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Why the term ‘mummy bloggers’ should be banished

The term “mummy bloggers” — much in the news of late — is patronising and sexist, and should be consigned to the rubbish bin.

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The blogger, sans pyjamas, bites back at Bernard

Regarding the sunny optimists, who see a future of bloggers and citizen journalists creating a benevolent web, a few come to mind, writes Martin McKenzie-Murray, a blogger and former political speech writer.

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Telegraph (UK) | LINKS|

A guide to Internet trolls

Conservative blogger James Delingpole writes a controversial spotters guide to trolls, those people who get in the comments section of an article or blog and bait and insult other readers.

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Time | LINKS|

2011′s best of the blogs

Check out Time’s annual roundup of the best of the blogs, from kooky travel blog The Everywhereist to a list of blogs — hello birther Dr Orkly Taitz! — that the world could do without.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

Croakey keeps on croaking

Melissa Sweet from the Croakey health blog explains the hybrid funding model of the blog, where a consortium of health agencies contribute financially but have no say in editorial content. It’s an interest look at new pay models for online media.

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New Matilda | LINKS|

How online media humanizes Middle Eastern people

While western mainstream media coverage continues to perpetuate myths and stereotypes about the Middle East, online media - particularly blogs - have emerged as powerful tools to show the faces and personalities of everyday people, writes Daz Chandler.

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Best of the Aussie business blogs

They may be web 2.0 savvy, but when it comes to blogging small companies are streets ahead of larger organisations. Smart Company offers its picks for the business blogs worth clicking on.

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Time | LINKS|

The best blogs of 2010

Update those RSS feeds and bookmarks people, with Time’s annual list of the best blogs of the net. Check out the essential reading picks and the totally overrated blogs.

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Daggle | JOURNALISM|

How the mainstream media are hypocrites

After a blog broke news about a Google Maps lawsuit, mainstream media sites ripped off the story, photos and lawsuit PDF without any proper attribution. Isn’t what they hate blogs doing? asks Danny Sullivan.

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Larvartus Prodeo | LINKS|

What next for the Aussie blogosphere?

With news that New Matilda is folding, the tiny Aussie political blogosphere has shrunk even further. Replicating the magazine model online just doesn’t work, says Mark Bahnisch.

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Gawker | LINKS|

ROFL: The most overused media blog cliches. Ever. FTW

Gawker lists the most overused headlines and phrases in the media blogosphere, from “not so much” to “PWND” to “[x] is the new [y]”. Guilty as charged.

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North Coast Voices | FEDERAL|

Which blog is the Australian government trying to censor?

On Tuesday, Google released data on government censorship requests from last year, revealing that an Australian government asked for a blog to be removed. So which blog was it? asks North Coast Voices.

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Slate | ONLINE|

Why I’m quitting the internet

Cartoonist James Sturm is cutting himself off from the internet. And he’s going to blog the whole experience.

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Washington Post | ONLINE|

Washington Post launches an unashamedly right-wing blog

The Washington Post has a new blog all about the “conservative movement” and Republican Party, promising to explain what the right is “doing, thinking, and planning”. Could be fascinating reading for political junkies of all persuasions.

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Gawker | ONLINE|

How blogs are becoming more like newspapers

Now that blogs and online news sites have become Serious Business, lax fact-checking, vague headlines and poor sub-editing just won’t cut it. To defeat newspapers, they have had to become them, says Ravi Somaiya.

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Globe and Mail | ONLINE|

Why are so many bloggers blokes?

This piece is currently causing quite a stir in the blogosphere: Why is the world of online journalism such a sausage-fest? According to Canadian columnist Margaret Wente, it’s because men love the “adrenaline rush” of online punditry. And chicks don’t, apparently.

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Become a blogger. Everyone’s doing it

Put an online journalist out of a job, start your own blog tonight. The software is free and bloomin’ easy to use. New blogger Elly Keating explains how.

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upstart | ONLINE|

The ethics of blogging

Citizen journalism gets it fair share of criticism for its lack of ethics, so Upstart offers a guide to ethical blogging, from linking to sources to realising that anyone may see your work.

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Crikey Blogs | ONLINE|

First Dog: An invitation to guest blog on the Greatest (Laziest?) Blog of All Time

So why should I do any work when other people can do it for me? asks First Dog On The Moon. How would you like to appear on this hugely and widely read blog, the most respected blog in the history of the internet?

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Coyote Crossing | ONLINE|

How to write a provocative blog post

There’s a clear formula for an incendiary blog. First an inflammatory sentence, then a tenuous connection to something serious and blatant insults thrown at sceptics. And then the comments! Any angry internet person can do it.

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intac | ONLINE|

Who are these people we call bloggers?

Bloggers are male, university educated and mainly talk about themselves, says intac in a breakdown of the blogosphere. Are 35% of bloggers really professional journalists?

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The Sydney Morning Herald | FEDERAL|

Tanner: The government is going l33t

Like watching your dad explain hip hop: Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner says “the government wants to blog” and use Web 2.0 tech to better engage with voters. What a n00b.

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Washington Post | UNITED STATES|

How America’s right-wing grapevine works

The Washington Post looks at how an email by a conservative blogger at 5am can run through the blogosphere, the beltway and the parties, and end up being broadcast to Tea Partiers across the nation by Rush Limbaugh in the very same day.

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Crikey Blogs | SA|

Bartlett: SA’s futile and foolish new laws

South Australia’s new laws requiring people to use their real name and address when making comments about elections online are draconian and dumb — not to mention totally unworkable, says Andrew Bartlett.

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Pingdom | ONLINE|

The internet in ’09: the stats

Fascinating figures from the information superhighway last year: 90 trillion email (81% of which were spam), 126 million blogs, and 4.25 million people following Ashton Kutcher on Twitter.

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