Blogger Blog: It’s spring cleaning time for Blogger. “To make room for some exciting updates coming soon to Blogger, we’re simplifying the platform to enhance the blogging experience for all of our users.” Every time I see Google talking about “spring cleaning,” I worry they’re about to kill something off. Does not appear to be the case here. Yet.
DigitalA11Y: The Great Accessibility Blogs Roundup. “We identified the influencers in the accessibility space & made this comprehensive list of accessibility blogs. As the accessibility space is very dynamic keeping updated about various accessibility techniques, tips & tricks will be the key for success & we hope these blogs will come in handy.”
Web Science and Digital Research Group: Why we need multiple web archives: the case of blog.reidreport.com. “This story started in December, 2017 with Joy-Ann Reid (of MSNBC) apologizing for ‘insensitive LGBT blog posts’ that she wrote on her blog many years ago when she was a morning radio talk show host in Florida. This apology was, at least in some quarters, (begrudgingly) accepted. Today’s update was news that Reid and her lawyers had in December claimed that either her blog, and/or the Internet Archive’s record of the blog had been hacked (Mediaite, The Intercept).” A deep dive into the technical aspects of a very distasteful situation.
ProBlogger: A Simple and Non-Scary Guide to HTML for Bloggers. “Today, I’ll explain what HTML is, what it looks like, how it works, and why it’s important for bloggers to have a basic grasp of it. By the end of the post, you’ll be able to write your own simple HTML code (and I promise it’ll be much easier than you think). Note: In this post, all instructions are for self-hosted WordPress blogs. But the HTML code itself will always be the same, regardless of what platform you use.” This is a good guide for folks who spend most of their writing time in an CMS and don’t know too much about HTML.
Bloomberg Law: Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers. “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top ‘media influencers.'”
B.L. Berry: What GDPR Means For Authors And Bloggers. “On May 25, 2018 there are some major changes coming through the pipelines under a new law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It’s being implemented to protect your constituents (aka readers, fans, i.e. bookish friends you have any type of data on) in the European Union (EU). Now before you mentally go shutting down and closing your browser thinking this doesn’t pertain to you because you don’t live in Europe or because you’re not a ‘marquee author’ or ‘big blogger’ … there is a damn good chance it does. So grab your coffee and listen up!”
ProBlogger: When DIY Blogging isn’t for You: 5 Alternatives to Self-Hosted WordPress. “Many of the world’s largest blogs and websites run on self-hosted WordPress. Thousands of plugins and themes are available – many for free, although there are lots of premium options too. And a self-hosted blog gives you full control and plenty of flexibility. But for some bloggers, self-hosted WordPress might not be the best choice.”