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.”
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.”
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).”
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.”
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.