” A bit shocked there are so many options for desktop blogging. Not complaining though!
The New Yorker: The End of the Awl and the Vanishing of Freedom and Fun from the Internet. “Blogs are necessarily idiosyncratic, entirely about sensibility: they can only be run by workhorses who are creative enough to amuse themselves and distinct enough to hook an audience, and they tend to publish like-minded writers, who work more on the principle of personal obsession than pay. The result is editorial latitude to be obscure and silly and particular, but the finances are increasingly hard to sustain; media consumption is controlled these days by centralized tech platforms—Facebook, Twitter—whose algorithms favor what is viral, newsy, reactionary, easily decontextualized, and of general appeal.”
TechCrunch: Farewell, unpaid blogger: HuffPost drops free contributor platform that drove its growth. “As the US media, tech world and the powers that be in Washington continue to try to figure out how to tackle things like fake news, the level of discourse, and how to keep the business of publishing from falling off a virtual cliff, one of the media properties that has been instrumental in influencing how news is framed online is making a big change. HuffPost in the US today announced that it is sunsetting its contributors platform — also known as its unpaid blogger platform.”
JSTOR: The Rise And Fall Of The Blog. “New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof was one of the first to start blogging for one of the most well-known media companies in the world. Yet on December 8th, he declared his blog was being shut down, writing, ‘we’ve decided that the world has moved on from blogs—so this is the last post here.’ The death knell of blogs might seem surprising to anyone who was around during their heyday.” Speaking as someone with a blog… I’m not going anywhere.
Social Media Examiner: How to Use Facebook to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts. “Do you want to drive more Facebook traffic to your blog? Wondering how to optimize your shares of your blog content for visibility and reach? In this article, you’ll discover a five-step plan for promoting blog posts on Facebook.”